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Indian Premier League 2021 aka IPL 2021 kicked off last week, and it's off to a roaring start. You can watch the tournament live on your television or stream it to your phones or other devices through various platforms. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the fourteenth season of the Twenty20 cricket league will be played behind closed doors initially. Vivo IPL 2021 will see a total of eight teams that face off against each other at six different venues across India. However, fans will have to follow the action on screen instead of visiting a stadium physically. You can do so online on your mobile phone or smart TV, aside from live TV. Here are some ways through which you can enjoy watching IPL 2021 live at your home. The rights to IPL streaming in India are with Disney+ Hotstar, while globally, YuppTV has acquired the digital streaming rights for IPL, that will allow people from around the world to live stream the much-awaited event.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has continued its partnership with Disney+ Hotstar to live stream the IPL 2021 in the country. You can pick either Disney+ Hotstar VIP at Rs. 399 a year or Disney+ Hotstar Premium at Rs. 1,499 a year (Rs. 299 a month) to get live stream access to the forthcoming IPL season. Of course, the latter comes with a list of additional benefits over the former to match with the higher subscription pricing. Credit card users can avail the Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription at an even discounted price of Rs. 365. Further, telecom operators including Airtel, Vi (Vodafone Idea), and Jio are offering their various prepaid recharge plans with complimentary annual subscription to the Disney+ Hotstar VIP service to offer you access to IPL 2021.
For TV viewers in the country, IPL 2021 matches will be broadcast live through Star India's sports channel catalogue and Star Sports.
Earlier this week, YuppTV announced that it has received the digital streaming rights for IPL 2021 around the world — subscribers in India will not be able to watch the tournament on YuppTV, but for the rest of the world, this is the best and easiest way to watch the cricket matches live.
In its statement, YuppTV confirmed that it will be showing the Vivo IPL 2021 stream in almost 100 countries around the world, ranging from Australia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, and through Europe, South and Central America, and South East Asia except Singapore and Malaysia.
To watch the tournament, you need to subscribe to YuppTV. A membership in India costs Rs. 49 per month, and gives access to 160 channels including NDTV, NDTV India, Aaj Tak, Zoom, Times Now, and many others, across 14 languages. In India though, you can only watch the IPL tournament via Disney+ Hotstar. Globally, the prices vary depending on your location, so for example it is $6.99 (roughly Rs. 520) in the US, and GBP 12.99 (roughly Rs. 1,330) in the UK.
Alongside YuppTV, cricket fans in Australia can watch IPL 2021 live through streaming platform Kayo Sports. It comes with a 14-day free trial for new customers and at an initial subscription price of AUD 25 (roughly Rs. 1,400) a month.
In the US, you can watch IPL 2021 live on your TV through the Willow TV channel. This is available on platforms including Dish, Fios, Sling, Spectrum, and Google Fiber, among others. You can alternatively live stream IPL 2021 on your mobile device or laptop through Hotstar US. Hotstar US is available at $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,700) per year. If you're in Canada, you can watch the IPL matches live through Hotstar Canada. The annual Hotstar Canada subscription is available at CAD 49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,000).
If you're in the UK, you can watch Vivo IPL 2021 live through Sky Sports Cricket. You can also subscribe to Now Sky Sports to watch the IPL matches live on your TV, mobile, or laptop. The Now Sky Sports streaming pass for a day is available at GBP 9.99 (roughly Rs. 1,000). It is also available at GBP 33.99 (roughly Rs. 3,500) a month. Alternatively, you can subscribe to YuppTV to watch IPL 2021 live in the UK.
Just like the last two years, Pakistan has been excluded from the list of countries where IPL 2021 will be broadcast or livestreamed. However, you can use a VPN service to watch IPL matches live through Disney+ Hotstar or any other supported streaming platforms.
IPL 2021 will be held among eight teams, and as per the official IPL 2021 schedule, there will be a total of 11 double headers where six teams will play three afternoon matches and two will play two evening matches. The afternoon matches will start at 3:30pm IST, while the evening matches will begin at 7:30pm IST. You can view the complete schedule of the tournament from the IPL site.
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