How To Watch Hotstar Outside India (June 2019 Edition)
Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition guide on How To Watch Hotstar in the UK, USA or anywhere in the world.
Lots of sites have finally discovered Hotstar and I am flattered so many have copied the various entries on UnlockWorldTV.
But this guide is still the #1 guide. Why? Every other article wants to sell you a VPN service. This article is about actually getting you access! No VPN service alone will allow you to watch Hotstar Outside India. You are going to need to find a way to actually pay for it too! This guide has you covered with multiple payment methods and workarounds.
- How To Watch Hotstar Outside India (June 2019 Edition)
- What is Hotstar?
- What types of programmes can I get on Hotstar?
- Why use Hotstar for the Premier League?
- Is Hotstar Geo Restricted?
- How can I watch Hotstar outside India?
- What devices can i use to Watch Hotstar Outside India?
- How to pay for Hotstar Premium
- Getting a Premium Account Yourself
- Get Someone Else To Get Your Premium Hotstar Account
- What Is Fiverr
- But what has Fiverr got to do with Hotstar?
- How To Watch Hotstar On TV
What is Hotstar?
Hotstar is the an Indian, on demand streaming service similar to Hulu in the US or BBC iPlayer in the UK. It is owned by Novi Digital and Hotstar shows programmes in various languages such as Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, as well as a large amount of English programming and sports.
For Indians outside India, there are loads of top quality Indian TV shows and shows from around the world on Hotstar. This makes it a great resource for those looking for Hindi and other Indian language programming, for example Tamil. Hotstar is now readily available outside India, but is strictly for Hindi foreign language content that would otherwise be difficult to get. Simply put, all the Live Sports, English and Premium TV content is restricted to India. Not only that, Hotstar is geo-restricted so there is work to do to Watch Hotstar Outside India.
Hotstar is still relatively new, and for the premier league, it is still in its infancy. Its still linked to Starsports, but the Premier League and a host of other TV and Movie content is now behind a paywall in India. It can be accessed for only INR199 a month which is about £2.30. Thats pretty cheap considering the immense programming, even if you exclude the premier league.
What types of programmes can I get on Hotstar?
Why use Hotstar for the Premier League?
It is difficult to find packages that show all 380 games, especially in the UK where there is a 3pm blackout preventing 3 to 6 games a week being block from broadcast. In addition the Premier League in the UK is EXPENSIVE. You cannot just buy it, you have to subscribe to an entire service.
This is one of the ONLY place to watch every game in English. And by every game, I mean all 380 of the top flight games. Its also ridiculously cheap to Watch Hotstar Outside India once you finally manage to pay for it. Its comfortably less than £3 a month, and cheaper still if you pay annually.
Is Hotstar Geo Restricted?
Hotstar is owned by Novi Digital Media but is geographically restricted to India only, unlike the regular Starsports programming which can still be accessed in Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan.
Not only that, although Hotstar has now launched services in other countries, Hotstar accounts are not portable like Netflix. So the UK account can only be used in the UK, the US in the US etc.
How can I watch Hotstar outside India?
At present, whilst there are lots of VPN companies offering servers in India, there are only a small number of confirmed companies supporting this service, or if not officially supported, very few that can provide stable enough streams. All providers in this article have been tested with Hotstar directly. I have confirmed them myself. There are more providers, but these are the only ones with a stable connection to Hotstar that i’d personally recommend.
Please let me know in the comments if you have found other providers to help you watch Hotstar Outside India, users trust other users’ opinions as do I! So please share your experiences of accessing Hotstar.com with a VPN or DNS.
What devices can i use to Watch Hotstar Outside India?
- Windows PC
- OSX Mac
- Apple TV
How to Watch Hotstar Outside India With VPN
Step 1:- Sign up for either PureVPN, Express VPN, IPVanish or SmartDNSProxy to watch Hotstar outside India
To Watch Hotstar outside India using a VPN I recommend PureVPN, Express VPN or IPVanish. Each supports Hotstar.com via its India Servers
Express VPN unlocks all the content on Hotstar including HBO programming and regular TV and Movies. There is an excellent selection of both free and premium content. The premier package is THE cheapest way of accessing legal HBO content anywhere in the world.
How to Watch Hotstar outside India with DNS
To Watch Hotstar Outside India with a Smart DNS I recommend only one provider. That provider is Smart DNS Proxy, who also officially supports hotstar.com.
SmartDNSProxy fully supports Hotstar as of the date of this article, having fixed an issue with the TV and Movie content.
Full marks to their network support team. SmartDNSProxy is currently the ONLY DNS provider to fully support Hotstar.com. If you aren’t bothered about the general flexibility or security of a VPN then this would be the best option for you for pure streaming simplicity.
Step 2:- Connect to your chosen service
Step 3:- Sign up for a basic Hotstar Account
How to Sign up For Hotstar.com to watch Hotstar Outside India
When you visit Hotstar.com you can access the content that is free provided you show as being in India, however signing up is a little more difficult and is done in two key stages
Simply fill in the form like the one below using a username and password. If you don’t want to do that, just sign in with Facebook instead.
