India Welcomes Disney Plus Hotstar with New Subscription Plans

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Disney Plus has finally arrived in the land of India. The entry is a bit late. The service was supposed to go live in March, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the nation and across the globe, it was delayed.

 

The company hosted a virtual Red Carpet event that kicked off the launch with The Lion King and The Mandalorian premieres.

Do you want to know what’s inside? The revamp will bring a new look and user interface to Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar brings over 7,000 episodes of popular and classic TV shows along with 500 films from the house of Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and National Geographic. It also offers Disney+ Originals and new kids content. Talking about the previous catalog, Hotstar consisted of over 4,000 titles in addition to exclusive sports streaming.

With the new outstanding additions, it’s only going to give a big competition to some of the key players such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video along with Indian OTT services like ALTBalaji, Zee5, among others.

The subscription service is divided into two-tiers. First one is Disney+Hotstar VIP that offers language-based subscription where users will be able to enjoy content in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Disney+ Hotstar is now official in India

Another higher tier is the Disney plus Hotstar Premium service, which will have access to all the content in English and Disney+ Originals. Further advertising-supported content will continue to be available across TV Shows, Movies, News and Sports for free.

Here are the two subscription plans that will be available in India.

Disney Plus Hotstar Subscription Plans

1. VIP Plan – 300 INR/year

At a subscription cost of Rs 399 for a year, you will be able to watch the content of Marvel Cinematic Universe and the best of superheroes movies like The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor Ragnarok. In addition to that, movies including The Lion King, Frozen II, Aladdin and Toy Story 4 will be available. Bollywood movies like Panga, Tanhaji and cartoons Mickey Mouse, Doraemon and others will be available too. Hotstar Originals and live sports matches are also available on this list.

This plan was earlier priced at Rs 365.

2. Premium Plan – 1499 INR/year

In this plan, you will be able to get all the benefits of the VIP plan but in addition to that, you will also be able to watch English language content and 29 acclaimed Disney+ originals that include The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and more. You will also have access to the latest American shows from HBO, Fox and Showtime.

Earlier, Hotstar Premium was priced at Rs 999.

Uday Shankar, President of The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman of Star & Disney India said in a press statement:

With the success of Hotstar, we ushered in a new era for premium video streaming in India. Today, as we unveil Disney+ Hotstar, we take yet another momentous step in staying committed to our promise of delivering high-quality impactful stories for India. We hope the power of Disney’s storytelling, delivered through Hotstar’s technology, will help our viewers find moments of comfort, happiness and inspiration during these difficult times.

During lockdown in India, it is the best thing that happened with all of us. Get access to all the original content from Disney+ streaming service, along with access to Disney movies, and enjoy the time.