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Indian pay-television broadcaster Star is close to renewing its rights for the English Premier League at a discount, having faced little competition in the auction, SportBusiness Media understands.

The International Olympic Committee has seen its Olympic Games rights fee fall in the Indian subcontinent, driven by the long consolidation in the country’s pay-television market.

Sony Pictures Networks India’s deal for Uefa club-competition rights last month has produced a marginally better result for Uefa than market experts anticipated, but still sees a dramatic decrease in t…

Facebook this week sublicensed some coverage of Spain’s LaLiga to Sony Pictures Networks India across the Indian subcontinent, recouping about 20 per cent of its investment in the rights.

Uefa and LaLiga will see significant reductions in their media-rights income from the Indian subcontinent as Facebook and Sony Pictures Networks India capitalise on the region’s cooling football rights market

Incremental rights fee increases for cricket’s Indian Premier League and World Cup, as well as a lukewarm advertising market, have been cited as reasons for pay-television broadcaster Star India suffering a…

Pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India has extended an exclusive rights deal for coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts series

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has listed DD Sports as one of 26 channels of public-service broadcaster Doordarshan that pay-television operators are obligated to carry.

Hotstar, the OTT service from Indian pay-television broadcaster Star, had a record 100 million daily active users on June 16, the day of the India v Pakistan Cricket World Cup game

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The Infront agency has already exceeded its guarantee to Fifa for rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups across Asia with rights to the 2022 tournament still to sell in all but its most-valuable market, China, TV Sports Markets understands.

Indian pay-television broadcaster DSport’s acquisition of rights to the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh is its most significant deal since its 2017 launch.

India’s listed-events legislation is expected to widen to include the Indian Premier League early next year, a move likely to prompt a legal challenge from Star India.

The New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion secured broadcast coverage in India for the first time via a deal with pay-television broadcaster DSport.

Pay-television broadcaster DSport has bought rights in India to golf’s US Open for a far higher price than the annual fee Sony Pictures Networks paid in 2016.

The All India Football Federation agreed its first long-term domestic deal with Star India last month, but is not concerned about earning rights fees.

Sony Pictures Networks India last month picked up rights to the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament after pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports refused an option to extend its deal.

Sony Pictures Networks India’s acquisition of the Ten Sports channels is likely to restrict the Indian media-rights market and make life difficult for rights-holders below the top tier.

John Manning, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews television audiences in selected key cricket markets for the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament

Golf’s US PGA Tour has doubled its rights fee in the Indian subcontinent after a six-year renewal with Indian pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports.

The National Basketball Association has finalised a string of deals outside its domestic US market in recent weeks, securing large increases in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and India, and a modest uplift in Poland.

Indian pay-television channel Sony Six’s decision to extend its deal for TNA Wrestling last month is a strategic buy for a property the channel believes it can develop.

Star India’s new deal for Indian Premier League internet and mobile rights helps the broadcaster in three ways: it gives it vital digital content, helps undermine the exclusivity of rival Sony, and ensures Star has a role in IPL coverage ahead of the sale of the main television rights in India.

Indian pay-television channel Sony Six is thought to have faced no competition when agreeing a one-year extension to its rights deal for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.

Pay-television broadcaster Star India asked for a delay to the start of the Indian Super League because of internal issues with the franchise football tournament, not, as widely reported, to avoid a clash with the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.