The Indian Premier League is one of the most intense and exciting cricket leagues around the world. It is currently the most loved cricket league in the world, and features teams representing Indian states and cities competing for the coveted IPL championship title taking place between April and May each year. In March 2020, the IPL will begin, and fans from around the world will witness current champions, Mumbai Indians compete to retain their title against teams such as the Chennai Super Kings. And many fans, of course, will ask how to watch IPL outside India?
In 2020, loads of action, fun and suspense await cricket lovers from around the world once the IPL starts. However, the streaming of live IPL games is largely restricted to Indian fans, which is somewhat unfair seeing that the IPL has fans from across the globe. Viewership of live IPL games is restricted to fans within India due to copyright laws which bar channels from other parts of the world from streaming it. Once a fan from outside India tries to stream the IPL games, they get a pop-up message telling them that the content they intend on accessing is not available to users in their region.
Not to worry though, as fans of cricket ourselves, we have worked a way around this hurdle, and you can rest knowing come March 2020, you will be able to watch your favorite IPL team(s) live.
Live IPL streaming platforms
Streaming platforms that allow fans access to IPL games as they happen include Hotstar and Star Sports. Hotstar requires a subscription, but we are not sure whether you require a subscription to stream IPL games on Star Sports.
Hotstar is the online partner of IPL in several countries. These countries include Denmark, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Nepal. Viewers outside the countries where Hotstar is the online partner of IPL need a method of changing their location to stream live IPL games.
Star Sports is a notable sports channel that runs excellent commentary on the IPL from well-known commentators. However, as highlighted above, access to IPL live games on Star Sports is also restricted to users within India. There are, of course, unofficial channels that will allow you to get IPL live streaming free.
In this next section, we highlight the most effective tools for accessing geo-restricted content and streaming the IPL.
How to stream live IPL games from anywhere in the world
We have already established the fact that fans of IPL can stream live games on Hotstar and Star Sports while access is restricted to fans outside of India. So now we’ll focus on ways to “get into India” without actually leaving one’s location. This can be done using a VPN, which allows you to stream though an IP address in India, meaning you’ll be able to access geo-restricted content.
The VPN changes a user’s IP address and also provides security and privacy of online activities.
VPN users get access to servers all over the globe, as long as they’re operated by the VPN provider. As a VPN user access a platform with their preferred VPN server, their perceived location changes to that of their preferred VPN server. Let’s say a user from the US accesses a website with an Indian VPN server, their location will seem to be in India, and they get access to content limited to Indian users.
Choosing a VPN
Here are some trusted VPNs which can provide unrestricted access to the IPL regardless of your location.
Apart from giving you the necessary access to watch live IPL games, NordVPN has several other features that guarantee security and privacy of all your online activities. NordVPN allows users to connect up to 6 devices at a time while maintaining a high-speed connection. NordVPN also provides several protocols from OpenVPN to IPSec.
NordVPN users get some of the best prices on the market — as low as $3.29 per month when they subscribe to the three-year plan. A noteworthy security feature of NordVPN is the kill switch which maintains anonymity whenever the connection gets lost.
StrongVPN offers users about 700 servers that are spread across 26 locations. Thus, StrongVPN users have a variety of servers to gain access to different locations and geo-restricted content.
This VPN also has excellent encryption that keeps users’ activities safe from third party users. StrongVPN doesn’t keep a log of users’ activities, helping to keep them completely anonymous.
The 24-hour customer service of StrongVPN also makes it a great choice since issues can be easily resolved by the customer service team. We confirmed that StrongVPN users can stream live IPL games with any of their Indian servers.
StrongVPN also unblocks geo-restricted content on Netflix. StrongVPN has been in business for over a decade and is one of the most popular VPNs in the market today.
We are sure that with ExpressVPN, you can get unrestricted access to platforms where you can stream live IPL games. ExpressVPN will also give you unrestricted access to Netflix content.
The amazing access provided by ExpressVPN is because of its notable kill switch feature which helps you maintain anonymity whenever the connections get lost. ExpressVPN also provides live chat support and doesn’t keep a log of its users’ activities. The minimum price of ExpressVPN subscription is $8.32/month. ExpressVPN has over 3000 servers that are located in 94 countries. With ExpressVPN one can thus waltz in and out of the different countries as they desire.
After choosing your preferred VPN, you should install and activate the VPN and then access either Hotstar or Star Sports.
How to watch IPL live with a VPN
With Hotstar, you can stream IPL games through the website or with the applications compatible with Android and iOS devices. If you prefer to stream the games through the Hostar website, you should proceed by accessing the website with the VPN’s Indian server and paying for the subscription.
The payment methods include debit card and PayPal. To stream IPL games with Hotstar’s application, download and install the app, subscribe for the service and use the app with the Indian IP address. Thankfully, all the VPNs mentioned above are compatible with different operating systems including Android and iOS.
To stream IPL games from Star Sports, you need to activate your VPN and access the website with the VPN’s Indian server.
To stream live IPL games on notable platforms such as Hotstar and Star Sports, your location has to be India. If you’re outside India, an Indian VPN server will allow you access to India-only content. With this simple guide, you should have no reason to miss your favorite team play come March 2020.
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