Fans in India are getting their Disney fix a full three weeks ahead of schedule. While the mega-popular Disney+ streaming service was planned to launch March 29, it’s available now through Hotstar.
No official reason for the early debut was given, but it could simply be that India is a coveted streaming market with more than with more than 1 billion residents.
For the most part, the service looks as it does in the US. Original content like The Mandalorian is available, as is most of the company’s classic catalog of more than 130 TV shows and 200 movies. Simpsons fans are out of luck though as Springfield’s residents apparently can’t be found for now.
What’s different about the Disney+ launch in India though is that it’s not a standalone service like it is in every other country. It’s being rolled out through an existing service called Hotstar.
If you’re not familiar with Hotstar, it’s an Indian video subscription service that’s sactually owned by Disney. It’s home to a number of Indian TV shows and movies along with popular live sports – all broadcast in 8 Indian languages. To show off the launch, Hotstar has actually rebranded to be called Disney+Hotstar .
Disney+ is expected to continue its rollout with an introduction in Southeast Asia next.