During Disney’s Investor Day event in 2020, Disney announced a new general entertainment brand called Star. There are a few different versions of Star, Star+ and Disney+ Hotstar.
What Is Star?
Star is fully integrated into Disney+ in many countries including the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and across Europe. Star has its own dedicated brand page featuring a robust collection of general entertainment movies, television, documentaries, and more, along with Star-branded exclusive originals and local productions being created for the service.
The Star brand serves as home to thousands of hours of movies and shows from Disney General Entertainment Content, including Disney Television Studios (ABC Signature and 20th Television), FX Productions, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and more. From comedies to dramas and thrillers, Star offers a range of titles for everyone and every mood, including fan-favorite TV series like Grey’s Anatomy, 24, The X-Files, Lost and Family Guy. FX’s innovative comedy and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner Atlanta by Donald Glover, ABC’s Emmy® Award and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series black-ish starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi, Shonda Rhimes’s critically-acclaimed legal drama Scandal and feminist comedy Dollface created by Jordan Weiss are now available for subscribers to watch. Plus, award-winning movies like The Favourite and The Grand Budapest Hotel, along with classics such as Pretty Woman, Die Hard 2, The Devil Wears Prada, and Moulin Rouge, all now streaming from Star on Disney+.
What Is Star+?
Star+ is a freestanding general entertainment and sports streaming service launching in most Latin American countries on August 31st. It is complementary to, but independent from Disney + in this region. The service is the home for exclusive premieres of general entertainment TV series and movies from The Walt Disney Company’s content studios, including Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios, STAR Original Productions, National Geographic Original Productions and more, and the streaming service for live sports from ESPN, the most respected and renowned brand for sports fans in the region. From dramas to comedies (including all seasons of The Simpsons) and thrillers for adults, Star+ also features exclusive original programming from the STAR general entertainment brand, along with a collection of regional original productions from Latin America.
What Is Disney+ Hotstar?
Disney+ Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform that has changed the way Indians watch their entertainment – from their favourite TV shows and movies to sporting extravaganzas. With the widest range of content in India, Disney+ Hotstar offers more than 100,000 hours of TV Shows and Movies in 8 languages, regional and national News, and coverage of every major global sporting event, including the IPL. Disney+ Hotstar Premium has a large selection of Disney+ Originals, latest American shows, blockbuster Hollywood movies and award-winning content from International studios; whereas with Disney+ Hotstar VIP, users get access to Disney content in local languages, exclusive new content from the Hotstar Specials label, access to STAR network serials before television, and the latest and best of live sporting action.
What’s the difference between Star and Star+?
The main difference is Star is part of Disney+ in Europe, Asia and Australiasia, whereas, Star+ is a separate streaming service in Latin America. The main content difference is that Star+ has live sports, which Disney+ doesn’t have.
What’s the difference between Star+ and Disney+ Hotstar?
Star+ is only available in Latin America, while Disney+ Hotstar is only available in some Asian countries. The big difference is that Star+ doesn’t have any of the Disney+ content.