After a long wait, Disney+ is finally coming to India, but there is a hefty price levied upon it!
The long queue of wait is finally over for the ones who were waiting for Disney+ content in India. Hotstar is rolling out the Disney+ patch for Indian users on the 3rd of April, but there is a loophole. The company is going to charge a few bucks for this new service. Hotstar VIP and Disney+ would cost around 399 per year, which earlier was 365 per year. Disney+ and Hotstar Premium would cost about 1499 per year, while the earlier slab was around 999 per year if you need to access the Disney+ original contents like Star Wars spinoff “THE MANDALORIAN” or all the movies under Marvel. Disney, Pixar, etc., Premium membership is mandatory.
“With the success of Hotstar, we ushered in a new era for premium video streaming in India. Today, as we unveil Disney+ Hotstar, we take yet another momentous step in staying committed to our promise of delivering high-quality, impactful stories for India that have not only entertained but also made a difference in people’s lives, a promise that is even more meaningful in challenging times such as this. We hope the power of Disney’s storytelling, delivered through Hotstar’s technology, will help our viewers find moments of comfort, happiness, and inspiration during these difficult times,” Disney APAC president and Star & Disney India chairman, Uday Shankar, said in a statement.
In order to make the launch stand out of the crowd, Disney+ Hotstar showcased the live-action remake of THE LION KING at 6 pm on the 2nd of April, followed by THE MANDALORIAN at 8 pm. The special screening event allowed a cross platform interaction segment where users were allowed to interact with other Disney+ Hotstar users by sharing texts, photos, and badges.
Disney+ released the content accidentally on the 10th of March, which they were supposed to do on the 29th of March. The rollout was a part under the beta testing phase, the company later clarified.