Disney+ Hotstar Vs Amazon Prime 2022 [Full Comparison-Which is Best]

Dinsey Hotstar vs Prime

Looking to choose between Hotstar and Amazon Prime? This post gives you the complete comparison between the Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime including the content, price, quality, benefits and other factors.

Which OTT makes more sense for you, this post will give you the in-depth information to make the decision. We are not just scratching the surface here.

First of all, a bit of an introduction of these 2 services.

  • Disney plus Hotstar is a product of Star TV Family which is wholly owned by Walt Disney while Amazon Prime is obviously a product owned by Amazon Inc.
  • As per reports, Hotstar has more than 350 million active users in India (with around 8 million paid users) while Amazon Prime has more than 11 million users.
  • Hotstar was launched in India in February 2015, while Prime Video was started in December 2016, Hotstar also got recently re-branded as Disney+ Hotstar in 2020 with exclusive Disney Content added to the platform.
  • Both platforms offer a ton of content ranging from Movies, TV shows, Kids Content, Original series in English as well as local language.

Now let’s get down to the main point.

Which one is better – Disney+ Hotstar or Amazon Prime?

While both Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime offer a ton of content and comparable pricing, Hotstar is the preferred choice if you are looking for Live Sports, News, greater volume of content and more of kids preferred stuff. But if you are looking for amazing value for money, flexibility of watching simultaneously on multiple devices and decent mix of quality Indian and English content at cheaper prices, Amazon Prime has a clear edge.

Now before you jump to conclusions, your preferences of content can make or break the deal in your choice between Hotstar and Amazon Prime.

But we will try to evaluate all the parameters to help you in this decision.

Now one more thing to note before we proceed. In this article we will compare Disney+ Hotstar Premium Plan with Amazon Prime. We are not considering Hotstar VIP because it is a limited plan that doesn’t give you the complete access to all content on Hotstar.

Unlike Hotstar, Amazon has only one plan which gives you complete access. So to have more of an apple to apple comparison, Hotstar Premium Plan needs to be matched with Amazon Prime.

Let’s now jump into the detailed comparison between Hotstar Premium and Amazon Prime Plans starting with the Price.

1. Price

Till March 2020, Hotstar Premium and Amazon Prime were both available at ₹999/- per year.

However, from April 2020, Hotstar was re-launched as Disney + Hotstar Premium with a higher price tag of ₹1499 per year. While this helped Amazon Prime @ 999 to be the cheaper option for some time.

But again in December 2021, Amazon Prime annual plan price has been hiked to ₹1499.

Hence, it is a price neutral choice between the two.

But hold on.

The bigger question is what is the content you are getting at this price, right? Let’s move to that.

2. Content

This requires a much deeper level of analysis. It’s ultimately the content which will tilt the scale in favour of one over another.

So let’s first see content which is unique to these OTTs

A. Live Sports and News

Both these categories are unique and available only in Hotstar. This is where Hotstar is a clear winner.

Being a product of Star Family, Hotstar gives you plenty of options to watch live as well highlights for all kinds of sports including cricket IPL, Tennis, Football, Badminton, Kabbadi, Hockey etc.

Also, available are all types of news channels from Star Family and others as well like ABP News, India Today, Aaj Tak, Republic TV, Fox News, Fox Business as well as News channels in regional languages like Marathi, Tamil, Kannada,Telugu. This too is available as Live news option.

These 2 categories are non-existent on Amazon Prime. In fact, Hotstar was introduced as a primary sports content platform and took off with the IPL season.

B. TV Shows

This is where both Hotstar and Amazon Prime compete at a much larger level. Both the platforms offer their own unique collection of TV series, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to pick one over the other.

Some of the popular English TV series running on the platforms :

English TV Series- Available only on Hotstar

  • How I Met your Mother
  • Game of Thrones
  • Simpsons
  • Band of Brothers
  • Homeland
  • Big Little Lies

English TV Series- Available only on Prime

  • Suits
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Mrs. Maisel
  • Shark Tank
  • Seinfeld
  • The Good Wife
  • Dexter
  • The Office
  • Young Sheldon

Let’s now move to the Hindi Shows. Here Hotstar seems to be having a wider selection especially having all the newer TV shows coming from Star Channels. Amazon Prime tries to compete by bringing in some throwback classic TV shows to the picture. Also, both the platforms are adding to their list of original series called “Hotstar Specials” on Hotstar and “Amazon Originals” on Prime.

