Disney’s Star India renews Premier League media rights for the next three seasons

Star India will broadcast all 380 EPL fixtures across its linear channels as well as its streaming service Disney+ Hotstar through the 2024-25 season.

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Star India has renewed the English Premier League media rights for the third time in a row and will have exclusive rights to broadcast all 380 EPL matches across its platforms in the Indian Subcontinent through the 2024-25 season. Previously, the rights were held by ESPN Star Sports.

The renewal of the most lucrative football league is important for the broadcaster as the competition has ramped up its European football offerings. The main competitor Sony Sports has the rights for UEFA events and Bundesliga, which Star Sports haven’t opted to renew the previous season. On the other hand, the new entrant Reliance’s Viacom18 has Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and Spanish La Liga along with EFL Cup and Championship tournaments.

Along with EPL, the broadcaster will also have the Indian Super League which it had a stake in. FSDL, the operating entity of ISL also has exclusive rights for AFC competitions till 2024, which the broadcaster can access along with Reliance’s Jio TV.

“The Premier League is delighted to announce an extension of our exciting association with Disney Star. They will be an outstanding home for the league over the next three seasons and we look forward to working together to showcase the league to new and existing fans throughout the Indian sub-continent”, said Paul Molnar, chief media officer, EPL. 

“We are delighted to continue our association with the Premier League and look forward to the collaboration over the next three seasons. Our joint efforts have seen viewership for the league grow manifold and we remain committed to widening its popularity”, continued Sanjog Gupta, head of sports, Disney-Star India.

Apart from the Indian sub-continent, EPL had also extended rights to their domestic partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Amazon Prime Video for the next three seasons under the existing contractual conditions. The league had also renewed the rights in the USA with NBC Universal, in Latin America with ESPN among others. With these new renewals, the league’s international broadcasting rights value has reportedly overtaken the domestic value for the first time in history.

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NEO SPORTS and NEO PRIME are still there.

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I am starting this thread to serve as a ready reference for Sports Broadcast Rights in India as well as general discussion regarding current and upcoming sports channels in India. I request members to collect information on current broadcast rights with all Indian sports channels so that I can later make an illustration on the same and post it here.

Click here for list of sports channel and their availability on DTH platforms.

As of September 2018, we have the following sports channels in India.
Confirmed upcoming channels are marked in Blue, Speculated upcoming channels marked in green. Channels likely to be discontinued are marked in red.


Star India:

  • Star Sports 1
  • Star Sports 1 HD
  • Star Sports 2
  • Star Sports 2 HD
  • Star Sports 3
  • Star Sports 3 HD
  • Star Sports Select 1
  • Star Sports Select 1 HD
  • Star Sports Select 2
  • Star Sports Select 2 HD
  • Star Sports 1 Hindi
  • Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
  • Star Sports 1 Tamil
  • Star Sports 1 Telugu
  • Star Sports 1 Kannada
  • Star Sports 1 Bangla
  • Star Sports 1 Marathi
  • Star Sports 1 Gujarati
  • Star Sports 1 Malayalam
  • Star Sports First

Sony Pictures Sports Network:

  • Sony SIX
  • Sony SIX HD
  • Sony SIX 2
  • Sony SIX 2 HD
  • Sony ESPN
  • Sony ESPN HD
  • Sony TEN 1
  • Sony TEN 1 HD
  • Sony TEN 2
  • Sony TEN 2 HD
  • Sony TEN 3
  • Sony TEN 3 HD
  • Sony TEN 4
  • Sony TEN 4 HD
  • Sony TEN Golf HD (Now Defunct)

Discovery Communications:

  • DSPORT (HD) (Now Defunct)

Nimbus Television:

  • Neo Sports (Now Defunct)
  • Neo Prime (Now Defunct)

Government of India (Doordarshan):

  • DD Sports

Sports Broadcast Rights (Current and Upcoming Events)

Star Sports Network:

  • ICC Events
    • ICC Women's World T20 2018
    • ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
    • ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020
    • ICC Women's World T20 2020
    • ICC World T20 2020
  • ACC Events
    • Unimoni Asia Cup 2018
  • BCCI (Indian Cricket)
    • International Cricket played by India at India
    • Domestic Cricket played in India
  • VIVO Indian Premier League
  • Karnataka Premier League
  • Tamil Nadu Premier League


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