After the COVID-19 crisis cut the cricketing season by more than half in 2020, 2021 promises to be a great and exciting year for fans of cricket in India. The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2021 is all set to begin from September 17th 2021. On top of that, the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup is also scheduled to begin immediately after the IPL concludes. It can be difficult to keep track of IPL matches if you don’t have a Disney+ Hotstar subscription. Here are some easy alternative ways you can watch the matches and bet games online.
Where Can You Watch IPL 2021?
Most people have to download the Disney+ Hotstar app, which currently holds exclusive rights over IPL 2021. Once you download, you need to select one of the plans that the app offers to users.
- Hotstar VIP Subscription: This subscription costs 399 INR/year, and will give you access to IPL matches, news, TV shows, movies, and specials. This is the most affordable Hotstar plan that you can purchase and is valid for 1 year.
- Hotstar Premium Subscription: Costing 1499 INR/year or 299/month, Hotstar Premium is the costlier plan offered by the streaming service. You can watch all kinds of Disney+ originals, American TV shows, along with other Hotstar VIP content as well.
Alternative Ways to Watch IPL 2021
Here are some alternative methods using which you can keep up with the 2021 season of the IPL. Not everyone wants to buy an entire subscription of Hotstar just to watch the IPL, so here are some other plans that you can explore. This is better for your budget and pays off pretty well.
#1 JioTV Subscription
Disney+ Hotstar has also teamed up with Reliance Jio, so that a large number of Jio subscribers can watch IPL matches live. There are a variety of plans offered by Jio which will let you watch IPL matches on Disney+ Hotstar for free. You can also get a lot of data, phone calls, text messages, and access to prime TV content with the help of this subscription. There are various Reliance Jio prepaid mobile data plans on offer, ranging from INR 199/month to INR 2599/year.
#2 Tata Sky DTH Subscription
The television is a very important part of any Indian household, and Tata Sky DTH connections are a national favourite. Even the advertisements and jingles of the brand are beloved by Indians living at home and abroad. Subscribe to a sports TV pack on your Tata Sky, and you’ll be able to watch all matches for free on your TV. You can also download the Tata Sky app (available on Play Store/App Store) on your phone to watch IPL matches live for free.
#3 YuppTV Streaming Platform
If you’re currently situated in North America and you want to watch cricket live, then you need to give YuppTV a try. This is a fantastic mobile app with affordable payment plans that will let you watch all kinds of cricket live. YuppTV is a well-known OTT platform that provides viewers in the US and Canada with access to Indian content. For $9.99 a month, you can watch the entire IPL season from your home.
#4 Airtel Data & DTH Plans
Just like Reliance Jio, Airtel has also teamed up with the Disney+ Hotstar platform to provide plan subscribers with a way to watch the IPL for free. If you have an Airtel phone plan, you can get a limited subscription to Hotstar VIP or Premium, depending on your phone plan. If you do an annual subscription of only 2698 INR, you will get free access to Disney+ Hotstar Premium, along with 100 SMSes per day, unlimited voice calling, and 2 GB of data every day.
#5 Oreo TV Live for Free
If you want to watch the matches for free without paying a single dime, then you need to look at bootleg platforms like OreoTV Live. This is an Android app that you need to download from external sources, so you need to be careful. This is a great app that will let you watch TV shows, live sports, movies, and more for free. If you install a good ad-blocker and an antivirus, you can watch all IPL matches for free without endangering your phone.
Obviously, if you have a Jio, Reliance, or VI plan, then a monthly recharge option will entitle you to unfettered access on Disney+ Hotstar VIP or Premium. If you are situated outside India in the US or Canada, you can use YuppTV or Willow TV to watch the matches live. If you want to risk watching matches on a bootleg free website, then Oreo TV Live is a free Android app that is the best option for you.