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 – 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
|Points||Hotstar Mobile||Hotstar Super||Hotstar Premium|
|Price||₹499/ year||₹899/ year||₹1499/ year|
|Content||All paid content on Hotstar||All paid content on Hotstar||All paid content on Hotstar|
|Ads||Yes||Yes||Ad free (except Sports)|
|Option to Switch Plan||Available (Can upgrade to higher plan by paying the difference)||Available (Can upgrade to higher plan by paying the difference)||Not Available|
|Multiple Users support||Only 1 device at a time||Up to 2 devices||Up to 4 devices|
|Video Quality||720p||1080p [Full HD]||4K (2160p)|
|Audio Quality||Stereo||Dolby 5.1||Dolby 5.1|
To elaborate, the difference between Hotstar plans can now be compared below:
- What content can be viewed-This used to be biggest difference between the earlier Hotstar VIP (which allowed access to only Sports and Indian content) and Premium Plans. Now all Hotstar Paid Plans give you access to ALL the content on Hotstar. This reduces confusion and is actually a great simplification done by Hotstar.
- On what device can you view – e.g. Mobile Plan as per the name, allows 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 log in- 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 to allow up to 4 users to login at at time. While Hotstar Super Plan will work 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
- Game of Thrones
- How I Met Your Mother
- Modern Family
- Silicon valley
- Big Little Lies
- Band of Brothers
- The Leftovers
- The Night Of
- Prison Break
- The Americans
- MasterChef Australia
- This is Us
- American Horror Story
- Twin Peaks
- Big Bang Theory (No longer on Hotstar from Feb 2020)
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Some of the Hollywood movies offered on Hotstar Premium are:
- Marvel Movies- Iron Man, Avengers, Deadpool, X-Men
- Walt Disney Movies
- Star Wars Movies
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Taken [Movie Series]
- The Sixth Sense
- 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)
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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.
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