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How to Watch Hotstar on The Disney Bundle in 2024

By Novak Bozovic / March 21, 2022

Following the acquisition of Star India, Disney took drastic measures to change the media streaming landscape in the United States. More precisely, the American version of Hotstar ceased to exist as a standalone service. Its content library has been transferred to The Disney Bundle, finding its way to a couple of different apps. With that said, you must be wondering how to watch Hotstar on The Disney Bundle, as that situation has become complicated.

Having in-depth knowledge of today's media streaming industry, our team is here to explain and simplify the situation surrounding Hotstar in the US. We'll show you how to watch it, how much that will cost you, and we'll also provide some insider tips you won't find elsewhere.

With that said, let's get started! Here's all you need to know about watching Hotstar via The Disney Bundle.

Has Hotstar Been Discontinued in the US?  

Yes, Hotstar was discontinued in the US on September 1, 2021. That happened after 21st Century Fox (owned by Disney) merged with Star India, the previous owner of Hotstar.

However, unlike what many had expected, Hotstar's content didn't end up on Disney Plus. That's probably because Hotstar used to feature Indian movies and TV shows, which can be considered a niche category. Therefore, Disney decided to split Hotstar's library and scatter its content across Hulu and ESPN Plus. 

If you didn't know, The Disney Bundle consists of three separate and independently operated streaming services: Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus. 

If you're after Indian movies and TV shows, your option is to turn to Hulu. That's where you'll find a dedicated segment that hosts thousands of titles, including Hotstar specials. New content is added regularly, with some of the most popular titles currently being: The Office, Hostages, Out of Love, City of Dreams, Live Telecast, and OK Computer. 

If you're after sports, you should turn to ESPN Plus. That's the new US streaming home for live cricket events from the VIVO IPL, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's T20 World Cup, as well as BCCI home tours for the Indian national team.

Therefore, Hotstar's content didn't disappear. However, instead of using a single app to watch movies, TV shows, and sports content, you must now turn to two apps: Hulu and ESPN Plus.

How to Watch Hotstar on The Disney Bundle?

There are two ways to watch Hotstar on The Disney Bundle, based on whether you want to watch Indian movies and TV shows or if you're after sports-related content.

If You Want Hotstar’s Movies & TV Shows

Hotstar on Hulu

As mentioned above, Hotstar's movies and TV shows are now part of Hulu. So, if you're a subscriber to The Disney Bundle, here's how to access that content: 

If You Want Hotstar’s Sports-Related Content

Hotstar on ESPN Plus

If you want to follow Indian cricket games or any sports content previously available on Hotstar, you must turn to ESPN Plus. Here's what to do: 

How to Subscribe to Hotstar via The Disney Bundle? 

Considering that Hotstar is now part of The Disney Bundle, you have multiple options in front of you. The easiest option is to subscribe to The Disney Bundle directly. However, other options exist, based on the type of content you seek.

If You Want All of Hotstar’s Content

If you want movies, TV shows, documentaries, children-friendly content, and sports-related content, your best option is to subscribe to The Disney Bundle. That's how you'll get access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus (for a discounted price).

There are two The Disney Bundle subscription plans. You can pay $13.99/month for the ad-supported Hulu plan. Or you can pay $19.99/month for the plan that includes ad-free Hulu

To learn more, here's our central guide on The Disney Bundle, which explains various media steaming subscription options offered by Disney. 

If You Only Want Movies & TV Shows

If you want Indian movies and TV shows only, you can subscribe to Hulu only (and use it as a standalone service). You can even get a free 30-day Hulu trial, letting you test-drive the streaming service without any restrictions. 

At the moment, you can choose from two standalone Hulu plans. If you don't mind occasional ads, you can get Hulu's standard plan, priced at $6.99/month. And if you want to get rid of ads, you need to get the Hulu (No Ads) plan, currently priced at $12.99/month.

If You Only Want Sports-Related Content 

Since Hotstar's sports-related content is now part of ESPN Plus, you can subscribe to ESPN+ only – if you want nothing other than sports.

Right now, ESPN Plus offers a single subscription plan. However, you pay $6.99 each month, or you can pay $69.99 each year. We have to add that it's worth paying for the whole year ahead, as ESPN Plus has been raising its prices over the latest year.

Does Hotstar Come Free with The Disney Bundle?

Technically, Hotstar does come free with The Disney Bundle. More precisely, Hotstar's content is included in the price, so you won't have to pay extra for its content.

That means that you'll still need to pay for a subscription to access Hotstar's content. As explained above, you can subscribe to Hulu or ESPN Plus. Or you can combine those two streaming services with Disney Plus by getting The Disney Bundle.

With that said, many of you wonder if it's possible to watch Hotstar for free? Actually, that's possible – by accessing the Indian version of Hotstar (now known as Disney+ Hotstar). To make that happen, you need a VPN service with servers in India.

As soon as you obtain an Indian IP address (done by connecting to a VPN server in India), you'll get to access Disney+ Hotstar and stream plenty of movies and TV shows for free. You don't even have to create an account.

FAQ

What Is The Disney Bundle?

The Disney Bundle is a single subscription to three streaming services: Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, starting at $13.99 per month.

When you become a subscriber, you'll get to access those streaming services via their individual sites or apps. In that sense, they work independently. You just have to use the same credentials to access each of those. 

Can I Use My Disney Account for Hotstar?

Yes, you can use your Disney account to access Hotstar – but only if you're a subscriber to The Disney Bundle. 

More precisely, you'll use your Disney account to access Hulu, where you'll find Hotstar's movies and TV shows. And then, you can use that same account for ESPN Plus, where you'll find Hotstar's sports-related content.

Keep in mind that Hotstar no longer exists as a standalone streaming service, as it was discounted in September 2021. That's why we advise subscribing to The Disney Bundle instead.

How Can I Watch Hotstar Movies & TV Shows in the US?

The only way to watch Hotstar's movies and TV shows in the US is – via Hulu. That streaming service now features a dedicated hub that hosts Indian content.

How Can I Watch Hotstar Sports Content in the US?

The only way to watch Hotstar's sports content in the US is – via ESPN Plus. That steaming service will give you access to Indian cricket games and more.

What’s the Difference Between Hotstar & Disney+ Hotstar?

Hotstar used to be a standalone streaming service available in the US. Disney+ Hotstar is also a standalone streaming service, but only available in Asian countries.

So, if you're in the United States, you now need to turn to Hulu and ESPN Plus, where Hotstar's content is now found. 

That would be all on how to watch Hotstar on The Disney Bundle. However, if you're confused by anything said in this guide, let us know just below. Finally, thank you for reading!



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