India’s most beloved cricket league, IPL 16, has seen substantial increases in both TV viewership and digital viewing figures for this edition. Disney Star currently owns TV rights while Reliance-backed JioCinema holds digital rights.
Jio has offered free streaming of matches with features such as multilingual commentary, multiple camera angles and ‘bird’s eye camera view’ to enable viewers to experience each game at their own pace.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has become a household name in India and around the world, earning himself an extraordinary fan following. Nicknamed the ‘Master Blaster’ for his ability on all formats of cricket, Tendulkar holds numerous records that span all formats of the sport and was even bestowed the Arjuna Award, Khel Ratna Award, and Padma Shri awards during his illustrious career.
Since becoming the exclusive broadcasting rightsholder for Indian Premier League (IPL), JioCinema has undertaken the challenge of increasing digital viewership. Partnering with cricket stars such as AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina and Chris Gayle as well as others has enabled this platform to deliver an unforgettable and thrilling fan experience for cricket lovers everywhere.
JioCinema will offer its digital coverage of the IPL for free to subscribers of Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL this season. It features live 4K streaming with multi-language and multi-cam presentation. Special interest feeds will also be made available alongside stats pack features like Play Along feature.
Master Blaster recently made headlines when he made an appeal to cricket fans across India to watch IPL on JioCinema only, garnering positive response from netizens who applauded Jio for its efforts in pushing digital sports viewing in India.
2. MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) is one of India’s most beloved athletes. Coming from Jharkhand province, he rose through the ranks to captain both Test and limited-overs cricket for India – both formats. Additionally, two IPL titles with Chennai Super Kings came under Dhoni’s tutelage between 2010-11; before being suspended after a spot-fixing scandal caused them to withdraw due to Dhoni joining Rising Pune Supergiant Supergiant franchise in 2016.
After an inactive 2017 season, Dhoni returned to CSK in 2018 and led them all the way to a thrilling final against Mumbai Indians despite an array of talents and abilities he brought with him. One of cricket’s greatest captains ever seen, his ability to adapt has mesmerised fans throughout India and worldwide. Dhoni made batting appear easy while revolutionizing wicketkeeping while handholding spinners with lightning quick stumpings as well as mentoring youngsters with lightning quick stumpings has inspired millions.
JioCinema will stream live IPL matches in HD and 4K quality for free this season, giving viewers access to stunning clarity ten times greater than SD, along with multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience. Furthermore, broadcast will include unique features like 360deg degree view, spider cam view and bowler point of view etc.
3. Chris Gayle
Gayle has long been considered one of the greatest T20 cricket scorers. Over his career he has amassed more than 4000 runs while picking up over 100 wickets as well. Additionally, he played an instrumental role in helping defend their Champions Trophy crown before losing out to Australia in 2007.
JioCinema show, IPL CINEMA‘, will feature him alongside such cricket legends as Kumble, Morgan, Uthappa and Styris to offer in-depth narratives leading up to IPL player auction 2023 which will see over 400 players go under the hammer on December 23.
Gayle will discuss three memorable experiences from his decade and a half-long IPL journey, such as his record-setting 175 run innings against Pune Warriors or his interactions with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
JioCinema has already made waves this season with record viewership of IPL matches on its digital platform, setting a world record for concurrent viewers on an OTT platform (dethroning Hotstar’s previous high of 25.3 million). Once playoffs start on May 23rd, these numbers should double even further! JioCinema has also partnered with over 20 top brands such as Dream11, Oreo, Tiago EV and Louis Philippe Jeans among many others to bring fans an exciting IPL coverage experience!
4. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers has long been one of the most exciting batsmen to grace Indian cricket. A fan favourite and fan favourite among cricket followers alike, De Villiers continues to dazzle crowds with his amazing batting skills and continue delighting crowds across India with his exceptional limited-overs form. De Villiers’ ability to score big in limited-overs games makes him an invaluable asset to any team; having scored 22 Test and 25 ODI centuries he is considered an essential component. Notable catches and run-outs make him complete package player who complete package player who knows no bounds when it comes to cricketing success!
Former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid has become an integral part of JioCinema’s coverage during this year’s Indian Premier League tournament as an expert commentator and is part of JioCinema’s broadcasts this season. Recently, this digital streaming platform witnessed 2.57 crore concurrent viewers during Qualifier 2 between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
De Villiers and Danielle were asked by JioCinema to name their favourite IPL teams; De Villiers chose former club Royal Challengers Bangalore while Danielle picked Kolkata Knight Riders, winners of two IPL titles since 2016.
India is a sports nation, but none can match cricket when it comes to stirring emotions. Cricket brings families, friends and neighbours together for thrilling match-ups that pit rivalries against one another while filling stadiums with an incredible atmosphere – whether you are an avid supporter or just watching occasionally; JioCinema offers the ideal IPL viewing experience with their suite of immersive digital offerings.
5. Sam Curran
Reliance-owned JioCinema’s announcement of IPL 2023 digital rights quickly attracted widespread media coverage. Their bold decision to live stream matches for free through their OTT app JioCinema created a record 12.3 crore unique viewers watching the rain-impacted final. Peak concurrency refers to simultaneous users accessing the platform at one time while unique viewers refers to total viewers watching videos.
JioCinema managed over 147 million video views during the inaugural weekend of its tournament, surpassing Disney+ Hotstar which had garnered 14.7 billion. This success highlights that JioCinema can compete effectively with global OTT giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime. and global blogging site like IPLCinema and PoneerEpaper
JioCinema provides free IPL matches on its platform and features such as multiple feeds, multi-cam mode, commentary in 12 languages and 4K streaming for an engaging fan experience. Samsung and IPL have also joined forces to give viewers an immersive stadium-like experience through virtual reality and 360-degree viewing. Consumers clearly prefer active engagement over passive TV viewing when it comes to watching IPL matches. Lifestyle digital services have seen an upsurge in interactivity from its users, who embrace screen gestures such as scrolling, swiping and pinching to control their viewing experiences. JioCinema viewing figures have witnessed an exponential surge, leading to an increase in advertising revenues on this OTT platform.
6. David Warner
David Warner is one of the most devastating openers in cricket, and is back for another IPL season with Delhi Capitals after recovering from the ball-tampering scandal. Although he has struggled in shorter formats recently, his Catherine Wheel innings against South Africa earlier this week demonstrated that when at his best he can still be amongst the most destructive openers around.
No matter the ball-tampering controversy, Warner will remain an enormous draw this season and JioCinema anticipates bumper viewership figures for each match he is involved with. Additionally, this platform plans on providing consumers with an immersive experience through using AR/VR/Fan-centric digital offerings and other such technology.
Reliance Entertainment acquired IPL broadcast rights from Walt Disney & Co for Rs 23,758 crore last year. JioCinema, supported by Reliance’s trillion-dollar telecom network and offering free streaming to subscribers at no cost; while its premium tier costs Rs 999 per year.
This year, the platform aims to reshape regional digital streaming landscape with an emphasis on local content. IPL coverage will be offered in 12 different languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati Punjabi Odia Telugu. This will give fans access to their teams and players without fear of translation barriers – an essential step toward expanding its appeal beyond existing subscriber base; particularly considering Indians are rapidly adopting global OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.