Not so long ago, you didn’t even have to search for how to watch Hotstar in the UK as while it was officially available in India, it worked everywhere. That recently changed, however, and not only is it more expensive to watch Hotstar outside of India, but you also need to search for how to watch Hostar in the UK as it’s only available in India, Canada, and the US. That’s why we made this step by step guide about how to watch Hotstar in the UK because while officially you can’t, on our blog, we cover how to unblock services that don’t officially work in your country.
As we already mentioned, initially it was easy to watch Hotstar in the UK because while Hotstar wasn’t available in the UK or pretty much around the world for that matter, there were no measures of prevention put in place.
Something that wouldn’t be seen with any other platform prior as platforms like Hulu or DAZN only work in the regions they are available. The reason behind why? As they have to.
Imagine somebody in the UK getting DAZN to watch the Premier League and Champions League for around €10 per month instead of getting a full TV + sports subscription that can cost around €70 per month. Imagine somebody doing that in a world where BT Sports paid more than a billion for the rights to Champions League in the UK.
The reasons for why it’s not easy to sign up for other services is that services can get in trouble if they make it easy for people to access content in regions in which that service doesn’t have rights to show that content.
And that’s the main reason behind why you need to search for how to watch Hotstar in the UK. Hotstar made efforts to prevent people from watching in countries where it’s not supported so that it can’t get in trouble. Another reason was that Hotstar is incredibly cheap for people outside of India, costing just around $15 per year. Creating an American/Canadian version of the service with prices of $99 per year allows Hotstar to make far more money than if available just under Indian prices.
Frankly, if you want to watch Hotstar in the UK, the steps involved are pretty straight forward.
You just need to make Hotstar think that you are in the US, Canada, or India.
If you do that, you will be able to watch Hotstar in the UK.
And for that, you need a VPN.
VPN services apart from protecting you on the internet are great for bypassing blocks of services likes Hotstar, Hulu, or DAZN by being able to fool these services into thinking that you are in the right country.
However, it’s not as simple as just getting a VPN and connecting to an American, Canadian, or Indian server, as there are also measures in place to prevent people from watching Hotstar with a VPN. And that’s where PrivateVPN comes in as a service that doesn’t offer the most servers possible but a service that focuses on providing servers that work with the services that you want to access.
Whether you want to watch Hotstar in the UK or fancy American Netflix in the UK. By having fewer servers, we can invest in quality, and that’s exactly why we support services like DAZN, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the most Netflix regions on the market while having fewer servers than of competition.
Of course, this is our blog, and therefore, you might think that we are biased. We don’t blame you. And that’s why we offer a 7-day free trial with no hidden catches. Just sign up, and use without restrictions to see for yourself.
Our app (iPhone update coming soon) will show you the servers that support Hotstar. All you will need to do then is to sign up on Hotstar or otherwise watch the free content it has.
However, depending on what device you want to watch on, you might also want to get the Hotstar app, which isn’t too hard, but not too easy to figure out on your own.
If you want to watch Hotstar in the UK on Apple devices such as the iPad or the iPhone, firstly sign out of your iCloud account.
After you do that, create a new one, based in one of the regions where Hotstar is supported, such as the US.
That will result in Hotstar showing up in your App Store.
When doing this, make sure not to change your region on your current account. That will result in you losing everything.
Frankly, watching from the web browser on Android works great, but otherwise, Google has a guide about changing the region of your store.
If you change it to be in the US, Hotstar will show.
That will let you download Hotstar on your Fire TV Stick.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch Hotstar in the UK on the Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast as they don’t support VPN services leaving you with Fire TV Stick and Android TV devices.
Written by Michael Smolski.