India's content streaming service Hotstar is taking on Netflix in the country by launching a premium subscription service that lets you watch same-day broadcasts of popular U.S. TV shows in high-definition. Season six of HBO's Game of Thrones kicked off last night, with the first episode now available for viewing in India through the service.
The content on Hotstar is uncensored, making it the ideal destination to view HBO shows that are otherwise censored in the country. The service's TV show catalog currently has 36 shows on offer, including the likes of The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Veep, The Wire, and much more.
The premium subscription costs ₹199, and you get a free 30-day trial once you sign up for the service. Currently, the premium service is available only in India. You're going to need a valid credit card for registering, although Hotstar mentions that it's adding debit card options shortly. In addition to TV shows, the service offers over 70 Hollywood movies, as well as a smorgasbord of regional content. You can view the content via Hotstar's apps on Android and iOS, as well as the web player.
The service is certainly alluring considering it only costs ₹199 a month to view the latest TV shows in 720p. However, the app does not let you cast content to your TV, which means that you're limited to viewing it on the desktop or the mobile apps. Not a dealbreaker for most, but Cast support will definitely be a nifty addition.
Interested? Hit up the badge above or head to the Play Store to download Hotstar. You can subscribe from within the app, or from the link below.