Let’s see some of the popular offering of Hindi Shows:

Hindi Shows on Hotstar

In case of Hindi TV Shows, Hotstar has a clear edge with fresher content. Hotstar offers a ton of live TV shows from channels like Star World, Star Plus, Life Ok.

  • All Star Plus Shows- Yeh Rishta kya kehlata, etc
  • Dance +
  • Mythological shows like Mahabharat, Mahadev
  • Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
  • Savdhan India

Also, there are also a decent mix of Hotstar Special Shows which are gaining popularity such as

  • Hostages
  • Special Ops
  • The Office

Hindi Shows on Amazon Prime

Amazon prime, on the other hand, has a good mix of older classic Hindi TV shows like

  • Fauji
  • Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
  • Shaktimaan
  • Malgudi Days
  • Zabaan Sambhalke

Amazon Originals

Some of the amazon original content is also worth a watch

  • The Family Man
  • Panchayat
  • The Forgotten Army
  • Paatal Lok
  • Breathe
  • Laakhon mein Ek

C. Movies

This is where the competition gets fierce. Both the OTTs have a decent and growing collection of movies that only gets better by the day. While Hotstar has an edge on kids movies with a popular collection from Marvel, Avengers, Toy Story etc. Amazon Prime is has a much diverse collection across genres from both new and old times.

In fact, Amazon Prime has its own list of amazing movies both in English and Hindi, which compete quite well and are increasing at good rate.

We feel Amazon Prime has a much diverse collection while Disney plus seems to be concentrated more in its own studio movie collection.

One big update in 2020 for Hotstar was that it lost a good amount of movies and TV shows which it had under partnership with Singapore based company, HOOQ which had to shut down. Through this tie-up, good amount of content including Warner Bros movies was available earlier on Hotstar. Many popular movies like Dark Knight, Matrix, Ocean’s 11, Sherlock Holmes etc. are out of Hotstar platform.

Amazon- Some of the popular English movies on Prime Video are

  • Parasite
  • The Report
  • Godfather
  • Jurassic Park
  • Harry Potter Series
  • Contagion
  • Dark Knight
  • Matrix Series
  • James Bond Movies (23 titles added recently in December 2021)
  • Mission Impossible Series

Big Update: Amazon recently acquired MGM in 2021, which has brought in 4000 films including the famous James Bond Movies.

Hotstar- Some popular English titles

  • Avenger Series
  • Titanic
  • Toy Story Series
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Pirates of the Carribean

Next, let’s see the Hindi Movies from them. The list is quite vast so we are covering a very few popular names here.

Amazon Prime

  • Good Newz
  • Section 375
  • Raazi
  • Hindi Medium
  • Sonu ke Tittu ki Sweety
  • Kesari
  • 3 Idiots
  • DDLJ
  • Dil Chahta Hai

Hotstar

  • Angrezi Medium
  • Houseful Series
  • Bala
  • Mission Mangal
  • Tanhaji
  • Ishq
  • Chennai Express

The Movies and English TV show collection from both the platforms are pretty well contested. It ‘s own choice of content that can make you choose one over the other. At the same time, the platforms are continuously adding to their collection. The pace is almost giving a run for the money to cable TV and other OTTs.

3. Multiple users support

If you want to share your account with multiple people within the family or outside, Amazon Prime is a clear winner in this area. Prime Video allows you to use the same Amazon Prime account to watch content (different video) simultaneously up to 3 devices. If you all are watching the same title, it can be on up to 2 devices. It also allows you to make a separate profile for up to 6 family members .

In September 2021, Hotstar Premium in India increased support to allow you to use Hotstar on up to 4 devices (from earlier 2 devices). There is no option to create separate profiles for different members in the family. However, this option to is available in other countries being serviced by Disney plus. So there is a hope that they may bring in these options later.

