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Dish TV opposes STAR move to bid for IPL rights

Dish TV has asked the cricket regulator to ensure fair auction of IPL telecast rights

Veena Mani  |  New Delhi 

Mumbai Indians players celebrate the wicket of Rising Pune Supergiants player Steven Smith during the  IPL match between Pune and Mumbai. Photo: PTI
Mumbai Indians players celebrate the wicket of Rising Pune Supergiants player Steven Smith during the IPL match between Pune and Mumbai. Photo: PTI

Direct-to-home service provider has filed a complaint with the against for allegedly monopolising broadcast rights of the Board for Control of in India (BCCI).  

Dish said STAR was trying to abuse its dominant position in airing matches by participating in a bid for the (IPL).

“We would like to bring to your kind notice certain issues arising out of the forthcoming auction of IPL cricketing telecast rights, which would not only result in a lot of competition issues in the broadcasting and distribution sector, but is also likely to cause severe prejudice to the consumers in so far as cost of accessing cricketing content on is concerned,” said the complaint written by Chairman and Managing Director of Jawahar Goel.

did not respond to a query sent by Business Standard. The complaint has also been sent to the BCCI. has asked the regulator to ensure fair auction of IPL Business Standard has reviewed the complaint. has argued how the number of matches growing over the years. 

Of the 27 channels in India, STAR has 12, amounting to a huge share of 44 per cent. Of the 270 matches played or to be played by India from 2012-2019, of 191 were with STAR — 71 per cent of the matches. Of the 578 days when the India team would play, STAR alone would be telecasting the matches on 423 days, Dish argued.

has the telecast right for all cricketing events, except the IPL, for seven-odd years. The complaint alleged that the channel planned to monopolise the space by acquiring the rights to telecast the IPL. 

It alleged that STAR has been contravening the Broadcasting Signals Act, 2007, by not providing Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, the signal to the cricketing events. STAR India had paid ~3,851 crore to telecast all international and domestic matches to be played between July 2012 and March 2018, except the IPL.

Dish TV’s complaint against STAR India comes at a time when the bidding process for the IPL media rights for five editions starting 2018 is underway. More than 20 companies, including Sony Pictures, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Reliance Jio and Times Internet, have already bought the invitation to tender for the event.  Out of these, only STAR and Sony are offering live streaming of matches in the country across television, computer and mobile screens.

The bone of contention

Dish said STAR was trying to abuse its dominant position in airing matches by participating in a bid for the IPL
The complaint has also been sent to the BCCI
has asked the regulator to ensure fair auction of IPL telecast rights
Of the 27 channels in India, STAR has 12, amounting to a huge share of 44%
Of the 270 matches played or to be played by India from 2012-2019, of 191 were with STAR
has the telecast right for all cricketing events, except the IPL

(With inputs from Arnab Datta)

First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 01:23 IST
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