- 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.
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 –
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.
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.
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. From Star Wars series to X-men to documentaries like Kedarnath, The 2000s, Disney+ has a plethora of content to offer!
5. Hotstar Kids
Hotstar has a separate section for kids with content categorized into Super Heroes, Micky, 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.
|Susbcription Plan Details||Hotstar Subscription||Netflix Subscription||PrimeVideo Subscription||AltBalaji Subscription||SonyLIV Subscription||Hungama Play Subscription|
|Free Trial or
|7 days||1 month||No||First 3 episodes of every TV Series||Selected Content is Free||You can view a 10-minute preview of every movie and TV series|
|Monthly Plan||INR 199||INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
INR 800 (4 Users)
|INR 129||–||INR 99||INR 99|
|3-Month Plan||–||–||–||INR 100||INR 149||INR 249|
|Yearly Plan||INR 999
INR 299 (All Sports Plan)
|–||INR 999||INR 300||INR 499||INR 799|
|Simultaneous Streaming||1 User||1 to 4 Users||Unlimited||5 Devices||1 User||1 Device|
|Premium Features||Unlimited Access, Live TV & Sports||Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming||Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
|Unlimited Access, Offline download||Live TV, Ad-free viewing
|Unlimited Access, Ad-Free Viewing, Offline Download, Originals|
|Offers||Some content on Airtel TV & JioCinema; 1 year free on Flipkart First for 50 coins||Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users||Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone||Free for Selected users of Airtel, Jio & Vodafone||30% cashback through PayTM, 3-month free subscription fro Sony Bravia TV & Mi TV buyers||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||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||Original TV Series, Movies & TV Shows||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV & Sports||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)||750 MB (SD)||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.