Hotstar Android TV App Launched, Available in India, the US, and Canada

Hotstar Android TV App Launched, Available in India, the US, and Canada

The home page of Hotstar for Android TV

  • Hotstar app finally comes to Android TV
  • It's available in India, the US, and Canada
  • It doesn't remember what you were last watching

After years of clamouring from subscribers, Hotstar has finally released an app for Android TV - adding to its slate of Apple TV and Fire TV Stick apps - which means some of us don't have to use a Chromecast to get the Hotstar experience on the big screen any more. It's available via the Google Play store in India, the US, and Canada.

The Hotstar app for Android TV has a very similar look to the Android TV OS interface, with rows of rectangular tiles separated by content headers. You've got the same sections as those on the website: TV, Premium, Movies, Sports, News, Channels, Languages, and Genres.

Though the layout is simple enough to understand at most times, the individual TV show section can be a bit confusing. After you pick one, Hotstar displays the available episodes in separate rows, with the latest episode missing from the tray, and instead getting its own button that reads: "Watch latest episode."

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Better Things season 2, episode 8 is missing from the carousel. You've to use the "Watch latest episode" button instead

In terms of settings, you can pick subtitles and quality while you're watching something, with the latter going all the way up to 1080p. Just like its other apps, Hotstar on Android TV gives you an estimate of how many gigabytes an hour will consume, though it's still not a metric most people will comprehend.

The search function is quite rudimentary, just like with Netflix on Android TV. You've to select individual letters to look for what you're interested in, and there's no way to search by voice. But unlike Netflix, Hotstar doesn't remember what you were last watching, which is quite annoying. Since that info is still stored locally, you can't also easily pick up watching where you left off on another device.

Beyond that, Hotstar for Android TV also doesn't support the latter's recommendation rows feature, so you won't see titles show up on your Android TV home screen. Still, the mere existence of an app is great relief for regular viewers, with Hotstar being the last major streaming service to do so in India.

Hotstar for Android TV screenshots

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The options for subtitle and video quality in Hotstar for Android TV

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The search function in Hotstar for Android TV


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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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