4. Ease of use and searching content

This is an area where Amazon Prime fares much better than Hotstar. The Amazon user experience and ability to search and access videos is superior. Hotstar seems to be still struggling in this area. However, it is improving with time.

Another thing is the flexibility to have multiple profiles on Amazon Prime which makes thing much more cleaner and controllable.

5. Value for Money

Another area which can be a bit subjective is the what you get for your money. Amazon Prime seems to be have an edge here since Prime membership not only gives you access to videos but also includes the same day delivery benefit on Amazon orders, access to Prime music and books.

But if you are more concerned only about video content, Hotstar as a pure video platform has more volume of content with live TV options. Especially with the live Sports and News, Star TV Channels available, it can even compete with cable TV.

6. Regional Content

Content in regional languages seems to big on both Amazon Prime and Hoststar’s radar as it realizes the importance of local content for Indian audience.

Amazon Prime seems to be having a decent growing collection of both original and dubbed content in Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Punjabi, Malyalam etc.

Hotstar is also not far behind offering all disney titles dubbed content in Tamil and Telugu. It also has content in number of other Indian Languages like Marathi, Kannada, Malyalam, Bengali.

Also, the TV shows content in Hotstar also carries a good amount of content in regional languages.,

While it is a close fight, we see that Amazon Prime slightly better off in their mix of regional content.

7. Streaming quality, buffering

At times you may struggle with low data bandwidth, here again, Amazon Prime seems to stream well and buffering is not much to bother you at all.

Comparatively, Hotstar looks to be more data intensive.

Video quality wise both are pretty decent, but the data load seems to favour Amazon Prime.

Final Thoughts

Both Disney Hotstar and Amazon Prime have their own USPs which makes them special and unique.

While many of the factors compared above are very important, the choice of content is a critical factor in picking one over the other.

If you have kids, the Dinsney edge with Hostar makes a big difference. Then again is the Live Sports – Especially for fans of IPL, Football, Tennis and other sports. Also, is the ton of news and Star channels on offer.

But Amazon Prime with its super value for money package, sleeker interface, amazing mix of Indian and English content catering to all age groups makes a very strong case also. Add to that, the other benefits of Prime Membership make the price super attractive.

We feel both the OTTs have a unique and distinct advantage and will continue to have consumers opting for both services, depending on their taste of content.

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Disney Hotstar Plans Compared: Super vs Premium vs Mobile 2022 [Which is Best]

Hotstar Plans Comparison- Super vs Premium vs Mobile

Are you confused on which Disney plus Hotstar plan is best for you? In this article, you will find the complete comparison between Hotstar Plans- Mobile , VIP [now discontinued], Super and Premium Plans in 2022 – the difference in price, content, benefits to take an informed decision. Once you have read this article, you will know exactly what you are going to get out of each of these plans.

Disney plus Hotstar is an Indian Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming service owned by Star India, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

While Hotstar offers some free content like Star channels including News Channels, it comes with Ads just like TV. Previously there were two main Hotstar paid plans which were Hotstar- VIP and Hotstar-Premium. These have now been changed to Disney Hotstar Mobile, Super and Premium plans.

This is a Major Update:

From September 1, 2021 Disney Hotstar has brought in new plans namely:

  • Hotstar Mobile (Price- ₹499 per year for viewing on 1 mobile device only)
  • Hotstar Super (Price- ₹899 per year for viewing on upto 2 devices including TV, laptop)
  • Hotstar Premium (Price- ₹1499 per year for up to 4 devices)

With this change, all the paid plans will give you access to ALL content on Hotstar (unlike previously where cheaper VIP plan used to allow access only to Sports and Indian content and Hotstar Premium provided access to all content including English Content). The Hotstar VIP plan has been effectively discontinued from September and Premium plan has been upgraded with better benefits.

Transitioning to New Plans from September 1, 2021

Those who have an existing VIP or Premium subscription will however get auto-migrated to new plans. The good thing for existing VIP users is that they can now access all content on Hotstar (including English Content) even on multiple devices till the time their membership expires, while the Premium members are able to watch on up to 4 devices simultaneously.

