Indian Premier League

Amazon pulls out of high-stakes bidding battle for IPL telecast rights

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U. S. tech behemoth Amazon will not bid for rights to telecast the Indian Premier League, projected to be worth more than $6.4 billion, a source with knowledge of the company's plans said on Friday.

The decision comes just two days ahead of the bidding for IPL television and digital broadcast rights.

Not viable for Amazon

Amazon had decided not to participate in the bidding as the company did not find it a viable option for growth in India, said the source, who sought anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to media on the issue.

A representative of online streaming platform Amazon Prime Video did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Bidding war

The withdrawal leaves an open field for rivals such as Reliance Industries, which will bid through its broadcasting joint venture Viacom 18, Disney Plus Hotstar, and the India unit of Sony Corp when bidding takes place on Sunday.

Disney-owned Star India, which is one of the country's top broadcasters, along with Sony and its planned acquisition Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, paid $2.1 billion for the rights until 2022.

IPL bidding rights are seen as key to growth in India's booming online streaming market.

It is to them that analysts attribute Disney's huge lead over rivals in the cricket-mad subcontinent, luring more than 50 million paid subscribers to its platform, Disney Plus Hotstar.

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