Summer is here, and while some are worrying about the scorching heat, there are cricket fans that are excited about the IPL 2018 T20 cricket tournament. The Indian Premier League has reached its 11th year, and the latest edition will be hosting a total of 60 matches between April 7 and May 27. The T20 cricket format is loved by enthusiasts for a number of reasons – there are a lot of thrilling finishes, in some cases the last ball turns out to be decider, and much more. Best of all, enthusiasts get to cheer and support a team that represents their city.
Now, all that sounds existing, but not a lot of people will be able to watch the matches as they will either be stuck at work or might be in the commute. Thanks to high-speed internet with ample amount of data, you can now catch all the action live on your smartphones or tablets while on the go. Today, there are handful of apps that let you live stream IPL 2018 T20 matches on the go. Here’s a look at top live streaming apps for your Android and iOS smartphones.
Hotstar: Star India, which owns Hotstar, also has the television rights for IPL 2018. The app lets you live stream IPL 2018 T20 matches, TV shows and movies at a monthly subscription cost of Rs 199, or yearly subscription of Rs 999. If you just want subscription for sports pack, you will be charged Rs 299 per year, and it will give you access to IPL 2018, Formula 1, Premiere League (football), Kabaddi and Tennis matches. The Hotstar app is available on both Android and iOS platforms. Web version of the service is also available, and you can stream the matches on your browser.
Airtel TV: While Hotstar has a paid subscription model, Airtel is offering some goodies to its subscribers. The telecom operator has entered into a strategic partnership with Hotstar, wherein Airtel subscribers get to live stream IPL 2018 T20 matches for free using the Airtel TV app. Users need to install both Airtel TV and Hotstar apps on their Android or iOS smartphones. To stream the matches, users need to open Airtel TV app and tap on IPL content, which will then open the Hotstar app and start the streaming.
JioTV: Ever since Reliance Jio entered the Indian telecom sector, it has disrupted the market with its ultra-affordable 4G data packs and content services. Now, the company is extending the benefits to is subscribers by offering free live streaming of IPL 2018 T20 cricket matches. Similar to Airtel TV, users need to install both Hotstar and JioTV apps. To stream the matches, users need to open JioTV app, tap on IPL content and it will then open Hotstar app to start the live streaming.
YuppTV: Lastly, you also have YuppTV app, which is the digital streaming partner for IPL 2018. The app lets you watch news, movies and TV shows. It also has a TV guide for the channels that are available on the platform and catch up TV section where you can watch episodes for the past 7 days. The app has a subscription-based model that is priced at Rs 5 per day, Rs 30 for a week, and Rs 99 per month. YuppTV app will also let you live stream IPL 2018 matches on the go. There is also a web version of the app, which will let you stream matches on your laptop or desktop browser.