For long there were only a couple of online streaming Services. While Netflix still continues to have a definitive control over the market, there is no definitive monopoly. New services like Disney Plus and Apple TV+ are arriving later this year too. Perhaps one shouldn’t forget the Indian market either having services like Hotstar and Sonyliv. Speaking of Hotstar, a new security norm has been introduced. According to an article posted by TechCrunch, Hotstar has broken compatibility with Apple’s Safari.
For a while now, Hotstar has been India’s largest Video Streaming service. Perhaps it gets a huge chunk of its viewership through sports streaming. Despite being home to a diverse market, Indians share a common quality, love for Cricket. Due to the Cricket World Cup taking place in England and Wales at the moment, Hotstar continues to prosper with record viewership.
Coming back to the news at hand, according to the article, many viewers complained that they could not access the website on their Safari browsers. This got further traction when Hotstar’s technical support account tweeted. In the tweet, they commented on the browser’s technical limitations. These technical restricted the company to work their services well on the browser well and thus they had to halt these services. While that does seem like a very politically correct answer, it doesn’t tell the entire story.
According to inside sources though, there is something else. According to the engineers, there were certain security loopholes in Apple’s browser. These loopholes allowed people to smuggle content and even access premium features. Perhaps this makes more sense for Hotstar to block access on Apple’s Platform for the time being.
Concluding this, of course, Hotstar is currently working on a patch around the bug and have contacted Apple regarding it too. We should be seeing an update and the service to resume on the browser pretty soon. Lastly, it should be known that Hotstar is currently owned by 20th Century Fox which was recently acquired by Disney. Working towards its Disney+ service, Hotstar makes for a competitor for Apple+ as well.