Hotstar UK - Watch IPL and ICC Cricket World Cup 2020 cheaper than Sky Sports | Indian Cricket Live
Updated: Mar 13, 2020
What is the best and the cheapest option to watch Indian Cricket Live in United Kingdom ? Is it Hotstar App live TV Cricket steaming or is it the Sky Sports package which is very expensive. What are the other options to watch Live Sports in UK as BT Sports and Sony Liv do not have media rights for IPL (Indian Premier League) and ICC Cricket World Cup 2020 in UK and Europe.
What is Hotstar App ?
Hotstar is online streaming service app owned by Star India media and Entertainment which also owns Star TV Network known for popular Indian TV Channels like Star TV, Life OK, Star World and sports channels like Star Sports. Hotstar offers both Android and iOS apps for mobile platform. Hotstar app can be downloaded for free on a smart device like tablet or smart phone and offers both free and paid digital content. Most of its popular content needs subscription to be viewed.
Will Hotstar telecast Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket in UK ?
Yes, Hotstar is part of Star India Network which has won global rights for telecast of Indian Premier League (IPL) and other Indian cricket tournaments globally on Star Sports or over its digital platforms like Hotstar app. IPL 2020 is dues to start from 15th April 2020 and will finish beginning of June 2020 just before ICC Cricket T20 World cup 2020 which is due to start in June. You will need a paid subscription to be able to watch Indian cricket / IPL through Hotstar app.
Will Hotstar show ICC Cricket World Cup 2020 in UK ?
Yes, Hotstar App will also show ICC Cricket World cup 2020 due to start in June 2020.
Where can I watch IPL and Cricket World Cup in UK ?
If you are in United Kingdom, then Sky Sports / Sky Cricket have exclusive media rights on television to telecast Indian Premier League and ICC Cricket World Cup. Hotstar has the media rights for digital platforms through its mobile app to show IPL and World Cup in 2019. There is no other legal way of watching these tournaments in United Kingdom.
Hotstar or Sky Sports Cricket - Which is cheaper ?
Well this is easy, Hotstar will be cheaper by miles. Hotstar app annual subscription is prices at £ 59 whereas monthly is at £ 5.99. For Sky Sports subscription you will spend additional £30 over the basic Sky TV standard package.
Hotstar or Sky Sports Cricket - Which is better ?
Hotstar does not have a Smart TV App. They just have mobile app which gives you convenience to watch IPL and Cricket world cup 2019 on the go. You don't need to be at home in front of television sets. You can easily cast / screen mirror Hotstar content from its mobile app onto Smart TV (Provided Smart TV and smart phone are connected to same Wifi network). You can stream Hotstar content on 3G or 4G mobile network easily.
Sky Sports Cricket on the other hand is a sports TV Channel with HD content straight on your TV sets. You don't need a Smart TV or depend on casting content from mobile onto your TV. No issues with live TV streaming like buffering and broadband connectivity etc.
Hotstar App - Do Hotstar have a smart TV App or is it just mobile app ?
Currently Hotstar only have an iOS app for iPhone or iPad and Android OS App for smart phones or tablets running on Android. Hotstar does not have a Smart TV App or Android TV app. You have to cast your mobile phone / tablet to Smart TV if you want to watch on TV.
IPL T20 2020 matches schedule
IPL 2020 will start from 15 April and finals will be played on May 05.
Detailed IPL match schedule can be found below: