Sony Pictures Networks to show Maharashtra Open in India

Pay-TV network acquires broadcast rights to tennis tournament.

Sony Pictures Networks to show Maharashtra Open in India

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to the 2018 Maharashtra Open in eight countries.

The pay-TV channel will show India’s professional men’s tennis tournament in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

The event, which is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour, will be broadcast across SPN’s television channels and its digital platforms.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“We are proud to be the official broadcast partners of India’s premier ATP event, which is also the biggest tennis tournament in South Asia,” said Rajesh Kaul, president of sports distribution business at SPN India. “The Maharashtra Open will feature top ranked international and Indian players on our network.

“This is a valued addition to our line-up of major tennis events in January starting with Hopman Cup [the hardcourt tennis tournament in Australia], Brisbane International 2018, Sydney International 2018 and Qatar Open 2018 leading up to the first grand slam of the calendar year, Australian Open 2018, making our sports network the one stop TV destination for tennis enthusiasts.”

“We are delighted to stream South Asia’s biggest tennis tournament, Maharashtra Open 2018, part of the ATP World Tour 250 series,” added Uday Sodhi, executive vice president and head of digital business at SPN India. “Consumers can stream live or catch up on the highlights of the matches exclusively on SonyLIV. This further strengthens our commitment to provide diversified sports offerings to our viewers.”

The Maharastra Open got underway on 1st January, and the final is scheduled to be played on Saturday.