Scottish Hockey's National League Big Weekend live online

Glasgow, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013

Scottish Hockey's Big Weekend LIVE

Scottish Hockey is delighted to announce today that all eight matches of the National League Big Weekend event taking place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on 19 & 20 October will be broadcast exclusively live online by Quipu TV.

‘Awesome October’ will feature the top clubs from both Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s and Women’s National League Division 1 and there will be top of the table clashes, local derbies and basement battles aplenty over the course of the two days.

The matches will broadcast on both the Scottish Hockey and Quipu TV websites using the latter’s YouTube platform.

Stuart Moffatt, Scottish Hockey Communications Manager, said, “The live online broadcast provided by Quipu TV will be a fantastic opportunity for Scottish Hockey to showcase the ‘Awesome October’ event to hockey supporters both in Scotland and in other nations around the globe.

“Quipu TV have an excellent track record in delivering excellent coverage of sporting events and we are excited by the prospect of profiling high quality matches from the Aberdeen Asset Management National League at this weekend’s event here at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.”

Jack McGill, managing director of Quipu TV, added, “Hockey is one of the biggest participation sports in the country and it deserves more coverage than it gets. The new Glasgow Green Hockey Centre will be one of the popular attractions of next year’s Commonwealth Games. We are privileged to be the first television company to broadcast matches from this brilliant venue, with commentary from Rhona Simopson and Graham Dunlop, two of Scotland’s recent Olympians.”

To watch the matches live online, please visit www.scottish-hockey.org.uk or www.youtube.com/user/QUIPUTV

Notes to Editors:
For more details of Quipu TV’s coverage, contact Mike Stanger on 07976 800 638.

 

Thrill-a-minute cricket

Dublin, 23 May 2013

Ireland v Pakistan

Cricket Ireland have teamed up with Google via YouTube Live to broadcast both matches in the RSA Insurance ODI Series against Pakistan this week.

In a first for Irish cricket, both games will be live streamed across the globe via the Cricket Ireland TV channel on YouTube with Quipu TV providing the production for both of the games. This mean cricket fans from right across the world will be able to log on to the Cricket Ireland TV channel on YouTube and watch every ball as it happens from Clontarf.

The stream will go out on www.youtube.com/cricketirelandtv - fans should subscribe to the channel to keep up to date with the latest team and match news throughout the series.The stream will also be available on the official Cricket Ireland website - www.cricketireland.ie

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said: “This is fantastic news for fans of both countries who aren’t able to attend the game. We’re extremely grateful for the support of the ICC Development Programme who have made this initiative possible, and also to Quipu TV for providing the coverage.”

Further information:
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
Skype: QuipuTV

 

Cricket goes 'street'

By Tim Brooks

Cricket 4 Change

Cricket faces a constant challenge in attracting to the game youngsters who face so many digital distractions and temptations. This challenge is hard enough in cricket's Commonwealth heartlands, but in countries where cricket is considered a quirky pastime, and therefore a minority sport, it requires not only missionary zeal but innovative application to claim a foothold. With the ICC pushing participation as their main development target, with a million non full-member participants a realisable ambition within the next decade, they may just have found the answer in Street 20, a simple, short format of game that has been a great success in the UK.

In partnership with Cricket for Change, a London based organisation with over 30 years of experience, ICC Europe are working with six of its members to create a craze they hope will sweep across Europe and turn cricket from a minority sport to one most boys and girls have the opportunity to play. This week coaches and administrators from the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, France, Spain and Finland have been at a training camp in South London learning how to run and promote this exciting new format and incorporate it into their development plans. I joined them for a day to find out more (I took a blinding catch when called upon, but generally mine was a watching and learning brief).

While, for many, cricket's greatness lies in its complexity and subtlety, these are not the characteristics that help hook the uninitiated. This requires a format that is simple to understand and exciting to play. Street 20 is played by two teams of six, with twenty balls per side bowled in five four-ball overs. Everyone, barring the wicketkeeper, gets a bat and a bowl; the scoring is simple; and the games, fast and vocal. It can be played indoors or outdoors all year long and has been a great success in introducing cricket to disadvantaged communities in the UK as well as providing opportunities for players with disabilities.