Let’s now compare the 3 plans of DIsney Hostar Super and Premium in detail.

Comparison between Disney Hotstar Plans- Super vs Premium vs Mobile Difference

PointsHotstar MobileHotstar SuperHotstar Premium
Price₹499/ year ₹899/ year ₹1499/ year
ContentAll paid content on Hotstar All paid content on Hotstar All paid content on Hotstar
AdsYesYesAd free (except Sports)
Option to Switch PlanAvailable (Can upgrade to higher plan by paying the difference) Available (Can upgrade to higher plan by paying the difference) Not Available
Multiple Users supportOnly 1 device at a time Up to 2 devices Up to 4 devices
Video Quality720p1080p [Full HD]4K (2160p)
Audio QualityStereoDolby 5.1 Dolby 5.1

To elaborate, the difference between Hotstar plans can now be compared below:

Content

Now all Hotstar Paid Plans including Super, Premium, Mobile give you access to ALL the content on Hotstar. This reduces confusion and is a welcome simplification done by Hotstar. This used to be biggest difference between the earlier Hotstar VIP (which allowed access to only Sports and Indian content) and Premium Plans.

Support for Multiple Devices

Mobile Plan as per the name, allows hotstar access only on mobile device. For viewing on TV or Laptop, you have to go for either Super or Premium Plan

Ads

Both Hotstar Super and Mobile Plans have Ads, while Premium Plan is almost Ad-Free (Except for Sports).

No. of users who can view at a time

A very important factor for many especially with a bigger family or friends sharing a common plan is how many users can see at a time. This is where the Hotstar Premium Plan has been really improved and allows up to 4 users to login at at time. While Hotstar Super Plan will allow access on up to 2 devices.

Video Quality

The Hotstar Super Plan provides maximum video quality of 1080p as compared to 4k quality offered on Hotstar Premium.

Audio Quality

Both Hotstar Super and Premium offer Dolby 5.1 sound quality. The Mobile Plan is stereo only.

The earlier Hotstar VIP plan which was introduced during the IPL 2019 season to give viewers a cheaper option to watch sports content on Hotstar.

It also acts as a great way to introduce you to the paid content on Hotstar. Now this is replaced by a Hotstar Mobile Plan as entry level plan.

Hotstar paid content also include it’s own set of original shows labeled as ‘Hotstar Specials’ in partnership with Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment. Hotstar is pumping in money to produce these original content to compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others, who also produce their own originals for India. Also, another good thing with Hotstar Special Shows is that they are shown without any ads.

The Hotstar originals included shows like Hostages, The Office, City of Dreams, Criminal Justice, Aarya and Roar of the Lion (featuring M.S.Dhoni).

Old Plans- Hotstar VIP vs Premium

Previously- the 2 main plans were Hotstar VIP or Premium? The Hotstar Premium Plan was the more expensive one and gives you access to all the content on Hotstar including Hollywood Content. The VIP plan, on the other hand, was cheaper at almost one-third of the Premium Plan and gave you access to all the sports content and other Indian content only (TV shows and movies)

However, from September 1, the VIP users can access even the English Content as Disney Hotstar has discontinued the VIP plan and all new paid plans provide access to ALL Content on Hotstar.

Hotstar Premium gives you access on upto 2 devices simultaneously. However, Hotstar VIP does not offer the benefits of multiple views. Also, Hotstar Premium allows streaming quality of upto 1080p [Full HD] while in Hotstar VIP its upto 720p [HD].

