TAMPA — Without tickets to Saturday's International Indian Film Academy awards show, chances are slim of witnessing the extravaganza staged at Raymond James Stadium.
Unlike, say, the Super Bowl, there is no live television broadcast of the IIFA awards.
Instead, the program will be video recorded for televising in June on Star Plus, an Indian cable channel available locally 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 India 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 costing $24.99 per month.
Two of the Tampa Bay area's most popular cable providers, Time Warner and Direct TV, don't include Star Plus in their channel 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.
John Travolta expected Saturday
IIFA plans to put out a statement today, but actor John Travolta is expected to walk the green carpet before attending Saturday night's Bollywood film awards at Raymond James Stadium.
An IIFA tradition, the green carpet is where fans without tickets throng to see stars arriving for events. Saturday, it's expected to go from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. IIFA announced plans for Travolta's appearance on Twitter Saturday.
A forecast fit for the movies
IIFA took a bit of a gamble by moving its awards show outside to RayJay. And January, February and March have been wetter than normal, with almost 10 inches of rain (nearly 2 inches more than the three-month average).
But the week's forecast could hardly be better: lows in the 60s, highs in the high 70s and low 80s, no rain forecast, plus lots of sunshine through Wednesday, and partly cloudy skies thereafter.
"The weather looks really nice this week," Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said Sunday. "It's just going to be warm and dry — typical April weather."
Times staff writer Richard Danielson contributed to this report.