Andy Sellins, CEO of Cricket for Change, explained how the UK model has worked abroad: "We have run similar Street 20 development programmes in Israel, Palestine, Jamaica and Afghanistan and they have been successful in bringing together young people from different ethnic, religious and social and economic backgrounds to work positively together."

The three-day course saw practical sessions where coaches learned how to host the games and generated ideas on how to tailor the format to their own circumstances. For instance, Spain intend to introduce it into the beach fiestas that bring young people out in numbers during the summer season. Finland, meanwhile, acknowledge that weather may see it being predominantly an indoor format, played in schools and leisure centres. These practical sessions, which included some nail-biting games and expert advice on umpiring, were complemented by sessions on promotion through social media and incorporating Street 20 into national development plans and player pathways. A recent training camp in European affiliate Serbia was very well received, and the ambition is to replicate this on a larger scale.

It is hoped that the simplicity and inclusivity of the format can tempt youngsters to the game and overcome some of the traditional barriers of outreach programmes such as the need for expensive equipment, specialist facilities and complex rules – the understanding of which exceeds the attention span of the average teenager! ICC Europe will provide grants to the six pilots who will target boys and girls under 19 years-of-age, working with schools, clubs and community groups. The plan is for national programmes to culminate in a European tournament.

All countries came brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, discussing initiatives such as 'Lads and Dads' and 'Bring a Friend' days. All hope that the programme will lead to a greater number of youth players in clubs, national age-group teams and ultimately an increase in the quality and quantity of the player base. The ICC is confident that if the six pilots are a success other European members will join the party.

Like Kwik-cricket, which has been successful in introducing cricket to the Under-11 age-group, Street 20 is seen as an important stage in the progression to senior, hard-ball cricket. It also has the potential to help countries spread cricket from existing centres and focal points. For instance, cricket in Greece is concentrated on the island of Corfu, and they hope Street 20 is the format that can help them crack Athens.

The ICC has high hopes and ambitious plans for Street 20 and this must be reflected in long-term support for the members piloting the format. But there is also an opportunity for each member country to use the popularity of the format to attract sponsors and governmental sources of income to capitalise on initial breakthroughs and spread the format, geographically.

Cricket is littered with examples of initiatives that have begun with real promise but left no lasting legacy. And it is no surprise that legacy was the most frequently used word in the planning sessions. There was a consensus that Street 20 must leave a legacy, not only in an expanded player base but also in the network of coaches and umpires that are so often the unsung heroes of associate and affiliate cricket.

If it can also generate more media coverage, help forge relationships between clubs, schools and community groups, and provide opportunities for traditionally hard-to-reach social groups then it has the potential to be one of most significant development initiatives of the modern era.

Further information:
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ICC agree to switch of Scotland v Canada to Ayr

Dubai, 8 July 2012

Pepsi World Cricket League Championship

Grange ruled unplayable after river bursts its banks and floods playing area

The ICC have agreed to a late venue switch for the Pepsi World Cricket League Championship games between Scotland and Canada to Ayr Cricket Club after the original ground at The Grange was declared unplayable after the ground was flooded when the Water of Leith burst its banks following recent heavy rainfall.

A formal request to move the fixture was made by the host Cricket Scotland to ICC today (Sunday). The final decision to switch venues was made after consultation with the ICC, an investigation of the conditions at Ayr and discussing the options with both team managements, who both agreed to the change of venue because of the exceptional circumstances.

The first match day, scheduled for Monday 9 July, has already been abandoned. It is hoped that with the benefit of a full day of preparation that the first WCL Championship game will now utilise the reserve day and be played at Ayr on Tuesday 10 July. The second ODI will be played as scheduled on Wednesday 11 July with the ability to use the reserve day on Thursday 12th July if required.

The top two teams from the WCL Championship will automatically join ICC’s 10 Full Members in the ICC CWC 2015, while the bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they will lock horns for the remaining two places in the ICC CWC 2015 by competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014.

