DisneyStar wins Television Broadcast Rights for IPL while Viacom18 wins Digital Rights

Industry Watch | June 14, 2022 | News

IPL DisneyStar Viacom18 Television Broadcast Rights Digital Rights

DisneyStar won the television broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL), while the digital rights went to Viacom18. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mopped up a total Rs 44,075 crore for the rights over the next five years. The board will make an official announcement after completing auctions of all four rights packages.

Senior executives with direct knowledge of developments told ET that the TV rights for India, or package A, was won by DisneyStar for Rs 57.5 crore per match, or a total Rs 23,575 crore for 410 matches over five years. Package B, India subcontinent digital rights, went to Reliance Industries, Viacom18 for Rs 50 crore per match, adding up to a total Rs 20,500 crore.

The rights have been bought for Rs 107.5 crore per match for the 2023-2027 cycle. The reserve price for TV and digital rights was Rs 49 crore and Rs 33 crore per match. This sum is more than twice Rs 16,347.5 crore that DisneyStar had paid in the last rights auction for five years at Rs 54.5 crore per match. To be sure, that was for 60 matches per year.

The auction did not see overaggressive bidding, with just one more bid coming in for TV rights on Day 2, while the digital package didn’t get any new bids Monday and ended at Rs 48 crore per match. Winner of package A, DisneyStar challenged Viacom18 for digital rights with a counter bid of Rs 49 crore per match. Viacom18 trumped that with a bid of Rs 50 crore.

Sports marketing experts said that the TV advertising rates will have to go up to over Rs 20 lakh per 10 seconds to break even, based on the DisneyStar bid.

An expert said, “In the last five years, DisneyStar has grown the ad revenues from an average of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 14.5 lakh in the last season, but overall, they may still have made some loss. Now, it will have to go to over Rs 20 lakh and the distribution revenue will also have to come in to make money.”

Experts said Viacom18 would have to acquire package C to ensure there’s no advertising revenue leakage. “While it will not bid from the start, Viacom18 will ultimately challenge the winner of package C to acquire the rights, so that those matches remain exclusive to Viacom18’s digital platforms,” said one of them.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mopped up a total Rs 44,075 crore for the rights over the next five years.

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