The cricket World Cup—one of the biggest sporting events in the world—begins on Feb. 14. The six-week-long tournament is expected to be watched by more than a billion people on television, with the India-Pakistan fixture on Feb. 15 set to be the most viewed game in the history of the sport.
But it is not just on TV. Most official broadcasters will be streaming the matches online and on mobile. Wherever you are, there should be a pretty convenient way of watching the cricket.
In 2011, ESPN bought the rights to telecast the cricket World Cup in US, a country where the sport is slowly getting popular thanks to the Indian and Caribbean diaspora and assorted Netherland-lovers.
This year, for the first time and to the delight of cord-cutters, ESPN is selling an online subscription package for a single sporting tournament. For $99.99, viewers can live stream the matches via the web and mobile through the ESPN Cricket 2015 app on iOS and Android.
Star India and Star Middle East jointly hold the global rights for the 2015 World Cup, which ICC described as the “biggest ever global broadcast partnership.” Matches can be streamed on starsports.com for a subscription package that costs just Rs120 ($2), which will be valid throughout the World Cup.
And if you are not too picky, you can also access the free feed, albeit delayed by four to five minutes, on starsports.com and on mobile through Star’s iOS and Android apps.
Sky Sports subscribers in UK can already use Sky Go to watch the matches on mobiles or laptops.
And if you aren’t a Sky subscriber, you can still watch the matches online through NowTV, where you will have to buy a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 ($10.68) or a Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99 ($16.79).
Subscribers can stream the matches on a range of devices including smartphones, computers, Xbox and Chromecast.
Cricket fans living in continental Europe, some other parts of Asia, and the Pacific Islands can stream the matches on starsports.com after paying a subscription fee.
That said, if you still prefer to watch the World Cup on TV like it’s still the 20th century, here is a list of all the official broadcasters across the world.