To read more about the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship, please click here.

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QuipuTV renews commitment to Associate nations’ Cricket World Cup qualification campaign

July 5, 2012

Pepsi World Cricket League Championship

QuipuTV has secured an agreement with the International Cricket Council to stream four Pepsi World Cricket League Championship matches this month.

The One Day Internationals between Scotland & Canada (Edinburgh, July 9 & 11) and Netherlands & UAE (Rotterdam, July 21 & 23) are part of each teams’ world cup qualification campaign.

All four countries compete in the league championship, along with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, and Kenya; with the top two teams qualifying for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

QuipuTV continues to build its cricket coverage after the successful livestreaming of 14 matches from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Dubai in March, but Managing Director, Jack McGill, admits coverage of this series of matches will be scaled down.

“The financial reality is that we can only provide skeleton coverage of these matches, but we want to demonstrate to fans of Associate and Affiliate cricket and to the ICC that we are committed to this level of the sport and want to assist with its continued development.”

Cricket Scotland CEO, Roddy Smith, said, "The livestreaming of Associate and Affiliate matches in the last 18 months has been warmly received by fans and players, and enabled thousands to watch matches they otherwise could not attend, so it's fantastic that QuipuTV are once again committed to supporting these internationals."

In another positive move, QuipuTV has negotiated for Roger’s Sportsnet (www.sportsnet.ca) in Canada to host their livestream of the Scotland v Canada matches, with UK viewers able to watch on Cricket Scotland’s website, www.cricketscotland.com. Viewers for Netherlands v UAE can visit www.kncb.nl.

“Our hope,” concludes McGill, “is that by building stronger relationships with host television broadcasters for our livestream, highlights packages, and interviews, we can take our coverage to the next level and to an ever greater number of viewers and fans.”

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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Azzurri: forget the football, take up cricket instead

By Tim Brooks

Azzurri by Tim Brooks

As we strolled around the boundary a light breeze picked up to cool us from the heat of the mid-afternoon sun. Behind us the Apennine Hills rose to sweeping, verdant heights as we looked beyond the wickets to the green and yellow hues of the plains of the Emilia Romagna. It was quite a contrast from our last meeting, sat in the QuipuTV commentary position at the Global Cricket Academy Ground, Dubai, looking out over the dusty tracts of Dubai and shielding our eyes from the desert dust storm that swirled around us. Clasping our microphones close, we craned our necks to see if yet another shot in anger would clear the ropes for a maximum. It rained boundaries that day in Dubai, as theT20 world cup qualifiers reached a crescendo, but here, at the picturesque ground of Pionoro, nestled in the hills above Bologna, the pace of the cricket, and indeed of life, was a little more leisurely.

Simone Gambino, president of the Italian Cricket Federation, a Latin Henry Blofeld, with no less vigour, vitality or store of anecdotes, was looking on with interest at the women’s fixture that pitted Rome against Milan. Having seen 41 international teams in my time this was a new and eye-opening experience. Women’s cricket in Italy is very much in its infancy but while not every delivery, or indeed arm, was straight the enthusiasm and commitment was there to see. Simone, who has done more than anyone to establish cricket in the country, looked on with pride. “You have to give it time to grow”, he said, as the umpire stretched his arms out wide once more.

Commentating for QuipuTV, Simone had introduced listeners around the world to his own, inimitable descriptions such as ‘squeezing the toothpaste’ (a cramped forcing shot square off the back foot) and spoken with passion about AC Milan, a club he was keen to point out, played cricket before football. Having selected established professionals such as Di Veneto and Gareth Berg in Dubai, qualifying through Italian passports, this was another side of the Italian game, less glamorous perhaps, but equally if not more important.

The passion for the game amongst local players, like Pionoro captain Leonela Di Giglio, who as well as keeping wicket and opening the batting is also an international scorer, while still studying pharmacy in Bologna, was inspiring. In English shires you only need go to the next village to find a green and a game. But in Italy, with a paucity of grounds and facilities, players regularly make round trips of up to 8 hours to play the game they love.

