Sri Lankan television offers viewers live broadcasts of sporting events and events pertaining to national political news. The Sri Lankan audience typically gravitates to national and international cricket matches, and foreign channels such as the U.S.-based Willow TV offer Sri Lankans subscription packages for its live cricket broadcasts.
Willow TV is a 24-hour channel for the sport of cricket, and most Sri Lankan cable and satellite TV customers can sign up to view live broadcasts of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the West Indies Cricket Board, the Indian Premiere League, Cricket Australia, Zimbabwe Cricket and Sri Lanka Cricket, among others.
Domestically, broadcasters such as News First are Sri Lanka's TV source for live events affecting national politics. Sri Lanka's 2015 national election proceedings for the office of prime minister and lower posts were broadcast live on the channel, including district-by-district ballot tabulations, speeches from the candidates, statements of concession from defeated candidates, and speeches of candidates declaring victory once Sri Lanka's elections commission certified the results.
Depending on the language of the subjects at the center of a news story, News First typically offers subtitles for its live news stories in English, Sinhala or Tamil.
For its desktop and mobile audience, News First's website offers a free live stream of the channel via the service UStream and links to a YouTube channel, which regularly posts News First's most recent live news broadcasts.