Star Sports has retained the Premier League broadcast rights in India for the three seasons from 2019-20 to 2021-22. It means that football fans in India following the English Premier League (EPL) can watch the live telecast of the 29th season (and beyond) on their Standard-Definition (Star Sports Select 1 and Select 2) and High-Definition (HD) channels (Select 1 HD and Select 2 HD).
If you’re a Premier League follower, you might be disappointed, every now and then, with the airtime provided by the official broadcaster (Star Sports) for what is the most popular football league in the world. With Star Sports also being BCCI’s official broadcaster and who hold the IPL broadcasting rights in India for the next three years, there is no guarantee of even the important Premier League matches—in the 2018-19 season, even the Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur match on March 31 wasn’t broadcast on any of the HD channels—being aired on the HD channels.
And when the big teams are playing in the 19:30 or 20:30 IST slot simultaneously, chances are that at least one of Chelsea’s, Manchester United’s, Liverpool, Manchester City’s or Arsenal’s matches will not be broadcast at all. On more than one occasion during the 2018-19 season, Premier League fans expressed their outrage over Star Sports’ selection of channels: one fan tweeted, “No Man Utd or Liverpool games on HD, please do us all a favor and don’t bid for the premier league rights again. Just show the freaking IPL in all 10 channels,” after the revelation that the Liverpool-Tottenham match was going to be aired only on Star Sports Select 2.
Football fans have for years now, strongly felt that far too much of cricketing action is being aired by most of the existing channels and the Premier League, with a massive fan following, has gone down the pecking order.
But, if you have subscribed to Star Sports’ Select SD and Select HD channels or your cable TV operator offers these channels, you need not worry about missing your favourite team in action.