July 10, 2018

Best Ways to Watch Cricket Online in USA

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Here are the best options to watch cricket online in the US. Read on to learn what each provider offers. Don't miss another game.

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HOTSTAR US

Hotstar is a video streaming app which streams Indian TV shows, movies, and live sports. They feature content in eight Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada and Malayalam.

When it comes to sports, Hotstar features live telecasts of kabaddi, badminton, hockey, and most importantly, cricket.

The good thing about Hotstar is that it has exclusive broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL). This means that you can only watch live broadcasts of the IPL games on Hotstar. It also streams the IPL in a variety of languages, such as Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Hindi and English.

However, if you're looking for cricket matches outside India or other international cricket tournaments, then consider Willow TV.

Willow TV

The Willow TV channel is a live 24/7 cricket channel in the USA and Canada. It has exclusive broadcasting rights to games by the International Cricket Council (ICC), The Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa, New Zealand Cricket, West Indies Cricket Board, Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket Zimbabwe and others.

Willow works together with satellite, cable, and IPTV providers to help feature their channel. Currently their partners include DISH Network, DIRECTV, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FIOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks and Cox.

If you just want to watch cricket, Willow TV offers a direct, standalone subscription too. You can go directly to their website to subscribe. To access the channel, just download the app for your smartphone or tablet, or log on to the site from any web browser.

Sling TV

Sling TV is an online streaming provider which features TV series and shows. Their most popular bundles are their English "Blue" and "Orange" packages, but they also offer Indian packages which feature shows in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Urdu, Bangla and Bengali.

Sling TV also offers a Willow TV subscription. The package has two channels - Willow TV HD and Willow XTRA. Both offer cricket content, featuring both live and recorded games.

The best part about Sling TV is that you won't have to choose a main subscription and add Willow TV after. They offer just the Willow TV package as a subscription by itself. You can subscribe per month, per six months, or annually.

ESPN+

ESPN+ is a new streaming service by ESPN. To be clear - it isn't a standalone app. It's currently inside the existing ESPN app, which can be installed on Android smartphones, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, iPhones, and iPads. It also works on web browsers, so you can access it from any computer.

In terms of content, ESPN+ offers live games, studio series, and original programs. You can find live broadcasts of soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, rugby, and several college sports. They also stream live cricket games, featuring matches across Test, ODI, and T20 formats from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.

You can choose to subscribe to ESPN+ monthly or annually.

Bottom Line

When it comes to streaming live cricket games online, there aren't many options in the U.S. If you're a fan of local games in India, then Hotstar is the best choice. They have exclusive rights to broadcast the IPL, which is great for those who follow the Indian cricket league.

If you're looking for international games, however, then consider Willow TV. You can subscribe directly to Willow TV or through their affiliates (such as Sling TV). Willow TV has the rights to most of the international cricket boards, which means you'll have access to most of the international game broadcasts.

ESPN+ is a relatively new service, and they do feature some cricket games, but they're not a dedicated cricket channel like Willow TV or Hotstar. It can be a good choice if you're also interested in other games, such as rugby or golf. However, if you're purely interested in cricket, it's better to look at Willow TV or Hotstar instead.

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