Hotstar is an on demand video online platform where we can stream videos of TV shows, Movies and Sports, available in more than eight languages. Hotstar is ready for use as an android and iOS Movie app, as well as a web portal. The best part about Hotstar is that it offers a solution to the three major problems that plague us today.
- Never having enough time.
- Never having enough money.
- An insatiable love for all things televised.
The idea of Hotstar was hatched by the Star India Ltd. enterprise exclusively for the Indian audience. It is common knowledge that the one thing that unites all the different generations of India is the television. Often mock wars break out in households over who gets control over the TV remote. In such a scenario Hotstar comes in as a life saver.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS IT | (PLAN & PRICING) ?
It’s absolutely free, in the case of both cost and hassle. There is no compulsory need to even register in the Hotstar network. All you have to do is either download the app or visit the Hotstar web page and go to town on it.
At the time of the launch, the Hotstar owners saw the only mode of revenue from the ads that they promote. However, the spread of Hotstar like wild fire among the Indian audience has changed things up a bit. Now, to ensure the continued use, Hotstar has widened its horizons especially regarding the type of movies and series that it stream.
The Hotstar premium was set up recently in light of the launch of Game of Thrones, season six. At the cost of INR 200 a lot of exclusive premium content can be accessed by the customers. The whole procedure is blissfully simple – only asking you to register with your email id and provide some basic bank account details. The only criterion is the fact that the membership can be taken only via card payment. But that’s not much of a bother in the 21st century, is it?
WHY HOTSTAR IS A HOT COMMODITY?
Who wouldn’t want the freedom of going out without the worry of missing your favourite daily soap? Men fall over themselves at the opportunity to stream international matches at such a low cost, watching your favourite movies at leisure and no more fighting over the rights on the television. Each person has unlimited access to their guilty pleasures. Hotstar gained popularity among indian youth during 2015 Cricker world cup. Which became the Only Source of streaming for Office Workers.
Having a registered account also lets you load playlists of must watch videos. You can even resume the streaming from the point where you had stopped. Hotstar not only streams the new episodes of a Show but also provides us with all the episodes of all the seasons of a show from the beginning. Planning on binge watching your favourite series? Get settled with some popcorn and log onto Hotstar.
THE GROWTH OF HOTSTAR IN INDIA
The biggest milestone was definitely their deal with HBO. After the launch of Game of thrones and its subsequently becoming the most pirated series ever, especially in South Asia, HBO has been actively working on making it available to users on a legal platform, and as a part of that they have signed a deal to bring it to the Indian followers legally.
From just having a handful of TV shows and Movies in a few select languages, it has grown into a giant that claims a bounty of many of the most sought after TV shows and movies as well as sports in more than eight languages.
QUALITY AND SPEED
You can choose the quality of the videos you want to stream from an array of four options, 720p HD, 360p standard, 180p low and an auto mode. The auto mode adjusts the quality according to the specifications of the device the individual is using.
The speed of the video streaming depends on the data connection that each person uses. 2G connections are said to have moderately good streaming speed but it is also heavily recommended that one use at least a 3G connection for a good experience and off course higher the speed less the lag during streaming. The videos will be available on Hotstar as soon as they finish airing on their respective channels.
HOW TO ACCESS IT?
Hotstar can be accessed from anywhere inside India using either the android or iOS app or the official website. As it is a platform exclusively meant for an Indian audience it cannot be directly accessed from outside our country. If you do want to stream it outside India you are going to need a VPN(Virtual Private Network). Read carefully about VPN laws of your Country and Be Careful while Choosing Your VPN service.
COMPARING IT WITH EVERYTHING ELSE?
To be fair, Hotstar app is a baby compared to other services like it, although, at the same time, it is highly promising. Nowhere else have we seen such a large variety of selection at such an affordable price. Everyone can find something they love in Hotstar. This ground is filled with major stake holders like Netflix which have been around for a long time. They have a foundation of customers that Hotstar is just beginning to garner. However, it does have some very serious perks that can be seen as prominent threats to these much older commodities.
Hotstar is on fire, and everyone better make way for its imminent success.