After the formal approval of the central government on Monday to host the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE, Jio will no longer be able to telecast the 13th season of the IPL live. According to our sources, no agreement has reached between Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV on the IPL broadcast, which has forced Jio to withdraw.
The central government on Monday gave formal approval to host the 13th edition of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates. This was confirmed by the IPL chairman Mr. Brijesh Patel in his recent statement as well. The IPL will be held in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai from September 19 to November 10.
Preparations have also begun for all eight teams in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a focus on player safety. Cricket fans who have been eager to see the thrill of the IPL for the last six months are also happy. But today’s news may come as a shock to many of them.
The league, which starts from September 19 to November 10, will feature ten double-header matches (matches at 3.30 pm). Star Sports Channel has acquired the rights to broadcast the IPL live. Besides that, IPL matches can be watched on the Disney+ Hotstar app.
Earlier, for those who do not have a Disney+ Hotstar subscription, they had the option of the Jio TV app to watch IPL matches. But now, the news coming out will shock millions of Jio customers. Jio will no longer be able to telecast the 13th season of the IPL live. Nothing has come out of the ongoing deal between Hotstar and Jio Tv over the right to a live broadcast.
According to sources, there was no agreement between Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV on the IPL broadcast, and so Jio withdrew it. “Jio TV and Disney+ Hotstar had held talks in March on live telecasts of IPL matches, but no agreement was reached between them. Now the deal has come to an end. But, something could happen at the last minute, ”said the expert.
The 2019 IPL gave Hotstar nearly 300 million viewers. Compared to 2018, this figure increased by 74 percent. 18.6 million people watched the final match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians last year.
Disney+ Hotstar expects all these records to be broken this year. Customers had to subscribe after a 5-minute broadcast on Disney+ Hotstar, but Jio TV was going to show their customers free IPL matches. Now that Jio has withdrawn, cricket fans are will to have to subscribe to Disney+ Hotstar. Unless Jio becomes the title sponsor of IPL it is very unlikely for Jio to telecast the matches.