Side Note: I would say the Facebook option would make your account an easier target or blocking in the future. Just my opinion, there is no sense this is what they are doing
How to pay for Hotstar Premium
Lots of internet guides want to tell you to get a VPN to watch Hotstar Outside of India. What they don’t tell you is that though Hotstar will work, it won’t unlock any of the premium content.
Paying for Hotstar is simple, when you know how. And I’ve got a couple of foolproof methods for you. But first, you need to sign up for a free account, and then get to the “upgrade screen”. This requires either a VPN or a Proxy.
Getting a Premium Account Yourself
Step 4:- Click on a Premium program
In order to upgrade to premium you must first find a piece of premium content. Click on a film with “Premium” banner on the top left. The top banner always has something as shown below.
Step 5:- Pay for your Premium Service
This section is locked behind a locally issued lock. That means your normal Visa and master cards issued in the US or UK won’t work.
The main problem, is that the payment methods need to be a debit or credit card issued by a local institution. I tried my regular visa debit, a visa credit and a master card and all were declined as being non locally issued.
There are ways to pay but some methods have changed. For example, the AMEX loophole is now closed.
In a nutshell, set up an Indian iTunes account, and subscribe in app rather than directly via Hotstar.
Once you have clicked on this you be presented with the payment screen. There are only two options, Credit Card and Debit Card.
However there is an even easier workaround thankfully.
Get Someone Else To Get Your Premium Hotstar Account
Let’s go with what we have as this is the fastest method.
New for Spring 2019 I recommend simply using the Fiverr.com method.
What Is Fiverr
Fiverr.com is a website where people of various skills offer services, known as gigs, to customers. The initial gig is normally priced at $5 and then there are add ons so you can customise your order
But what has Fiverr got to do with Hotstar?
Simply put, there are a number of users on the site that reside in India who will but the subscriptions locally for you for a fee. Simple.
Some of the people who do this include Sol_Pro and Kunal India. Both users are verified by UnlockWorldTV users. The beauty of Fiverr is that it has a really good feedback system (like eBay before they ruined it). So hop on over to Fiverr.com and simply get one of these users to arrange your subscription for you! Simple.
You simply need to sign up and use Fiverr.com. On this site you can pay Indian based users to purchase he subscription for you. Some users that have been used and recommended are Kunal India, touseef266 and sol_pro
These members and others will arrange your subscription payment for you. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that!! Simple sign up and give it a go.
Step 6:- Download your apps
Step 7:- Enjoy your football and HBO content for £2.30 a month
Here is a video showing it working
How To Watch Hotstar On TV
How to Watch Hotstar on Android TV boxes (including Firestick)
You can simply go to the India Play store, create an account for this region and download the app as you would any Android application.
Alternatively, you can side load the Hotstar app on your TV, though this may require you to get an .apk installer via your phone.
There’s no guarantee that the app will work with your remote, but you can download a remote app which means you can emulate touch screen commands on your TV.
If you own an Android device, here’s a quick guide to side load Hotstar, there are other methods too but ES Explorer is well known.
- Open ES File Explorer on Google Play
- Click on “install” and choose your device
- Click “install”
- Make sure your Android TV is turned on and connected to the Internet. ES File Explorer will be downloaded and installed automatically on your TV
- Open Google Play and look for the “sideload launcher for Android TV.”
- Click on “install, then “choose your device and “install” again
Now you’re ready to install the Hotstar app.
- First, go to “settings,” “personal” and then “security and restrictions.”
- Turn on “unknown sources” to permit apps from all sources to be installed
- Return to the home screen open the “sideload launcher app” on your TV
- This will bring up a window with all installed apps.
- Choose ES File Explorer
- Go to “network” on your left-hand pane and choose “remote manager”
- Then, turn on the status and you’ll get a ftp address that’ll be something like “ftp://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx”
How To Watch Hotstar on Apple TV, iPad or iPhone
This requires you to have an iTunes account for the Indian App Store.This should be done on a computer and not on a mobile device.
You’ll need to create a new Indian Apple ID if you want to install the Hotstar app on your iPhone, iPad, or any other Apple device outside India. To proceed, logout of your iTunes account and follow the instructions detailed here:
- At the bottom of ‘store,’ change your region to India by clicking the Indian flag
- Search “Hotstar” and you should see the familiar app logo
- Click on ‘Get’
- You will be asked to create an account
- Create a new username and password for ‘new account’
- Enter an address from India (use google of a fake name generator)
- Logout of your iTunes account from settings of your Apple device
- Login with your new Apple ID
- Download Hotstar app on Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, from outside India
How To Bypass Hotstar VPN Detected Error on iPad or iPhone
Depending on your app version, you may be greeted with a VPN detected error on iPhone / iPad. This is low tech so pretty easy to get around. By simply resorted the vpn and Hotstar app in a different order. However, in iOS app version 6.8.8, the issue is resolved.
Here are some screen shots of the content
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