In the year 2015, Star India, known as one of the most popular Indian media and entertainment company had come up with their very own VOD (Video on demand) app, called Hotstar.
The app lets you watch all your favorite Star network channels including TV shows, latest films, and stream live sports events right on your mobile phone or tablet, instantly. As of now, the Hotstar app is available for all leading mobile operating systems in India, excluding Windows.
Is the Hotstar app better than other VOD apps in the country? Let us find it out. Here is a brief review of the Hotstar app for Android.
Hotstar, being a free entertainment app has more than 10 million Android users across India. The app is available on Play Store and works well on any mobile device or tablet with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and newer versions.
If compatible with your device, you can download this app’s 4.6.1 version, which comes in an APK file size of 16.00 MB. Once installed, the Hotstar app uses 32.97 MB of total storage space from your device’s internal memory and on regular usage; it employs an average 103 MB to greatest 105 MB of RAM.
Hotstar app requires internet connection, so before you launch the app, make sure that you turn on cellular data or Wi-Fi on your device.
The user interface of this app is very well-designed that makes it look pretty good and likable. Whenever you launch the app, it does not ask you to sign-in or create an account to view or download any of its content. You can right away browse its vast library (collection of media content) and watch whatsoever you like.
In Hotstar app you will find and watch full episodes of all your favorite TV shows from popular Star network channels like Star Plus, Star Vijay, Star Utsav, Star World, Asianet, Life OK, and many others in several regional languages. Moreover, you can also stream live sports matches or games, watch the latest full-length movies, take a quick look at them, play them by genre, language, etc.
The Hotstar app comes with some very well-organized options and sections like:
Search: In the top right corner of the app there is a search option with which you can find any particular video or a specific thing on the app at ease.
Home: Displays videos from multiple sections, neatly arranged in the form of tabs such as Best in TV, Sports, and Movies.
TV: In this section, you will find videos from Popular TV Channels, and other useful info related to them.
Movies: If you like watching movies, you will surely love this section. Here you can browse and watch full-length as well as the latest movies from Hollywood, Bollywood, music videos, trailers, funny clips, and much more.
Sports: Here you can watch the live streaming of various ongoing sports events like ICC Cricket World T20, Kabaddi, Swiss Open, Popular videos from the tournament, best in sports videos, etc.
Channels: In case, if you like watching TV shows or serial channel wise, you can select this section. Doing so will put in front a list of all popular Star network channels along with serials.
Languages: In this section of the app, you will find all TV shows and movies categorized by language.
Genres: Displays a list of all TV serials and movies of their genre.
Hotstar app Pros and Cons
- Completely free
- Excellent UI
- Option to change the video quality
- Share info with contacts
- Save videos offline
- Streaming is fast
- Poor quality videos