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Hotstar discontinued in the USA, merged with Disney plus bundle

Live Cricket matches, be it IPL, Cricket world cup, or other ICC Cricket events, Hotstar was the app to watch Cricket matches live.

Hotstar has discontinued its services in the USA. When you will visit Hotstar USA, you will get the message as shown in the below picture.

As we know, Disney plus own the Hotstar. Disney plus has decided to merge Hotstar with other streaming services Disney plus owns.

In this post, I will share how you can watch Hotstar content on different streaming platforms and the option available for existing Hotstar subscribers.

How Cricket fans can watch IPL 2021 matches and upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the USA. Sling will also be streaming Vivo IPL 2021, ICC T20 WC 2021 and the upcoming Indian Cricket Series on Willow TV. Moreover, Sling has offered $10 a month subscription with a discount of $25 for the first month. Click the below banner to check out details.

Which streaming service will broadcast IPL 2021 in the USA

All the Cricket matches scheduled to be broadcast on Hotstar will be accessible on ESPN plus now. The two major upcoming Cricket events are IPL 2021 starting from 19 Sept and ICC T20 World Cup scheduled from 17 Oct 2021, just after IPL 2021. Both Cricket mega-events will be live on ESPN plus.

In addition to these two tournaments, you can watch the below-given sports events which were scheduled to be streamed on Hotstar, will be available on ESPN plus from 01 Sept 2021.

Hotstar sports available on ESPN plus

You will need ESPN plus subscription to watch these matches live. Unlike Hotstar annual subscription, you can purchase ESPN plus monthly subscription which will cost you only $6.99 a month. It means, ESPN plus subscription will be enough to cover both Cricket events.

The annual ESPN Plus subscription price is $69.99 a year which is $14 cheaper than the monthly subscription. In addition to Cricket, you can access ESPN Plus premium originals and live sports like Soccer, Tennis, Golf and more.

Like Hotstar, ESPN plus is also not offering any free trial to its subscriber. You can purchase ESPN plus monthly subscription by clicking here.

How to watch Hotstar movies, TV Shows & Specials?

As we told earlier, Hotstar Cricket will move to ESPN Plus. Similarly, Hotstar entertainment programs like movies, TV Shows and originals will be available on Hulu Plus with Disney bundle. If you wish to access the complete content library of Hotstar USA, you will need to purchase Disney plus bundle available on ESPN plus app. Let me tell you more details about the Disney Plus bundle where you can get Hotstar content in the USA.

Disney Plus Bundle subscription

Disney Plus bundle offers a subscription of three streaming services as a bundle which is ESPN+, Disney Plus and Hulu Plus (Ad supported). If you have already a subscription to these apps, you don’t need to purchase them separately to access Hotstar content. You will be able to watch it without paying an additional amount.

Disney plus bundle is available as a monthly subscription only. If you purchase all three streaming services separately, it will cost around $21 a month. However, if you buy it as a Disney Plus bundle, it will cost you only $13.99 a month and you can save up to 30%.

Disney plus Bundle

When a subscriber purchases these three subscription services separately, he/she will be charged a monthly fee as given below.

  • ESPN Plus $6.99 /Month or $69.99 /Year
  • Disney Plus $7.99 /Month or $79.99 / Year
  • Hulu plus (Ad Supported) $5.99 /Month or $59.99 / Year

As you can see, the Disney plus bundle is priced reasonably than the individual price. However, the subscriber has the option to purchase an annual subscription separately which is missing in Disney Plus bundle.

The important question is what will happen to Hotstar USA’s existing subscribers who had already for a year.

Option for Hotstar USA existing subscribers

The Hotstar customers who already subscribed, have two options now.

  • They can move to Disney plus bundle from 01 Sept 2021 to 30 Sept 2021.
  • They can request a refund for the balance of the period of Hotstar subscription.

The existing subscribers had received an email from the Hotstar team to choose one of the two options. The customer can raise a refund request before 30 Sept 2021 which will be processed by 15 Oct 2021.

You can contact help@hotstar.com for refunds and other queries.

Hotstar content on Disney Bundle

I am sharing the Hotstar entertainment content that will be available with Disney plus bundle.

You can find the complete list of Hotstar TV shows available on Disney plus bundle from 1 Sept 2021. However, there are many shows which will be coming soon.

Hotstar content on Disney plus bundle

Apart from the above-given TV shows, Hotstar specials are also moved to the Disney bundle. You can watch the below given Hotstar specials on Disney bundle from 01 Sept 2021. The upcoming Hotstar Specials season will also be released on Disney plus bundle in the USA.

