Disney plus and Hotstar recently launched their combined streaming services Disney plus Hotstar. It combines the content of Hotstar which has the highest subscriber count among any Indian streaming service and provides 100,000+ hours of movies and TV shows in 8 languages, Live Sports Channels & Live TV Channels. Now, the amalgamation of Disney+ with Hotstar, the pool of content has expanded immensely including all Disney movies, Pixar movies, National Geographic Channel and Disney Plus Originals. With Disney Plus coming into the picture, there are a few confusions that arise –
- What content will be available on Disney+Hotstar?
- How much will the new subscription cost?
- What are the major features of Disney+Hotstar?
- Is subscribing to Disney+Hotstar worth it?
What is Disney+ Hotstar?
Disney+ Hotstar is a streaming service exclusively providing Disney+ content in India, as well as the Hotstar Content – Bollywood movies, American TV shows and Hollywood movies & the Hotstar Originals. The Walt Disney Company acquired Hotstar in 2019, as a part of its parent company, 21st Century Fox’s acquisition. The unified Disney Plus Hotstar was launched on April 3, 2020 with Disney movies available in 8 languages and Disney+ original content. Here is the width of content available on Disney+ Hotstar –
- Live Cricket on all Star TV channels as you used to on Hotstar.
- Disney movies like Lion King, Frozen II, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, Dumbo, and more.
- Kids Content like Onward, Shinchan, Doraemon, Narnia, Ultimate Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, and more.
- Latest and popular Bollywood movies before they arrive on TV – like Panga, Chhapaak, Tanhaji, and many more.
- Latest and popular Hollywood movies like Ready or Not, Gravity, Avengers: Endgame, Bohemian Rhapsody and more.
- Live News content from channels like Republic TV, Fox News, India Today, and more.
- Disney+ content from their wide array of options, including Marvel, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.
- Favourite TV shows like Dance Plus, Master Chef India, Hannah Montana, Ted Talks India, Koffee with Karan
Get Disney+ Hotstar for Free?
Though Disney+ hotstar comes with paid subscription plans, there are also ways to get it for free. Here’s How: –
Jio TV Offer – Get free access to Hotstar shows & Disney Plus Content for free through Jio TV
Now that Star India has entered into a partnership with Reliance Jio, you can avail free Premium membership of Disney+ Hotstar, via JioTV. Jio TV is free with for every Jio Prime Subscriber. By signing up via Jio TV, you will have free access to Disney+ Hotstar Premium. Here’s are the steps –
- Fire up the JioTV app and select a Star TV channel.
- Next, you will be redirected to the iTunes/Play Store to install Disney+ Hotstar.
- After installing or upgrading to the latest version, you will be prompted to connect your Jio account.
- Once connected, you can easily watch StarTV channels through the JioTV app, as they’ll open up on Disney+ Hotstar automatically.
- You will also get free access to watch Disney+ Hotstar premium movies and shows.
Flipkart First Offer – Claim 1 Year Disney+ Hotstar VIP Plan with 365 Flipkart Super Coins
If you’re not an existing VIP member of Disney+ Hotstar, you can also use Flipkart Supercoins to get One Year free Hotstar VIP Subscription. Here’s how: –
- Become a Flipkart Plus Member (if not already) and collect Supercoins by shopping on the site. You will need at least 365 Supercoins to avail this offer
- Next, visit the “Flipkart Supercoins Zone” and select the “Disney+ Hotstar VIP Membership” option.
- Use the 365 Supercoins to avail this offer, you will receive a voucher for Disney+ Hotstar.
- Go to Disney+ Hotstar subscription page, select VIP membership and use the voucher code during payment.
- Tada! You’ve unlocked one year’s subscription for Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
Disney+ Hotstar Subscription Plans
Disney+ Hotstar allows selective content to be viewed for free. However, since the coming together of Disney and Hotstar, the subscription rates have changed. Here’s a compiled look at the plans: –
IMPORTANT – Existing Hotstar subscribers will have access to the full Disney+ library at the previous rates. Once they renew the subscription, they will have to pay the upgraded costs as mentioned below.
Disney Plus Hotstar Free Plan
Disney+ Hotstar provides the basic free plan for users with the following content: –
- Selective content available includes movies and shows like Housefull 4, Mission Mangal, Jolly LLB 2, Insidious, Koffee with Karan, Masterchef Australia, Nach Baliye, etc.
- This is an advertisement-based plan.
- Access to live broadcast of sports with a 5-minute delay.
- All content is available in Hindi, Tamil, and Telegu only.
- Access to Live News channels like ABP News, Republic TV, India Today, etc.
- The exclusive content from Hotstar and Disney+ are unavailable.