It was this colour and context that Simone and I looked to share with viewers in Dubai, to show that many of these international teams, competing to join the stars of the sport at the T20 world cups, are raised in cultures where cricket is a minor sport, kept alive and thriving by enthusiasts. To truly appreciate and value cricket at this level you must look beyond the squads and the statistics to the story that lies beneath them, for that is where inspiration is drawn, whatever the result on the field.

And Simone Gambino is a storyteller and raconteur of the very first rank. A gentleman, a cricketing pioneer, and the most affable co-commentator I could have wished for.

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
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SCOTTISH WOMEN'S HOCKEY TESTS TO BE LIVESTREAMED

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

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Glasgow-based production company QuipuTV will be providing a live online stream of five women’s hockey test matches between Scotland and South Africa, beginning this Sunday, May 27, at Clydesdale Western Hockey Club in Glasgow.

QuipuTV’s internet TV coverage of the matches will be globally available through the websites of Scottish Hockey and South African Hockey Association. The live coverage will be free-to-air, with a VoD of each match available shortly after for $0.99 USD.

Although in 18th position, currently six places below South Africa in the world rankings, Scotland will provide tough opposition for the tourists as part of their pre-Olympic UK tour and in fact beat South Africa 2-0 in their test series last July.

Stuart Moffatt of Scottish Hockey said: “Scotland’s women have been on an upward curve recently, recording a bronze medal at the FIH Champions Challenge and winning the EuroHockey Nations Championsip II last summer. We’re looking forward to seeing them compete with South Africa and excited that QuipuTV can take these matches to a gobal audience.”

Jack McGill, managing director of QuipuTV, added: “It’s fantastic to be able to provide a platform for Scottish hockey to be seen around the world and we’re inviting all hockey fans to be part of our coverage through Twitter (#SASCOhockey) and Facebook.”

All five matches will be played on the new international pitch at Clydesdale’s Titwood ground and the first match will also mark the official opening of the new facilities at Clydesdale, led by Scottish sports broadcaster Alison Walker.

The opening of the new facilities will be attended by representatives of a wide range of sports funding bodies, headed by Councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow City's Commonwealth Games committee.

Following the opening match on May 27, starting at 2.30pm (13.30 GMT), the other games are scheduled for May 28 (13.30 GMT), May 30 (7.30pm, 18.30 GMT), June 1 (18.30 GMT) and June 2 (13.30 GMT).

Viewers can access the webcasts at www.quipu.tv, www.scottish-hockey.org.uk, or www.sahockey.co.za.
ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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Sport Arabia announced as broadcast sponsor for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Tuesday 13th March 2012

Sport ArabiaSport Arabia will be the broadcast sponsor for QuipuTV’s live-streamed coverage of fourteen group matches in this week's ICC World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

The UK-based company specialise in sports tours and tournaments in Dubai & the UAE and are the organisers of the Emirates Airline Twenty20 along with the MCC’s English County curtain-raiser held annually in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Stadium.

ICC World T20 QualifierThe tournament gets underway in the UAE tomorrow and runs to 24 March. The top two teams will qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 to be held in Sri Lanka in September and October this year.

Sixteen countries will participate in two pools of eight. Matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Roger Myall, Sales Director at Sport Arabia said, “Sport Arabia is delighted to be QuipuTV’s broadcast sponsor for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. It is the ideal vehicle to showcase Dubai & the UAE as the perfect cricketing destination to teams from around the world and we look forward to hosting touring sides in the very same venues as they will see during this ICC event.”

Jack McGill, QuipuTV's managing director, added: ”There is huge anticipation among the players out here in Dubai for what promises to be an exciting tournament. We’re delighted to announce Sport Arabia as our broadcast sponsor, as their ambitions reflect perfectly the reasons why Dubai is a fantastic location for this event.”

