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Sony Aath to broadcast Pepsi IPL 2015 in Bengali

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MUMBAI: After tasting success with airing FIFA World Cup 2014 in Bengali, Multi Screen Media’s (MSM) Bengali entertainment channel Sony Aath will offer Bengali language feed for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

This will be the first ever broadcast of the Pepsi IPL on the channel and will also be the first such exercise by MSM to launch a Bengali feed of the tournament. Sony Aath will cover the opening ceremony and all 60 matches of the eight edition of Pepsi IPL.

MSM senior vice president Tushar Shah, who also manages the operations of Sony Aath, said, “With an aim to provide the most premium content to our viewers in West Bengal, we are back yet again to enthrall them by offering a whole new experience of consuming the largest cricketing extravaganza in their favourite language. We believe this initiative will not only help further expand the popularity of the nation’s most beloved cricketing tournament but also augment a larger fan base for the channel.”

MSM CEO N P Singh added, “West Bengal has always been one of the key markets for Pepsi IPL. We believe that by offering the world’s largest cricketing spectacle in one of the most popular and widely spoken languages in the country will help enthrall the viewers. It will create a holistic viewing experience unlike anything else seen before on the channel. Given the tournament’s aggressive growth and ability to connect with millions on a national scale, this year we are positioning the event as ‘India Ka Tyohaar,’ which establishes the event as an annual sporting and entertainment festival.”

As a prelude to the event the channel will run the ‘India Ka Tyohaar’ marketing campaign till the tournament kick-starts on 8 April 2015.

The tournament will feature a total of 60 matches, including the live telecast of the opening ceremony on 7 April, the home and away matches between the franchises, the qualifying playoffs and the finals. The knockout stage will be from 19 – 22 May and conclude with the final match on 24 May, 2015.

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