Disney+ Hotstar is the ideal OTT platform if you love watching sport. The streaming service is currently broadcasting the ongoing ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. Recently, during the India vs Pakistan Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup, Disney+ Hotstar set a new record of 1.28 crore concurrent viewers. The peak viewership came in the 17th over of the game when the Indian skipper was just three runs away from his half-century.
The company has revised its previous VIP and Premium membership plans in favour of a more democratised setup. Disney+ Hotstar now has three plans on offer, namely Mobile, Super, and Premium. These plans all offer access to the same content, and differ mainly on the supported devices and resolution offered.
If you don’t want to shell out for a subscription, there are ways to get one for free via your telecom operator. The three major telecom operators including Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea) all offer plans with bundled Disney+ Hotstar subscriptions, both for prepaid and postpaid users. In addition, you can also get a free subscription via your broadband provider. If you’re wondering how to get a free Disney+ Hotstar subscription, read on.
What is Disney Plus Hotstar?
Hotstar is an Indian digital and mobile entertainment platform, which was launched by Star India back in 2015. Star India itself is part of 21st Century Fox, which was acquired by Walt Disney last year. This effectively brought Hotstar under the ownership of Walt Disney.
Following the acquisition, the Disney+ platform was integrated with Hotstar, and rebranded as Disney+ Hotstar in March this year. This has resulted in Disney+ content being available in India, including titles from Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, and films from 20th Century Studios, Hollywood Pictures, Searchlight Pictures, and Touchstone Pictures.
Disney Plus Hotstar subscription plans in India
Disney+ Hotstar offers three subscription plans in India, called Mobile, Super and Premium. These plans are effective starting September 1st, 2021. They replace the VIP and Premium subscription plans that were available previously. Let’s take a look at benefits, price and details of all the available plans.
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Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription plan: price, number of devices
As part of the Mobile subscription, users get access to Hotstar Originals, Star network content including the Indian Premier League, ICC Cricket World Cup, Indian TV shows, new Indian movie premieres, and Exclusive Hotstar specials like Special OPS, Hundred, Criminal Justice, and all English premium content. This content is ad-supported, except for sports. Those opting for the Mobile plan will be able to stream the content in HD resolution on one device at a time. In addition, the Mobile plan only lets you stream content on mobile devices.
The Disney+ Hostar Mobile membership is is priced at Rs 499 and the validity is one year.
Disney Plus Hotstar Super subscription plan: price, number of devices
The Disney+ Hotstar Super Plan is exactly the same as the Mobile Plan, including ad-supported content barring sports. However, the difference lies in the number of devices allowed by the Disney+ Hotstar Super plan. Users who opt for the Super plan will be able to stream the content on two devices at the same time, and compatible devices include mobiles, laptops and TVs. Users can stream in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The Disney+ Hotstar Super plan is priced at Rs 899 for a year.
Disney Plus Hotstar Premium subscription plan: price, number of devices
In case you want a top-of-the line plan with access to more devices and 4K resolution, you will have to upgrade to Premium membership. Apart from the complete library of Premium movies and TV shows, you get completely ad-free content with this plan. This plan lets you stream on four devices at any given point in time. Users can stream content in 4K (2160p) resolution.
The Disney+ Hotstar Premium plan will set you back by Rs 1,499.
How to upgrade from Disney+ Hotstar Mobile or Super to Disney+ Hotstar Premium annual membership?
If you plan to upgrade from Disney+ Hotstar Mobile membership to Disney+ Hotstar Super or Premium, we have good news for you. You can easily upgrade your membership by following the below steps.
- Open the Disney+ Hotstar app on your smartphone or go to Disney+ Hotstar website
- In the app, click on the three-line icon in the top left corner and then on your name
- On the website, click on the circular profile icon in the top-right corner and click on my account
- Click on the ‘Upgrade’ option
- Pay the balance amount to upgrade to Premium membership
Interested subscribers will have to pay the balance amount depending on the remaining time of the Mobile subscription. The amount will be shown when they tap on the ‘Upgrade’ option.
Jio recharge plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Jio was one of the first telecom operators to bundle the Disney+ Hotstar plan with its prepaid recharge plans. Now, the Mukesh Ambani-led telco is offering the OTT benefits with several of its prepaid as well as postpaid plans.
- Jio Rs 601 recharge plan: 3GB data/day, 6GB free extra data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, 28 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, Jio Suite access
- Jio Rs 799 recharge plan: 2GB data/day, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, 56 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, Jio Suite access
- Jio Rs 1,066 recharge plan: 2GB data/day, 5GB free extra data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, 84 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, Jio Suite access
- Jio Rs 3,199 recharge plan: 2GB data/day, 10GB free extra data, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS/day, 365 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, Jio Suite access
- Jio Rs 659 data add-on pack: 1.5GB data/day, 56 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual subscription, Jio Suite access
Airtel recharge plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Airtel followed in the footsteps of Jio to offer Disney+ Hotstar membership to its users. Below are the Airtel recharge plans offering the Mobile plan to users.
