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According to huffingtonpost article, there are over 15 million cricket fans in North America with large majority being Asian Indians. If someone is grew up in India or any other country in the subcontinent, they would have loved and followed cricket like a religion at some of time in there life. After moving to US, there passion for cricket hasn't faded and they still watch/follow every cricket series India plays in. If you are looking for the best ways to watch cricket in USA, here are some of the options we know of:

Hotstar USA: Hotstar launched their service for USA/Canada region recently and they have acquired rights to all the important cricketing events for next year or so (2018-2019). Australia in India 2019 (exclusive), IPL 2019 and World Cup 2019. Their plans start from $10/ month or $6/month (if subscribed annually). It includes all STAR channels, Star Original content along with sports content (including kabaddi, hockey etc). Their app is currently available on Apple TV, chromecast, Roku, iOS and Android devices. As a promotion, Hotstar is giving away their annual package for $69.99 which is a steal in our opinion. For 2011 and 2015, just the world cup packages were priced at $120 by Willow and ESPN respectively. Upcoming matches:

- Australia's tour of India 2019 (Exclusive rights for USA).
- Indian Premier League 2019
- ICC World Cup 2019

Willow TV - Willow TV owns right to telecast cricket in USA and Canada for majority of the cricket series played across the world. They have an online website (www.willow.tv) as well as apps for various different platforms for streaming live cricket stream in HD quality. Its a monthly subscription based service with no contracts or lock downs. Their subscription costs $10 per month (in US) and includes support for iOS, Android and Windows 8 app. You can alternatively also choose to use their app on roku, chromecast, Samsung TV, Google TV or many other IPTV platforms. The stream quality is HD with pretty good reliability. People have used them and was quite pleased with their performance. They do not have easy cancellation option online and one has to reach out to them via email/phone to cancel the services.
Upcoming matches:

- Pakistan Super League 2019
- England's tour of West Indies 2019
- Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa 2019
- Indian Premier League 2019
- ICC World Cup 2019

Sling TV - Sling TV is one of the official partner of Willow. You can subscribe to Sling's International Sports package (priced at $10 per month) to watch willow TV channel live. Sling TV too has good support for various different mobile and IPTV platforms like iOS, Android, XBOX, roku etc. People switched to using SlingTV from willow as it costs them few $$ less per month and the world sports package includes 7 other sports channel apart from Willow. They also feature 'WillowTV Extra' channel which streams live matches if there are more than one matches being played simultaneously. They have a 7-day free trial that you can sign up for before deciding to subscribe from them. If you are a cricket fan like us and would probably watch most of the cricket series of India throughout the year, you can subscribe to their annual package which amounts to $5 per month only.
Upcoming matches:

- Pakistan Super League 2019
- England's tour of West Indies 2019
- Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa 2019

Watch ESPN - In recent years, WatchESPN has acquired rights for telecasting few cricket series in North America region (including All Stars Series in USA, IPL season, cricket in England, cricket in West Indies etc). WatchESPN is the digital platform owned by ESPN corp which is the leading sports content provider in USA. Apart from few series (like IPL, world cup), most of their content is free at no additional cost. They too have good support for online live stream on their website as well as IPTV platforms like roku, XBOX, Samsung TV and others. However, their coverage is quite limited to handful of series in a year.

YuppTV - They are the latest entry into race to acquire cricket rights for US region. In 2016, they acquired rights for India vs WI series and used their Yupp TV platform to live stream the matches. Their subscription cost was $8 for the entire series. It will be interesting to see how they compete with Willow and ESPN in future.

Willow Partner channels - Willow has partnership with almost all of the TV providers in USA. If you are already subscribed to any one of them, you can add Willow TV channel at a premium ranging from $3 to $15. Few of their partner TV providers are DirectTV, DishTV, Xfinity, FIOS etc.


 

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