The World Cup match played between India and Pakistan has broken all viewership records. It was watched live by a record 3.5 crore people live on Disney Plus Hotstar i.e. OTT. Till now, so many people had never watched any cricket match live on OTT.
This India-Pakistan match has broken its own old record, which was made a month ago in Asia Cup 2023. This match was watched by 2.8 crore people on OTT. However, if compared with any format of cricket, the 2023 IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans is at second place in terms of viewership on OTT. It was watched by 3.2 crore viewers.
The India-Pakistan match was played at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. About 1.30 lakh spectators were present here.
Actually, the broadcast rights of world matches are with Star Sports Network. Apart from this, fans can watch live streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar. OTT platform Disney Plus Hotstar had announced on June 9 that users will be able to watch all the matches of Asia Cup 2023 and ICC Men's Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 for free on the app.
Hotstar is trying the method of Mukesh Ambani's Jio Cinema to increase its viewership. By doing this, Disney + Hotstar wants to challenge Jio Cinema's growth in India. Jio Cinema had shown all the matches of IPL 2023 for free, due to which the company got record viewership.
Disney + Hotstar also now wants to achieve record viewership by showing all the matches of Asia Cup and World Cup for free. Users who use the Disney + Hotstar app will not need any subscription to watch all the World Cup matches.
Ambani's media venture had left behind many other companies including Disney + Hotstar to acquire the digital rights of IPL. Since then, the paid subscribers of Disney + Hotstar are continuously decreasing in India.
Jio Cinema app was the official streaming partner of IPL 2023. Reliance's Viacom-18 had acquired IPL digital streaming rights, which were earlier held by Disney, for about $ 2.9 billion (Rs 23 thousand 917 crore) from 2023 to 2027.
Talking about the match, the Indian team defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets. This was Team India's 8th consecutive win over Pakistan in the ODI World Cup. After losing the toss and batting first, Pakistan team was reduced to 191 runs in 42.5 overs. Babar Azam scored the highest score of 50 runs. In response, India achieved the target by losing three wickets in 30.3 overs. Rohit Sharma played an inning of 86 runs.