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+Hotstars 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.

Reliance Jio

The VIP subscription plans for Jio recharge has a validity of 1 year. The plans are as follows:

Price Data Validity Add Ons
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:

Price Data Add Ons
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
Rs. 1499 300GB Unlimited voice calls and SMS, 200GB data rollover, one additional SIM with Family plan, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar subscription

Airtel

VIP Disney+Hotstar subscription plans for Airtel are:

Price Data Validity
Rs.399 30GB 28 Days
Rs.448 84GB 28 Days
Rs.599 112GB 56 Days
Rs.2698 730GB 365 Days

Vodafone Idea

VIP Disney+Hotstar Subscription Plans for Vodafone Idea (Vi) are as follows:

Price Data Validity
Rs.401 3GB per day + 16GB extra data 28 Days
Rs.501 75GB 56 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+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
  • Chromecast

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+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 rights to showcase all IPL matches of 2021. To see the IPL you will have to either purchase the Premium or VIP membership. Disney+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 WandaVision. Disney+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
  • Encore
  • The Mandelorian
  • Marvel hero project
  • High school Musical; the musical – the series
  • The Imagineering story.
  • Diary of a future President
  • Disney Family Sundays.

English:

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
  • Succession
  • The wire
  • The Newsroom
  • The undoing
  • Billions
  • The affair
  • Watchman
  • Sharp objects
  • Five days
  • I may destroy you.
  • WandaVision
  • The falcon and the winter soldier
  • True detective
  • Big little lies

Hindi:

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.
  • PariWar
  • Aarya
  • 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:

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