Yes IPL will be the streamed on Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, for the first time ever in 2018 though it will be restricted to one match per week and that too with a one-hour delay in the broadcast.
Star Sports, who won the rights for the IPL last September, has agreed to the idea mooted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) and will have a delayed broadcast of one match every Sunday.
Prasar Bharati too had tweeted about how Doordarshan viewers can “watch IPL matches on DD network” for the first time. Star India CEO Uday Shankar though made it clear that they will be showing only one of the two Sunday matches on DD Sports.
It’s only one match per week and on a Sunday with a one hour delay. It’s not like international cricket that has to be shared with the national broadcaster. We are comfortable with this and that’s why we have gone ahead. It only helps the IPL if it reaches people that don’t have access to Pay TV,” Uday Shankar, Star CEO