The fourteen matches QuipuTV will stream are:

Tuesday 13 March AM: Ireland v Namibia; PM: Kenya v Scotland
Wednesday 14 March AM: Canada v PNG; PM: Uganda v Oman
Thursday 15 March AM: Namibia v USA; PM: Scotland v Uganda
Friday 16 March AM: Netherlands v Denmark; PM: Ireland v USA
Sunday 18 March AM: Hong Kong v Denmark; PM: Afghanistan v Canada
Monday 19 March AM: Netherlands v Nepal; PM: PNG v Bermuda
Tuesday 20 March AM: Afghanistan v Bermuda; PM: Namibia v Italy

The pool matches will be streamed live on www.quipu.tv, as well as the websites of Cricket Scotland, Ireland, Bermuda, USA, Demark, KNCB and USA.

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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Scots multimedia company agrees deal to cover ICC World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier

Thursday 8th March 2012

ICC World T20 QualifierQuipuTV has secured an agreement with the International Cricket Council to stream fourteen group matches in next week's ICC World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

The tournament gets underway in the UAE on 13 March and runs to 24 March. The top two teams will qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 to be held in Sri Lanka in September and October this year.

Sixteen countries will participate in two pools of eight. Matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Tim Anderson, the ICC's Global Development Manager said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Associate and Affiliate cricket to be seen by a global audience. We are delighted that fans will be able to watch a live online stream of the biggest tournament in the history of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme.”

Pepsi ICC Development ProgrammeJack McGill, QuipuTV's managing director, added: “Internet and technological advances make webcasting cricket much cheaper than traditional television broadcasting, which requires a fleet of production and satellite trucks. In Dubai we will be streaming live cricket matches with four cameras and a computer. It’s redesigning the nature of how we broadcast, giving fans the opportunity to watch the group stages of this important tournament.”

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
Skype: QuipuTV

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INVERLEITH EURO TOURNAMENT LIVE ON INTERNET TV

Monday 13th February 2012

Inverleith Hockey ClubInverleith Hockey Club, competing in and hosting a European indoor club tournament for the first time, has secured the services of QuipuTV to provide live streaming coverage of the event over the internet.

All 21 matches of the seven-team EuroHockey Men's Indoor Trophy will be screened live from the new [EN]Gage sports centre at Napier University in Edinburgh, over three days starting on Friday 17 February. The 2011 Scottish indoor champions will be joined by the indoor champion clubs from France, Belgium, the Ukraine, Czech Republic, Portugal and Denmark. The tournament finalists gain promotion to the Championship division.

It will be the first time that a European hockey tournament has been televised live from Scotland. Glasgow-based Quipu TV will have four cameras covering the event, showing seven games each day.

John Bell, the Inverleith club's vice-president who has spearheaded the organisation of the event, said: "We had a huge success at the beginning of the year with the Richard Docherty memorial tournament, which featured so many top players from around Europe. This served as a full-scale 'dress rehearsal' for the forthcoming European Trophy, and we were determined to make live coverage possible.

"The Engage Sports Centre at Napier University's Sighthill campus proved to be an ideal venue, and we were able to provide spectator seating for 250 people. However, there will be many times more supporters of all the visiting clubs who will be keen to see how their teams progress. This is why the proposed live streamed coverage is perfectly suited to the occasion."

Coverage will be free-to-air, and directly accessible through the Inverleith Hockey Club website www.inverleith-hc.co.uk, or from the Scottish Hockey Union's website www.scottish-hockey.org.uk.

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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QUIPU TV TO STREAM FOR THE BARMY ARMY

Friday 6th January 2012

A newly-formed Scottish media company has been given the rights for live online streaming of England v ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI, to be played in the lead-up to England’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next week.

Quipu TV will be providing this multi-camera coverage of the three-day game at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai from 7-9 January, between Andrew Strauss’s team and Irish captain William Porterfield’s men.

The match will serve as a warm-up game in the Gulf conditions for England and be a showcase for some of the top cricketers from the non-Test playing nations, including stars from Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, Namibia and the UAE.

Coverage of the match is expected to be particularly popular amongst the 25,000 members of English cricket's Barmy Army, whose travellers are not expected to arrive in Dubai until the week following England’s tour opener.

