Disney+ Hotstar garners record-breaking 53 million concurrent viewership during India-NZ SF game

The Men in Blue beat the Kiwis by 70 runs to advance into the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 final.

The official digital streaming partner of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Disney+ Hotstar has outdone itself yet again by gathering 53 million concurrent viewers during the India-New Zealand Semi-Final encounter.

The mammoth concurrent viewership clocked during the second innings when the Blackcaps were chasing down the target of 398 runs. The previous highest on the digital medium was 44 million during the India-South Africa encounter. 

Commenting on this, Sajith Sivanandan – Head, Disney+ Hotstar India said, “It’s not just Team India breaking records with their 10th straight win at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Indian fans are also tuning into Disney+ Hotstar in unprecedented numbers. Their incredible passion has led us to shatter the peak concurrency record four times during this tournament, setting new benchmarks in live sports streaming. The 5.3 cr concurrent viewers for India’s semifinal against New Zealand exceeds the combined population of Australia and New Zealand by more than 1.5 times! This milestone is not just a triumph of technology but a testament to our viewers’ unwavering support. With the final just around the corner, we look forward to bringing the nation together to witness the making of sporting history.”

Fans all over India are taking full advantage of the free streaming of the World Cup games and data saver mode. 

The saga of gathering humongous viewership started with the India-Pakistan encounter that had 35 million concurrent viewers. The viewership number was later surpassed by the Men-in-Blue and the Kiwis‘ group stage fixture in Dharamsala, which accumulated 43 million contemporaneous viewership.

The two-time World Cup winners defeated New Zealand by 70 runs in the first Semi-Final played in Mumbai and have booked their berth for the final for the fourth time. The grand finale of the marquee cricketing event will be held on November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. 

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