If you’re a football fan in India following the English Premier League (EPL), you might have wondered if the 26th season of your favourite and most followed football league will be telecast/broadcast on the standard definition channels, after most of the 380 fixtures last season were aired on Star Sports HD 1 and 2.
And with less than a week to go for the start of the 2017/18 season, Cricfooty is delighted to disclose to you that you can now watch most of the EPL fixtures, particularly those played by the top dogs, on Star Sports’ SD channels. Only earlier this year, Star India launched Select HD channels, which have been complemented by non-HD channels (Star Sports Select 1 and Select 2). And those SD channels will air either the same matches being aired on their HD counterparts, or on some weekends, the two channels will air different fixtures.
The anticipation was that the experiment to broadcast Premier League matches on HD channels for a season (2016/17) will be done away with by Star, whose strategy had disappointed many sports fans in this country. Football fans strongly felt that far too much of cricketing action was being played by many of the existing channels and the Premier League, which, mind you, has a massive fan following, had gone way down the pecking order.
But after much bashing on social media and this being talked up as a major issue, Premier League fans in India have gotten what they wanted.
So, as long as you have subscribed to Star Sports’ Select SD channels or your cable TV operator offers these channels, you need not worry about being able to catch your favourite team in action.
Enjoy yourself with EPL returning to SD channels. All the best with the season ahead.