Disney+ Hotstar Online Streaming Platform: Overview, Plans & Popular Shows
The latest merger in the streaming platform that has completely taken the sector by a storm is between Disney+Hotstar. Hotstar is an Indian streaming service by Star India. The Walt Disney Company took over 21st Century Fox for $71 Billion. This acquisition made Star India which is actually the owner of Hotstar, a part of the Walt Disney group.
As Star India group was now a part of the Walt Disney group, their recent collaboration with Hotstar gave Disney an existing platform in India to promote their vast content. Disney made its official debut in India in April and added all of its content on Hotstar.
So, if you’re planning to buy a subscription to this platform, consider browsing through our guide to understand what you can stream and what each plan costs.
An Overview of Disney+ Hotstar
Disney+Hotstar streaming service was launched in 2019 in America and then continued to expand across the globe. It has now established itself in many countries, including India, although here it has collaborated with Star India and not as a standalone app.
Its latest launch in India as Disney+ Hotstar in 2020 saw new changes in terms of the plan prices, content on the platform, etc. Disney+ Hotstar's content is available in 7 Indian regional languages like Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi. It now competes with two other extremely popular services in India, which are Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Disney+ Hotstar Prices and Plans
This streaming service has three types of plan formats.
|Plan Name||Plan Price||Duration|
|Disney+ Hotstar Premium||Rs 299||1 Month|
|Disney+ Hotstar VIP||Rs 399||1 Year|
|Disney+ Hotstar Premium||Rs 1,499||1 Year|
We’ve provided a comprehensive description for each plan which will help you get a better idea of which plan you should subscribe to.
Disney+ Hotstar Premium
Premium plans both monthly and annual include all of the Hotstar and Disney+ content; premium plan subscribers also get access to the latest Hindi and regional movies in addition to all the original international content from banners like HBO, FOX, and Showtime. It is the most expensive plan, priced at Rs. 299 a month and/or Rs.1499 a year.
It includes all the VIP subscription benefits and offers access to the newest Disney content, movies, series, and shows of America. This plan uninterrupted streaming as it is an advertisement-free plan.
Disney+ Hotstar VIP
The VIP subscription gives exclusive access at a cheaper rate of Rs. 399 annually; however, this doesn’t include American shows and movies. The original content of Disney Plus will be shown in dubbed regional languages like Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, etc.; if the subscribers wish to watch these in English, they will need to be a Disney+ Hotstar Premium Subscriber.
The VIP Subscription plan isn’t ad-free like the premium plan, and the viewers will have to watch personalized advertisements. VIP subscription gives live sports events, seven multiplex movies, Hotstar’s Original shows, Dubbed Disney+ content, star shows, and serials. The good news for cricket lovers is that this plan includes a dream 11 IPL live stream.
Companies like Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone are giving a free subscription of the VIP plan with a few of their Broadband service and recharge plans.
Disney+ Hotstar Subscription With Network Providers
As part of an added benefit, multiple network providers offer free subscriptions to Disney+ Hotstar with some of their plans. We’ve listed the plans from different providers you should choose if you want a free subscription to Disney+ Hotstar.
The VIP subscription plans for Jio recharge have a validity of 1 year. The plans are as follows:
|Rs. 401||90 Gb||28 Days||Unlimited Voice calling, complimentary access to jio apps|
|Rs.499||84 GB||56 Days||NA|
|Rs 612||72GB||Add on plan||Unlimited Voice calling,|
|Rs777||131GB||84Days||Unlimited Voice calling, complimentary access to jio apps|
|Rs1004||200GB||120 Days||Add on Plan|
|Rs1206||240GB||180 Days||Add on Plan|
|Rs1208||240GB||240 Days||Add on Plan|
|Rs2599||740GB||365 Days||Unlimited Voice calling, complimentary access to jio apps|
The Premium Disney+Hotstar subscription plans for Jio Postpaid Plans are as follows:
|Rs. 599||100GB||Unlimited voice calls and SMS, 200GB data rollover, one additional SIM with Family plan, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar subscription|
|Rs. 799||150GB||Unlimited voice calls and SMS, 200GB data rollover, one additional SIM with Family plan, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar subscription|
|Rs. 999||200GB||Unlimited voice calls and SMS, 200GB data rollover, one additional SIM with Family plan, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar subscription|
VIP Disney+ Hotstar subscription plans for Airtel are:
VIP Disney+ Hotstar Subscription Plans for Vodafone Idea (Vi) are as follows:
|Rs.401||3GB per day + 16GB extra data||28 Days|
|Rs.601||3GB per day + 32GB extra data||56 Days|
|Rs.801||3GB per day + 48GB extra data||84 Days|
Devices On Which You Can Stream Disney plus Hotstar
Disney+ Hotstar is available for streaming on various devices such as:
- Desktop (Laptops and Personal Computers)
- Apple TV
- Apple Devices like iphones, iPads, MacBooks, iMac etc
- Android Devices like all android Tv’s and phones, tablets, TV boxes.
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Web OS on LG TVs
The standard resolution for streaming is set at 1080p, and it drops to 720p occasionally if the network isn't strong. Suppose you compare the resolution to other streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV, then the experience on Disney plus Hotstar is not that great.
4k content on Disney+ Hotstar is limited as the service hasn't upgraded some of its content to 4k in India, unlike other countries.
Disney+ Hotstar Content
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most sought out events in every Indian household each year. Disney+ Hotstar has the right to showcase all IPL matches of 2021. To see the IPL you will have to either purchase the Premium or VIP membership. Disney plus Hotstar is exclusively streaming Marvel and Star Wars movies in India. It also includes Hotstar's own library of specials and live-action titles from Disney like Wanda Vision. Disney plus Hotstar is now streaming all of its famous Disney Channel shows for its Premium subscribers. Some of its exclusive TV shows which aren’t available on other platforms are:
- The world according to Jeff Goldblum
- Forkie asks a question
- Pixar in real life
- The Mandelorian
- Marvel hero project
- High school Musical; the musical – the series
- The Imagineering story.
- Diary of a future President
- Disney Family Sundays.
Most Popular Disney+Hotstar Series
Among all-time favourite shows like Game of Thrones, Modern Family etc.; there are a bunch of shows that are binge-worthy.
Here’s a list of shows which definitely shouldn’t be missed.
- The plot against America
- The outsider
- Twin peaks
- The wire
- The Newsroom
- The undoing
- The affair
- Sharp objects
- Five days
- I may destroy you.
- The falcon and the winter soldier
- True detective
- Big little lies
Disney+ Hotstar has some amazing original Hindi content on the platform that will keep you glued to your screen.
Some of the shows that shouldn’t be skipped are:
- Criminal justice
- Criminal Justice: Behind closed doors
- Out of love
- City of dreams
- Hostages – seasons 1 and 2.
- Malgudi days
- Special ops
- Ok Computer
Disney+ Hotstar Customer Care
If you’re facing any challenges with your subscription or want to connect with Hotstar’s customer care to leave feedback on their application or content, you can use the information given below:
- To give your feedback: email@example.com
- To fill in their contact form: https://help.hotstar.com/in/en/support/home
- To contact their helpdesk: https://help.hotstar.com/in/en/support/tickets/new