March 29th, 2020 marks the beginning of the Indian Premier League, and cricket fans cannot be more excited about it. In fact, they’re in for a treat as the kick-off match is a repeat of the final of the 2019 tournament. The tournament will go on until May 24th, 2020, and fans are searching for multiple ways to watch the event live online. Well, the good news, there are several ways to watch. The bad news, however, is that the broadcasting channels are geo-restricted to their respective countries. We have the solution you need. So, without further ado, here’s how you can watch the 2020 IPL live anywhere.
Indian Premier League 2020 – The Streaming Channels
In the previous year, Hotstar garnered 18.6 million concurrent viewers for the finale of the IPL. So, if the competition is this popular in one country, imagine how grand it is all over the world. Well, you don’t have to imagine as the number of official broadcasters is more than enough to prove that.
However, the bad news is that these channels are all restricted to their respective region. They apply what we call geo-blocking, a system that restricts user access based on their geographical location.
You see, these channels examine one’s IP address to pinpoint their exact physical whereabouts. If the IP address is not valid within the channel’s coverage area, the user will be blocked almost instantly.
We’ll be talking about that later on in the article along with the solution to the problem. But for now, here are the official 2020 IPL channels:
- Hotstar (India)
- Sky Go (UK, Premium)
- Now TV (UK, Premium)
- SuperSport (South Africa, Premium)
- beIN Sport (Middle East, Premium)
- Willow TV (USA)
- Willow TV (Canada)
- Fox Sports (Australia)
Your physical location dictates what you get to access on the internet. Now that we addressed the problem, let’s fix it in the next part.
How to Watch IPL 2020 Globally
We already mentioned that your IP address is responsible for limiting your internet access. Let us give you an example of geo-blocking first before we head over to the solution. Take Sky Go for instance.
British ex-pats’ long and hard attempts to access Sky Go outside the UK will go in vain. The service is not going to become accessible no matter how many times they refresh their browser. The fact that Sky Go is inaccessible in countries like the US, Australia, Canada, and Germany has to do with geo-restrictions and licensing issues.
You’ll definitely know whether the channel is streamable or not as it presents non-UK residents with the following error message:
“Sky Go is only available to users connecting from within the UK or Republic of Ireland, unfortunately we cannot confirm that you are within these territories at the moment. Please retry later.”
Sky Go won’t unblock unless it detects a connection from the UK. You don’t have to move to the country to watch IPL 2020 live online. It’s quite possible by simply changing your virtual location. This process is called location spoofing, and it can be achieved via a VPN service provider. Allow us to explain below.
A Virtual Private Network is a technology that creates a secure private network between two hosts. It enables you to connect to another secure server from your location and thus you get an IP address according to that server’s location.
If the server is in the UK, a British IP address you shall receive, granting you full accessing to channels like Sky, BBC iPlayer, Channel 5, and dozens of other UK-restricted services. Please note that you can unblock all the channels mentioned on the list provided you connect to a server in their respective countries.
The process couldn’t be any easier. All you have to do is follow a couple of steps and you’ll be watching the 2020 IPL anywhere in no time:
- Firstly, you need to sign up with a VPN provider. We highly recommend ExpressVPN as it has servers in more than 94 countries.
- Set up the VPN on your device by downloading and installing the provider’s app.
- Sign in with your VPN account and open the server list.
- Connect to a server according to the channel you’ve chosen:
- US server for Willow TV.
- UK server for Sky Go.
- Indian server for Hotstar, etc.
- Visit the channel’s website or launch its dedicated app.
- Stream the IPL anywhere you may be.
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List of Devices Compatible with Hotstar
Stream the IPL 2020 on the channels mentioned above, after you unblock it on the following devices:
- Fire Stick
- Apple TV
- Smart TVs
- Windows PC
- Apple TV
- Apple TV
About IPL 13 Schedule
The full schedule of the upcoming IPL 2020 is presented below:
|29th March||Mumbai Indian Vs Chennai Super King||Mumbai|
|30th March||Delhi Capital Vs Kings XI Punjab||Delhi|
|31st March||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Bengaluru|
|1st April||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Mumbai Indians||Hyderabad|
|2nd April||Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals||Chennai|
|3rd April||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Capitals||Kolkata|
|4th April||Kings XI Punjab Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mohali|
|5th April||Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai|
|5th April||Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Capitals||Jaipur/Guwahati|
|6th April||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata|
|7th April||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Bengaluru|
|8th April||Kings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians||Mohali|
|9th April||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Jaipur/Guwahati|
|10th April||Delhi Capital Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Delhi|
|11th April||Chennai Super King Vs Kings XI Punjab||Chennai|
|12th April||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals||Hyderabad|
|12th April||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indian||Kolkata|
|13th April||Delhi Capital Vs Chennai Super King||Delhi|
|14th April||Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mohali|
|15th April||Mumbai Indian Vs Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai|
|16th April||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Hyderabad|
|17th April||Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings||Mohali|
|18th April||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan Royals||Bengaluru|
|19th April||Delhi Capitals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi|
|19th April||Chennai Super Kings Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Chennai|
|20th April||Mumbai Indians s Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai|
|21st April||Rajasthan Royals Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Jaipur|
|22nd April||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Capitals||Bengaluru|
|23rd April||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata|
|24th April||Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians||Chennai|
|25th April||Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Jaipur|
|26th April||Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Mohali|
|26th April||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Delhi Capitals||Hyderabad|
|27th April||Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai|
|28th April||Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Mumbai|
|29th April||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)||Jaipur|
|30th April||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Chennai Super Kings||Hyderabad|
|1st May||Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Capitals||Mumbai|
|2nd May||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals||Kolkata|
|3rd May||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kings XI Punjab||Bengaluru|
|3rd May||Delhi Capitals Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Delhi|
|4th May||Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings||Jaipur|
|5th May||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Hyderabad|
|6th May||Delhi Capitals Vs Mumbai Indians||Delhi|
|7th May||Chennai Super Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai|
|8th May||Kings XI Punjab Vs Rajasthan Royals||Mohali|
|9th May||Mumbai Indians Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai|
|10th May||Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Capitals||Chennai|
|10th May||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kolkata|
|11th May||Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians||Jaipur|
|12th May||Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kings XI Punjab||Hyderabad|
|13th May||Delhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals||Delhi|
|14th May||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings||Bengaluru|
|15th May||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kolkata|
|16th May||Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals||Mohali|
|17th May||Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians||Bengaluru|
|TBA (8:00 PM)||Qualifier 1||TBA|
|TBA (8:00 PM)||Qualifier 2||TBA|
|TBA (8:00 PM)||Eliminator||TBA|
Watch IPL 2020 for Free Live Online – Conclusion
Now, being outside of select countries will deprive you from watching your favorite sports online. It takes a valid VPN subscription and a few taps to connect to a VPN server and appear in a different country. Go ahead cricket fans, stream the IPL 2020 anywhere you want without having to worry about geo-restrictions anymore.
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