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Hotstar - Movies & Live Cricket for iPhone

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 24.01.29
  • 4.1

    (243)
  • Security Status

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Watch Indian and overseas content

Aimed at the Indian market, Hotstar- Movies & Live Cricket — also called Disney+ Hotstar — is a freemium streaming platform offering a wide range of media content, ranging from live sports matches to critically acclaimed local and international blockbuster movies

Launched in February 2015, the app achieved significant milestones, amassing two million downloads 10 days after its release and 25 million viewers on February 15, 2015 — owing to the India-Pakistan cricket match during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Now, Disney+ Hotstar has made its way across select countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Multiple languages and subscription offers

With the app’s rebranding to Disney+ Hotstar in 2020, Hotstar- Movies & Live Cricket has become a one-stop hub for viewing Disney + TV shows and movies, such as The Mandalorian, She-Hulk, and many more. Apart from Disney content, it also features live sports from different leagues as well as exclusive Hotstar specials produced by Ram Madhvani and highly acclaimed Indian film directors. Best of all, the content is available in multiple local languages, so any Indian user can enjoy their favorite films and TV series in their native tongue.

Like Netflix, you can add a show to your watchlist or create multiple profiles for every family member. Similar to its competitor streaming platforms, the app offers multiple subscription tiers. The Mobile plan grants users access to content at 720p resolution with stereo audio quality. Excluding sports, all TV series and movies are shown with ads. Only one device can be logged in, though. Furthermore, you can’t watch them on your computer or SmartTV. 

Featuring a two-device log-in, the Super Plan heightens the immersion with Dolby Atmos audio and full HD 1080p resolution for its ad-supported media, which can be viewed on your desktop or TV. Like the Mobile plan, sports do not contain advertisements. Finally, the Premium plan not only boasts shows and movies in 4K and Dolby Atmos, it also promises four device sign-ins and an ad-free experience — regardless of whether you’re watching from your smartphone, TV, or computer.

Technical issues and loss of streaming rights

A number of users have had bad experiences with the app. For example, although it features low, medium, or high settings, Hotstar- Movies & Live Cricket doesn’t render the content in your preferred quality — which can be a problem for mobile internet users since data consumption is dependent on the quality of the video. Some viewers are also unable to browse through a show’s episodes since the episodes list is not loading properly. 

It’s important to highlight that the platform no longer hosts Indian Premier League (IPL) and F1 content, due to Viacom winning the rights to IPL and Disney’s failure to renew its F1 rights, respectively. Also, since March 31, 2023, it has stopped hosting HBO content due to cost-cutting on Walt Disney’s end. With the loss of the platform’s streaming rights, it’s not surprising that it suffered a significant decline in subscriber count. Some alternatives include JioCinema for IPL and HBO as well as F1TV for F1.

Not for fans of F1 and IPL

In terms of content variety, Hotstar- Movies & Live Cricket doesn’t hold a candle to its competitors due to the platform losing its streaming rights for HBO, IPL, and F1. Despite that, it houses a plethora of home-grown and overseas media, most of which are from Disney or renowned Indian directors. While the app is not the one-stop sports hub people used to know, it is still a viable choice for watching Indian entertainment.

PROS

  • Locally made movies
  • Disney+ content
  • Multiple profile creation

CONS

  • Can’t watch HBO, IPL, or F1 content
  • Video doesn’t render your preferred video quality
  • Episode list not loading

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Program available in other languages


Hotstar - Movies & Live Cricket for iPhone

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 24.01.29
  • 4.1

    (243)
  • Security Status

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