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PUBLISHED: 17:29 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:12 06 July 2010

Norwich City have been handed another FA Cup pay-day - with a difference.

Just days after banking a £67,500 cheque after their first round win over non-league Paulton, which was screened live on ITV, the Canaries' second round game - at either Morecambe or Carlisle - has been chosen for live streaming on the FA's website.

Norwich City have been handed another FA Cup pay-day - with a difference.

Just days after banking a £67,500 cheque after their first round win over non-league Paulton, which was screened live on ITV, the Canaries' second round game - at either Morecambe or Carlisle - has been chosen for live streaming on the FA's website.

That means another cheque for the same amount - and a possible bonus for manager Paul Lambert with the reopening of the transfer window in January looming.

Lambert recently admitted that if FA Cup cash went straight into the club's coffers rather than his own “then so be it”, but having made it clear that he wants the club to have its own permanent goalkeeper, it looks certain he will need money if he is to move swiftly in the new year.

City won't know their next round opponents until a replay at Morecambe next Tuesday - but the FA announced yesterday that the second round match, on Saturday, November 28, would be moved to a 5.15pm kick-off. The match will be streamed live and free at www.thefa.com.

It will be the first time a Norwich City match has been shown exclusively live on the internet.

Live streaming comes as the FA struggle to cope with the aftermath of Setanta Sports' demise.

Setanta handed back live rights to at least two matches in each round of the FA Cup - and while the BBC, ESPN and majority rights holder ITV have taken on some games, they are not willing to match the valuation of second-choice matches.

It led to the FA agreeing a short-term deal to show the first two rounds on ITV or streamed live, although that's where the deal ends.

The first FA Cup game broadcast live on the internet was last week's tie between Oldham and Leeds.

It followed the experiment with the England Under-21 match against Macedonia at Coventry's Ricoh Arena last month.

Stevenage Borough's first round replay against Port Vale next Tuesday will be streamed live by the FA.

All selected games will be free and at two different bit rates to ensure compatibility with viewer's personal bandwidth capacity.


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