Complete Hotstar Premium Review and Guide
Hello guys, recently Hotstar has launched its premium service Hotstar Premium, just before the arrival of new season of the most famous on going TV sensation Game Of Thrones. The service is quite amazing and surprisingly cheap, but is the premium package strong enough to challenge all the other streaming media giant like Netflix, Hulu or HBO NOW (Hotstar, the HBO NOW clone-LATER) ? Well we will see as in this I am going to review Hotstar Premium to help you decide Is Hotstar Premium worth it?. Before I start my review, lets talk a little about Hotstar first.
What is Hotstar?
Hotstar is an online video streaming service, which offers a lot of quality TV Shows, Movies and Sports is eight different languages. The service was launched in February 2015 by STAR INDIA (a subsidiary of 21st Century FOX), solely for the audience of India. The service started with some live cricket matches and some of the regional Indian Shows, but later that year they added a lot of premium english TV shows and movies, to hold the audience.
The service was started as a free platform, with advertisements being the sole source of income. The users can simply watch the content by visiting the website. Now Hotstar has a premium version too, but a lot of shows and movies are still free to stream, without even a registration. Yes, even after the launch of Hotstar Premium, Hotstar is offering a lot of good shows and movies for free.
Hotstar Premium Cost, Content, Quality and Devices
Hotstar Premium Costs around $3 a month (Rs 200 INR), which is quite cheaper than all the other mainstream video streaming services available in the market. The service also offers an one month free trial to test the service.
The service is easy to access, you just need to register for the premium account, which require few basic details and your credit card details as a mode of payment. Just like other streaming services, your account can be cancelled anytime you want, without any prior notice. Monthly charges will be deducted if you want to stick to your account.
This is the best section of this article, as this is the most interesting and most beneficial thing about this service. Hotstar Premium really serves a lot of premium content is the best affordable price. The most unique thing about the service is that, along with the ongoing episodes, the service also offers the previous seasons of that show.
As I told you earlier that the service is owned by 21st Century FOX, so there are a lot of good shows of from FOX. Also Hotstar cracked a deal with HBO so their are many HBO Originals in the TV show catalog. Some of the good ongoing shows available on Hotstar are Game Of Thrones, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, X Files, Empire……So on.
There are also few movies in the streaming catalog of Hotstar, but the quantity is really less as compared to the other premium services. Hotstar also serves live sports, basically live International Cricket and few other local Indian Leagues.
Quality and Devices
When it comes to quality Hotstar has it all, each of the programming available on Hotstar comes with 3 options (720p HD, 360p Standard and 180p Low) to select from. You can also switch to auto mode which will adjust itself according to your bandwidth.
Hotstar being an Indian platform does not supports a huge range of devices like Roku, PlayStation, Chromecast etc, as they are not used in India. You can access Hotstar through on your laptops and PC’s through web. Hotstar also has separate apps for both android and iOS users, the apps have easy interface and are pretty handy. In order to use Hotstar on your smart TV, use screen cast.
Hotstar the HBO NOW Clone
In the last 2 years HBO has made a lot of efforts to save its original premium content from piracy, especially HBO’s most famous show Game Of Thrones which is the most pirated show on the planet. Most of the part of this piracy comes from South-Asian countries. So in order to stop this HBO is offering its content through legal platforms at a much lower price than that of its own streaming HBO NOW.
In the last two years HBO has signed a lot of deals Hulu-Japan, Tencent-China, Amedia-Russia. Hotstar is one of them, almost all the premium HBO’s originals are available on Hotstar and you don’t have to spend $15 a month, a $3 bill will do the same. Hotstar has 33 of the HBO Originals, including Game Of Thrones (All 6 seasons), Silicon Valley, Girls, The Wire, True Detective and many more. The only big name which I think missing is The Sopranos, which might come in future as Hotstar is updating its catalog at a very high rate.
How to Access Hotstar Outside of India
Hotstar is an Indian platform so you cannot access it directly outside of India due to geo restriction on the website and content. In order to access Hotstar in your country, you are going to need a VPN (Virtual Private Network). VPNs are widely used for this purpose and does not need any technical skills. There are a lot of free and paid VPN service available online, for more details on this topic read here.
Hotstar Vs Other Streaming Services
It wont be fair to compare Hotstar with other stream media giants like Netflix and Hulu Plus, as its not even a month since they started their premium service. But even after considering the age factor, their are a lot of factors in which Hotstar is better than these giants.
The first on this list is the TV show catalog, Hotstar has the the most amazing catalog of TV shows, which you wont find in a single service. The second is the price at which Hotstar is offering all these titles, $3 is the cheapest of all the services, many of the services like iTunes, Amazon Instant Videos, asks $3 for a single episode of the shows Hotstar is offering.
So guys this was my review of Hotstar Premium, if you have any question regarding this or any other streaming related problem, do write a comment o the comment section below, I will respond as soon as possible. Do share the article with your friends on social platforms with just one click.