With the arrival of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the Ligue 1, the popularity of the league has seen a spike in India. There is no doubt that the 34-year old footballer is among the most recognized athletes in the world and in India too he has got a large number of fans. Meanwhile, fans are eager to watch Lionel Messi play for PSG in the French Football League. However, netizens are asking the question that on which channel they can watch the live telecast of the Ligue 1 in India. Here are the broadcast and streaming details of the top-tier league of France.
The 2021-22 season of the Ligue 1 commenced on the 7th of August according to Indian time. As we know, a total of 20 clubs from France take part in every season. Each team takes the rest 19 teams in one home and one away match. So, in total, each team plays 38 matches in one season and the club that ends at the top of the table declares as season Champions. Lille are the defending champions of the French Football League while Paris Saint Germain have won the title 7 times in the last 9 seasons.
Ligue 1 Live Telecast Channel in India
As far as telecast and streaming of the French Football League in India are concerned, the country’s top sports broadcasters Star and Sony didn’t show any interest in purchasing the rights. Meanwhile, Reliance-backed Viacom 18 has obtained the rights to telecast and stream Ligue 1 in India. This is the first time since 2012, Ligue 1 has got an official broadcaster in the Indian subcontinent, all thanks to Lionel Messi.
VH1 channel will broadcast the full 2021-22 French football season in India. The channel is available on the various DTH platforms. It’s worth mentioning that the channel can be watched online on the Jio TV app. Also, French channel TV5Monde Asie has been telecasting the Ligue 1 since 2012 in India in their local feed. But the channel shows only a single Ligue 1 match per week.
Brest vs PSG which was the 3rd match of Messi’s club this season was telecasted on TV5Monde on the 21st of August. However, Messi’s debut game for Paris which is against Reims on August 30 (Indian time) won’t be broadcasted on the TV5Monde channel. The channel is available on DTH platforms Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV in India. But now on, all the PSG matches can be watched in India on the VH1 channel.
French Football League’s Broadcast Channel details in India:
Channel Name: VH1 (All Matches), TV5Monde Asie (only 1 match per week)
Tata Sky: VH1 HD ( Channel 855), VH1 SD (Channel 856), TV5Monde Asie (Channel 640)
Dish TV: VH1 SD (Channel 585)
D2h: VH1 SD ( Channel 297)
Airtel DTH: VH1 SD ( Channel 507), TV5Monde Asie (Channel 178)
Sun Direct: VH1 HD ( Channel 946), VH1 SD (Channel 414),
French Football League’s Streaming in India
Viacom 18 owned Voot app will stream the French league’s matches. To get access to Ligue 1 matches, users have to purchase Voot’s Select subscription which currently costs INR 299 per year. With this subscription, app users can also watch La Liga and Serie A matches.