Disney+ set for a March 2020 launch in India through Hotstar

Disney+ has garnered an impressive user base since it was launched in November 2019 in select countries. Disney, it’s parent company has announced that the streaming service is all set to become a part of the Indian household.

Bob Iger, CEO Disney, revealed that Disney+ will launch through Hotstar, which is also owned by Disney, on 29 March, just before the new season of the Indian Premiere League. This will effectively re-brand India’s number one streaming service as Disney+ Hotstar.

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Disney+ Homescreen. Source: Twitter

We’re excited to announce that we will be launching Disney Plus in India through our Hotstar service on March 29, at the beginning of the Indian Premier League Cricket season. We see this as a great opportunity to use the proven platform of Hotstar to launch the new Disney Plus service in one of the most populous countries and fastest-growing economies in the world

Bob Iger, CEO Disney

As the second most populous country in the world, one of the fastest growing economies and a booming sphere for OTT platforms, India could be Disney’s largest prospective market to date. Albeit, the streaming service will be released in select cities for the time being, as they look to expand it country-over in the near future.

Through Disney+ Hotstar, subscribers will be able to avail Hotstar VIP and Premium subscriptions. The prices for the subscriptions are yet to be confirmed. A possibility for monthly subscription prices would be ₹590 as retrieved from trying to access Disney+ in India, which seems pretty decent if compared with Netflix’s basic monthly plan of ₹499.

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Hotstar Homescreen Source: Screen grab from Hotstar

Currently, a Hotstar subscription retails at ₹299 per month and ₹999 per anum, while a Disney+ monthly and yearly plans cost $6.99 and $69, respectively. Additionally, Hotstar’s VIP plan costs ₹365 on a yearly basis.

Disney+ Hotstar will release to a target audience of millenials and the generations following.

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