How Does the New Disney+ Hotstar New Plans Compare to Amazon Prime Video & Netflix in India?
Earlier this week, Disney+ Hotstar unveiled a new subscription plan, which includes three subscription types and a slight price increase, which will become available in India on September 1.
As of the end of June, 38 million households were subscribed to Disney+ Hotstar, accounting for more than one-third of Disney’s global subscribers. This price hike and new tiers should help the company reach its goal of 70 million to 100 million Disney+ Hotstar subscribers by the end of 2024.
Currently, Disney+ Hotstar only offers two subscription tiers — VIP, an ad-supported tier with limited content, and Premium, which has no ads and allows subscribers full access to the content library. Beginning September 1, the subscription levels will change, adding a third tier and allowing all subscribers to have access to all of Disney+ Hotstar’s shows and movies at every level. The VIP designation will go away at that point.
How does Disney+ Hotstar’s new subscription plans compare to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix in India?
The new Disney+ Hotstar subscription model most closely resembles Netflix’s global subscription plans. The major difference is that Disney+ Hotstar’s new plan costs a fraction of what Netflix costs in India.
Disney+ Hotstar will include the following options beginning September 1:
- Mobile: Rs. 499 per year (one device, mobile-only, HD streaming)
- Super: Rs. 899 per year (any two devices, HD streaming)
- Premium: Rs. 1,499 per year (any four devices, 4K streaming)
Disney+ is an ad-free video streaming service that offers exclusive series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Muppets, and more.
The Disney streaming service costs $7.99 / month, or $79.99 / year ($6.67 / month). You can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month (cheaper than Netflix).
The service includes 25+ new original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. You can stream original series like “The Mandalorian”, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki”, and “Monsters at Work.”
You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney Plus content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.
Netflix’s subscription plan in India includes:
- Mobile+: Rs. 199 per month (one device, mobile-only, SD streaming)
- Mobile: Rs. 299 per month (one device, mobile-only, HD streaming)
- Basic: Rs. 499 per month (any one device, SD streaming)
- Standard: Rs. 649 per month (any two devices, HD streaming)
- Premium: Rs. 799 per month (any four devices, Ultra HD and HDR streaming)
Netflix is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 3,000+ movies, 2,000+ TV Shows, and Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, Squid Game, The Crown, Tiger King, and Bridgerton. They are constantly adding new shows and movies. Some of their Academy Award-winning exclusives include Roma, Marriage Story, Mank, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Netflix offers three plans — on 1 device in SD with their “Basic” ($8.99) plan, on 2 devices in HD with their “Standard” ($13.99) plan, and 4 devices in up to 4K on their “Premium” ($17.99) plan.
Netflix spends more money on content than any other streaming service meaning that you get more value for the monthly fee.
Amazon Prime Video
To access Amazon Prime Video in India, you will need to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription. It costs Rs. 129 per month or Rs. 999 per year and includes Prime Music and Prime Delivery.
Amazon Prime Video is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 10,000+ movies, TV shows, and Prime Originals like Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Homecoming, and more.