Early last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call that the company would launch the Disney+ streaming service in India.
Now, it appears Hotstar has started prepping for the coming arrival of Disney’s collection of movies and TV shows on the platform, along with the new name, i.e., Disney+ Hotstar, which is now being displayed in the app icon also.
On both Android and iOS, we checked it out on the Hotstar app, and the changes are working live already. The Disney-owned streaming platform has begun showing search results with Disney+ exclusive shows like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Mandalorian. However, users can currently only view the trailers for these programs on Hotstar. Though, we are uncertain about how things will go out for HBO shows that are now present on the service.
While the changelog for the application on the Play Store doesn’t give any naming of Disney+ yet, on the other end iOS App Store, the app information has been updated and shows “Disney+ Hotstar is your go-to video streaming application for the best of live sports, TV shows, and movies.”
We’ll be having an eye on the app to view when these Disney+ shows and movies are finally made available.
As of right now, you can at least start exploring for Disney+ shows on Hotstar and appending them to your Watchlist. Disney is scheduled to originate its video streaming service, Disney+ in India starting from March 28. The entertainment giant owns Star India and, by extension, Hotstar.
It is also worth noting that we are not knowledgeable of the pricing of the service. Disney and Hotstar did not disclose the pricing of any of its existing plans. We have used the Disney+ app, and this redesign does make Hotstar quite similar to the Disney+ app.