How To Watch Hotstar Outside India (2018 Update)
For those looking for payments. Amex loophole is now closed. Please use the iTunes method here
Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of How to Watch Hotstar Outside India.
Lots of sites have finally discovered Hotstar and I am flattered so many have copied the various entries on UnlockWorldTV.
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.
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. Unfortunately Hotstar is not readily available outside India. Simply put, Hotstar is georestricted 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 reasonable packages that show all 380 games. 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.
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.
How can I watch Hotstar outside India?
At present, whilst there are lots of VPN companies offering servers in India, there are only a number of confirmed companies supporting this service, or if not officially supported, very few that can provide style 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 thinly ones with a stable connection to Hotstar.
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
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
Once you have clicked on this you be presented with the payment screen. There are only two options, Credit Card and Debit Card.
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.
However there is a workaround thankfully.
So, I have found one workaround so far and am working on another. For now lets go with what we have as this is the fastest method.
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.
However, I noted on their site that they accept American express. No surprises for guessing that ALL American express cards are issued in America so I figured it would probably work. It did.
So a pre requisite to completing this guide is that you need an American Express card.
To confirm the following items are CONFIRMED to work:
- An American Express Credit Card issued in the UK (although all are american anyway)
On this basis the following item will PROBABLY work (use at your own risk until confirmed)
- An American Express Pre paid card (TBC)
There is another method, but this requires an indian phone number which are either slow to get or expensive or both. So this is the fastest method.
Lastly, you can use the iTunes method to pay for Hotstar outside India
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
You can sideload 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 sideload Hotstar
- 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”
Here are some screen shots of the content
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