Willow (TV channel)

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WILLOW
Willow Cricket.PNG
Launched September 21, 2010
Owned by Private
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan The home for cricket in North America
Country United States
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Sister channel(s) NEO Cricket (former competitor; current second feed of Willow's schedule on some providers due to contractual issues)[1]
Website willow.tv
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 2024
Dish Network Channel 712
IPTV
Verizon FiOS Channel 806 (HD)
Apple TV "Willow TV" channel (subscription required)
Streaming media
YouTube Willow TV

WILLOW (Willow Cricket) is an American sports channel which is completely devoted to airing overseas cricket events, including live and recorded matches and other cricket-related programming in English, with the majority of its advertising targeted towards the South Asian diaspora in North America. The network is carried both as a traditional cable channel which airs on cable and satellite systems, and a paid streaming service available on Willow and Apple TV.

The network was launched on September 21, 2010 and broadcasts cricket matches and several cricket-based programs and coverage from around the world. The channel merged with NEO Cricket's American network in February 2013 as that provider drew down their American operations with the Willow name remaining.[1]

Willow's cable channel is available via satellite providers DISH Network and DirecTV, which is available both a la carte and bundled in various South Asian language packs on DISH and the HindiDirect package on DirecTV. It is also available on cable systems like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and Cox, varying between extended sports packages or offered with other South Asian networks.[2]

Willow has operated an Internet portal for live streaming of cricket events at willow.tv since 2010 for a monthly subscription fee. Willow has driven various innovations in the coverage of cricket, like video-based live scorecards and editorials. The website provides subscribers with video streams available on laptops, smartphones and tablets, plus web-connected devices like Roku, Boxee, GoogleTV, Samsung's Internet@TV and Playstation 3. A dedicated app for Willow was added for Apple TV on June 24, 2014.[3]

Match rights[edit]

Willow holds the rights to the matches of the following teams and leagues:

National teams[edit]

ICC Events[edit]

ICC Events 2015-2023

ICC major global events:

ICC qualifying events:

Other ICC events:

League and other competitions[edit]

Former rights[edit]

Subscription cancellation policy[edit]

As of April 2016, Willow.tv does not have an option to cancel subscription online and neither does it have a customer care phone number to contact.[4] To cancel subscription, users have to send a mail to the customer care. Willow has been criticised for slower email response time to cancel subscription and billing customers even after cancelling subscriptions[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Neo sells broadcasting biz in US to Willow TV". IndianTelevision.com. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Willow Cricket TV Channel subscription Information". Willow TV. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kahn, Jordan (24 June 2014). "Apple TV adds ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and redesigned Flickr app". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Terms of Use". Willow TV. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Consumer complaints for Willow TV - Serving the Silicon Valley BBB". Bbb.org. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

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