One of the things I've been missing since moving to Seattle is the cricket. Until now.
With the Ashes starting soon...I looked around for the various options I might have, including sattelite and online delivery. The DirecTV via sattelite option was too expensive as I don't have the DirecTV gear installed. This would cost me $480 for a 12 month base-level package plus $225 for the cricket channel. If I already subscribed to a DirecTV service this would be $225. I also looked at Setanta.TV, an online service, but they don't have any details yet.
Insstead I've gone for DirecTV and Willow TV's online service - $209.95 for whole of the 2005 international cricket season - all countries (including ODI's). The service provides a 400kbps (and lower if you need it) live stream, delivered over Akamai's network.
The picture quality is very good - not TV quality, but good enough. I'm in heaven. Well, not quite...all I need now is for England to beat Australia in the Ashes Test Series 😉