India’s favourite and homegrown T20 cricket league, IPL is set to kick-off its 16th season on 31st March, 2023. Ten franchise teams will feature once again and Gujarat Titans will be defending the title this season.
IPL 2023 made highlights last year when it became the 2nd most valuable sports league in the world by selling the media rights at a whopping INR 48,390 crore. Star Sports Network retained the domestic broadcast rights while Viacom18 bagged the digital rights for the seasons 2023-2027.
In India, Viacom18 will live stream all the 74 matches of IPL 2023 on the JioCinema app. It is the same platform which did the live streaming of Fifa World Cup 2022.
JioCinema has recently confirmed that the users will be able to live stream the IPL 2023 for free on the app, unlike the previous IPL digital platform Hotstar+Disney which used to have paid subscription to watch the IPL matches.
Along with the free live stream, JioCinema is offering many new features, to be seen in IPL streaming for the first time.
With the advent of smartphones and the internet, mobile live streaming has become quite common. Millions of mobile users live stream IPL on their phones with the help of high-speed internet.
Until last year, Hotstar+Disney app offered IPL live streaming for all the subscribed users. In the last IPL media rights auction, Viacom18 bagged the digital rights for the IPL.
Viacom18 will live stream IPL on the JioCinema app for free in better quality options than Hotstar+Disney.
You can download the JioCinema app from Google Store or App Store and play the matches without paying for any subscription.
Viacom18 bagged the digital rights for IPL for a whopping INR 20,500 crore ($2.5 Billions). They will use the JioCinema app to live stream the IPL for free for all the users.
JioCinema has been live streaming many Cricket leagues and recently, they also did the live streaming for the Fifa World Cup 2022 throughout India and they received a positive feedback. The viewers saw many new features during the Fifa World Cup live streaming which the company will bring to the IPL streaming as well.
Therefore, it is anticipated that this year’s IPL live streaming will be a game changing experience for the viewers and they will receive all the services for free.
IPL is watched and loved by cricket fans all around the world. IPL witnesses a large number of viewership from outside the country. Every year the IPL is getting bigger and reaching out to more and more cricket fans. It is also available for broadcast in non-cricketing nations as well.
Here is a list of all the TV broadcasters which provide IPL action to various countries.
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports Cricket|
|United States||Willow TV|
|Australia||Fox Sports, Yupp TV|
|Middle East||beIN Sports|
|South Africa||Super Sport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport NZ|
|Afghanistan||Radio Television Afghanistan|
|Nepal||Yupp TV, Net TV Nepal|
|Sri Lanka||Yupp TV, SLRC, Peo TV|
|Maldives||Yupp TV, Medianet|
Bangladesh is one of the Indian sub-continent countries which loves Cricket almost as much as India does. Some of the top Bangladeshi players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Das will be part of the league in the upcoming season.
In Bangladesh, Channel 9 provides live broadcast for the IPL. Channel 9 is a Bangladeshi-Bengali language TV channel and every year it provides IPL live coverage throughout the nation.
English cricketers have always been some of the key players in the IPL every year. In the last IPL auction, England all-rounder Sam Curran broke the record of being the most expensive player ever in the history of the IPL when Punjab Kings bought him with a bid of INR 18.50 crore. Other key players like Ben Stokes, Joe Root will also be part of the upcoming season which will bring a lot of viewership from the region.
Sky Sports is the top sports channel in the UK which provides live coverage of the Indian Premier League across the UK and Ireland. Sky Sports is a subscription based television channel which is owned by Sky Group.
Australian players have also made a huge mark in the IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad have won their IPL title in 2016 under the captaincy of the Aussie top-order batter David Warner. In the upcoming season of the IPL, we will see Cameron Green, Adam Zampa, Jhye Richardson and Daniel Sams in action.
Cameron Green ended up getting a final bid of INR 17.25 crore by Mumbai Indians which made him the most expensive Australian player in the IPL history and the 2nd most expensive player ever after Sam Curran.
With such influential players in the league, IPL is loved and watched by millions of Australians. Many Aussie cricket experts give their consistent reviews about the IPL matches. Fox Sports brings the IPL live action to the Aussie viewers. Fox Sports is a part of the Foxtel group and it is different from the Fox Sports in the US.
South Africa is also among the top cricketing nations which offers a long list of players to participate in the IPL T20 league. Some of the top Proteas players like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada have made a big name in the league.
South Africa and other parts of Africa receive all the IPL action live from the SuperSport channel. SuperSport is one of the top sports channels in the region and it broadcasts all the major sports. SuperSport offers various channels which broadcast live IPL to South Africa, Rest of Africa and Nigeria.
Sri Lanka also has a strong presence in the IPL with players like Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Matheesha Pathirana being part of the retained players list for the upcoming season.
YuppTV is available in Sri Lanka and it provides live coverage for the IPL. YuppTV is an OTT content provider which offers South Asian content to broadcast around the world. Along with this, PEO TV and SLRC TV channels will also bring you live IPL action in Sri Lanka.
UAE loves to watch cricket and the famous stadiums in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi have hosted a lot of prominent Cricket tournaments. Two seasons of IPL have also been hosted by UAE which popularised the league a lot more in the region.
In the Middle-East and North Africa region, beIN Sports have the broadcast rights for the IPL 2023. It is a global sports channel which is run by Qatari media group beIN.
beIN Sports brings the IPL coverage to these countries - Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.