Does Hotstar Premium include VIP? Yes, the Hotstar Premium gives you access to all content in Hotstar, including all VIP content. The Premium Plan is simply the VIP + all international Content (Hollywood Movies + American TV Shows)

Hotstar Paid vs Free Content

Hotstar Paid Plans offers a huge library of English TV Shows and Hollywood Movies

These include:

  • Game of Thrones
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon valley
  • Westworld
  • Big Little Lies
  • Band of Brothers
  • The Leftovers
  • The Night Of
  • Prison Break
  • Homeland
  • The Americans
  • MasterChef Australia
  • This is Us
  • American Horror Story
  • Twin Peaks
  • Castle
  • Big Bang Theory (No longer on Hotstar from Feb 2020)

Also read: Hotstar vs Amazon Prime Complete Comparison between 2 Giants

Hollywood Movies

Some of the Hollywood movies offered on Hotstar Premium are:

  • Titanic
  • Marvel Movies- Iron Man, Avengers, Deadpool, X-Men
  • Walt Disney Movies
  • Star Wars Movies
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Taken [Movie Series]
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Avatar
  • Home Alone Series
  • Ford vs Ferrari
  • The Shawshank Redemption (No longer available)
  • Lord of the Rings (No longer available)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (No longer available)

Also read: Are you struggling to Work From Home? Must Know Tips

Free Videos don’t have any icon or unique identification

Hotstar Plans Price Comparison

Previously, the cheapest Hotstar VIP plan was available at a deeply discounted price of Rs. 399/year This made it probably the cheapest OTT subscription available at almost Rs. 35/month.

Now Hotstar has moved to price model which is quite similar to the Netflix model, based on what device can you view on and how many users will be sharing the plan.

Now the cheapest plan is Hotstar Mobile (which is mobile only plan) that too priced at Rs. 499/ i.e. 100 more than earlier VIP Plan. The Hotstar Super Plan is moderately priced at Rs. 899 and Premium Plan continues to be Rs.1499/ year but gets more benefits in form of allowing upto 4 devices at a time and up to 4K video quality.

But, if you have Hotstar on TV, (using either Super or Premium Plan) you can ask your cable operator to drop all paid Star Channels and the more expensive English Channels whose content is available on Hotstar.

Do keep in mind, however, that the paid subscriptions on Hotstar are not refundable. Also, while you can always switch from lower plan to Premium subscription by paying the difference amount. The vice versa is not true i.e. you can’t downgrade from Premium.

Which is Better Hotstar Plan-Super or Premium

Going for the Hot star plan now depends on the how many members from your family or friends are accessing content. Whether you are accessing content from your home and sharing with multiple family members who want to view different content, then go for the Premium Plan.

Again, you get the best possible video quality i.e. 4K in Premium.

Another worthy point of buying Premium as compared to Super is that it is a near Ad-Free experience. People who don’t like Ads can opt for Premium by paying the price.

For a small family, where the chances of viewing on multiple devices are limited, you can opt for Hotstar Super Plan.

If you are single, always on the go and looking just to be entertained while travelling, then the Hotstar Mobile Plan will work for you.

If you don’t mind spending the money, then simply go with the Hotstar Premium plan which offers you with all the content on Hotstar.

Hotstar Premium is a great value for money subscription, especially if you are using it well. One of the ways to do this is to start watching Hotstar on TV.

 

How to Watch Hotstar on TV [3 Super Easy Ways]

Hotstar on TV

If you are looking to watch HOTSTAR on your TV, this is an article that you should read. You will find three simple ways in which you can cast or watch Disney Hotstar on your TV (even if you don’t have a smart TV). You can easily connect Hotstar to TV if your TV has a HDMI port using any of these ways.

Hotstar with its premium quality and few ads offers a great experience for watching content on TV. Not only Sports content but also a variety of TV channels from the Star Family. 

Practically, if you have Hotstar (now called Disney + Hotstar) on your TV, you can easily save money on your cable connection. You can ask your cable provider to drop all the Star Channels and any other channels that are available on Hotstar. 

For those who are not updated, you can now get Smart TVs which offer the Dinsey Hotstar App on Amazon as a default option. If you have a smart TV and are looking for the steps to activate or watch Hotstar on Smart tv, click here to jump to that section. These steps work for any smart TV which has the Hotstar app be it Sony, LG, MI, Samsung, Onida etc.

But even if you don’t have a Smart TV, don’t worry. In this article, you will get three ways in which you can enjoy Hotstar even on normal TV.

