Disney has made multiple announcements about its streaming service, Disney+ Hotstar in India, including a change to how subscriptions work and 18 new original specials.

Currently, Disney+ Hotstar runs different tiers, VIP and Premium, which means selected content is only available on the higher tier, but that’ll be changing, as the first time, subscribers will be able to access the full content catalogue across languages including the vast library of Disney content like Disney+ Originals, latest American shows and blockbuster Hollywood movies; irrespective of their preferred plan of choice.

Starting 1st September 2021, users will now have the power to choose from a range of three new subscription plans, namely – Mobile for INR 499/- per year (a single device, mobile-only plan), Super for INR 899/- per year (access to 2 devices across mobile, web and living room devices) and Premium for INR 1499/- per year (access to 4 devices across mobile, web and living room devices).

The new content includes:

Hotstar Specials 15 new series

  • The Empire (releasing August) — a period action-drama series from Nikkhil Advani and starring Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi, and Drashti Dhami
  • Rudra – The Edge of Darkness — Indian take on BBC’s Idris Elba-led Luther with Ajay Devgn and Esha Deol
  • Aarya season 2 — family crime drama starring Sushmita Sen
  • Human — medical drama starring Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari
  • Six Suspects — murder mystery starring Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha and Ashutosh Rana
  • City of Dreams season 2 — political drama starring Priya Bapat, Atul Kulkarni, Eijaz Khan, and Sachin Pilgaonkar
  • Escaype Live — tech-thriller starring Siddharth, Javed Jaffrey, and Ritvik Sahor
  • Fear 1.0 — supernatural thriller starring Tisca Chopra, Saurabh Shukla, and Rajesh Tailang
  • Gharshana — crime drama starring Naveen Chandra, Sarath Kumar, and Jagapathi Babu
  • My Perfect Husband — family drama starring Sathyaraj
  • Family Matters — mystery thriller starring Murali Sharma, Nandu, Akshara Gowda, and Sonia Agarwal
  • Those Pricey Thakur Girls — romantic comedy starring Akshay Oberoi, Saher Bamba, Raj Babbar, and Poonam Dhillon
  • The Legend of Hanuman season 2 — live animation series voiced by Sharad Kelkar
  • Criminal Justice season 3 — crime drama series starring Pankaj Tripathi
  • Special Ops 1.5 — espionage thriller starring Kay Kay Menon

Hotstar Specials new reality TV show

  • Dance+ — dance reality series with Remo D’souza
  • Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex 2 new movies
  • Bhuj: The Pride of India (August 13) — war epic starring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, and Nora Fatehi
  • Bhoot Police (September 17) — horror comedy starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Yami Gautam

Sunil Rayan, President & Head, Disney+ Hotstar, said in a statement:

“The content slate demonstrates our relentless pursuit of bringing original and locally relevant stories to our consumers.   With our fresh slate of movies and shows, we are proud that India’s top stars and industry stalwarts have chosen to debut with us to present stories that are genre-defining clubbed with high-quality production that makes Har Watch, Top Notch. With the newly introduced subscription plans, we want to make our content more accessible to our viewers by offering best-in-class entertainment while giving them an opportunity to choose the plan that best suits their needs,

Gaurav Banerjee, President & Head, Hindi and English Entertainment, Star India, said in a statement:

“At Disney Star, we believe in the power of great storytelling. We have always challenged conventions and been at the forefront of content creation with powerful and category-defining stories ranging from strong women-centric narratives, mythology to history and contemporary tales.  We’re thrilled to expand our offering on Disney+ Hotstar by adding an incredible array of blockbuster movies and multilingual original series in Telugu and Tamil.”

Here’s a preview video of some of the new content:

Making all of the content available to all subscribers, will ultimately make it easier for the promotion of content, as running two versions is more complicated, with the tiers being similar to how other streaming services like Netflix operate.  Plus offering a low-cost mobile option will be popular, with another option available for larger families with 4K content on big screens. It also makes Disney+ Hotstar in India more on par with how it operates in other countries.

What do you think of these new announcements?

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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