Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) acquires broadcast & digital rights for the Bangladesh Premier League 2016

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) acquires broadcast & digital rights for the Bangladesh Premier League 2016


The 4th edition of tournament, to commence on 4th November 2016, will telecast on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD and will also be streamed LIVE on SonyLIV app and website

Eminent cricketers such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kumar Sangakkara to create magic on the field at BPL 2016

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) announces the acquisition of the broadcast & digital rights of the fourth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League 2016. The tournament which is known as the biggest cricket extravaganza in Bangladesh, will commence on 4th November, 2016, and will be telecast on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD as well as streamed LIVE on SonyLIV app and website. The on-air broadcast rights include the telecast of 43 live matches of the tournament in the Indian Sub-continent. Along with LIVE streaming, SonyLIV will also be providing fans with a lot of exclusive Video-On-Demand (VOD) content like Highlights, Best Sixes, Best Catches, Fielding and more.

The Bangladesh Premier League 2016 which is now in its very successful 4th season has grown in its popularity which each edition. The tournament is played in the T20 format and will feature a total of seven teams which include six teams from the previous season and the addition of one new franchise from Khulna and Rajshahi. Apart from Khulna and Rajarshi, the other teams are Comilla Victorians, Barisal Bulls, Rangpur Riders, Dhaka Dynamites and Chittagong Vikings. This season of the tournament will see the likes of some of the biggest names in cricket – Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Dwayne Smith.

The first match of BPL 2016 will be played between Rajshahi Kings and Comilla Victorians at Dhaka. The top four teams from the group stage will qualify for the knockout stage which includes the semi-finals, the eliminator and the final match. The semi-finals of BPL 2016 will take place on 8th December, 2016, while the final will be played on 9th December, 2016, in Dhaka.

Mr. Rajesh Kaul, President, Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Network

“Sony Pictures Networks India has been in the forefront of bringing and popularizing theT20 league format of cricket. Following our previous offerings of Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, South African T20 league & Karnataka Premier League, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to our T20 cricket portfolio. The BPL line-up is particularly impressive with International cricketers like Chris Gayle, Thisara Perera, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and more that our viewers can look forward to”

Watch the first match of the Bangladesh Premier League between Rajshahi Kings and Comilla Victorians today at 1:55 PM, LIVE and Exclusive on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD as well as stream LIVE on SonyLIV app and website.

About the Sports Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks India:

SONY SIX, India’s Premier Sports Entertainment Channel, was launched in 2012 and is the first sports channel owned and operated by Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). Recently, SPN expanded its sports cluster in collaboration with ESPN to launch the SONY ESPN cluster of channels.

The Sports cluster of Sony Pictures Networks India has rights to broadcast some exclusive domestic and international sporting content including; The VIVO IPL, 2014 FIFA World Cup™, UEFA EURO 2016, Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup™, 2018 FIFA World Cup™, The Emirates FA Cup, BBVA LaLiga, Tim Serie A, The Australian Open, ATP World Tour

Masters 1000 events, ATP World Tour 500 events, ATP World Tour Finals, The Champions Tennis League, The NBA, TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

About Sony LIV:

Sony LIV is the first premium Video on demand (VOD) service by Sony Pictures Networks’ India (SPN) providing multi-screen engagement to users on all devices. Launched in January 2013, it enables users to discover 21 years of rich content from the network channels of Sony Pictures Networks’ Pvt. Ltd. It also provides a rich array of movies, strong line-up of events across all sports, shows, music, product reviews.

With 25 million app downloads so far, LIV is the first amongst its competition to provide original exclusive premium content.

As a true pioneer in its space, SonyLIV launched India’s first-ever original show exclusively for the online platform earlier this year. With #LoveBytes, it became the country’s first digital video-on-demand (VOD) platform to introduce an innovation of this nature. Streaming the biggest football tournament of 2016 – UEFA European Championship 2016 and making SonyLIV the most preferred online destination for football fans. With 20 million hits from highly engaged urban sports millennials and 90 million interactions

About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), (formerly Multi Screen Media Private Ltd.), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.

As a leading television network in India, SPN comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, a second Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; SAB, a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel; AXN, the leader amongst English Entertainment Channels; AATH, the Bangla movie channel, MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; SIX and SONY ESPN – the cluster of sports entertainment channels and LIV – the Digital Entertainment Channel, and, SPN’s Motion Pictures division, formerly MSM Motion Pictures.

Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 21st year in India.