IPL (or the Indian Premier League for the uninitiated) is set to kick off tomorrow, i.e 7th April 2018, with the opening ceremony followed by the first match of the tournament featuring the reigning champions, Mumbai Indians taking on the old favorites Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. The opening ceremony on 7th April will start at 5 PM and will feature performances from Bollywood stars like Varun Dhawan and Hrithik Roshan.
IPL 11 will be the eleventh season of the IPL and will be held from April 7 to May 27 across India. Eight teams are scheduled to play this year with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals making a comeback after serving two years of suspension. Other teams in the fray include the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sun Risers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Star Sports won the global broadcasting rights for the Vivo IPL 2018 and also for the next five years. Star Sports will be broadcasting the IPL 2018 in six languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali. The TV rights for rest of the world were won by Willow TV for US and Canada, Sky Sports for UK, Fox Sports for Australia, Sky Sport for New Zealand, SuperSport for sub Saharan Africa, beIN Sports for Middle-East and North America, Flow TV for Caribbean, Geo Super for Pakistan, Channel 9 for Bangladesh and Lemar TV for Afghanistan.
If you are one of those who loves to watch IPL online, then you would need to know that the digital rights for India, US and Canada is held by Hotstar, and for rest of the world were won by Sky Sports for UK, Fox Sports for Australia, Sky Sport for New Zealand, SuperSport for sub Saharan Africa, beIN Sports for Middle-East and North America, Flow TV for Caribbean, Geo Super for Pakistan, Channel 9 for Bangladesh and YuppTV for Australia, Europe, SE Asia & South America.
Watch IPL 2018 Live Online in India
As we mentioned earlier, Star’s digital platform, Hotstar has won the exclusive rights to live stream IPL 11 in India. Recently, Hotstar decoupled its Sports bundling and decided to offer it separately, right in time for IPL 2018. As part of the introductory offer, Hotstar is offering the All Sports Subscription at Rs 299/year. Although most of the Live sporting events are also transmitted for free subscribers (albeit delayed by few minutes), Hotstar will only be offering 10 minutes of IPL footage for free users.
But Hotstar has entered into a deal with two of the biggest telecom operators in India, Reliance Jio and Airtel, where their subscribers would be able to watch IPL matches live on their phones and computers for free through Jio TV and Airtel TV respectively.
Yesterday, Reliance Jio announced that the Hotstar app for JioPhone is now available, so even those with a feature phone will now be able to enjoy live streaming of IPL 2018. Desktop and Laptop users (Windows, Mac OS, linux) can watch the IPL 2018 live stream on Hotstar.com.
Watch IPL 2018 Live Stream in US & Canada
Star’s digital Platform, Hotstar has also won rights to live stream IPL 11 in the US and Canada regions. People will be able to download the Hotstar app on Android or iOS and watch the IPL 2018 live. Of course, the website Hotstar.com will also be live streaming IPL in the US and Canada regions.
Willow TV is also expected to live stream IPL matches in the US and Canada.
Watch IPL 2018 online in UK and Ireland
Sky Sports will be live streaming the IPL 2018 in the UK. The country’s second-biggest broadcaster has won the exclusive rights to live stream IPL 2018 in Britain. One can download the Sky Go app for Android or iOS to watch the IPL 2018 Live online. Now TV is also expected to live stream IPL 2018 in the United Kingdom.
How to Watch IPL 2018 online in Australia
In Australia, YuppTV holds the exclusive live streaming rights for IPL 11. Here is the link to watch IPL 2018 live online on YuppTV. YuppTV has bagged the digital rights to stream IPL 2018 live online in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, South America and South East Asia.
If you have a Foxtel subscription of A$39 a month, you can live stream IPL 2018 in Australia. That’s an additional option as compared to YuppTV.
How to Watch IPL 2018 in Pakistan
Even though Pakistan players are not part of the IPL 2018, cricket lovers in Pakistan will be able to watch IPL 2018 online thanks to Geo Super. You can check out their website and apps.
How to watch IPL 2018 online live in South Africa
South Africa has had an important role to be played in the IPL history. In addition to several players being associated with various teams in IPL, the country even hosted the IPL 2 in 2009. SuperSport is the official broadcaster of IPL 2018 in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. If you are an existing subscriber of SuperSport, you can catch the live stream online here.
How to watch IPL 2018 online live in Bangladesh
Bangladesh cricket lovers can also watch IPL 2018 online thanks to Channel 9 who holds the official broadcasting rights. Click here for more details.
How to watch IPL 2018 online live in Middle East
In addition to YuppTV which we mentioned earlier, IPL fans in the Middle East and rest of North America will be able to watch IPL 2018 online via beIN connect which charges $18 a month to subscribe. The countries include UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.