Hotstar is a free service that allows you to watch television series, latest movies, and live sports events on your PC, Smartphones and tablets. Developed by Novi Digital Entertainment, a subsidiary of Star India, Hotstar app offers you over 50,000 hours of television entertainment in 8 different languages. In November 2015, HotStar announced expansion outside India and can now be downloaded and watched in several countries of the world.

Unfortunately, Hotstar is geo blocked and only accessible within India and some of its neighboring states. What this means is that if you are located in USA, UK, UAE, Canada, Australia or any other country where Hotstar is not available, you won’t be able to access its content. And, if you do try to stream online from these unauthorized locations, you will be presented with a message saying that the app is not available. While new regions have been announced, viewers in the Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Middle East, Germany are still geo-restricted from accessing HotStar entertainment. Countries where the app has officially launched are also experiencing content issues, as fewer TVs shows, events and exclsuives are available.

How to Unblock & Watch Hotstar with VPN

A VPN allows you to change your virtual location and unblock Hotstar from anywhere in the world. Using a VPN, you can also access Google Play Store or Apple iTunes of different locations and download the Hotstar app. To help you select a VPN for Hotstar, we compiled a list of some of the Fastest VPN services.

All you need to do is to get any one of these VPN services and set your location to “India” from their respective app’s server selection. Presto! You can now watch HotStar from anywhere!

Hotstar Online StreamingHow to download Outside India

App Features: 

-Pro: Can watch all HBO Original shows for free

-Pro: Premium Subscription is extremely cheap

-Available in web browsers, Android, iOS devices

-Con: Available in India only

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PureVPN
Was 9.99

2.44/month

ExpressVPN 

$8.32/month

 IPVanish

$4.87/month

 If you are in India, OR once you have changed your location using the VPNs listed above, you can get the app here : iOS/Android

 

How to Watch HotStar outside India with Android VPN

 

  1. Go to the Google Play Store or your VPN provider’s website and download the VPN app
  2. On Google Play search for your provider (we have shown PureVPN in this guide)
  3. Click INSTALL to download the app to your phone
  4. Open the app and log in using your PureVPN credentials
  5. Go to the server selection menu
  6. Scroll down to India and connect
  7. Once connected it is time to clear all data for Google Play Services &Google Play Store
  8. Close Google Play and make sure it is not running in the background
  9. Open Google Play again and search for HotStar, you should now be able to see the app in the search results

 

How to Watch HotStar outside India with PC VPN

 

  1. Once you have subscribed to PureVPN, download the app from their downloads section
  2. Click Windows and download the app
  3. Once downloaded install the app and run it
  4. Sign in using your PureVPN credentials
  5. Choose your purpose as Streaming
  6. Go to the server selection menu
  7. Scroll down to India
  8. Click CONNECT
  9. Once connected, you will be able to access the HotStar website streaming

Each of them have multiple servers located in Asia (mainly India) and are compatible on all major devices and operating systems. These wide spread of servers is what allows you to access Hotstar from anywhere.

For instance, when you connect to the Indian server offered by a VPN, your original IP address (location) is masked and replaced with the IP address of the VPN server. What this does is that when you open Hotstar, your location will be shown to be in India and you will be to access all its content.

 

How to Watch HotStar on iPad & iPod

 

HotStar has native apps available for all iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod and iPad. However, due to active geo-restrictions even if you download the app, you will not be able to stream anything or even sign up without a VPN. Here’s a step by step guide on how to watch HotStar on iPad with PureVPN:

  1. Subscribe to PureVPN
  2. Downloadthe PureVPN iOS app from Apple App Store or from the PureVPN website
  3. Sign in with your PureVPN credentialssent to you via email
  4. Launch the app and scroll down for servers in India
  5. Click Connect
  6. You should now be able to download HotStar app from App Store
  7. Open HotStar app and stream your desired shows

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How to Watch HotStar in UK

 

UK residents that wish to watch Indian shows, IPLT20 cricket, exclusive HBO shows and Bollywood movies live then HotStar is the perfect solution. HotStar offers a wide range of shows from TV channels such as Star Plus, Star World, National Geographic Channel, Fox Life and much more.

In response to a UK user’scomment posted on Reddit,who wanted to watch “On air with AIB” (an Indian TV show), we give you the easiest and cheapest formula to watch your show anywhere, anytime:

  1. Subscribe to a VPN provider and
  2. Download the VPN Windows app
  3. Launch the app and sign in with your credentials
  4. Go to HotStar website and you should be able to stream all videos except premium

UK football fans will also be able to watch the latest Barclays English Premier League season on HotStar soon by subscribing for HotStar Premium (a broadcast agreement is still in the works). The matches will be broadcasted live without commercials or pop up ads. EPL streaming on HotStar has not yet begun but will be available in the near future, you can get all the highlights after the weekend matches.

For HotStar, we suggest using PureVPN (the provider is located near India) as it has one server located in New Delhi, India and offers high speed streaming as well. PureVPN also includes dedicated high speed P2P & torrent servers, dedicated ip vpn and plus many more features for its wallet friendly $9.99 per month package.