Disney Plus Hotstar VIP Plan
Disney+ Hotstar provides a VIP plan for Rs. 399 per year, which is non-refundable, with the following stipulations: –
- Access to all content, including Hotstar Specials, Bollywood and Hollywood movies, Disney+ shows and movies, dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
- Access to movies and serials before they’re broadcasted on TV.
- American movies and shows from the Premium section not available.
- This is an advertisement-based plan, where you will receive personalized ads.
- VIP subscribers can upgrade to Premium easily by just paying the difference amount, via the “My Account” section on the Disney+ Hotstar app or website.
Disney Plus Hotstar Premium Plan
Disney+ Hotstar provides a Premium plan for Rs. 299 per month or Rs. 1,499 per year (at a 58% discount). This subscription includes –
- All content is available in English as well as selected languages.
- All the content on Disney+ Hotstar in all the available languages, without Ads.
- Access to all the Disney+ titles.
- Access to Unlimited Live coverage without any delay of sports like ISL, Cricket, Premier League, F1, Pro Kabaddi League, Tennis Grand Slams, and many more.
- Access to the latest Bollywood movies, Disney+ Originals, popular Disney kid shows and movies, digital premieres, Hotstar Specials, and serials before they are broadcasted on TV.
- Premium English shows, movies, American TV Shows, Hollywood movies, and popular Disney+ Originals (like The Mandalorian, Togo, Encore! and more).
- Early access to prime time TV shows.
- Access to the latest Bollywood and regional movies.
- One streaming device per user.
- Disney+ is a platform for online video streaming, exclusively available on Disney+ Hotstar in Hindi, English, Telugu, and Tamil languages.
- It is a paid service, available for the VIP and Premium members of Disney+ Hotstar.
- Available content is from Marvel, Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars, and kid shows like Shin-Chan and Doraemon.
Who Would Love This Subscription?
- Users who love watching American TV Shows & Movies
- Parents who want to show good content to their kids
- If you are a fan of American franchises like Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Star Wars.
- If you watch sports and want to stream live without any delay.
Disney+ Hotstar Competitors
|Subscription Plan Details||Disney+ Hotstar Subscription||Netflix Subscription||PrimeVideo Subscription||JioCinema Subscription||Voot Subscription||Airtel TV Subscription||Zee5 Subscription||AltBalaji Subscription||Hooq Subscription||ErosNow Subscription||MX Player Subscription||Vodafone Play Subscription||Viu Subscription||Hungama Play Subscription|
|Free Trial or
|No free trial, some content is free||1 month||No||Unlimited Streaming for All Active subscriptions||Free||Unlimited Free for Selected Prepaid and Postpaid Customers||No free trial period, Some Content is Free||First 3 episodes of every TV Series||30-day free trial on adding a recurring payment method||14 days free premium trial, Some Content is Free forever||Watch for Free, with Ads||Unlimited Free for Selected Prepaid and Postpaid Customers||30 days free||You can view a 10-minute preview of every movie and TV series|
|Monthly Plan||Premium – INR 299 per month||INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
INR 800 (4 Users)
|INR 129||–||Free||–||INR 99 (All Access Pack)
INR 49 (Regional Pack)
|–||INR 89||INR 49 (Plus)
INR 99 (Premium)
|Free||–||INR 99 for 2 months||INR 99|
|3-Month Plan||–||–||–||–||Free||–||–||INR 100||–||–||Free||–||–||INR 249|
|6-Month Plan||–||–||–||–||Free||–||INR 599 (All Access Pack)||–||–||–||Free||–||INR 299||–|
|Yearly Plan||VIP – INR 399
Premium – INR 1,499
|–||INR 999||–||Free||–||INR 999 (All Access Pack)
INR 499 (Regional Pack)
|INR 300||INR 450||INR 470 (Plus)
INR 950 (Premium)
|Free||–||INR 599||INR 799|
|Simultaneous Streaming||1 User||1 to 4 Users||Unlimited||–||Unlimited||–||5 Devices||5 Devices||5 Devices||1 Device||Unlimited Devices||–||5 Devices||1 Device|
|Premium Features||VIP – Content in Hindi, Tamil or Telugu Selected Hotstar specials & Disney+ content, kids content, Selected Digital Premieres before TV. Contains Ads.
PREMIUM – Ad Free Streaming. Unlimited access.
|Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming||Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
|NA||NA||Offline Download, Selected content of Zee5
Free 3 months Netflix & 1 year Amazon Prime Subscription
|Unlimited Access, Live TV, Ad Free Streaming,
|Unlimited Access, Offline download||Unlimited Access, Download & Offline Viewing, Few Rental Movies Only||Plus – Unlimited access to Movies
Premium – Unlimited Access to Movies, TV Shows & Originals, Offline Download
|Pro app for INR 370, Lifetime free Ads||Free 1 year Amazon Prime & 2,3,12 months Netflix Subscription||Ad-free streaming, Unlimited access, Offline Download||Unlimited Access, Ad-Free Viewing, Offline Download, Originals|
|Offers||1 year VIP membership free with 365 Flipkart Supercoins.
