Hotstar is a content streaming application for smartphones. Besides offering portable streaming of your favourite shows, it features some of the more exclusive content you can’t find on basic cable. This application was released by the Star Network, one of the largest cable networks worldwide. As such, it covers content relevant to their broad target audience - sporting events, TV shows, movies, and more.
Cable on your phone
Once you download the app, you will uncover many features not available free-of-charge on the website. One of the best examples of this is the English Premier League matches are available for free via mobile but require a premium account if you’re trying to watch the game in your browser.
You will find that the viewing experience is simple and easy with the Hotstar app thanks to the various in-app features. In your search for new content, you will find the recommendations save you quite a bit of effort. There is also a ‘recently viewed’ panel to help you keep track of the shows you’re following.
While you’re viewing, enjoy the ‘skip intro’ option, forward and back keys, quality settings, subtitles, and more. Hotstar also allows you to download content to watch offline. However, it will get deleted automatically after 48 hours.
Besides the great variety of TV shows and movies, the network features four sports channels, covering most of the major sporting events from around the world.
Recently a ‘Play’ feature was introduced, which allows for betting on certain live sports events and acquiring user points. Those who gather enough points can buy cash backs and discounts using them.
Unfortunately, the app is only available in America, Canada, and India. The network also boasts many local language channels with local content, especially for India. It’s available in English, as well as many Indian languages.
In case of any complaints or miscommunication, Hotsar has customer support ready to resolve the issue. There’s an email address, as well as toll-free numbers for people in the US and Canada to call if any issues were to arise.
Variety in multiple languages
While some similar services such as Netflix, HBO, and Amazon Prime deliver higher quality content, this is still a solid app
It allows watching high-quality content even without logging in and free online streaming. The range of available shows, films, and especially sports, in multiple languages is a great feature. The layout and design aren’t the best, and this utility has an interface that can feel cluttered at times.
Also, if you plan on using Hotstar, remember that it will take time to load. The website is slower than the app, but both are data-consuming and may lag. All in all, the Hotstar App is slightly above average.