We saw the Hotstar app get a makeover a few weeks back in preparation for the Disney+ service that scheduled to launch in India on 29th March. But this was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Now Star & Disney India have finally announced the launch of Dinsey+ services via Hotstar as Disney+ Hotstar in India on April 3rd. Existing Hotstar paid subscribers will get access to Disney+ content without additional charges, but renewals will be charged at new rates. New VIP subscription will now cost Rs 399, up from Rs. 365 earlier, and will include movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, access to live sporting events, movies, shows, and Hotstar originals, but will not include Disney+ Originals.
Diney+ Hotstar Premium will now cost Rs. 1,499 compared to Rs. 999/year, which will include over 100 series and 250 superhero and animated titles, including Disney+ Originals and shows from HBO, Fox, and Showtime, as well as content that Disney+Hotstar VIP customers have.
As a prelude to the launch, Disney+ Hotstar will host a virtual red carpet event on April 2 with the premiere of The Lion King – in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu – at 6 PM, followed by the popular Disney+ original The Mandalorian at 8 PM.