Disney+ has finally launched in India. The streaming service is available in India via Hotstar and through a rebranded Disney+ Hostar app.
The launch marks Disney’s grander foray in India’s booming streaming market. Hotstar is already a big player in the segment with a big content catalogue including live TV channels and cricket tournaments like the IPL.
Here’s what’s new on the revamped Disney+ Hotstar app
- New logo- Prior to the official India launch, Hotstar changed its logo to Disney+ Hotstar. It’s the same as the one seen in a brief beta release last month. But it’s still a big difference from the old green and yellow star logo for Hotstar. The new one is clad in Disney’s iconic blue colour.
- Stricly for Disney fans
The most important bit of this upgrade is the integration of Disney+ content. There’s a separate section for Disney+ on the app where users will find all the available content. Disney+ section essentially replaces the news section on the older Hotstar ap
- Parental controls
Speaking of which, Disney+ Hotstar comes with parental controls. There’s a ‘Kids Safe’ mode which can be turned on for age-appropriate content.
- UI changes
Unfortunately, there isn’t any big difference in the upgraded Disney+ Hotstar app. You will still find the old familiar UI that was available on Hotstar.
- Subscription plans
Disney+ Hotstar will be offered with two subscription plans – VIP and Premium. The VIP plan is priced at Rs 399 per year and it comes with the entire Marvel catalogue, kids entertainment, Bollywood movies, Hotstar Specials and more.
For those unaware, Hotstar is owned by Disney. The chain starts with the Walt Disney Company acquiring 21st Century Fox which owns Star India, the parent company of Hotstar.