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IPL TV rights UK: Sky Sports customers express ‘sadness’ over IPL no-show

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Sky customers have taken to Twitter to express their discontent over the news that Sky Sports will not be showing the 2019 IPL.

It was confirmed last night that Hotstar had secured the exclusive digital streaming rights to broadcast the competition in the UK. While this doesn’t mean that Sky couldn’t also screen the tournament on TV, they announced today that they would not be showing the competition, saying that “Star India will make use of the rights themselves”.

In response to a Tweet from Nicky Kirkwood, Sky Help Team responded by saying that although they did announce a multi-year deal, they never explicitly stipulated that this meant consecutive years.

One criticism levelled at Sky was that the multi-year deal announced in 2018 was a contributing factor in some customers retaining their subscriptions.

Other customers asked how they could make a formal complaint regarding the issue.

The IPL will still be available for viewing in the UK through Hotstar, who have secured the digital broadcasting rights for the tournament. A Hotstar subscription costs £11.99 a month.

Star TV could still broadcast the competition on UK TV, though they would not confirm that either way when contacted. Wisden have approached Sky for comment but they are yet to respond.

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