Are you a fan of Bollywood movies? Do you seek for a streaming platform where you can stream various India movies, TV SERIES, and sports? Or do you seek a platform where you can stream various movies and TV series which cuts across the languages found in India, and also English movies? Well, you are in luck. We have got the right platform for you. It is called the Hotstar.
About the Hotstar
The Hotstar is an entertainment platform where you can stream media and video-on-demand online. It was launched in February 2015 by Star India, just before the Cricket world cup. The Hotstar was previously designed as a mobile application to stream the 2015 Cricket World cup and some entertainment content. It was later expanded to offering 35000 hours of content which cuts across 8 languages.
The Hotstar platform
There are two ways to access the Hotstar platform: either by using the Hotstar website or by using the Hotstar spp.
How to navigate through the Hotstar website
To get a view of the Hotstar homepage, go to www.hotstar.com on your web browser. From the Hotstar homepage, you can select the video you want to stream. You can also search for videos by using the search button at the top right corner of the Hotstar homepage.
On the Hotstar homepage, you can navigate to varieties of videos like sports, movies, news, TV channels and the premium ones.
You can also filter your video search by languages or genres. If you want filter videos according to the genre, click the menu icon at the top left and then select the option “genres”. This will take you to a page with various genres to select from. Now you can click on the genre of your choice to bring out the videos that falls in the selected genre.
Also, if you want to filter your video search by language, click the menu icon at the top left of the Hotstar homepage and select the “languages” option. This will direct you to a page with various languages to select from. Selecting any of the languages will take you to a page with videos that falls on the selected language.
Note: Hotstar is not available in all regions
Hotstar premium membership
You do not have to create an account to stream videos on Hotstar. But, having a premium account on Hotstar will give you access to premium contents like premium English shows and movies, latest Hindi and regional movies, live sports and more. You will also get exclusive early access to your favorite prime time TV shows and also get access to the latest primetime episodes on Hotstar before they are aired on TV.
To become a Hotstar premium member, follow these steps:
- On your browser, go to premium.hotstar.com.
- You can register with email address and password, or with your Facebook.
- If you want to use your Facebook account, click the Facebook icon and then follow subsequent instructions to sign in.
- If you want to your email address, enter your email address and password in the provided fields.
- Enter payment details and then follow subsequent instructions to open your premium account.
If you select a monthly recurring plan, your first month of being a premium member will be free of charge. But in subsequent months, you will be charged Rs. 199 per month
Note: Premium membership is only available in India
How to sign in to your Hotstar account
To sign in to Hotstar, follow these steps:
- On your web browser, go to www.hotstar.com.
- Click on the “sign in” at the top right corner. A sign in window will then pop up.
- You can sign in using your Facebook account or by using your email address.
- To sign in using your Facebook account, click the Facebook account and then follow the subsequent instruction to sign in.
- If you want to use your email address, enter your email address and password in the provided fields.
- Click the “sign in” button
You can also sign up or sign in using the Hotstar app
The Hotstar app
To bring the Hotstar content closer to you, the Hotstar app is made available for Android and iOS devices, and even Apple TV platform. You can get the Hotstar app for your Android and iOS device from your device’s native app store. You can as well follow the links below to download the Hotstar app
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Note: The Hotstar app for Android is currently available in India, USA, and Canada.
The Hotstar app interface
The Hotstar app is a decent looking app which is nothing too extraordinary, but it is smoothly laid out. To access the Hotstar app interface, ensure you have the app installed on your device. Having installed the Hotstar app on your device, launch the app.
Click the menu icon at the top left to bring out option like the playlist, downloads and so on. If you want to search for any video, you can use the search icon at the top right corner of the screen. The main part of the Hotstar app contains various categories of videos ranging from sports, TV shows to movies. You can tap any of the videos to start playing.
The video quality in Hotstar App
The quality of videos on the app is not that satisfying, especially as it does not allow you to make a choice of video quality, but rather adjusts the video quality according to the connection speed. It does not offer you HD quality movies, even if you have a high-speed connection.
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The video content of the Hotstar
There are quite a lot of videos available on the Hotstar platform. You can watch India series, India movies, English movies, live sports and so on. You can also download some of the available series movies, using the Hotstar app.
Even though the Hotstar platform has got quite a reasonable number of movies, they are still limited when it comes to international movies and TV shows. So it might not be a great platform for a versatile movie freak.
Also, Hotstar claims to give access to live sports, but you cannot be too sure of the kind of sport you are going to get. So it will be quite hard to recommend the Hotstar platform to typically devoted sports fans.
The Hotstar platform is a decent streaming platform for Bollywood movies and sports fans but might not be a great platform for a versatile movie and sports freak.