- What is Hotstar?
- Hotstar Free Account
- Hotstar Premium vs VIP
- Hotstar Subscription Price
- Hotstar Subscription Offers
4.1 Hotstar Jio Offer
4.2 Airtel Hotstar Offer
4.3 Hotstar Flipkart Offer
- Disney+ Hotstar Features
- What to Watch on Hotstar?
- Competitors of Hotstar
- Hotstar Premium – Is It Worth it?
- Devices Compatible with Hotstar
- How to Subscribe to Hotstar?
- How to Cancel Hotstar Subscription?
What Is Hotstar?
Hotstar is an Indian digital streaming platform launched in 2015 by Star India. Disney+ and Hotstar recently came into collaboration and renamed the streaming service to Disney+ 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 with Disney movies, Pixar movies, National Geographic Channel, and Disney Plus Originals.
Always up to date and consistent with the latest releases, Hotstar is famous for its quality collection of American TV Shows and Hollywood movies, Indian TV, and a plethora of Bollywood films to choose from.
Keep reading to know about Hotstar Subscription Plan, how to get Hotstar Free Subscription, Hotstar Premium Price & more.
Hotstar Free Account
Even without any sign up on Disney+ Hotstar, you can enjoy certain features and limited content for free. While Disney+ movies and kids movies and shows won’t be available for Free account holders, new Indian Movies will be available one month later and Star serials will come the next day at 6 am.
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.
Check out what more do you get if you buy a Hotstar membership and the difference between Hotstar Premium and VIP below.
Hotstar Subscription Plans: Hotstar Premium Vs VIP
Know all about Hotstar Premium plan and Hotstar VIP Plan below –
|CONTENT||FREE||DISNEY+ HOTSTAR VIP||DISNEY+ HOTSTAR PREMIUM|
|Disney+ Movies||╳||Dubbed Only||Dubbed & English|
|Kids Shows & Movies||╳||Dubbed Only||Dubbed & English|
|New Indian Movies||1 Month delayed||✓||✓|
|Hotstar Specials||First episode free||✓||✓|
|American TV Shows||╳||╳||✓|
|Hollywood Movies||╳||Dubbed Only||Dubbed & English|
|Unlimited Live Sports||Up to 5 mins free||✓||✓|
|Star Serials before TV||Next day, at 6am||Before TV, at 6am||Before TV, at 6am|
|Video Quality||SD (480p)||HD (720p)||FHD (1080p)|
|Screens you can watch on at the same time||1||1||2|
|Ad free Entertainment||╳||╳||✓|
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.
Hotstar Subscription Price
Although Disney+ Hotstar has free content, most of its titles, especially English sitcoms, and movies, as well as the latest Bollywood releases, are available on a Premium membership. Check out Hotstar Premium Cost below.
|Disney+ Hotstar Premium||INR 1499 /year|
|Disney+ Hotstar Premium||INR 299 /month|
|Disney+ Hotstar VIP||INR 399 /year|
Hotstar Subscription Offers
1. Hotstar Jio Offer
Eligibility: Jio prepaid users with recharge packs of INR 401, 499, 598, 777, 2599 are eligible for FREE Hotstar VIP Plan for 1 year. Check out all details here.
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.
2. Airtel Hotstar Offer
Eligibility: The following plans are eligible for a FREE Hotstar VIP Plan for 1 year.
- Airtel prepaid users with recharge plans of INR 401, 448, 499, 599, 2698
- Airtel users with Rs 499 and above Postpaid plans or
- Airtel users with Rs. 999 and above Broadband plans
Details: Customers can check their eligibility for the Offer on the Thanks page of their Airtel Thanks app. If you’re eligible, click on the Disney+ Hotstar VIP card on the Thanks page.
3. Hotstar Flipkart Offer
Eligibility: Flipkart Plus users with a supercoin balance of 399 or more get FREE Hotstar VIP Plan. Check out all offer details here.
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 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.
Hotstar has a variety of content that leaves the user spoilt for choice, especially in the Premium category.
Hotstar has movies in 9 languages – Hindi, English, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada. Check out some popular titles in each language available on Hotstar below –
|Popular Hindi Movies on Hotstar||Laxmii, Chhichhore, Housefull 4, Dil Bechara, Bala, Andrezi Medium, Super 30, etc|
|Popular English Movies on Hotstar||Avengers, The Lion King, Ford V Ferrari, Iron Man, Thor, Avatar, Pretty Woman, etc|
|Popular Bengali Movies on Hotstar||Kanchana, Jamai Badal, Bela Seshe, Jio Pagla, etc|
|Popular Telugu Movies on Hotstar||Ammoru Thalli, Prati Roju Pandage, Entha Manchivadavuraa, etc|
|Popular Malayalam Movies on Hotstar||Bangalore Days, Premam, Ustad Hotel, Kali, etc|
|Popular Tamil Movies on Hotstar||Mookuthi Amman, Ungalukkaga Oruvan, Majili, etc|
|Popular Marathi Movies on Hotstar||Farzand, Tanhaji, Yuntum, Shala, Tukaram, etc|
|Popular Kannada Movies on Hotstar||Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava, Chamak, Jersey, Bharjari etc|
- Hotstar also has a new feature of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex which is accessible only by VIP and Premium plan holders. Through this feature, Hotstar brings to you the most-awaited new releases like Laxmii, Bhuj, The Big Bull, Dil Bechara, Sadak 2, Khuda Haafiz, Lootcase to name a few.
