Indian Subcontinent

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has the security of a long-term broadcast deal in India after FanCode secured exclusive streaming rights to its major properties from 2025 to 2028.

The ICC closed its sales process in the subcontinent with an uplift in Bangladesh, though in Sri Lanka it was not able to defy the current difficulties of the market.

New Zealand Cricket struck a new long-term deal with Sony Pictures Networks which is a slight increase on the current fee, but which will rise strongly if a second India series takes place over the term.

PTV and sports newcomer Hum Network secured International Cricket Council rights in Pakistan over the next two years, agreeing to pay an increase on previous deals for the rights.

MTV Channel (Private) Limited has acquired rights in Sri Lanka to International Cricket Council (ICC) competitions until the end of 2025, leaving New Zealand as the only main market where a deal is yet to be announced for the current cycle.

The Pakistan Cricket Board will receive a healthy rights fee for domestic rights to the upcoming New Zealand series in a deal with ARY, though is struggling to strike long-term agreements internationally.

Sony Pictures Networks has secured New Zealand Cricket rights in India from May 2024 to April 2031 in a move which will see Amazon depart from its experiment showing cricket in the country after 2026

PTV, the state broadcaster in Pakistan, and media group Tower Sports have acquired non-exclusive rights in the country to leading tournaments of the International Cricket Council over the next two years

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, chaired and run by business mogul Mukesh Ambani, will buy out Paramount Global’s 13-per-cent stake in media group Viacom18 for $517m (€472m).

Streaming platform FanCode has secured exclusive F1 rights in India for 2024 and 2025, after the open-wheel racing series went direct-to-consumer in 2023.  

Disney Star and Reliance Industries, majority owner of Viacom18, today announced the merger of their Indian television and streaming assets, creating an $8.5bn media behemoth.

The dispute between media groups Zee and Disney Star over their seemingly broken agreement for International Cricket Council (ICC) rights looks set to intensify, with Zee asserting that its counterpart…

The International Cricket Council has released an invitation to tender covering 2024 and 2025 for its media rights in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the last remaining major markets where it is yet…

Sony Pictures Networks will pay around double its current fee to shore up its football portfolio with a renewal of Uefa club competition rights in the Indian subcontinent from 2024-25 to 2026-27.

An immediate consequence of the collapse in the proposed merger between Sony Pictures Networks and Zee Entertainment is that the latter now intends to withdraw its planned $1.4bn (€1.2bn) commitment to rival media group Disney Star towards rights fees for International Cricket Council events.

The planned $10bn (€9.2bn) mega-Indian media merger, two years in the making, between Sony Pictures Networks and Zee Entertainment was officially scrapped today (Monday).

Despite systemic weakness in the Pakistani economy, and chronic instability at the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Pakistan Super League T20 competition is on a sustainable path after securing strong increases in domestic media rights fees for the next two seasons.  

Media group ARY, which owns pay-television broadcaster A Sports, has secured exclusive linear rights to the Pakistan Super League in 2024 and 2025 after outbidding its rivals at an auction and agreeing…