Microsoft Edge Browser can’t stream IPL 2018 Live matches on Hotstar

Microsoft has been working hard on making the default browser
of Windows 10 more and powerful and feature rich. Since Edge is
not available as an app on Microsoft Store it gets updated two
times in a year as a part of Windows 10 version update each
time. It has been spotted by us that the ongoing Indian Premier
League’s 2018 season which is streamed on Hotstar has been
disabled for Edge browser.

Those unaware of this Cricket tournament it is the World’s
biggest T20 franchise-based competition which is played in the
months of April and May every year. Hotstar seems to have
updated their streaming methodology before the start of
the new season from 8th April and since then Hotstar no longer
streams IPL matches and when the page is opened on Microsoft
Edge it mentions that “This content is best experienced on the
latest update of Chrome browser or Firefox.”

Hotstar also offers most of the popular Movies and TV series
like Game of Thrones, West World etc. and they are way ahead in
terms of the number of subscribers when compared to Netflix and
Amazon prime in India. It also streams the sports
coverage online in India. Except for the Live matches,
everything else works fine on the Edge browser. When a Twitter
user asked about this Hotstar replied that they have implemeted
content protection protocols which aren’t supported by Edge

Hotstar doesn’t have an app for Windows 10 and
neither they plan to have and the only solution for users
of Edge is to start using Chrome for Live matches and come back
for rest of your activities. Windows 10 Mobiles users are
the ones who will be effected the most as they don’t have
chrome browser on Windows Phone. And if Microsoft would be
adding the content protection protocols in Edge in future
they won’t reach to the public until the next major release of
Windows 10.

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