With postponement of IPL 2020, Disney+ Hotstar launch in India delayed
The proposed launch of Disney+ Hotstar service has been put on hold. The launch was to have coincided with the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. In light of the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus all over the world, where countries are under virtual lockdown, BCCI has decided to postpone the 2020 edition of IPL to April 15.
In a statement issued, Uday Shankar, President - The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star & Disney India, said, “We recently announced that Disney+ would launch in India through the Hotstar service in conjunction with beginning of the Indian Premier League cricket season. Given the delay of the season, we have made the decision to briefly pause the roll-out of Disney+ and will announce a new revised premiere date for the service soon.”
According to FICCI’s Industry Survey to assess the impact of Coronavirus, cancellation of IPL matches alone could mean a loss of Rs 10,000 crore for the industry.