Hotstar TV shows on Disney plus bundle

You can watch Hotstar movies on Disney plus bundle. The movies that can be streamed on Disney plus bundle are given below:

1  Hungama 2
2      Bhuj: The Pride of India
3      Shaadisthan
4      Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele
5      The Big Bull
6      Khuda Haafiz
7      Sadak 2
8      Dil Bechara
9      Lootcase
10      Angrezi Medium
11      Chhichhore
12      Tanhaji
13      Mission Mangal
14      Housefull 4
15      Super 30
16      Badhaai Ho
17      Raid
18      De De Pyaar De
19      Copy
20      Total Dhamaal
21      Irada
22      India’s Most Wanted
23      MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
24      Mirchi Malini
25      The Stoneman Murders
26      Jolly LLB 2
27      Jolly LLB
28      Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
29      Housefull 3
30      Stree
31      Phillauri
32      Good Luck
33      24 Ghante in Chennai
34      Dishoom
35      Aisha
36      Dombivli Return
37      Baby
38      Bala
39      Arjun Reddy
40      Gurgaon
41      Dolly Ki Doli
42      Saat Uchakkey
43      31st October
44      Little Krishna – The Darling of Vrindavan
45      Neerja
46      Ankhon Dekhi
47      Pink
48      Love Sonia
49      Golmaal Again
50      Shabri
51      2 States
52      Parzania
53      Guest iin London
54      Gangaajal
55      Talvar
56      Monsoon Shootout
57      A Gentleman
58      Coolie No. 1
59      Running Shaadi
60      Rann
61      Little Krishna II – The Legendary Warrior
62      Haraamkhor
63      Laal Rang
64      Anarkali of Aarah
65      Khichdi The Movie
66      Hawaizaada
67      Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
68      Bal Ganesh 3
69      Dheet Patangey
70      Break Ke Baad
71      Bullett Raja
72      Daagdi Chawl
73      Dabangg 2
74      Dhol
75      Dhruva
76      Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
77      Maqbool
78      Akira
79      Indu Sarkar
80      Ek Villain
81      Ezra
82      Tere Bin Laden 2
83      Dev
84      Bobby Jasoos
85      F2: Fun and Frustration
86      Force
87      Garam Masala
88      Hanuman Da’ Damdaar
89      Hanuman Vs Mahiravana
90      Hate Story 3
91      Hero No. 1
92      Humshakals
93      Hungama
94      I, Me Aur Main
95      Inttelligent
96      Jawaan
97      Dil Jo Bhi Kahey
98      Kaabil
99      Lamhaa
100      Prague
101      Tu Hai Mera Sunday
102      Little Krishna III – The Wondrous Feats
103      Chaurya
104      Click
105      Om Jai Jagdish
106      Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
107      Khiladi Ki Jung
108      Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
109      Sanam Re
110      Sanju
111      Sanjeevani: Adventure on the edge
112      Stanley Ka Dabba
113      Aiyaary
114      The Threshold
115      Taqdeer
116      Sarkar Raj
117      The Return of Abhimanyu
118      Name Plate
119      Time Machine
120      Mantostaan
121      Bhavani IPS
122      Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara
123      Sarkar
124      Ek Thi Daayan
125      Shor In The City
126      The Dirty Picture
127      Kee
128      Oozham – It’s Just A Matter Of Time
129      Aata – The Game of Fear
130      D-16
131      The Past
132      Jatt & Juliet
133      Jatt & Juliet 2
134      Anjani Putra
135      Contract
136      Antharyudh
137      Gulaebaghavali
138      Helicopter Eela
139      Bang Bang
140      Vikram Vedha
141      Bol Bachchan
9.1 Total Score
Best package for Hotstar fans.

Disney Plus Bundle is the value for money package if you wish to watch Hotstar content in the USA. The Hotstar content is an addition to Disney plus bundle for which Disney plus has not increased its bundle subscription cost. The 30% discount has made this Disney plus bundle the best seller in streaming services.

Pricing
9.6
Customer support
8.9
Streaming Experience
9.1
Content
8.8
PROS
  • Unlike Hotstar, the Disney bundle is available with a monthly subscription.
  • Value for money package.
  • 30% additional discount.
  • Option to subscribe to a single streaming service also.
  • No time-bound contract.
  • Full of entertainment, sports and Video on Demand .
CONS
  • No free trial is available.
  • Limited live TV Channels with commercials.
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