When it comes to online streaming, Hotstar definitely has its place reserved. It is one of the most popular Indian streaming services which offers a huge collection of latest Indian TV shows, movies, sports, and news. And the service also offers features a premium account for India, Canada, U.K, and the U.S citizens only and therefore, boasts a much larger content library that includes Indian and western shows. You can say that what Netflix is to the word, the same is Hotstar to India. You can binge-watch on-demand content from anywhere in the world.
Although Hotstar is officially available in the US, UK, and other countries as well most of the content available is geo-restricted. Also, where Indians can watch Hotstar for free, the folks of the USA and UK have to pay a price and buy the premium subscription. Therefore, the users need a Hotstar VPN to bypass geo-restrictions and access Hotstar for Free.
If you try to access Hotstar without a VPN in USA, UK, Canada or outside India you will see the following error message:
“This content is not available in your region”.
But you should not be disappointed for here is the way on how to watch Hotstar in the USA for free.
Hotstar in the US for Free:
Every broadcaster aims to wring every penny out in return for the content they air on streaming sites. The same goes for the Hotstar US which is although available but with the limited streams and series. And if you are US citizen then the pain does not end here, for you have to nearly pay about $15 in India to subscribe for yearly free services whereas in the USA you need to pay $9.99 per month to have unrestricted service.
Fortunately, you can still get to watch everything that Indians watch on Hotstar and that too at the same price. Yes, you read it right, even if you live in the USA or any country you can stream your favorite content. All you need to do is use a VPN service.
A VPN is a service that will geo-locate you virtually to India. It does this by connecting you to one of the Indian servers and allowing you to access the Indian version of Hotstar. Apart from this VPN also makes sure that all your online activities are hidden and your internet connection is safe.
There are many VPN services available online of them which are free while for some you need to pay the price. You can use ExpressVPN service or PureVPN and many more. These VPN services are optimized to work on all the popular platforms including FireStick, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc.
How to Watch Hotstar in the USA?
Method 1- Using VPN
The first thing you will need to do is connect to an Indian location using any VPN service like ExpressVPN. And then follow the steps given below-
Step 1- Download the VPN service from the official website like ExpressVPN.
Step 2- Launch the ExpressVPN app and connect to one of the available Indian servers. Click the ‘Choose Location’ button on the ExpressVPN home-screen.
Step 3- Click the ‘ALL’ tab when the window with the list of the server pops up.
Expand ‘Africa, Middle East & India’. Then expand ‘India’
Step 4- Double Click one of the servers on the list to connect to the server.
Now finally you are connected to an Indian server. Once done you can start streaming tons of free content available on Hotstar in the USA via the Indian account.
Method 2- Change Region to Download Hotstar App outside India
Depending on the country of your residence, you can change the region and download the Hotstar app.
Also to watch the Hotstar in the countries where the service is not available officially, you can change the region in different app stores while downloading the app.
How to Watch Hotstar in the USA without a VPN?
Well, as I already mentioned above, Hotstar is officially available in the United States on the Play Store, App Store, and Amazon Store.
All you need to download is the Hotstar USA app and install it. You will be asked to either ‘sign in’ or ‘sign up’ at us.hotstar.com/activate and then enter the code displayed on the screen
But now, here all you will need is a different sign up in the USA. This is because the pricing, policies, and terms of service vary from India. For instance, while in India the Hotstar barely costs you $15 yearly, in the United States it is $9.99 per month or $99.99 yearly.
Therefore, using a VPN is more sensible because it will save your money and will let you watch all the geo-restricted content.
Even though Hotstar is free to view only in India, still no one can stop you from using a Hotstar if you love in another country like the US. Using VPN service you can stream the latest Indian shows, movies, and sports from anywhere in the world.