The All India Football Federation (AIFF) finally sorted out the I-League telecast mess on Wednesday. It was learnt that the 28 matches which the official broadcasters Star India Pvt Ltd. won’t be showing on their channels will be live on digital platforms Hotstar and Jio TV. The AIFF will bear the production costs for these matches.
A top I-League official informed that the first match to be televised on the OTT (Over The Top) platforms will be between Aizawl FC and Indian Arrows on January 5.
“We have arrived at this decision in consultation with the Football Sports Development Limited. There will be commentary, highlights and replays for these games. Only 5-6 homes of Real Kashmir FC will be telecast on Doordarshan Kashmir. We are still in dialogue with DD and we will probably get the feeds for the matches.”
The official broadcasters Star Sports had last month announced that they will only broadcast 30 of the remaining I-League matches. This brought the total number of matches telecast to 80 out of a possible 110. Last season, 88 out of 90 matches were broadcast live on Star India Pvt Ltd’s channels.