India has finally got Disney+, and there seemed to be an alarming time waiting for the app to unlock through Hotstar. As the Coronavirus pandemic ravaged the world, a preponement date was given to Disney Plus, which was to be introduced to coincide with the (now postponed) Indian Premier League. In fact, amid the confusion, few can remember that a day before being removed on March 11, the service went live; Hotstar reported the function was being tested on the platform by a small number of users.
Disney+ Hotstar VIP
There is a free tier without advertising, and two paid plans. The Disney+ Hotstar VIP package costs around $5.30 a year and provides access to selected Disney’s back catalog TV series and movies — like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Lion King, Mickey Mouse, Doraemon, and more — in several Indian languages. The Disney+ Hotstar VIP plan also includes access to all major sporting events, including cricket, football, Formula 1, and more.
With Disney+ Hotstar’s launch, every Marvel Cinematic Universe film — save for those Disney has no rights to — is now available for the first time in India on a single platform. This includes 20 of the 23 cumulative films released to date.
Disney+ Hotstar Premium
If you want to stream originals from Disney+ and access foreign TV shows like HBO, Showtime and Fox, you’ll want to subscribe to the Disney+ Hotstar Premium. This package helps you to stream such shows as The Mandalorian, the entire Star Wars franchise, and much more. You will have unrestricted access to all the sporting content on Hotstar.
Disney+ Hotstar Premium costs about $1.499 a year, an improvement of around $500 ($7.75) from the previous Hotstar premium plan. What that means is that you pay just about 500 per year in India for Disney+ content. And no, there’s no way to just subscribe to Disney+ material on Hotstar if you’re curious.
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