Sony Pictures Networks India has secured the TV and digital rights for all New Zealand-based men’s and women’s cricket matches for the next seven years, from May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2031. The deal includes India’s tours of New Zealand in the 2026-27 and 2030-31 summers, as well as other bilateral Tests, ODIs, and T20Is played in New Zealand. The matches will be broadcast on SPNI’s sports channels and streamed on SonyLIV, with the digital rights in India shared with Prime Video for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons. The deal is estimated to be worth around $100 million.

N.P. Singh, the MD and CEO of SPNI, highlighted New Zealand’s cricket team’s sportsmanship and strength, stating that it is a privilege to deepen the bond between the team and its fan base in India. Diana Puketapu-Lyndon, the chair of New Zealand Cricket, expressed excitement about the association with Sony Pictures Networks India, a premier sports content provider in the country.

In the world of documentaries, ITV and The Slate Works announced a new documentary titled “Theresa May: The Accidental PM,” which will provide unique access to former British Prime Minister Theresa May during her time in office. The documentary, due to air in June, will explore May’s premiership after assuming power following David Cameron’s resignation post-Brexit referendum in 2016. It will delve into her treatment by those within her cabinet and backbenchers.

BBC Studios revealed that the premium British drama channel BBC First will be launching in Malta on April 1, partnering with major operators in the country. The channel will feature popular shows like “Press,” “Blue Lights,” “Death in Paradise,” and “Beyond Paradise,” aiming to provide high-quality British drama content to Maltese viewers.

ZEE5 Global announced the success of the Indian superhero film “HanuMan,” which has become the second biggest Telugu-language opener on the platform after “RRR.” The film has also become the second biggest opener across all films this year after “Sam Bahadur.” Archana Anand, the chief business officer at ZEE5 Global, praised the film for capturing the essence of South Asian culture and becoming a top title on the platform, contributing to the growing demand for Telugu content globally, especially in the U.S.

Overall, these developments in the world of cricket rights, documentaries, channel launches, and streaming platforms showcase the evolving landscape of entertainment and sports content distribution. Viewers can expect a diverse range of programming, encompassing cricket matches, political documentaries, British dramas, and regional films, catering to varied interests and preferences globally. The partnerships and acquisitions by major players like Sony Pictures Networks India, BBC Studios, and ZEE5 Global highlight the importance of securing quality content and engaging audiences across different platforms and regions.

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