ECB reportedly makes play to host IPL in England

The suspended IPL season could be restarted in England if ambitious plans from a group of counties are successful. According to a report from the PA, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made contact with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over continuing the indefinitely suspended tournament.  The 2021 IPL […]

IPL indefinitely suspended as India battles Covid surge

The Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament has been indefinitely suspended as the country continues to be ravaged by a latest wave of Covid-19 infections. Since the 2021 season started last month, the number of infections in India has seen a huge spike, with the country this week recording well over 300,000 new cases per […]

YuppTV picks up international IPL streaming rights

Indian streaming platform YuppTV has reacquired international streaming rights to the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The tournament, which is scheduled to start this coming weekend, will be streamed by YuppTV in almost 90 territories, with the platform broadcasting all 60 matches. The deal covers continental Europe, Australia, Sri Lanka, Central and South […]

Biggest IPL ever sees 383 billion minutes watched in major boost for Disney in India

The 2020 iteration of the Indian Premier League attracted record audiences and a significant boost for Disney-owned Star India. The competition, which had been delayed twice, was hosted as a special edition in the United Arab Emirates over a two month period which wrapped up last week. According to figures released by the Broadcast Audience […]

Disney pauses Indian rollout as coronavirus delays IPL season

Despite seeing successful launches in a number of European countries, Disney has postponed the launch of Disney+ in India.  The service was initially set to launch in the country on March 29 via Disney-owned Hotstar, but a spokesperson has confirmed that the rollout has been ‘briefly paused’. The launch was meant to coincide with the […]

IPL could lose over US$500 million in lost broadcast revenue

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is reportedly staring down the barrel of a INR3,869.5 (US$521.6 million) loss of broadcast revenues should the Twenty20 cricket tournament not take place amid the coronavirus pandemic. India has not yet been seriously hit by the virus, with only 152 cases at the time of writing. But as one of […]

Sky wins back IPL rights

Sky Sports has regained the Indian Premier League cricket tournament through to 2023. The league is the leading Twenty20 cricket franchise, and recorded 462 million viewers in its native India in 2019, according to BARC. Sky previously held the rights from 2015-18, but was unable to reach an agreement with Disney-owned Star India in 2019. […]

21st Century Fox to up investment in Indian streaming service Hotstar

Twenty-First Century Fox has announced plans to up its investment in its Indian streaming service Hotstar after seeing strong reach and an increase in viewers for IPL cricket. Speaking on 21st Century Fox’s third quarter earnings call last week, CEO James Murdoch said that the company’s Star India subsidiary will invest about US$50 million in […]