- Popular titles like Iron Man, Avengers are available in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu dubbing for the Indian audiences.2. Hotstar Sports
The sports section on Hotstar includes live-streaming as well as highlights of popular sports such as cricket, kabaddi, football, badminton, F1, etc.
- Cricket: IPL, Asia Cup, India vs WI, NZ vs India, and more
- Football: Premier League, Football United Special, Scottish Premiership and more
- Kabaddi: Vivo Pro Kabaddi, Kabaddi Nationals
- Tennis: TATA Open, French Open, US Open among others
- Others: Formula 1, Badminton World Championships, Martial Arts, etc
3. Hotstar TV Shows & Specials
- Some of the top-rated American TV Shows on IMDb like This Is Us, Game of Thrones, Westworld, Chernobyl, Grey’s Anatomy are available on Hotstar.
- Hotstar also offers Indian TV Shows from Star Plus, Star Jalsha, Star Vijay, etc like Saath Nibhana Saathiyan 2, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, etc.
- Hotstar has its own collections of Hotstar Specials as well like Aryaa, Special Ops, Hostages, Bahut Huda Sammaan to name a few.
The Disney+ section on Hotstar has all the content by Disney, National Geographic, Pixel, and Marvel. Lion King, Frozen Series, Aladdin, Toy Story Series, Dumbo, Star Wars series, X-men, Kedarnath Disaster Documentaries.
5. Hotstar Kids
Hotstar has a separate section for kids with content categorized into Super Heroes, Onward, Shinchan, Doraemon, Narnia, Ultimate Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, Princesses, Animal Nature, etc for your kids to enjoy! Or maybe you could go down memory lane and enjoy some of the shows like Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Chacha Chaudhary, etc yourself.
6. Hotstar News
Besides all of this, Hotstar provides live news, headlines of the day, and categorized news from TV channels such as Republic TV, Aaj Tak, ABP News, News Nation, Fox, India Today, etc.
Who Are The Competitors of Hotstar?
Netflix has costlier packages ranging from INR 499 to INR 799 for a month for access on desktop, however, the service is world-renowned for its interactive UI design, original series’ and the ever-increasing collection of International titles. It is consistent with releasing the latest Indian films as well.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime offers Prime membership at a competitively lower cost (INR 129 for a month and INR 999 for a year. Prime membership provides access to not only diverse streaming content but also Prime Delivery membership of the online store.
ALT Balaji is getting really popular among the Indians because of its youth-oriented content. It offers a huge library of movies, TV shows, and ALT Balaji originals like Apharan, Gandi Baat, Dev DD, and XXX uncensored.
For a clear understanding of how Hotstar stands in front of its competitors, take a look at the following table.
|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)|
Hotstar Premium – Is It Worth The Bucks?
Hotstar is definitely worth the money for –
- Youngsters and fans of award-winning American shows, especially HBO originals
- Middle-aged women who watch Indian TV serials and want a platform to catch up on episodes online
- Sports fanatics
- Fans of Bollywood and other major Regional Language Films
- Those who want to be able to stream live news and current affairs
- Kids who love animated movies and shows
Which Devices Are Supported by Hotstar?
Hotstar currently supports the following devices and system requirements:
- Desktop: Microsoft Windows 7 or above, MAC OS 10.2 or above
Web browsers: Google Chrome version 49.x, Mozilla Firefox version 44.x, Safari version 9.1.x
- App: For Android devices with version 4.0 and above
iOS devices with version 9 and above
- It is Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick friendly
- Also available on Android TV and Apple TV
How to Subscribe to Hotstar?
Hotstar plans are recurring and therefore auto-renewed monthly or yearly, as per the plan. In order to avail the membership, follow these steps:
- Go to the Hotstar Website or App and choose a plan.
- Sign up with a valid e-mail id and password, or with a Facebook account.
- Enter payment details and confirm the payment.
How to Cancel Hotstar Subscription?
In order to cancel a Hotstar membership, go to the ‘My Account’ page on the website, and click on ‘Cancel Membership’. Membership will continue for the current billing cycle and will be canceled from the next billing period. To cancel the subscription in iTunes, users will have to go and remove the subscription from the iTunes panel.