Hotstar is a live streaming app that lets you watch your favorite TV shows, movies, sports & live news on-the-go.
Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama & movies in 17 languages, & coverage of every major global sporting event.
Launched in early 2015, it is one of India’s most downloaded apps with more than 350 million downloads on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology & high attention to the quality of experience across devices & platforms.
Hotstar comes with two unique subscription packages, Hotstar VIP and Hotstar Premium. Hotstar VIP gives you unrestricted access to live sporting events including the VIVO IPL, Premier League, Formula 1 and Tennis. You also get access to Star serials before they premiere on TV, and Hotstar Specials, i.e. critically acclaimed original content. The Hotstar Premium plan includes all the aforementioned perks, in addition to Latest American TV shows and blockbuster Hollywood movies.
Hotstar content varies country wise.
A. For Sports Enthusiasts:
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 now streaming live
Get live scores for all the World Cup 2019 matches along with the schedule, highlights and points table.
Live Cricket, Tennis Grand Slams, Football, Formula 1 racing, Hockey, Badminton, Table-tennis, Kabaddi.
For cricket fans who need constant updates of scores, our app is loaded with the latest cricketing action with live streaming and the fastest scorecard.
For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Watch ‘N Play is back with exciting new features:
The Social Feed, where you can share opinions about the match and invite your friends and family to do the same, and,
The Leaderboard, where you can check your rank both nationally and amongst your friends and family.
You can also watch match replays and highlights from any recently concluded match.
We also feature live sports like Premier League (PL), Indian Super League (ISL), Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) etc.
B. For Movie Buffs:
Avenger Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars story, Black Panther, and more!
Also, all your favorite Disney & Marvel movies & other blockbusters on the app.
Total Dhamaal, Junglee, Stree, Badhaai Ho, Sanju, The Return of Abhimanyu, and many others.
Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu.
Chamak, Koode, Maari 2, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Baahubali 2, Saamy 2, Inkokkadu, Nine, Hoichoi Unlimited, Farzand.
C. For TV Bingers:
Hindi serials & shows:
Nazar, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, RadhaKrishn, Ek Bhram - Sarvagun Sampann etc.
Stream the latest & Emmy-winning English TV series:
Game of Thrones (GOT), Chernobyl, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family etc.
Bigg Boss Tamil, Super Singer, Vadinamma, Agni Sakshi, Sarvamangala Mangalye, Pandiyan Stores.
Bold, authentic and exclusive stories - produced by Hotstar, especially for you. Watch our latest, Hostages and Criminal Justice.
D. For News Aficionados:
In addition, stream news channels, like, Aaj Tak, Republic TV, Polimer News, ABP News & Asianet News only on your Android device.
Watch series & shows of the following TV channels:
• Star Plus
• Star Bharat
• Star Sports
• Star World
• Nat Geo
• Fox Life
• Star Maa
• Star Jalsha
• Star Pravah
• Star Utsav
• Star Vijay
• Star Suvarna
If you subscribe to Hotstar via iTunes, payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase and your membership will automatically renew monthly/yearly unless turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Subscription will be renewed within 24-hours before the end of each period at the rate of your selected plan. Turn off auto-renewal anytime by going to My Account or through iTunes.
Hotstar is now becoming more social. You can invite your friends to the Hotstar app using your phonebook. You can also see messages from your Hotstar friends during a live cricket match while playing Watch 'N Play. You can see which of your friends you are competing with while playing Watch 'N Play on our brand new social leaderboard.
Ratings and Reviews
It's full of bugs.
The previous version were so good. I've faced following issues:
1. Sometimes selection of video quality doesn't work. I tap on 'settings button' while video is playing. And the menu pops up. Then tap on 'Video Quality' and menu just hoes away. Nothing happens.
2. Video automatically switches between 180p, 360p and maybe even 720p even when 'Auto' is not selected.
3. Seek bar doesn't work the way its supposed to. When I scroll it to some other point it always jumps to different position.
4. This version has got some issues with internet connection. There always seems some issue with internet connection because sometimes there is lag between video and audio. Sometimes video just hangs and audio keeps playing. Sometimes app won't play video and keeps saying that app is not connected to internet.
Terrible app, with lot of room for improvement
Inspite of the vast, decent collection of movies and TV shows, one cannot ignore that the app is full of bugs, or can be improved feature-wise.
Say, I am unable to change the Download quality of the videos under the settings option, it is just stuck on High. Downloads should be available as a button on main screen, not under the hamburger menu.
Storage space management is terrible: even after deleting videos from the app, I can see them taking up space if I check in (iPad) settings > iPad storage. The only option I see to free that space is uninstall and reinstall the app. Have reported the issue many months back, but don’t see it resolved yet in any of the updates.
If you minimise the app (or switch to other app) while a video is downloading, the download fails many a times. Some other times, the app closes itself and this occasionally creates the ghost files (videos not available in app > downloads, but can be seen taking space in iPad settings).
There is not much you can customise about the subtitles, like changing color, or reducing size etc.
Great shows, terrible app
I’ve been too detached to write a review before, but I’m finally doing this in the desperate hope that I’ll have a better experience.
Current issues that are driving me nuts:
1) Can’t stay signed in to the app on phone/apple tv- Keep us logged in, gosh
2) a)with the new update, it asks you to sign in with phone, which I can’t
b) with the email option for the sign in, it doesn’t let me proceed after entering the email id and password. Let me explain this further
- The screen appears to freeze.
The keyboard conceals the continue button. Keyboard doesn’t recede after information is entered/tapping outside the fields or keyboard doesn’t trigger keyboard receding/pressing enter or return doesn’t help/switching off portrait lock and using the app in landscape doesn’t even turn the display.
Hopefully I didn’t miss anything.
I hate talking just about the negatives that are troubling me, so I would like to mention some things I enjoy about the app. As I wrote in the title, I really enjoy the range of media available for the consumers and the system of showing highlights and broadcasting sports and the news. Many of the shows I enjoy are exclusive to this app.
I hope you understand my frustration given how much I look forward to using the app, and how many hurdles I face for the simple matter of a moment’s entertainment.
- Novi Digital Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
- 190.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © Novi Digital
- In-App Purchases
- Premium Membership Monthly ₹ 299
- Hotstar VIP ₹ 369
- Hotstar Premium Monthly ₹ 299
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.