Star group & Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution have announced new subscription plans for their OTT app Disney+ Hotstar. The new plans will come into effect from September 1, 2021, onward and they cost more than the older plans.
Do the new plans have anything new to offer? How much money you’ll have to pay to watch your favorite shows, new movies, sports events on Hotstar? We can get a clear picture of the new plans only after going through the older plans of the OTT service. So let’s have a look at the older plans of Disney+ Hotstar first.
Disney+ Hotstar old plans (before September 2021)
Disney + Hotstar was offering the following three plans before September 2021:
Free: You can stream TV shows in SD quality without paying a dime if you create a free Disney + Hotstar account. Free plan users will see ads while watching shows, movies, etc on the mobile or desktop app of Hotstar.
VIP: This plan allows you to watch dubbed Hollywood movies, 6 latest Bollywood movies, old movies, live sports events, latest TV shows, etc. The video quality is HD and the audio quality is Dolby 5.1. The VIP plan is priced at 299 Rs. If you’ve subscribed to the VIP plan, you won’t see ads when you’re watching videos on Disney+ Hotstar.
Premium: You can watch everything that you find on Disney + Hoststar in 4K, HD, or Full HD resolution. The sound quality is Dolby 5.1 and the plan costs 1499 Rs. This plan support 2 screens. The free and VIP plans allow users to stream on 1 device at a time.
Disney+ Hotstar latest plans
Disney has made a minor change to its Premium plan and has introduced 2 new plans. Starting September 1, the application will let the users watch everything that is available on their platform regardless of the plan. Here are the latest Disney+ Hostar plans:
Mobile: Disney + Hotstar has adopted the strategy of Netflix by offering a mobile-only plan. Priced at 499 Rs per year, this plan supports mobile devices only. It lets users watch movies, shows, etc in high definition resolution. The sound quality for the basic plan is stereo.
Super: The Dinsey Hotstar Super plan costs 899 per year and supports two devices. It lets users watch anything that they find on the desktop or mobile app in full HD resolution.
Premium: The Premium plan is priced at 1499 Rs and it supports 4K resolution and 4 devices. Unlike the Mobile and Super plan, Premium users won’t see ads when they’re in watching mode.
The premium plan hasn’t changed. The free plan users might have to look for another streaming service that has a free plan. The VIP plan users might be migrated to the mobile-only plan.
Hotstar is a very popular service in India. According to LiveMint, the service is used by 45+ million users in India. Here are a few things that might happen after September 2021:
Mobile data plans might get costlier: Telecom operators in India give users a free Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription when they recharge their phone numbers with a special 4G data plan. These packs might get expensive.
You’ll get validity plans: As the base plan of Hotstar has got costlier by 100 Rs, the telecom operators might not offer 1-year access to Disney + Hotstar paid plan. Instead of offering a year’s subscription, Airtel, Vodafone + Idea Cellular or Jio may offer a 3 or 1-month subscription.
Although you’ll have to pay more money, you can watch English movies, web series, etc if you buy one of the cheapest plans of the OTT service i.e. the “Mobile” or “Super” plan. As Disney + Hotstar has a rich collection of English movies and web series, it is worth paying an extra hundred or a few hundred rupees.