Best Streaming Service in India

Why Hotstar is the best

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Hotstar offers a healthy mix of local as well as international content, and most of it is stuff you'd want to see. The service has tied up with HBO and National Geographic, and you'll also be able to access over 69 TV shows from STAR World. The service's catalog includes the likes of Game of Thrones, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother*, Westworld, Silicon Valley, Homeland, and more.

At ₹150, the cost of the monthly subscription isn't too costly either. That gives you access to nearly two thousand movies in regional languages, and 600 TV shows. Its international catalog includes 253 TV shows and 275 movies, and while that isn't a lot, it includes some of the most-watched shows in the country.

Furthermore, with HBO's TV channel subject to Indian broadcast regulations (no swearing or nudity), your best chance of seeing its original programming the way they were meant to be is through Hotstar.

And then there's the sports-related programming. As Hotstar is owned by STAR, you get access to live cricket matches. That alone pushes the service above the rest of the offerings available in the market.

Hotstar lets you view content on the web, on your phone, tablet, and while there's no Android TV client, you can throw content via Google Cast.


With 4G slowly gaining momentum, expect to see fierce competition in the streaming space in the coming years. For now, Hotstar has the lead in this segment, but with Amazon throwing money at its Indian business, that can change soon.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.