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Disney+ Hotstar expected to generate US$900 million in India alone by 2025

Disney+ Hotstar, the recently rebranded version of the Star India streamer, is set to become the second highest revenue earning video platform in India by 2025. According to new figures from Media Partners Asia, the SVOD acquired by Disney as a part of the US$71 merger with 20th Century Fox, will see its revenue grow […]

Disney+ launches in India on April 3

Following something of a last-minute pause, Disney will push ahead with the launch of Disney+ in India on April 3. The streamer was meant to launch on March 29 to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the league was put on an indefinite holding pattern. […]

Disney pauses Indian rollout as coronavirus delays IPL season

Despite seeing successful launches in a number of European countries, Disney has postponed the launch of Disney+ in India.  The service was initially set to launch in the country on March 29 via Disney-owned Hotstar, but a spokesperson has confirmed that the rollout has been ‘briefly paused’. The launch was meant to coincide with the […]

Disney+ goes live for ‘small number’ of Hotstar users in India

Disney has quietly launched Disney+ in India ahead of its scheduled March 29 release. The service comes via Disney-owned streamer Hotstar, with the app being updated to Disney+ Hotstar earlier this week. The updated app features a new logo and colour theme, though this is yet to be reflected on Hotstar’s website. Now, 18 days […]

Hotstar gets ‘review bombed’ after pulling Modi episode of Last Week Tonight

Disney-owned streamer Hotstar has landed itself in hot water after deciding not to upload the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.  In an episode focused on India and president Trump’s visit to the country, presenter Oliver was highly critical of prime minister Narendra Modi’s controversial policies and discussed recent protests in […]

Netflix launches ultra-low-cost promotion in India

Netflix has launched an ultra-cheap one month trial for new customers in India.  As part of a promotional offer, select new customers will be able to use the streamer for INR5 (€0.06) for their first month. Following this trial, the users will then be able to select from the INR199 (€2.55) mobile plan, the INR499 […]

Hotstar surpasses 400 million app downloads

Disney-owned Indian streamer Hotstar has hit its latest milestone of 400 million app downloads.  The company said that it had registered double the installs and three times the growth in consumption year-over-year, making it one of the most downloaded apps in India. This is underlined by Hotstar saying it registered 555 installs per minute in […]

Hotstar sets global concurrent users streaming record

Indian streaming video service Hotstar has set a new world record for online streaming with 8.26 million concurrent viewers, according to the company’s CDN provider Akamai. On May 22 Hotstar streamed the first qualifier match of this season’s Vivo Indian Premier league cricket between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, with 8.26 million peak concurrent […]

21st Century Fox to up investment in Indian streaming service Hotstar

Twenty-First Century Fox has announced plans to up its investment in its Indian streaming service Hotstar after seeing strong reach and an increase in viewers for IPL cricket. Speaking on 21st Century Fox’s third quarter earnings call last week, CEO James Murdoch said that the company’s Star India subsidiary will invest about US$50 million in […]

Netflix ‘far behind’ in the Indian OTT market

Netflix is “far behind” other players in the Indian over-the-top video market, ranking fifth in terms of user numbers behind local and international rivals, according to new research. Hong Kong-headquartered analysis firm Counterpoint said that local providers Hotstar and Voot ranked first and second respectively in the Indian market, followed by Amazon Instant Video in […]