Star India's sports arm Star Sports has acquired the broadcast and digital rights for New Zealand Cricket (NZC) including all men's and women's international matches being organized Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia till 2020. Previously, the rights were held by Sony Pictures Network India (SPN), and this is another instance of Star wresting away rights from other broadcasters. According to an App Annie report cited in Business Standard, Hotstar's subscriber base grew to 67.5 million in August 2017, representing almost 100% growth from 33 million in August last year. Star's Cricket rights acquisitions Note that Star India is moving towards monopoly in the country, as it holds broadcasting rights for almost every format of the game. In September, Star India won global digital and TV rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five years, outbidding competitors like Jio and Sony Pictures. From…
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