Hotstar is a highly affordable platform with a wide range of entertainment content. Its feasibility makes it ‘cheaper’ than many other streaming apps alternatives in the USA. Currently, Hotstar is officially available in Canada, UK, India, and Indonesia.
There are different versions of Hotstar available. There’s Disney + Hotstar exclusively available in India and Indonesia. Meanwhile, Hotstar in the USA, UK, and Canada doesn’t offer Disney+ services with it. It’s a standalone app that provides some Indian (Bollywood) content that has an international license.
These limitations might discourage you from using the platform. However, there are many ways you can watch Hotstar. In this article, we will explore these methods from official to less than appropriate but still possible.
Guide to Watch Hotstar in the USA:
You can visit the official website of Hotstar for the United States of America Version. There isn’t any free content available for the audience in this particular region. Thereby, you will have to install the official app and subscribe to a plan. The subscription process is easy. There is a seven-day refund policy in case you don’t like the services.
If you subscribe to Hotstar, you can stream two videos at a time conveniently within the app on a single device. Hotstar offers registration for up to five devices, as well. However, depending on the plan, you can watch simultaneously on up to two to three devices at once.
The app’s compatibility is somewhat limited to smart devices such as smartphones, tablets, and Smart TVs. You can’t use it on other consoles, but there is a browser version available for PCs.
The Official Method:
This method is relatively limited and grants you access to Hotstar that is available for the US audience. You will have limited access to Indian content and other streaming services. Hotstar is priced reasonably for the audience of America according to the content it offers. However, you can benefit better if you use the Disney + Hotstar version. Its method is mentioned below, after this segment.
Regardless, if you still want to use the official version for the States, here are the steps:
- Visit the official website us.hotstar.com
- Find the app and download it
- As there’s no free content, upon launching the app, it will ask you to subscribe
- You can register, subscribe and log in to start streaming the content
- You’d have to provide your payment credentials.
- If you are not satisfied with the content, there’s a 7-days money-back guarantee you can use.
How to Watch Hotstar On Firestick?
There is an official app for Hotstar available on the Amazon play store. You can use the keyword on the Firestick to search the play store and get the app. You can download it from there and use it as the standard streaming service.
However, you still need a subscription, like any other device, to enjoy Hotstar on Firestick in the U.S.
How to Download Hotstar?
You can download Hotstar for your device from the respective play store. It is available on Google, Apple, and Amazon Play Store. Alternatively, you can visit the official website to stream or download the app from there. All of these still require you to subscribe to Hotstar for streaming the content.
If you want to enjoy Indian HotStar, you will find a sure-shot method mentioned below. As of right now, there isn’t any Disney+Hotstar available for the USA officially. Disney + Hulu subscription might be more your cup of tea.
How to Watch Disney+Hotstar?
Hotstar was once available across the world, in every region. Now it also utilized Geo-lock and Geo-restriction to limit its availability and access to content. There are specific versions available in Canada and the United States. Disney+Hotstar is exclusively available in India and Indonesia.
Therefore, to use Disney+Hotstar, you will have to utilize a credible VPN (Virtual Private Network). However, Hotstar uses a VPN-blocking service, much like Netflix. It’s highly unlikely that a free VPN would be able to surpass Hotstar’s VPN-lock. Similarly, it’s risky to use a free VPN service.
Which VPN to Use for Disney+Hostar?
You can use a wide range of premium VPN service providers available in the market. There are sales for most of them. Almost all of them offer multiple devices (Five or more). Hence, if you are low on funds, you can pitch in with your family or friends to subscribe to the premium-grade VPN.
Many VPN providers offer a free trial or money back guarantee to use if you want free VPNs. For instance, ExpressVPN even offers a referral program. If you can get a friend to join, you and your friend will get a 30-days free trial. If you add more friends, the trial period will expand.
The subscription won’t just benefit you for watching Disney+Hotstar but brings you full-fledged VPN security and anonymity. It’s better for streaming Disney+Hotstar and other restricted content and apps without getting tracked.
Here’s how you can use VPN to Watch Disney+Hotstar:
- Download the premium VPN for your device
- Subscribe or use the trial version
- Once you activate the VPN, connect to an Indian server
- Indian server is better than Indonesian for Disney + Hotstar
- Once you connect to Indian server, visit Hotstar’s official website.
- You can now download the app or stream online
- Once you download the app, you can use it.
Benefits Of Using Disney+Hotstar:
From Indian Server –
There are countless benefits to using Disney+Hotstar over the standard Hotstar USA has to offer. First, the subscription fee is way cheaper for the Indian version. Other than that, here’s a quick comparison chart:
- Free online streaming available
- Exclusive Indian content is available
- Bollywood movies and shows
- Disney+ is available
- Marvel, Pixar, and National Geography is included
- 30-days free trial
- Watch in Hindi or English and other languages
- Indian and International channels like HBO, Star network, and much more
From USA Server –
- Require subscription for streaming
- Limited to American content
- Only internationally licensed Bollywood content is available
- No Disney+
- No exclusive access to Marvel, Pixar, and National Geography
- 7-days money-back guarantee
- Watch in English
- Channels of the US only
As you make the comparison, it’s evident that Disney+Hostar is a superior version to Hotstar. Now, remember that each time you use Disney+Hotstar, you will have to activate the VPN to stream in the USA. Even if you use the best plan, it is way cheaper than the standard subscription of Hotstar.
Hotstar is an Indian streaming app that is available in limited countries. If you genuinely want to explore it’s potential, you’re better off with a VPN and Disney+Hotstar subscription. However, if you’re worried about the legalities, it’s not illegal to use a VPN. You’re not pirating the content either, as you’re still paying for the subscription.
These are all the methods you can use to stream Hotstar. For those who don’t want to use Disney+Hotstar but stick to Hotstar USA’s version, use the official method. In the end, even if you don’t want to stream Disney + Hotstar, the app is worth the investment. It is one of the cheapest service providers in the United States with competitive pricing per month and for the year. You can find it worth the investment either way.
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