With players like Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch competing against each other for the sake of their teams, IPL is gaining popularity.
They are not the only one; you can also find your favourite bowling to another player you are a fan of.
With James Faulkner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson also making their contribution this season, let’s find out how to watch IPL in Australia.
Watch IPL online
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a cricket tournament where cricketers participate from all over the world. The 2018 season of IPL (or Vivo IPL (because sponsorship)) is already live since the first week of April. Eight teams –Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sun Risers Hyderabad – are playing this year.
This T20 format tournament is on until the last week of May, and the IPL live streaming is available with Star Sports India.
They provide the IPL streaming with their video streaming service Hotstar. But Hotstar isn’t only about IPL or cricket. You can get a lot of content there for free.
It has news, TV shows and movies available from the partner channels of Star India. And you also get the free IPL highlights.
But to watch IPL live you will need a subscription. IPL is available with its All Sports Pack at only ₹299 a year (which rounds up to about 6 dollars per year).
Watch IPL in Hotstar
After your subscription is active, you can now watch IPL 2018 on Android and iOS devices. And not only live matches but everything about IPL.
You can pull up the scorecards, or glance at the points table whenever you like. Then, you can keep an eye on your team’s schedule, results, match highlights and featured videos.
And if you missed the fun, replays of recent IPL matches also are available. Moreover, you get all the international cricket matches of the Indian team.
Star India also has the rights to broadcast Indian Super League (football), Hockey India League and Pro Kabaddi League.
Apart from sports, Hotstar also has music and exclusive shows on offer. You can either watch them live or on-demand at your comfort.
Watch IPL in Australia
Foxtel has the rights to stream IPL matches in Australia. Then, there also is YuppTV, which have packages to let you watch IPL online.
If you already have one of the packages subscribed, you can watch IPL free, at no extra cost.
The offer by Hotstar though is almost free. You only have to pay about half a dollar per month. And at that price, you get to enjoy IPL without anything missing, replays, highlights and everything mentioned above. The only problem is the region restriction. The service of Hotstar is available only in India.
But you don’t have to worry, here is an easy way to unlock IPL matches in Australia and that’s to use a VPN.
Hotstar with VPN
VPN service providers are everyone’s favourite when it comes to unblocking the sportstream not available in Australia.
You download a software, log into your account and connect to a foreign server. In our case, this server should be in India to watch Hotstar streaming without a problem.
Check our VPN reviews to select the tool of your choice, but for a trouble-free service, I would recommend ExpressVPN. It has servers in India, and when you connect to one of them, the VPN server hides your public IP address. Instead of the IP address provided by your ISP, your device now has an Indian address.
Don’t you believe me? Ask your search engine “What is my IP?” and check yourself. Not only does a VPN masks your real IP address but also your data transfers.
ExpressVPN has one of the best encryption systems available, and while the connection is active, no one can know that you are streaming IPL in Australia.
With the Indian IP address, nothing is stopping you from watching IPL on Hotstar, just pay for the subscription. You can then view IPL matches without limits and also get TV shows from Star India and the Hotstar exclusives.
Even if you don’t watch IPL with Hotstar, it’s recommended to use a VPN for privacy. While ExpressVPN server is active for you, your ISP won’t know whatever you browse or stream