A new streaming service — Disney+ is going to be launched in the US, Netherlands, and Canada today. The fact that it offers hundreds of movies and TV shows created by The Walt Disney Company, many Indian fans wanted the service to be launched in their country.
As a quick reminder, Walt Disney entered into a stock deal and paid a whopping amount of $71 billion to acquire the 21st Century Fox Inc. back in June 2018. As a result of this acquisition, now Walt Disney owns Hotstar, Fox Star Studios, and Star India in India.
For now, the Los Angeles-based media giant might use Hotstar’s platform to bring the movie service and the content created for the OTT service to India. This was announced by Hotstar from its official Twitter handle today.
Hi! We are working on bringing Disney+ to India. The launch date is yet to be announced; stay tuned. Thank you!
— Hotstar (@hotstar_helps) November 12, 2019
Hotstar seems to have some major plans to grab the attention of Indian viewers. The platform will either dub or add subtitles to the Disney+ shows and movies in Hindi and other regional languages. This decision has been made to reach a wider audience.
Disney+ Subscription Charges
The Walt Disney Company has already announced its price plans in April this year. The streaming service plans to charge only $6.99/month from the international audience.
Since Disney+ would be accessible through Hotstar, the platform might plan to stick with its existing subscription plans in India. That means you would have to pay Rs. 365/month. Moreover, Hotstar’s Premium service is also available at ₹999 per year and ₹299 per month.
As we already know that Hotstar has its own library of original content, Disney+ does not plan to invest in Indian originals.
At the moment, more than 30 platforms are currently operating in India. Some native Indian services including Voot, ALTBalaji, ZEE5, and Hotstar are already competing with US-based services (Amazon Prime Video and Netflix). It will be interesting to see how Disney+ competes with the crowded OTT (over-the-top) market.