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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.

Media company Star India’s plans to use the Indian Premier League to develop its Hotstar OTT platform in the UK drove pay-television broadcaster Sky’s loss of the property, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Indian Premier League T20 competition is being broadcast in Australia again after a six-season hiatus, via a deal with Fox Sports.

Fierce competition helped the Board of Control for Cricket in India earn a substantial increase in the value of its global media rights last week.

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

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 is reportedly close to reaching a deal to show highlights of this year’s Cricket World Cup.

Hotstar, the Star India-owned OTT plaftorm, has appointed Ankit Desai as its vice-president of digital sales strategy

Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship has agreed a multi-year rights deal with media company Star India

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Indian pay-television broadcaster Star India this month became the latest beneficiary of beIN Sports’ move to acquire cricket content in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

Two scheduled India tours has helped the Pitch International agency finally sell New Zealand Cricket rights in the Indian subcontinent after three years without a deal.

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.

Asian Football Confederation media rights in the Indian subcontinent are likely to remain steady or fall in value, with no deal in place for the 2017 to 2020 cycle.

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.

Star India has snatched rights to two tennis grand slams from its Indian subcontinent rivals in the last week, significantly increasing their value.

The Asian Cricket Council earned a big increase in the value of its media rights in a lucrative eight-year deal with pay-television broadcaster Star India.

Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India has renewed its English Premier League rights in India at a significant discount.

Star India’s strategic shift away from overseas sport allowed Multi Screen Media to buy rights to Italy’s Serie A and the English FA Cup earlier this month.

Star India’s renewal with Indian hockey’s governing body highlights the broadcaster’s strategy of ground-level investment in minority sports.

Pay-television network Ten Sports’s desire for exclusivity pushed up the value of MotoGP rights in the Indian subcontinent in last month’s deal.

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.

The German Bundesliga is set to more than double its international rights value from 2015-16 onwards following a host of deals agreed in recent weeks.

Giles Clarke, the head of the International Cricket Council’s media-rights negotiation team, hailed this month’s deal with Rupert Murdoch’s Star pay-television operations as “hugely positive for the game around the world.”