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HBO, Showtime, & Disney+ For Less Than $15 a Year? That’s About to Happen in India

Hotstar plans to add Disney+ to premium streaming bundle at no additional cost

Jason Gurwin

Imagine getting HBO, Showtime, and now Disney+ for just $14.50 a year? That’s what is about to happen for streamers in India. According to a report from LiveMint, Hotstar, which was recently acquired by Disney from 21st Century Fox will add the Disney+ library of original movies, shows, and classic at no additional cost.

Hotstar VIP ($5 per year) and Hotstar Premium (~$15 per year) both include live cricket, Premier League, Formula 1, and the latest episodes of Indian TV. The more expensive plan also comes with Hollywood Blockbusters and the latest American TV shows — including those from HBO like Game of Thrones, Showtime like Billions, Fox like Empire, NBC like This is Us, ABC like Modern Family, and CBS like Big Bang Theory.

Now with Disney+, Indian streamers will get the ultimate bundle of U.S. content. Unlike streaming services in the U.S., the service is a little Hulu, a little HBO, and a little ESPN all-in-one. At Disney’s Investor Day — Hotstar shared that they have over 300 million monthly active users, which include those that access their free content similar to The Roku Channel.

Besides being available on your smartphone and tablet, Hotstar can be used on Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast. Only one piece of premium content can be used at the same time, so if you have multiple simultaneous streamers — you’ll need more than one account.

Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have already entered the market in India, but are considerably more expensive. Netflix has three monthly plans in India: $7 for Basic, $8.50 for Standard, and $12 for Premium. They are currently testing a mobile-only plan for under $4 a month. Amazon Prime Video is less than $2 a month or $15 a year. The race is on as India is expect to have 1 billion video screens — including 750 million video active smartphones by 2023.