India vs England Broadcast – Disney Hotstar to broadcast in UK: Disney Hotstar is expanding its wings. The leading Indian OTT platform is planning to exclusively Live Stream India vs England series on Hotstar in the market of United Kingdom. Normally it is the traditional platforms like British Telecom (BT), Sky Sports which broadcast any series featuring England in the territory but this time it will be Disney Hotstar which has decided to reach to the consumers directly.
It is worth noting that Disney Star India holds the global rights for all BCCI Cricket, that also includes the forthcoming England tour of India in Feb-Mar. England on the tour will play 4 match test series, 5T20’s and 3 ODI games and Disney Hotstar owned by Star India will Live Stream the series not only in India but now also in UK.
According to a report by Telegraph, Star India this time will now license the series to any third party in the territory of UK. Instead, Disney Hotstar content from February 23 will now also be available on Disney Plus in UK. This means series will now be LIVE STREAMED in UK on Disney Plus & Disney Hotstar.
A Hotstar subscription costs users £49.99 a year or £5.99 a month; a Disney Plus subscription costs £5.99 or £59.99 a year. Disney recently announced they expect to increase their number of subscribers to between 230 million and 260 million by 2024.
BT & Sky Sports will also face competition from Amazon for Ashes Rights
It is also learnt that e-commerce giant Amazon which recently bought New Zealand cricket rights in India are now also planning in fray to buy Ashes rights for the territory of UK. Telegraph has reported that Amazon are contenders to show the next Ashes as cricket enters a new era of live broadcasting
The proposed moves could mean cricket fans in the UK will need to pay up to three separate subscriptions to watch mainstream international cricket. Sky continue to hold the rights for home England series and remain in the mix to telecast next winter’s Ashes series, while BT Sport are currently showing Australia’s home series against India and New Zealand’s two-Test contest against Pakistan.