While the new service has a good selection of movies and TV shows, there are some downsides. First, Hotstar has a notorious reputation for cropping older Marvel movies into a 16:9 aspect ratio. While this has been improved, it’s still not perfect. For instance, The Simpsons stream in a 16:9 aspect ratio, but you can switch to the original 4:3 format. As an added bonus, Hotstar’s content has a high-quality soundtrack, which means you won’t have to worry about finding the right track to listen to.
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive subscription, you can subscribe to the Hotstar Premium Plan. This plan comes with unlimited streaming of all popular movies and TV shows, as well as near-ad-free viewing. While the Premium plan is a little expensive at Rs. 299 per month or Rs. 1,499 for a full year, it offers a ton of additional features, including Disney+ Originals and Movies. For more than just movies and TV shows, you can also watch movies and cartoons on the Hotstar app.
Hotstar is owned by the Star India network, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. Star India owns 50% of Endemol Shine Group, which produces popular TV shows like Bigg Boss and MasterChef. Other Indian television shows include Tata Sky and Black Mirror. After Disney bought 21st Century Fox, Hotstar was rebranded as Disney+. With over 300 million paying users, Hotstar’s endgame has the potential to transform the Indian television and film industry.