Hotstar is an Indian over-the-top streaming service owned by Novi Digital Entertainment. The company is a subsidiary of Star Media, which is an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hotstar officially launched in February 2014 after 15 months of development. The launch coincided with the 2015 Indian Premier League. What made the service so enticing at the time was that it was available for free, albeit with support for ads, but still, free. Upon its initial release, it already had an estimated 35,000 hours of content available in 7 regional languages. Two years later, Hotstar was still an ad-supported streaming service. This time though, it started to offer a subscription-based tier for those who want to view international content. On top of this, it also gave users the option to view premium sports content.
That same time in 2016, Jio, an LTE-only wireless carrier launched. This helped boost streaming services in the country quite a bit. This, in turn, also helped Hotstar solidify its place as the country's premier video streaming service provider. As of 2019, the service has over 150 million active users every month. This was also around the same time that The Walt Disney Company has completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. As a result, most of its major subsidiaries, including Star Media, were also included in the acquisition. In fact, CEO Bob Iger announced plans to expand the services to Southeast Asian markets. If you're unfamiliar with any of the Hotstar TV series and movies, check our list below. We've listed some of the best TV shows on Hotstar worth checking out today.
|1||Yeh Hai Mohabbatein||TV Shows||15||Free|
|2||American Crime Story||TV Shows||12||Paid|
|3||Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon||TV Shows||10||Paid|
|5||Big Little Lies||TV Shows||7||Paid|
|6||Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai||TV Shows||7||Free|
|8||Doctor Who||TV Shows||0||Paid|
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