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Bollywood ceremony won't be televised live

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Without tickets to Saturday's International Indian Film Academy awards show, chances are slim of witnessing the extravaganza staged at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

There is no live television broadcast. The program will be videotaped for televising in June on Star Plus, an Indian cable channel locally available to Verizon Fios and Dish TV subscribers for an additional fee.

IIFA claims the show will eventually reach an estimated 800 million viewers in 110 countries. Some markets are remote, many without systems of measuring viewership, so those numbers will be difficult to confirm.

On Verizon Fios, Star Plus is Ch. 1751, part of a four-channel South Asian Hindi package available for $34.99 per month. Dish TV offers Star Plus on Ch. 696, part of a two-channel Indian television package that costs $24.99 per month.

Two of Tampa Bay's most popular cable providers, Bright House and DirecTV, don't include Star Plus in their lineups.

The alternative is patience, until someone uploads the pageantry on YouTube, where portions of previous IIFA ceremonies can be viewed.

Just don't confuse IIFA footage with the similarly glamorous Filmfare, Zee Cine, Big Star, Screen, National and Star Guild award show clips. India's film industry apparently enjoys congratulating itself as much as Hollywood does.

Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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