Disney+ debuts in India through Hotstar
Disney+ was supposed to launch in India on March 29 in conjunction with the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, which attracts millions of viewers on Hotstar in India. But with IPL suspended due to the ongoing 21-day nation-wide lockdown to curb the COVID-19 spread, the launch of Disney+ was pushed back.
However, the Disney+ launch couldn't come at a more opportune moment in India since people look for ways to deal with cabin fever during the lockdown and many might be tempted to give the new streaming service a try, which will compete with international players Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in the country.
Disney+ is called Disney+Hotstar in India and has two subscription plans - Disney+Hostar VIP priced at INR399 ($5/€4.8) a year and Disney+Hotstar Premium that costs INR299 ($4/€3.6) per month or INR1,499 ($20/€18) if you pay yearly.
Before the launch of Disney+, the VIP plan was priced at INR365 ($4.8/€4.4) whereas the yearly Premium plan was priced at INR999 ($13/€12).
Existing Hotstar subscribers don't have to pay the difference, though, and can stream Disney+ content for free for the remaining duration of their current subscription. You can head over here to know more about the plans and what they offer.
The Hotstar app was updated to tease Disney+ and with the service now live, it has a dedicated Disney+ section, which includes Disney Originals like The Mandalorian as well as movies and TV shows from Disney, Marvel and National Geographic.
There are movies for kids as well like The JungleBook, Cars 3, and Toy Story to name a few. You can head this way to check out the complete library of Disney+ content available in India.
- 06 Apr 2020
What's the point? HDR support is missing.
- 05 Apr 2020
When will a streaming service launch with everything in one app. I don't want to pay for Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar & many more that are available in India! ☹
- 03 Apr 2020