How to watch Hotstar on TV:

  • Way 1: Use Amazon Firestick Device to run Hotstar App directly on TV
  • Way 2: Connect Laptop to your TV using HDMI cable and cast Hotstar from Laptop to TV
  • Way 3: Use the Google Chromecast device to cast/mirror Hotstar from Mobile to TV

Now let us look into the details of each of these ways- what you need, steps involved, Advantages and Disadvantages.

Way 1: Use Amazon Firestick Device to run Hotstar on your TV

What you need: You need the following things to watch Hotstar on TV with this method:

  • TV which has an HDMI port
  • Wifi connection / Mobile Data Connection
  • Amazon Firestick Device

Follow the simple steps below to watch Hotstar-

Step 1- Use Amazon Firestick Device (available on Amazon) Firestick offers not only Hotstar App, but you can also watch Youtube, Prime Video, Netflix, Zee 5, Sony Liv, Jio TV Apps which you can download from the Amazon App store.

How to Watch Hostar on TV

Advantages of getting Firestick

  • You can watch a variety of content-not only Hotstar but Amazon Prime, Youtube, Sony Liv, Jio TV, ZEE 5 etc. 
  • You can watch TV without disturbing anyone at home by using Bluetooth Headphones. Firestick offers Bluetooth compatibility.
  • You can search any content just by speaking into the remote- as Firestick offers good quality remote which has a “Voice Search” option (using Amazon Alexa technology)
  • You can also browse the internet using this device
  • A sturdy and well built device being Amazon’s own product

You may find the device a bit expensive, but it offers a great value for money.

Basically, it is as good as converting your normal TV to a Smart TV.

Also Read: Hotstar VIP vs Premium – Which Plan is best for you?

Step 2- Connect the Firestick device to your TV. 

You can use either the HDMI cable extender in the Firestick box to connect to the HDMI Port on your TV or connect device directly to the TV HDMI port.

Also, you need to connect the Firestick Device Charger (which is like any Android Phone charger) to your Power socket and the middle charger port on the Firestick device.

You will be able to watch Firestick content by pressing the INPUT button on your TV remote and selecting “HDMI” from the options. If you have two HDMI ports, select “HDMI 1” or “HDMI 2”, as applicable.

You can connect both Firestick and your cable TV and easily switch between the two. Generally, if you use a cable connection with Set-Top Box, it connects to the AV2 ports of your TV. So you can run both your cable (on AV2 Port) and Firestick devices (on HDMI port) easily at the same time. Use the INPUT button on your TV remote to switch between Cable and Firestick.

Step 3- Set up the device on your TV by following the instructions. During this process, you need to connect it to your Home Wifi. Enter the Wifi password when prompted. Also, you may be asked to log in to your Amazon Account so that Amazon can sync content accross devices.

This video can help you with that:

Step 4- On the Home Screen, you will be able to access Hotstar App.

Step 5- Run Hotstar App on Amazon Interface and sign in to Your Hotstar Premium Account to watch Hotstar

This is probably the best way to connect Hotstar to TV as the Firestick device offers much more than just Hotstar App and is superior quality device. But make sure that you have good internet speed for un-interrupted Firestick streaming.

Also Read: Disney Hotstar vs Amazon Prime- Which is the Best

Way 2: Cast Hotstar from your Laptop to TV using HDMI port

If you don’t want to purchase a Firestick, there is still a way (PS: I highly recommend getting Firestick device as it is definitely worth it)

This is a pocket friendly option, if you have a laptop. This can be a great way to watch Hotstar on TV without Firestick.

What you need for this method:

  • TV with HDMI port
  • Laptop with HDMI port
  • HDMI Cable (available on Amazon)

HDMI Cable is easily available online at very cheap prices on Amazon website.

You can simply run Hotstar on your laptop and connect your Laptop to your TV.

For this, both your laptop and TV should have an HDMI port. All you need to buy is an HDMI cable from Amazon or any shop to connect the laptop to your TV.

In simple words, this is casting your laptop content on your TV. When you cast, you are sending some piece of content from your laptop or smartphone to another screen such as a TV.

This is a really simple and cost-effective method that you can use to watch not only for Hotstar but watching any laptop content on your TV. The only con here is that you need to have the laptop connected to the TV all the time.