- Airtel Rs 499 recharge plan: 3GB/day, unlimited calls, 100 SMS/day, 28 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile, Prime Video Mobile Edition free trial, 3-month Apollo 24|7 circle, Rs 100 cashback on FASTag, 1-year Shaw Academy access, Wynk Music, free Hellotunes
- Airtel Rs 699 recharge plan: 2GB/day, unlimited calls, 100 SMS/day, 56 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile, Prime Video Mobile Edition free trial, 3-month Apollo 24|7 circle, Rs 100 cashback on FASTag, 1-year Shaw Academy access, Wynk Music, free Hellotunes
- Airtel Rs 2,798 recharge plan: 2GB/day, unlimited calls, 100 SMS/day, 365 days validity, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile, Prime Video Mobile Edition free trial, 3-month Apollo 24|7 circle, Rs 100 cashback on FASTag, 1-year Shaw Academy access, Wynk Music, free Hellotunes
Vodafone Idea (Vi) recharge plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Vi was late to the party but is finally bundling the Disney+ Hotstar Mobile OTT benefit with several of its plans including prepaid and postpaid. Below are all prepaid recharge plans offering the benefit.
- Vi Rs 901 recharge plan: 3GB data/day, 48GB free extra data,70 days validity, 100 SMS per day, Weekend Rollover benefit, Binge All Night, Vi Movies & TV VIP, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile
- Vi Rs 3,099 recharge plan: 1.5GB data/day, 100 SMS per day, 365 days validity, Weekend Rollover benefit, Binge All Night, Vi Movies & TV Classic, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile
Jio postpaid plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Jio Postpaid Plus plans in India with denominations of Rs 399, Rs 599, Rs 799, Rs 999, and Rs 1,499 are offering the benefit to users. These plans offer 75GB, 100GB, 150GB, 200GB and 200GB data, respectively. All of these plans come with Disney+ Hotstar Mobile annual plan worth Rs 499. Other benefits include unlimited voice calling, unlimited SMS, data rollover, Netflix, and Amazon Prime subscription. The base Rs 199 Jio postpaid plan is the only that doesn’t offer bundled Disney+ Hotstar.
Airtel postpaid plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Airtel is also offering annual Disney+ Hotstar Mobile membership with Rs 499, Rs 999 and Rs 1,599 postpaid plans. These plans also offer the annual subscription of Amazon Prime. Other benefits include high-speed data with data rollover, unlimited calls to any network in India, and 100 SMSes per day.
Vodafone Idea (Vi) postpaid plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile subscription
Vi is also offering Disney+ Hotstar Mobile membership with several of its postpaid plans. In the personal postpaid plan category, the benefit is available with Rs 499, Rs 699, and Rs 1,099 Vi postpaid plans. These plans offer Amazon Prime subscription for 1 year, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile for 1 year, ZEE5 Premium for a year, and Vi Movies & TV VIP access. The Rs 1,099 postpaid plan also offers Netflix for a year.
Those on Rs 999, Rs 1,299, Rs 1,699, and Rs 2,299 family postpaid plans will also get the benefit. The first two postpaid plans offer Amazon Prime subscription for 1 year, Disney+ Hotstar Mobile for 1 year, ZEE5 Premium for a year, and Vi Movies & TV VIP access. The last two offer additional Netflix for 1 year, international and domestic airport lounge access four times a year, seven days international roaming pack, premium customer service, and ISD calls at special rates.
Jio Fiber Broadband Plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Premium subscription
Apart from its prepaid and postpaid plans, Jio is also offering Disney+ Hotstar Mobile bundle to its JioFiber users. Below are the Jio Fiber plans offering the OTT benefit.
- Jio Fiber Rs 999 plan: 150Mbps, unlimited data (3,3TB FUP), unlimited voice calling, Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile + 13 other OTT apps
- Jio Fiber Rs 1,499 plan: 300Mbps, unlimited data (3,3TB FUP), unlimited voice calling, Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile + 14 other OTT apps
- Jio Fiber Rs 2,499 plan: 500Mbps, unlimited data (3,3TB FUP), unlimited voice calling, Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile + 14 other OTT apps
- Jio Fiber Rs 3,999 plan: 1Gbps, unlimited data (3,3TB FUP), unlimited voice calling, Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile + 14 other OTT apps
- Jio Fiber Rs 8,499 plan: 1Gbps, 6,6TB data, unlimited voice calling, Disney Plus Hotstar Mobile + 14 other OTT apps
Apart from these, Jio also has Jio Fiber Postpaid plans which are available in quarterly, half-yearly, and annual plans. Of these, Jio Fiber postpaid plans with monthly rental of Rs 999 and above offer up to 15 OTT apps including Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Prime Video, Sony LIV, and more.
