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Hotstar
""Hotstar-official-logo.jpeg
Type of site
"Video on demand
Available in Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali
Headquarters "Mumbai, "Maharashtra
Area served India
Owner "Star India
("21st Century Fox)
Industry "Streaming
"Services On-demand "video streaming
"Slogan(s) Go Solo
Website www.hotstar.com
"Alexa rank

Decrease 322 (Global, October 2017)[1]

Increase 12 (India, October 2017)[1]
Launched February 2015
Current status Active

Hotstar is a digital and mobile entertainment platform, owned by "Star India.[2][3]

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History[edit]

After the beta version of hotstar.com went live in January 2015, Star India officially launched hotstar in February 2015, right before the "2015 Cricket World Cup. At the beginning, it was intended to serve as a mobile application that would support streaming of the Cricket World Cup with some entertainment content. However, hotstar expanded its offering with 35,000 hours of content, spread across 8 languages from the entertainment, movie and sports channels owned by Star India.[4]

In July 2016, Star India hired Varun Narang, a former executive of US online video service Hulu to head the product and technology division at hotstar.[5] It also hired iRock Production's Siddhartha Jain as the creative director for original content in October 2015.[6]

Viewership[edit]

The app garnered 340 million views for all 49 matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and over 200 million views during the Indian Premier League Season 8, this year.[7] With over 50 million downloads, hotstar has more than 100 advertisers on the platform [1]. Since the content is available free of cost to the users, Star India aims at monetizing solely through advertising.[8] Some cricket talk shows like Juicy Half Volley (A World Cup Weekly Wrap-up) has been put particularly on hotstar.

Platforms[edit]

In addition to the website, Hotstar is available as an application across mobile devices which are on "Android, "iOS and "Apple TV[9] platforms. hotstar Android application is currently available in "India, "Pakistan, "Nepal, "Bangladesh, USA and Canada.[10]

Original programming[edit]

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Language
"On Air With AIB[a] "News comedy 29 October 2015 2 Seasons, 60 episodes 23-30 min. Hindi, English
"Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - Ek Jashn[b] "Romantic comedy 23 November 2015 1 season, 9 episodes 8-17 min. Hindi
"Tanhaiyan "Romance 14 February 2017 1 season, 9 episodes 16-22 min. Hindi
"Bol Viru Bol "Talk show 30 March 2017 2 season, 13 episodes 10-14 min. Hindi
The Fanatics Animation, sports 5 April 2017 3 seasons, 64 episodes 3-7 min. English
"Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2[c] Comedy 16 May 2017 1 season, 10 episodes 23-26 min. Hindi
"As I'm Suffering From Kadhal Romantic comedy 15 June 2017 1 season, 10 episodes 19-27 min Tamil, Telugu (dubbed), Hindi (dubbed)


CinePlay - Stage on Screen[edit]

Cineplay is an original Hotstar series in which "Plays are presented in cinematic style.[11]

Story Genre Director Cast Language Length
Bombay Talkies Drama Vickram Kapadia "Darshan Jariwala, "Anahita Uberoi, "Namit Das, "Neil Bhoopalam, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, "Rasika Dugal, Mansi Multani Hindi 1 hour, 14 min.
Between the Lines Ritesh Menon
"Nandita Das(Direction for Stage)
Nandita Das, Subodh Maskara English 1 hour, 15 min.
The Job Comedy Akarsh Khurana Karan Pandit, Kashin Shetty, "Shweta Tripathi, Tariq Vasudev 1 hour, 19 min.
Some Times Adhaar Khurana, Sarang Sathaye, Kashin Shetty, Shikha Talsania, Shruti Vyas 1 hour, 16 min.
Typecaste Sourabh Shrivastava "Shreyas Talpade, "Aaditi Pohankar, Atul Mathur, Utkarsh Mazumdar Hindi 1 hour, 26 min.
Adhe Adhure Drama Rohit Philip
"Lillete Dubey(Direction for Stage)
"Mohan Agashe, Lillete Dubey, "Ira Dubey, Rajiv Siddhartha, Anuschka Sawhney 1 hour, 40 min.
Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai Ritesh Menon Nandita Das, Yusuf Hussain, Abhay Mahajan, "Saurabh Shukla, "Swanand Kirkire, Pravina Bhagwat Deshpande, Rajeev Siddhartha, Ajitesh Gupta.
Rajdarshan Comedy Sivajee Chandrabhushan "Zakir Hussain, Rana Pratap Sengar, "Anang Desai, Shubham Pachauri 1 hour, 20 min.
Baaki Itihas Drama Nikhil Mahajan Zakir Hussain, "Amruta Khanvilkar, Anjum Sharma, "Girija Oak, Ravi Khanwilkar, Suvrat Joshi 1 hour, 50 min.
Hasmukh Saab ki Wasihat Comedy Mahesh Dattani Mohan Agashe, Seema Pahwa, "Achint Kaur, "Mona Vasu, Gagan Sethi 1 hour, 12 min.
Dance Like A Man Drama Ritesh Menon
Lillete Dubey (Direction for Stage)
Vijay Crishna, Lillete Dubey, "Suchitra Pillai, "Joy Sengupta English 1 hour, 40 min.
Daak Ghar "Nagesh Kukunoor Saurabh Goyal, Krrish Chhabria, Kishore C. Srivastava, Anupriya Goenka Hindi 50 min.
Rahenge Sada Gardish Mein Taare Syed Hyder Hasan "Arif Zakaria, "Rajesh Khera, "Sonali Kulkarni, Saif Hyder Hasan 1 hour, 11 min.
Ballavpur Ki Roopkatha Comedy Akhilesh Jaiswal Pradhuman Singh, Arvind Vaidya, "Ankita Shrivastav, "Anil Mange, "Abha Parmar, Brij Bhushan Shukala 2 hours, 21 min.
Kis Kiss Ka Kissa Sameer Patil "Manav Gohil, "Smita Tambe, Sharvari Lohekare, "Nitesh Pandey, "Asawari Joshi, "Sandeep Kulkarni, Sagar Talashekar 1 hour, 24 min.
Boichek Drama "Santosh Sivan Rupesh Tillu, "Rajpal Yadav, "Sharad Kelkar, "Brijendra Kala, "Sugandha Garg 1 hour, 19 min.
Bhamashah Vikram Nath Gupta
Manoj Shah (Performance Director)
"Daya Shankar Pandey, Hemang Vyas, Manoj Shah 1 hour, 20 min.
Pagla Ghoda Bikas Mishra Ravi Khanwilkar, "Anshuman Jha, Gopal Singh, Chitrangada Chakraborty, Vikram Kocchar 1 hour, 47 min.
Guy In The Sky Comedy Bikas Ranjan Mishra "Tannishtha Chatterjee, Maanvi Gagroo and Sunny Hinduja 1 hour, 7 min.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Season 1 also aired on "Star Plus (Hindi) and "Star World (English)
  2. ^ Continuation of "Star Plus series "Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
  3. ^ "Season 1 aired on "Star One


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