IPL 2021 Live Streaming – Weak opening for IPL 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar: The Indian Premier League (IPL) last year made viewership records and the league is expected to better the benchmarks in the 14th edition that started on April 9. But the IPL’s LIVE Streaming viewership numbers on Disney+ Hotstar hasn’t opened on a great note. The opening match between Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded a peak concurrent viewership of 6.7 Mn fans. This in comparison to the opening match of IPL 2020 is less by 25-30%.
The opening match of IPL 2020 between CSK vs MI delivered 8.4 Million concurrent users and in comparison IPL 2021 opener has only delivered peak concurrent viewership of 6.7 Million fans.
IPL 2021 Live Streaming: Viewership numbers on Disney+ Hotstar seeing drop?
- IPL 2021 opening game between MI vs RCB recorded a peak concurrent viewership of 6.7 Mn fans
- IPL 2020 opening match between MI vs CSK delivered 8.4 Mn concurrent users
- Even the second match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and CSK could not raise the bar and saw a high of just 6.5 Million users. By the time match reached its climax concurrent users further dropped to 5 Million range.
- In 2019, the IPL had made new viewership records on Hotstar (now Disney+Hotstar). During the 12th edition, the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians registered a concurrency of 12.7 million viewers, which was later broken by the final. IPL season 12’s final match saw as many as 18 million viewers tuning into Disney+Hotstar. The biggest reason for the drop is that now Hotstar does allow 5 Mins of free streaming and one has to subsrcibe to the service to watch LIVE Streaming of IPL.