Hotstar (co-branded as Disney+ Hotstar in selected countries/territories) is an Indian over-the-top streaming service owned by Novi Digital Entertainment under Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Originally, the brand was introduced in 2015 as a streaming service that carrying content from its local networks, including films, television series, live sports, and original programming from its country. Amid the significant growth of mobile broadband in India, Hotstar quickly became the dominant streaming service in the country.
Following the acquisition of Star India's parent company, 21st Century Fox by Disney in 2019, Disney added the content library of its new international streaming brand Disney+ to Hotstar in April 2020, including Disney+ original programming, and films and television series from its main content brands of Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, and Pixar. The resulting service was co-branded as Disney+ Hotstar. As of March 2020, Disney+ Hotstar has at least 300 million active users.
For the international operations, Disney+ Hotstar service also operates in several Southeast Asia countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand which similarly combines entertainment content licensed from the local, third-party studios, with the original Disney+ library, and expected to launch in the Philippines in 2022.
Plans of Subscription
In India, it features two paid subscription plans — "VIP", which focuses on domestic programmes and sports content (including Indian Premier League cricket), and "Premium" featuring premium international films and television series (including HBO, Showtime and other American original series). As of July 2020, VIP Plan costs Rs 399 for a year and Premium Plan costs Rs 1,499 per year or Rs 299 for a monthly plan.
|Canada||C$ 12.99||C$ 44.99|
|India||Rs 299||Rs 1,499|
|Indonesia||Rp 39,000||Rp 199,000|
|Malaysia||MYR 54.90 (3 months)|
|Thailand||THB 99||THB 799|
|Release date||Country/Territory||Release partner||Notes|
|February 11, 2015||India||None||Rebranded as Disney+ Hotstar on April 3, 2020|
|September 4, 2017||Canada||Launched as Hotstar|
|September 13, 2018||United Kingdom|
|September 5, 2020||Indonesia||Telkomsel||Launched as Disney+ Hotstar|
|November 1, 2020||Singapore||StarHub||Launched as Hotstar|
|June 1, 2021||Malaysia||Astro||Launched as Disney+ Hotstar|
|June 30, 2021||Thailand||AIS|
|2022||Philippines||Globe Telecom||Upcoming launch / Launching as Disney+ Hotstar|