Also, you cannot control your laptop content from a distance with your TV remote. But you can use a wireless keyboard for this purpose.

Way 3: Cast Hotstar from mobile to TV using Google Chromecast

You can cast Hotstar from mobile to TV using Google Chromecast. This device is available on Flipkart.

Note Hotstar does not allow screen mirroring of your mobile screen on TV. It only allows casting through Google Chromecast and other devices.

Just follow the steps below to run Hotstar on TV using this option.

What you need for this method:

  • Google Chrome Cast Device
  • TV with HDMI Port
  • Android Phone (Install Google Home App on it)
  • Wifi Connection at Home

Steps to watch Hotstar on TV using Google Chromecast

Step 1: Plug-in your Chromecast device to HDMI Port of your TV.

Step 2: Press Input or Source button on your TV remove and select HDMI 1 / HDMI2 depending on which port your have connected the Chrome cast device.

Step 3: Open your phone and connect it to same Wifi or data connection as your TV.

Step 4: Now download Google Home App on your Android / Apple phone

Step 5: Open Google Home app and complete set up on Google Home by signing in your Google Account (check video below)

Step 6: After set up, Google Home app will find and display the Chromecast device . It will ask your confirmation to connect. Click Yes and it will ask to confirm the code which is displayed on your TV to complete the linkage between Chromecast and TV.

Step 7: Once the set up is complete, you can open hotstar app. Click on the cast icon on the top right corner on your hotstar app.

So this is one way in which you can cast your mobile content on your TV using Google Chromecast device.

How to watch Hotstar on Smart TV-Android TV

If you already have a Smart TV (or even Firestick) and looking for the process to watch Hotstar on smart TV, read on.

Below are the steps using which you can login or activate your existing Hotstar subscription on TV. Please note these steps work for any smart TV which has the Hotstar app be it Sony, LG, MI, Samsung, Onida etc.

Steps to start watching Disney + Hotstar on your Smart TV:

Step 1: Download Disney Hotstar App from Google Playstore or TV App store: First you need to go to your TV home screen and download Disney Hotstar app from Google Play store if it is not there.

Many Smart TVs come with the Hotstar App already installed in it, while in others you need to go to Google Playstore or the TV App store to download it (this is similar to the process we follow in mobiles). Once you have the Hotstar App installed, following are the steps

Step 2: Open Hotstar  App, then press the left button on your TV remote to open Hotstar options menu

Step 3: Scroll down to to the last option on the menu which is “My Account”. Select this and Press OK to open this option.

Hotstar My Account

Step 4: You will now be shown a set of instructions along with the 4 character code to activate your paid subscription on TV. This is the code that you need to enter in your phone by going to Hotstar website.

Watch Hotstar on Smart TV

Step 5: Open your internet browser like Chrome etc. on your mobile and type the URL www.hotstar.com/activate

Step 6: Login to your Hotstar account and simply enter the code you see on your TV screen

Step 7: You will see a confirmation message on your TV screen

If you face any issues in running Hostar app on TV, try updating the app version or remove this app and re-install it from Google Play store or TV App store.

Did You Know?

Hotstar offers not only Sports content, but also a huge collection of movies (in nine different languages), TV shows and news channels. Movies are offered in languages like English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malyalam. 

While for watching the live sports content, you can go for the Hostar VIP plan. But in case you want to watch English movies, you can go for the Hotstar Premium Plan. You can find the detailed differences between Premium and VIP plan here.

There is a ton of variety in News Channels as well. In English, you have channels like Republic TV, ABP, India Today, Bloomberg etc. You also have the entire network of ABP channels in Hindi and Regional languages.

You can also watch US TV series, including award-winning titles, such as The Big Bang TheoryArrowThe FlashS.W.A.T and The Goldbergs. Also, in the Hotstar Collection, are Hollywood blockbusters and classics like Harry Potter, Spider-ManIron Man and Pulp Fiction.

So, use either of these 3 ways and start watching Hotstar on your TV (even if it is not a smart TV) . Let me know what is your best way to start watching Hotstar on TV.