As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 kicks off today, fans will need to turn to new platforms for live streaming, as Disney+ Hotstar is no longer the exclusive streaming destination.
IPL 2023 Key Points
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins today, with the opening match featuring the Gujarat Titans versus the Chennai Super Kings at the renowned Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This two-month-long cricket extravaganza is a delight for sports enthusiasts across India, who wouldn’t want to miss any of the action. However, Disney+ Hotstar will not be live streaming the IPL 2023 season, so where can fans catch the matches? Continue reading for all the details.
Where to watch IPL 2023?
Several streaming options are available for IPL 2023. On live TV, Star Sports has renewed its broadcasting contract for the tournament, ensuring fans can catch the action on the Star Sports channel. Additionally, Viacom 18 secured the rights to live stream the matches in India, paying a staggering Rs 20,500 crore to BCCI.
The IPL broadcasting rights for the 2023-2027 season fetched a whopping Rs 48,390 crore ($6.2 billion) for BCCI. In a surprising move, Jio revealed that it would live stream the entire IPL 2023 season for free on its JioCinema app. This allows fans to enjoy the live stream without purchasing an OTT subscription.
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Moreover, all matches will be accessible in 4K Resolution (Ultra HD) for free in 12 languages, including English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, and Bhojpuri, across all telecom providers. Jio also promises a complimentary multi-cam feature on the JioCinema app this season.
It is worth noting that Jio secured the streaming rights for the FIFA 2022 World Cup last year and live-streamed all matches in 4K. However, viewers faced several issues, including buffering problems, despite having high-quality internet connections. It remains to be seen whether Jio has addressed these concerns to ensure a seamless streaming experience for IPL fans this time around.