Review of Star India’s Hotstar App for Live TV, Sports and Video On Demand
Star India Private Ltd. has come up with a free Android and iOS app to catch up live streaming of cricket matches, sports events, TV shows, movies, etc. This entertainment app is named ‘Hotstar’. It is a dream come true for Android and iOS device users as they can realize the possibility of viewing Live streaming of Cricket matches or IPL 2015 matches, EPL, etc. on their smartphone or tablet.
In this article, we shall review the features of Star India’s Hotstar app which is available for free on Android and iOS devices.
Star India’s Hotstar App Features
The design of Hotstar app for Live TV streaming is not extraordinary. Its smoothly done tiled layout is visually appealing and ensures you have a convenient time selecting the videos to play. As far as bandwidth requirement is concerned, it works very well on WiFi network as well as 3G network. You will be pleasantly surprised to hear that it works decent enough even with 2G connections. However, it would be advisable to atleast use a 3G connection for catching up live streaming of TV shows or sports events or movies.
One can even download videos using Hotstar to be able to watch them offline later. This app supports streaming of regional language TV shows in India for languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, etc. apart from normal Hindi TV shows. You can watch Live telecast of popular Hindi TV shows online like Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, etc. You would be excited to know that you can revisit full episodes of some of the past favorite TV shows like Khichdi, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, etc.
Even for watching English TV shows online, you need not make use of any Torrents site to download them. Using this app, you can watch your favorite English TV shows (across all seasons) like Prison Break, The Empire, Homeland, Modern Family, etc. It enables you to catch shows from various TV channels like Star Plus, Star World, Life OK, Asianet, Channel V, Star Vijay, Star Jalsha, Star One, Star Pravah, Suvarna, etc. This app also provides access to full-length Bollywood blockbuster movies.
There is no compulsory requirement to register for downloading or using the Hotstar app. However, to access your video after an interruption at the same point where you left it (pause and resume playback feature), you need to have registered earlier. Similarly, to create a Hotstar playlist of videos, shows, etc. to be watched in a particular sequence, you need registration. You can even rate the videos viewed using the Like and Dislike options.
The only costs involved while using this amazing video streaming app are the data or mobile internet charges for streaming videos and downloading videos. So, it is no surprise that you will have to watch some in-video ads or ads at the start of any video on Hotstar app. You can check out the website at: Official Hotstar Website
How to download Hotstar app for Live streaming?
The best part about this app is it is free to use. One can install Hotstar app (by Star India) from following links:
Download Hotstar Live streaming app for Android
Download Hotstar Video streaming app for iOS
Since Star India already has the Star Sports official app for Live streaming of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, we are not completely sure if Hotstar app would be giving the option of catching up with the CWC 2015 match videos or Live telecast. However, Star India owns broadcast rights for several sports events like ISL, Hockey India League, EPL, etc. and so sports lovers will also remain addicted to this app.
I have started using this app for free on my Android smartphone and found it pretty handy. Please share your views about this app and its performance in the comments section below!