IPL Broadcast Rights 2017
IPL Broadcasters 2017
The Indian Premier League needs no introduction. The presence of the Goliath of domestic cricket can be seen and felt across the globe with its flavor being international in nature. With an ever increasing viewership statistics being recorded owing to the exhilarating style of cricket played, the ‘wow’ factor of the IPL is at an all-time high.
Viewership base is what the broadcasting firm work for and the IPL’s popularity would have to be just what the doctor ordered. It’s quite obvious that every firm would like to lay their hands on the broadcasting rights of the IPL.
The bidding process for the next cycle of ten years of the IPL was invited till the month of October, 2016 as the rights to televise the IPL matches, currently held by Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), would expire after IPL 2017. With the bidding completed, it’s only a matter of time before we get to know the new broadcasters.
IPL in the past has dealt with a lot of litigation issues around broadcasting bids. To make things transparent, the BCCI has decided that the bidders will be involved in an open-tender mode of bidding so that no one can point fingers to the BCCI and reduce unwanted expenditure on litigation based issues.
Sony broadcasts the IPL in India, Nepal and Bhutan as of now. The BCCI have stated that they are happy with the dedicated efforts of Sony India to nurture IPL and make it the most popular cricket league in the world. Sony SIX will broadcast the tournament in english while the Tamil, Bengali , Telugu, and Hindi language feeds will be telecast on SONY ESPN channels. Sony MAX will exclusively broadcast the event in Hindi.
In the UK, Sky network is showing this tournament, while in USA, Willow TV has been awarded to Media rights. Although the Pakistan players won’t be able to play the tournament to be held in the country due to the differences between the two nations, they will able to watch the event nevertheless on the GEO Super Channel. In Singapore, Eleven Sports digital platform elevensports.sg will show the entire tournament for a one-off fee of $33.90 or via daily pass for $2.99 per day. After the 9th of April, the package will cost $41.90. In contrast, cable television operator SingTel is showing the tournament.
While the broadcasting prowess of SPNI was never a doubt, the expiry of its agreement would lead the new broadcaster to the pressure of keeping the people hooked onto their television like SPNI did. To develop the same connect and sustain that in the long run is certainly a herculean task for the moment. It is saddening to know that the IPL 2017 will be SPNI’s last tryst with the IPL for now.
A different angle to this specific scenario would be the prospect of witnessing an extremely entertaining new concept which would take it further from where SPNI had left thereby keeping the fans entertained and set the cash registers ringing in for the new broadcasters. IPL can turn around the fortunes of any broadcasting firm. Let’s wait and see what the new folks manage to do with it.
Other than just on television, the games will also be broadcast on the internet via live streaming. IPL telecast rights 2017 is placed below.
IPL 2017 Broadcasting Rights
Below is a list of the broadcasting channels and the countries they will broadcast in, make sure you check it out and stay tuned.
If the below channels don’t work in your country, check out CricketGateway.com or download the app to watch all the IPLT20 matches in HD.
|IPL 2017 Broadcasters||Country|
|Set MAX, Sony Six (& HD), Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD||India, Bhutan, Nepal|
|Sky Sports (ipl broadcast in uk)||United Kingdom|
|Willow TV||United States (USA)|
|Measat (Astro)||Malaysia, Brunei|
|SuperSport||South Africa & Sub-Saharan territories|
|OSN||Middle East and North Africa|
|SingTel / Eleven Sports||Singapore|
|Carlton Sports Network, ESPN, STAR Cricket||Sri Lanka|
|Sky Sport||New Zealand|
|EMTV||Papua New Guinea|
So as IPL 10 is about to kick-off, the broadcasters will be hoping that this tournament is a bigger success than ever and their TRP and broadcasting rights goes to a new level that will also increase their monetary value.
IPL 10 not only brings delight to the band of cricket lovers with its enticing concept. It also brings a smile on the broadcaster’s face with an earnest promise of a goldmine. Now, it is all down to players to make IPL 2017 an event to remember.