IPL news February 17, 2014

BSkyB secure IPL from 2015

ESPNcricinfo staff

The IPL will only be available on pay TV in the UK from 2015 after BSkyB secured a three-year rights deal for the tournament.

Currently the IPL is available on free-to-air digital channel ITV4 which provides UK viewers rare access to terrestrial cricket now that only international highlights of England's home matches are available to those without Sky through Channel 5.

When ITV gained the IPL in 2010 it was the first live cricket on free-to-air TV in the UK since all international rights went to BSkyB in 2006.

BSkyB's strong hold on major UK sports rights is being challenge by the presence of BT Sport which launched last year and has shown itself to have deep pockets by claiming the lucrative UEFA Champions League. There are suggestions that BT will challenge BSkyB for the next batch of ICC broadcast rights.

However, while the IPL remains a sought-after product by broadcasters in the UK, English cricketers have proved less of a drawcard for franchises with only Kevin Pietersen - now a former England player - securing a deal for 2014 tournament.

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  • Ankit on February 18, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Too much hullaballoo is created from nothing...with websites like crichd etc who needs Sky or ITV? Invest in an HDMI cord and mirror your display. Done.

  • Nicholas on February 18, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I'm starting to believe that something excellent has come out of the whole KP saga: now that KP is not in the England set-up, *hopefully* the likes of Sky will not be as interested in English cricket. BBC/ITV still need to wake up and secure some air rights.

  • Adam on February 18, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Bye bye all interest or awareness of the IPL in the UK then.

  • Paul on February 18, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @ Karthi_2K11 - Sorry but what you have put makes no sense at all. Sky have the rights from 2015 so the 2014 will only be shown on ITV. Sky would also never in a million years put cricket as a box office event.Box Office is for events like boxing or wrestling where one event gathers interest. Are you suggesting they will put the whole tournament as a pay per view or do you think they would charge people to watch Kings XI vs. Pune??? They would never do this. Also, the watershed has nothing to do with Cricket. By your logic, England home matches would never be shown during the day unless you can unlock with a pin.

  • Dimuthu on February 18, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Banglalink - don't speak too soon mate. With Sky Go and Now TV being two of BSkyB's biggest draws, they may file an injunction to ban Youtube streaming it in the UK. I believe WillowCricket attempted a similar thing in the USA (although I'm not sure how successful they were). I personally am surprised Sky has bothered with this, but I suppose the high Indian (ex pat + of descent) population in the UK is a major factor.

  • Android on February 18, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    2014 IPL is still on ITV isnt?????

  • ESPN on February 18, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Weird decision by Sky to buy these rights. More dross cricket on our screens. An advert every 2 balls, sponsors for everything, awful commentators, truly Mickey Mouse cricket.

  • Karthikeyan on February 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Sky would most likely broadcast the IPL 2014 - as a Box Office Event, which could cost from 15 to 20 pounds. That is, if the event is booked via your Sky remote. (called Impulsive Pay-per-view, with an active phone line (with dial tone) connected to your Sky set-top device.) If it were ordered by calling Sky Customer Services, it would be an Ordered Pay-per-view event, with an additional quid for administrative charges. (You would not be able to record the event, if you book it over the phone.) So, all told, it could cost upto 21 quids, after all the nickel & diming is done, added to your next month's Sky bill. Also, do not forget that (as the tournament would be played during the Daylight Savings period in UK), you would watch part of the 2nd IPL match of a double-header, (namely, the one that starts at 8 PM IST) during the UK "watershed" hours (after 8 PM GMT), when you need the PIN to unlock your Sky set-top box to watch Pay-per-view programs. So, what is next -CLT20 rights for Sky?

  • Faysal on February 18, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    As far as I know the IPL is also broadcast live on YouTube which is free. So how does it matter if it is not available on free to air channel. Having lived in UK for 10 years I know for a fact that almost all houses have internet connection with speeds more that adequate to watch live streaming matches.So calm down guys.Due to the time difference I myself have watched a lot of matches on YouTube in the past two years.

  • Peter on February 18, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Terrible news. Many people young and old who may have wanted to watch this, now can't because they don't have SKY and can't afford it. Surely there should be ome limit on what can go on pay per view?. People without sky now have zero access to any cricket apart from 30 mins highlights when the test team is playing home games. It's not good enough.

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