Hotstar is an entertainment app developed by Star India. The app had created waves when it was first introduced. HotStar provides all the latest movies and TV shows for free to its users. Users can also catch life sports free using this app. The app is available for both Android and iOS platforms. Though the app has many exciting features, the performance lacks quite a lot. When it comes to content, the app has a lot to offer. All the channels that are owned by Star India will broadcast in this app. Users can catch up different language movies and TV shows via this app for free. Other than movies and TV shows, HotStar also offers live sports for its users. The app also provides English favorite shows.
Hotstar has attractive UI, and it is very easy to operate the app. The user can easily access the playlists, downloads and other options with the help of hamburger icon on the top left. Using the Search icon user can search favorite show. On opening the app, the main UI shows multiple videos, movies, sports, TV shows from different categories. Just by tapping, use can start the video.
The app offers a broad range of videos. It still claims on adding more content to the page on a weekly basis. Almost all the episodes of a TV show are available on the app. The user can watch completed TV shows as well. The user can also view them offline. If you have missed your favorite soap on Star Plus, this app will help you a great deal to catch your soap right from your couch. Only TV shows are available for download, and no movies will be available for download in the app. Though it claims that all TV shows are downloadable, few shows couldn’t be downloaded.
The app lacks in offering international movies and TV shows. The sports section could be better as well. If you are set to watch Live Cricket using this app, then you are going to miss out the excitement.
How it works
The app does not support any video quality settings. The quality totally depends on the connection you use to watch the video. So, if your connection is slow, you cannot watch HD quality videos. Nevertheless, you cannot even expect HD videos even on a high-speed connection. The streaming of the videos takes pretty much time. It is not possible to skip the ad at the start of the video. Even the ad takes time for loading on slow connections. The con of HotStar app on iOS is that it gets reverted to the main screen when we answer a call or message. We have to find the video again and move the video to the place where we stopped watching. There are few more bugs to address in HotStar app.
HotStar is a good app to watch missed TV shows, latest movies, sports, etc. The app needs to be added with some options like resuming video to look at the video right from where we stopped. If the critical bugs are handled well, this app can be the best app to look at the stuff online.