Disney+ has arrived in India, weeks ahead of its scheduled launch date. The American giant revamped the Hotstar app and populated the on-demand video streaming service with Disney+ original catalog on Wednesday morning (local time).
Unlike in most other markets such as the U.S., Canada, and Australia; in India, Disney is launching Disney+ through an existing service. As part of its deal with Fox last year, Disney now owns Star India and all of its properties including Hotstar. The company has said that Hotstar, at its peak, had about 300 million monthly active users and 100 million monthly active users.
The Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription is priced at Rs 299 per month in India. Users can also opt for the Rs 999 yearly Hotstar plan. There is also the Disney+ Hotstar VIP plan, which can be purchased for Rs 365, and this plan comes with a validity period of 1 year. To check the latest content on Disney+ Hotstar app, you will have to update the app via Google Play Store.
Disney+ launched in November last year amid growing competition in the OTT space dominated by the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Disney+ had a big start as it raced to 10 million subscribers on the launch day itself. The streaming platform has gradually rolled out to more markets over the last few months.
For India, it was supposed to be part of Disney-owned Hotstar. Ahead of the Disney+ arrival, Hotstar had introduced a new logo. On iOS, the rebranded logo also mentioned “Disney+ Hotstar”. The new logo is now available on Android as part of today’s update.
Interestingly enough, Robert Iger, then chairman and CEO of Disney, had given March 29 as the official launch date of Disney+ in India. Hotstar had also been informing users that the Disney+ content will be available later this month.
In addition to everything Hotstar previously offered — about 4,000 titles — the “Disney+ Hotstar” adds more than a dozen original titles from Disney, including “Diary of a Future President,” “Disney Family Sundays,” “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings,” “Encore,” “High School Musical,” “The Mandalorian,” and “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.”
“For our Indian users, we’re bringing the world’s best stories from the best storytellers at Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. 200+ movies, 100+ shows, and 30+ originals!” the Disney+ Hotstar app’s description says.