About DISNEY Hotstar: The name was first used for a streaming service called Hotstar that included content from Disney Star’s regional networks, as well as content that was licensed from third parties including HBO and Showtime, as well as movies, TV shows, live sports, and original programming.
Hotstar swiftly overtook other streaming services in India as mobile broadband usage increased significantly.
After 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Star India, was acquired by Disney in 2019, Hotstar was combined with the new worldwide streaming service Disney+ as “Disney+ Hotstar” in April 2020.
Along with the domestic and third-party material previously available on the platform, the co-branded service included Disney+ original programming, movies, and television shows from its primary content brands, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic.
In addition to India, the Disney+ Hotstar service also runs in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It does so by combining the broader Disney+ library with entertainment content that has been licensed from regional, independent studios. The end of 2022 is when Disney+ Hotstar is anticipated to debut in Vietnam.
Disney+ runs as a stand-alone service in Singapore, Canada, and the UK; Hotstar targets overseas Indians in these countries and focuses on the domestic entertainment and sports content of Disney Star.
Disney stated in 2021 that it would stop supporting the American version of Hotstar in November of that year and instead add its programming to the domestic Hulu and ESPN+ services.
Following fifteen months of development, Star India finally released Hotstar on February 11, 2015, timed to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the forthcoming 2015 Indian Premier League (for which Star had acquired the streaming rights).
The service, which was initially sponsored by advertisements, offered a library of more than 35,000 hours of programming in seven regional languages, as well as delayed live streaming of sports like football kabaddi, and cricket.
According to Star CEO Sanjay Gupta, “there weren’t many platforms available to Indian customers giving high-quality, curated content aside, say, YouTube.” He added that the service would focus “highly targeted” advertising towards the expanding young adult market.
According to his projection, the service may provide close to a fourth of Star’s yearly revenue by 2020. Throughout the 2015 Cricket World Cup and roughly over 200 million views during the 2015 Indian Premier League, Hotstar achieved a minimum of 345 million views.
A membership tier for international material and the potential for premium sports content was introduced by Hotstar in April 2016.
The platform’s introduction to the service and a new agreement to offer HBO material uncensored coincided with the start of Game of Thrones season 6.