Hotstar – A Review of the Indian Video-On-Demand Service
Have you heard of Hotstar? It’s an Indian subscription video-on-demand service owned and operated by the Disney Star company. In fact, it’s the only service of its kind in the world. Founded in 2011, Hotstar is a leading provider of entertainment content on the internet. Currently, it boasts a loyal following. Users can stream movies and television shows from popular studios and get the latest in Bollywood and other Indian language films.
Currently, Hotstar only supports 4K playback on select devices. Although some users have reported seeing this option on their TVs, not all 4K models are supported. Users with LG OLED TVs, for example, cannot stream 4K content with Hotstar. Moreover, a streaming dongle is required to stream HDR content. The quality of the content drops on unstable internet connections. And as of writing, the service is not available on Android devices.
In addition to live TV channels, Hotstar offers on-demand content from India and select countries. The service is comparable to Netflix in many ways. With over fifty thousand hours of content, Hotstar is the Indian equivalent of Netflix. In addition, it has partnered with Disney to offer Disney+ content in India. If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll love the fact that you can watch movies, TV shows, and cartoons from your favorite Disney properties without leaving your home.
There are several paid plans available on Hotstar. You can choose one of these according to your needs. The Hotstar Mobile Plan is meant for single people on the go. The Hotstar Premium Plan offers unlimited access to all content on Hotstar. Premium subscribers also get access to English content. Hotstar Mobile Plan allows you to watch Hotstar on TV in a variety of devices at the same time. In addition, Hotstar Premium Plan offers the added benefit of removing ads.