 

How To Watch Hot Star With Subtitles

 

Those of you who wish to read subtitles with the media being played on Hot Star simply go to the bottom menu bar of the video and click the captions button. This captions button will display with every video that has been embedded with subtitles.

 

hotstar with subtitles

To ratify this fact, I contacted Hot Star support who diligently responded to my query and confirmed the same. But Shweta at HotStar Support also confirmed that subtitles cannot be turned on using a 3rd Party App. DO NOT FALL FOR FALSE APPS CLAIMING TO PROVIDE SUBTITLES ON HOTSTAR!

 

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Do remember that not all HotStar media is offered with captions & subtitles.  All movies, TV shows, sport events and premium content with subtitles will show the captions icon in the video panel.

 

How To Watch HotStar With Jio TV Live App

 

If you have a Jio 4G LTE Network Sim, you can watch all HotStar Premium & Free content with subscribing to HotStar Premium. Yes! You can simply install the Jio TV Live App from Google Play or from the official Jio website to watch all HotStar Premium content from within the Jio TV app. Jio Network users’ have confirmed this on social network ‘Quora’:

 

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Jio Network & HotStar are partnering for this great venture, Jio Network’s website FAQ confirms this:

 

hotstar premium on jio tv app

 

 

Watch All the Cricketing Action with Hotstar

 

Hotstar allows you to watch live sports events from around the world, including cricket. From the mouth watering prospect of watching India vs. Pakistan or Australia vs. New Zealand, Hotstar has got it covered for you. You can enjoy all the cricketing action by live streaming your favorite match on Hotstar.

Currently, the Asia Cup 2016 is underway and Hotstar exclusively broadcasts all the matches live online. You can catch all the T20 action from Asia Cup 2016 by unblocking Hotstar app outside India with the help of a VPN and enjoy the best teams from Asia compete for the coveted prize.

Similarly, the ICC World Twenty20 2016 is just around the corner (starts March 8th 2016) and you can use Hotstar app to watch all your favorite matches live online. If you are not located in India or Asian regions where Hotstar app is available, then do remember to switch on a VPN and unblock Hotstar from anywhere in the world.

 

Watch IPL Online on Hotstar

 

After the highly entertaining ICC World Twenty20, get ready for more T20 cricketing action with IPL or Indian Premier League. IPL starts from April 9th 2016 and will continue on till May 29th 2016. With almost two months of intense cricket, you cannot afford to miss VIVO IPL 2016.

Similarly, all eyes will be set on various West Indian players after their emphatic win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. We will get to see the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite pair up with M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kholi, and various other stars from around the world.

You can watch IPL online on Hotstar and Star Sports. From all the matches to highlights, interviews, and other exclusive content, Hotstar provides you all. And, if you are stuck behind geo restrictions then you can unblock Hotstar using anyone of the VPNs listed above and live stream IPL online from anywhere in the world.

 

Download Hotstar App Outside India or Anywhere

 

Hotstar also offers its exclusive apps for Android and iOS devices. You can watch all your favorite shows, movies, and live sports events right onto your handheld devices. However, as we put it earlier, the Hotstar app is not available on the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes from every location on earth.

This is where using a VPN comes into play. The above mentioned VPN services have exclusive apps for Android and iOS devices. Using these VPNs, you can download the Hotstar app from your respective app stores outside India and from anywhere in the world.

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Do note that you may need to clear your data or cache from settings when you change your app store location using a VPN. So the next time you open your Google Play Store or Apple iTunes with a VPN connected, you will be shown apps available on Indian app stores.

 

Watch Latest Shows & Movies on Hotstar

 

Now that you know how to watch Hotstar online and download the Hotstar app on your chosen device, here is what you can stream online on Hotstar. There are numerous television series that you can stream online for free on Hotstar, along with latest movies. Hotstar pulls content from the following television channels and offers it for streaming:

  • Star Plus
  • Life Ok
  • Asianet
  • Vijay
  • Hotstar Originals
  • Jalsha
  • Star World
  • Maa
  • Channel V
  • Pravah
  • Suvarna
  • Asianet Plus
  • Fox Life
  • Star Utsav
  • National Geographic Channel

In addition to movies and TV serials, one of the biggest advantages of Hotstar is that you can catch live sports events online for free. From live cricket events being broadcasted on any channel associated with Star to latest EPL matches, Hotstar brings you a wide variety of sports to watch online.

 

Conclusion

Hotstar is a powerful service that can satisfy all you’re craving for online entertainment from the world of sub-continent. Offering popular TV shows from around the world, latest movies from Hollywood and Bollywood, and major sports events like Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, and other sports, you can stream all on Hotstar.

You can unblock Hotstar from anywhere using the VPN services we have listed above. If you want to download the Hotstar app but cannot due to geo restrictions, using the above mentioned VPN providers you can download the app from anywhere with ease.

Ameer Abbas

Ameer Abbas is a senior editor and a most viewed writer on Quora in Internet Privacy, Cyber Security, VPN and Torrents. He has continued work as a privacy advocate with Best VPN Provider and is working towards becoming an established privacy & security author online. Ameer takes a keen interest in technology, geo-political affairs and international cyber laws. Ameer loves outdoor sports including cricket, swimming, athletics, and football.
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