Probably India`s most popular live TV and online video streaming, Hotstar is giving tough time to traditional online content streaming players like Netflix. A product from Star India to catch up movies, TV shows and live streaming of sports. It breaks every record during IPLs and EPLs when millions of cricket fans use this to stream live cricket matches. Available on both platforms- android and iOs- it offers both free and premium content.
This app looks exactly how a popular video streaming app should look like. A very clean and user friendly interface enables very smooth navigation through video titles. As you enter, you see banners highlighting new and popular video titles. And then content is segregated based on interest and genres. If you were watching a video and left it in between, there is a segment asking you to continue watching. The video will start streaming from the same point you left it at. All the titles are segregated based on interest types, channels and genres. If you are looking for regional content then there are sections dedicatedly for languages and regions too. This app supports streaming of regional language TV shows in India for languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, etc. apart from normal Hindi TV shows. Star India owns broadcast rights for almost every cricket tournament along with several sports events like ISL, Hockey India League, EPL, etc. and so sports lovers will love this app.
This app is easy to install and do not consume lot of disk space on your device. You don’t necessarily need to register and login to access content but login allows you to like and rate videos. Also it helps you in customising suggested content and features. You can also create a playlist of your favourite content and can stream content which you paused watching earlier.
As far as bandwidth requirement is concerned, it works very well on WiFi network as well as 3G network. You will be pleasantly surprised to hear that it works decent enough even with 2G connections. However, you will not be impressed with video quality. So, it would be advisable to use a 3G connection for catching up live streaming of TV shows or sports events or movies.
One can even download videos using Hotstar to be able to watch them offline later. You can watch Live telecast of popular Hindi TV shows online and can also revisit full episodes of some of the past favorite TV shows. There is also hotstar originals shows like second season of India`s highly rated comedy show Sarabhai VS Sarabhai.
Hotstar is competing rigorously with big streaming players like Netflix, Amazon videos and has a huge catalogue of premium content. Though these global players offer great content and have deals with production houses like HBO, Disney etc. but Hotstar too offers amazing titles. A subscription with a nominal fees of 200 INR gives you access to this whole catalogue of amazing video content. The most popular international series like F.R.I.E.N.D.S., how I met your mother, Suits etc. are available exclusively on Hotstar. The uncensored version of Games of thrones is available exclusively on Hotstar for premium members only.
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