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Dish TV writes to BCCI and CCI to stop Star India from monopolizing cricket broadcasts: Reports

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd-owned Direct-to-home (DTH) platform Dish TV has written to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to prevent Star India from being the sole holder of the telecast rights of all the major cricketing events. DishTV says that the Star India holding all the cricket broadcasting rights is anticompetitive and anti-consumer, reports Livemint. The Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process closes on 28 August and the last date of purchasing bid documents was 24 August. BCCI has invited companies to buy television and digital media rights of IPL for a period of five years-from 2018 to 2022. Currently, Star India has broadcasting rights for almost every format of the game. In February 2015, the digital rights for the IPL, the T20 tournament organized by the BCCI for 2015 to 2017, was bagged by Novi Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Star India Pvt Ltd. Star also had a deal for BCCI Cricket Rights in India, the rights for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. A deal with the ICC called “cricket’s biggest-ever global broadcast agreement” for eight years (2015 to 2023), that includes 18 ICC tournaments, including two ICC Cricket World Cups (2019 and 2023), two ICC Champions Trophy tournaments (2017 and 2021) and two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments (2016 and 2020) The letter, which was also sent to information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that Star India is a potential bidder…

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