Hotstar is now foraying into Singapore and is slated to launch on Singapore’s StarHub Plus service on 1 November.
Customers in Singapore will be able to access the Disney-owned streaming platform in two ways/methods – an annual subscription costing S$69.98 ($51.56), available directly through the Hotstar website; and to StarHub’s Indian Plus subscribers on a 12 or 24-month contract at no additional cost. The Indian Plus subscription comes with a price point of S$15 ($11.05) a month for the 24-month contract and S$25 ($18.42) a month for the 12-month contract.
Focused on live cricket and entertainment, Disney+ Hotstar subscribers will get to stream the final four league games and the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament beside other entertainment content including shows like Super Singer, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Anupamaa, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, and Hotstar originals like Aarya (starring Sushmita Sen), Hostages (starring Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra) and Special Ops (starring Kay Kay Menon).
The Disney owned streamer will also premiere Bollywood films direct to streaming owing to the ongoing COVID-19 which began with late Sushant Singh Rajput’s Dil Bechara, LootCase (starring Kunal Khemu), and Khuda Haafiz (starring Vidyut Jamwal) and upcoming releases such as Akshay Kumar’s horror-comedy, Laxmmi Bomb and Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj.
Hotstar also plans to live stream cricket tournaments such as the 2021 ICC Men’s World Cup, the Asia Cup, and the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Disney+ is already available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Earlier this year, The Walt Disney Company, through its subsidiary Novi, collaborated with the Singapore Government to bring Hotstar’s streaming service to migrant workers, offering them a taste of home amidst the pandemic.
When Disney+ launched in Indonesia, it used the Indian-developed Hotstar technology and was branded as Disney+ Hotstar.