Airtel Xstream Fiber broadband plans with Disney Plus Hotstar Super subscription
Airtel offers Disney+ Hotstar Super membership with three of its Xstream Fiber broadband plans. Here are the details of these plans:
- Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 999 plan: Unlimited data at 200Mbps, 3.3TB high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, Disney+ Hotstar Super subscription,
- Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 1,499 plan: Unlimited data at 300Mbps, 3.3TB high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, Disney+ Hotstar Super subscription
- Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 3,999 plan: Unlimited data at 1Gbps, 3.3TB high-speed data, unlimited voice calls, Disney+ Hotstar Super subscription
Does Disney Plus Hotstar support Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound?
Disney+ Hotstar supports Dolby Digital Plus (ec3) and not Dolby Digital(ac3). When a title supports Dolby 5.1, the icon will appear on the description page. You would need an audio setup that supports Dolby Digital 5.1 to make use of the feature and minimum internet speeds of 15 Mbps. The feature is available on Android TV, Fire TV Stick and Apple TV.
Disney Plus Hotstar vs Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video
As mentioned before, Disney+ Hotstar offers content from the Walt Disney group, HBO, ABC Studios, and Showtime. Additionally, it offers regional content like movies and shows, Indian TV shows from Star India, and live sports streaming for events such as IPL, Premier League, and Grand Slams.
Titles like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Grey’s Anatomy, Chernobyl, His Dark Materials, Star Wars franchise, Avengers franchise, all Disney and Pixar films are exclusive to Disney+ Hotstar. And if you are a fan of these titles, you will benefit from subscribing to the Mobile (Rs 499 annually), Super (Rs 899 annually), or Premium (Rs 1,499 annually) plans.
In comparison, Amazon Prime Video offers licensed content from NBC (Blindspot, The Office US), ITV (Downton Abbey) and CBS (Blue Bloods, 2 Broke Girls). Amazon Originals like Paatal Lok, Family Man, Jack Ryan, and more are also part of the package. Apart from that, the platform has a rich library of Indian regional content.
The service can be availed for just Rs 129 monthly or Rs 999 yearly fee. Additionally, Amazon has launched the Prime Video Mobile Edition for single users in partnership with Airtel. Available exclusively to Airtel users as part of bundled prepaid plans, the Prime Video Mobile Edition is available with Airtel plans starting as low as Rs 89. This is considerably cheaper than the Disney+ Hotstar subscription fee, and also includes free and priority deliveries with Amazon Prime, plus access to Amazon Music.
As for Netflix, subscriptions start at Rs 199 per month (mobile/tablet only, single screen, Standard Definition). The other plans are priced at Rs 499 per month (one screen at a time, Standard Definition), Rs 649 per month (two screens at a time, up to full HD resolution) and Rs 799 per month (four screens at a time, up to 4K resolution). Netflix also has a broad catalog of exclusive Netflix Specials and licensed content from NBC and ABC. These include Sacred Games, She, Delhi Crime, Made In Heaven, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more.
Disney+ Hotstar FAQs
What will happen to my existing VIP or Premium subscription after new Disney+ Hotstar plans are implemented?
After September 1st, existing VIP and Premium users will continue to enjoy the benefits of their current plan until the membership expires. They will get access to all English content on the platform and once the plan expires, VIP members will be moved to Mobile Plan whereas Premium members will get new Premium benefits.
How will new Disney+ Hotstar plans affect existing subscribers of the Airtel Xstream Box plan?
All existing Airtel Xstream Box plan users will be automatically migrated to the new Disney+ Hotstar Super plan from September 1st, 2021.
How to download Hotstar videos?
Login to the Hotstar app and select the video you want to download. Look for the download button under the video and click on it. A pop up will promot you to select the video quality (Low, Medium or High) along with displaying the respective file sizes. Select your preferred video quality and your download will commence. You can view your downloaded videos in the ‘Downloads’ section of the app menu.
How to change Hotstar password?
Hotstar has phased out email registration and passwords. Existing and new users will need to login using a registered mobile number and OTP.
How to activate Hotstar on Firestick?
Search for the Disney+ Hotstar app on Fire TV Stick and download it. You’ll be prompted to login with a screen showing a 4 digit code. Go to tv.hotstar.com on your mobile browser and login with your Disney+ Hotstar account. Enter the 4-digit code shown on your TV screen, and you’ll be logged in on your Fire TV Stick.