Quipu TV’s programmes are now available through the following websites: CricketEurope, Cricket Scotland, Cricket Ireland, or Asian Cricket Council. QuipuTV is now accepting advance payments to access live coverage of the match between England and the ICC Associate & Affiliate XI. A payment gateway contained within the video player will allow access to eight hours of live coverage on all three days of the match, for only US$9.99.

Viewers simply click on the BUY tab within the video player and follow the instructions to pay by credit card or via Paypal. A username and password will be emailed to viewers allowing them to log in and access coverage at any point during the match. Everything needed is contained within the player.

The company expects to be on air continuously from 0515 to 1330 GMT on each of the three days, providing live ball-by-ball coverage, expert commentary, with live interviews and features before and after the game, and during the intervals. And an as-live recording of each day's play will be available to view from approximately 1600 GMT.

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
Skype: QuipuTV

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Live coverage of England v Associate XI - PPV Gateway is now active

Thursday 5th January 2012

QuipuTV is now accepting advance payments to access live coverage of the match between England and the ICC Associate & Affiliate XI.

The three-day match, which is being played Jan 7-9 at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, will be available through a PPV video player priced $9.99 USD.

Viewers simply click on the BUY tab within the video player and follow the instructions to pay by credit card or via Paypal. A username and password will be emailed to viewers allowing them to log in and access coverage at any point during the match. Everything needed is contained within the player.
The video player is now embedded in the following websites:

CricketEurope
Cricket Scotland
Cricket Ireland
Cricket Namibia
Asian Cricket Council
Cricket Canada
KNCB

Coverage will begin on Saturday 7th January at 0515h GMT.

The company expects to be on air continuously from 0915 to 1730 Dubai time (0515 to 1330 GMT) on each of the three days, providing live ball-by-ball coverage, expert commentary, with live interviews and features before and after the game, and during the intervals. And an as-live recording of each day's play will be available to view from approximately 2000 Dubai time (1600 GMT).

ENDS

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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QUIPU TV SHOWCASING ASSOCIATE CRICKET TALENT

Friday 30 December 2011

A newly-formed Scottish media company has been given the non-exclusive rights for live online streaming of their multi-camera coverage of the England v ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI match to be played in the United Arab Emirates next week in the lead-up to England’s series against Pakistan.

Quipu TV, which was set up this year following earlier live streaming successes, will be providing this online coverage of the three-day game between Andrew Strauss’s team and Irish captain William Porterfield’s men at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai from 7-9 January.

The match will serve as a warm-up game in the Gulf conditions for England before their series with Pakistan. It will also be a showcase for some of the top cricketers from the non-Test playing nations, including stars from Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, Namibia and the UAE.

Coverage of the match is expected to be popular amongst fans of Irish and Afghan cricket, who have been growing in number as their respective teams continue to upset the Test nations. The 25,000 members of English cricket's Barmy Army, whose travellers are not expected to arrive in Dubai until after England's tour opener, will also be paying close attention.

Quipu TV’s programmes will be made available through at least eight cricketing websites, including Cricket Europe and the websites of various Associate nations*. A paywall contained within the video player will allow access to eight hours of live coverage on all three days of the match, for only US$9.99.

Chief executive Jack McGill said: "It's fantastic that we have been granted non-exclusive live online coverage rights to this game, and a privilege to bring it to fans of Associate and Affiliate level cricket across the globe. We hope that this coverage will be the catalyst to providing future free-to-air coverage of cricket between the Associate and Affiliate countries."

The company expects to be on air continuously from 0915 to 1730 Dubai time (0515 to 1330 GMT) on each of the three days, providing live ball-by-ball coverage, expert commentary, with live interviews and features before and after the game, and during the intervals. And an as-live recording of each day's play will be available to view from approximately 2000 Dubai time (1600 GMT).

ENDS

Note for Editors: Websites serving European audiences include: Cricket Europe, Cricket Scotland, Cricket Ireland, KNCB (Netherlands) with the Asian Cricket Council also among those featuring the coverage...

Further information:
Mike Stanger, Quipu TV
Jack McGill, Quipu TV
Web: www.quipu.tv
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuipuTV
Twitter: @QuipuTV
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