OSN secures exclusive MENA broadcast rights to all ICC events for 8 years
OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has further defined its credentials as the home of cricket by securing exclusive regional rights to all 18 ICC tournaments and qualifiers for the next eight years.
OSN already holds the rights to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and has renewed the rights from 2015 to 2023 through an exclusive arrangement with STAR who were awarded the global rights by the ICC.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “We are extremely pleased to be awarded the ICC rights which not only cements our commitment to cricket but also positions us as the undisputable home for live and exclusive cricket coverage in the region.
“This long-term partnership with the ICC and STAR further strengthens OSN’s portfolio of live cricket providing viewers with the biggest sports events in the world.”
STAR, on winning the largest cricket broadcast rights from the ICC for 18 tournaments, including two back-to-back Cricket World Cups (2019 and 2023), has sub-licensed the rights in MENA to OSN. Apart from these rights, OSN also holds sub-licensed rights to other tournaments from STAR such as the BCCI, Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board and Champions League T20.
Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India, said: “Star and OSN share a proud legacy of bringing unlimited possibilities to the TV-viewing experience. That commonality of purpose makes us delighted to sub-license Star’s global rights of the ICC events to OSN over the next eight years. The partnership will offer the best-in-class cricketing events to sports fans in the MENA, and we are confident that it will continue to add value to OSN.”
Major ICC tournaments that will be broadcast exclusively on OSN Sports Cricket HD are:
• ICC Cricket World Cup (England & Wales in 2019 and India in 2023)
• ICC World Twenty20 (India in 2016 and Australia in 2020)
• ICC Champions Trophy (England & Wales in 2017 and India in 2021)
• ICC Women’s World Cup (England & Wales in 2017 and New Zealand in 2021)
• ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (West Indies in 2018 and South Africa in 2022)
• ICC U19 World Cup (Bangladesh in 2016, New Zealand in 2018, South Africa in 2020 and West Indies in 2022)
OSN Sports Cricket HD will also cover all ICC qualifiers:
• ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier (Ireland and Scotland in 2015)
• ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (Bangladesh in 2018)
• ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier (2019)
• ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (Zimbabwe in 2022)
OSN Sports Cricket HD already offers viewers across the region thousands of hours of live international cricket including the IPL, Champions League T20, The Big Bash league, Natwest T20 Blast, Caribbean Premier League and all Tests, ODIs and T20Is from India, England, Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.
All the action is presented in HD on OSN’s dedicated cricket channel, OSN Sports Cricket HD plus; viewers can watch the games anytime, anywhere on OSN Play where OSN Sports Cricket is streamed live.
Highlighting its commitment to promoting cricket, OSN also supported the UAE National Cricket team at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, as its ‘Official Sponsor.’
For more details and the match schedules, please visit: www.osn.com/sports