Disney+ Hotstar Premium for free, with JioTV Subscription
|Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users||Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone||NA||NA||NA||Selected free content for Airtel TV & JioCinema; 50% Cashback with Paytm||Free for Selected users of Airtel, Jio & Vodafone||First 90 days for INR 89 for recurring payment method, 1 free movie rental ticket per month||Free for selected users of Airtel, Vodafone & Jio Users||–||NA||3 months free subscription for ‘Flipkart Plus members||3-month free subscription for Mi TV users & Cloud TV X2 users. 60% off for ACT Fibrenet users.|
|Service & Content Type||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Sports & News , Regional Content, Kids Content||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Few Originals of Zee5, ErosNow & AltBalaji||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows
Originals of ErosNow, AltBalaji, Live TV
|On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV||Original TV Series, Movies & TV Shows||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals||On Demand Streaming, MX Originals, Movies, TV Shows, Content from All Web Series & few other Streaming Services||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals of ErosNow & AltBalaji||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals||On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals|
|Data Usage per Hour||1.3 GB(HD)||750 MB (HD)||925 MB (SD), 2.2 GB (HD), 6 GB (4K/UHD)||2.4 GB (HD)||350 MB (SD)||2.2 GB (HD)||4.3 GB(HD)||750 MB (SD)||1.65 GB (HD)||400 MB (SD)||800 MB (HD)||2 GB (HD)||1.9 GB (HD)||1.5 GB (HD)|
What Content Does Disney+ Hotstar Offer?
Disney+ Hotstar features content in over 8 languages including English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam. There are channels, movies and TV shows of all genres and catering to the whole family.
- Star Plus
- Star Bharat
- Star World
- Star Maa
Popular News Channels
- ABP News
- Aaj Tak
- Republic TV
- The Mandalorian
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
- Lady and the Tramp
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum
- Special Ops
- Out of Love
- City of Dreams
- Criminal Justice
- Toy Story 4
- Disney Junior
- Star Wars
- National Geographic
Besides the various channels, thousands of hours of movies and TV shows are available, as well as live sports events like Vivo IPL 2020, T20 World Cup and Asia Cup.
Disney Plus Hotstar Features
Disney+ Hotstar Premium and VIP are ad-free.
- Download videos to watch offline from the Downloads tab.
- Disney+ Hotstar Premium videos are marked with “P” and the VIP videos with “V”.
- Add videos to your watchlist.
- Use buttons to rewind and forward 10 seconds during a video.
- Toggle the kid-safe mode, showing only kid-friendly content. Most of the feature features will be on, except for Downloads.
- Hindi, Telugu and Tamil dubbing for several Hollywood movies are available with Disney+ Hotstar VIP. The Premium subscription unlocks their English versions.
Which Devices Support Disney+ Hotstar?
- Web Browser (Google Chrome v75.x, Mozilla Firefox v70.x)
- Android: Android devices (4.0 and later)
- iOS: All Apple devices (iOS 9 and later)
- Google Chromecast
- Fire TV
- Android TV
- Apple TV
The Pros and Cons of Disney+ Hotstar
- A vast array of content, including some good content even available for free.
- Content is available in eight languages including English and Hindi.
- A smooth and user-friendly UI.
- All previous subscriptions of Hotstar are upgraded to Disney+ Hotstar plan automatically, but they have to pay the new subscription prices whether they want the Disney+ content or not.
- Only one device can be used to stream content on one account, even if you are a premium subscriber.
How Can I Subscribe to Disney+ Hotstar?
You can access free content without needing to login to Disney+ Hotstar. To access paid content, you need to login.
Follow these steps to subscribe to Disney+ Hotstar via website or their app:
- Download the app from Google Play Store or App Store, or visit the webpage on www.hotstar.com/in .
- Click on a Premium video, marked by a P in the video thumbnail.
- If on the mobile app, click on ‘Upgrade’ at the top of the screen
- Select the preferred plan
- Login with your email, Facebook account or your mobile number
- Select payment method
- Click on ‘Start membership’
And that’s it, you’ve successfully signed up! Now you are free to browse the endless content on Disney+ Hotstar.
How to Cancel Disney+ Hotstar Subscription
- To cancel your membership, click on Cancel Membership in the My Account page on desktop or mobile website. However, this functionality is not available inside Android or iOS app.
- To cancel your iTunes billing for Disney+ Hotstar, visit Apple’s View, change, or cancel your subscriptions article. As per Apple’s policy, your membership might renew if you don’t cancel your subscription more than 24 hours before your renewal date.
- You can still watch premium content until the billing period ends.