The Disney+ Hotstar streaming is now respectable in India and the app has been upgraded to reflect the new Disney+ branding. The provider was purported to go stay on March 29 earlier, however there was a postpone given the coronavirus outbreak. Some users had got early access to Disney+ content as a part of beta testing.
The Hotstar app is referred to now as Disney+ Hotstar and there may be a committed Disney+ tab within the app to exhibit unique content, Disney movies, cartoons, TV shows, etc. Hotstar VIP and Hotstar Premium are now Disney+Hotstar VIP and Disney+Hotstar Premium. There is an increase within the charge for the top class provider.
The new prices for Disney+Hotstar at Rs 1,499 per year for the Premium service. For the VIP option, you will have to pay Rs 399 per year. Both will offer an ad-free experience. The regular content on Disney+Hotstar, which is not under VIP or Premium can be viewed for free, though it won’t be ad-free.
So can I view Disney+ original shows if I have Disney+Hotstar VIP?
No. The Disney+ original shows are limited to those who are paying for the premium service. VIP users get access to content in different Indian languages. While Marvel movies, The Lion King, Frozen II, Aladdin and Toy Story 4, Mickey Mouse shows can be accessed along with Bollywood films, these are limited to regional languages. Live sports and STAR serials will be available to VIP users.
But for English language shows, you will have to upgrade to premium.
What extra content will Disney+ bring?
Disney+ is the original streaming service from the media giant. So all the Marvel movies, Star Wars universe, etc is part of the Disney universe. Then there will be original content from Disney, similar to how Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have their own original content. Currently, there are 29 Disney+ originals, including The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Lady and the Tramp, and other upcoming shows. The latest American shows from studios like HBO, Fox, Showtime will also be available to the premium users.