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Star India’s streaming service Hotstar is rolling out its premium subscription service in countries outside India, beginning with the US and Canada.

Hotstar logo 6 Sept 2017Following a month-long free trial, the over-the-top (OTT) service will cost US$9.99 per month in the US, and CAD 12.99 in Canada. Apps are now available via Apple App Store and Google Play, with Android TV and Roku support set to follow soon.

Although previously available around the globe, the 21st Century Fox-owned video-on-demand (VOD) platform now only appears to be available in India, the US, and Canada.

Hotstar offers international subscribers 60,000 hours of multi-lingual programming from Star India’s channel bouquet such as Star Plus, Star Jalsha, and Asianet; Fox Star-produced Indian films; and originals, including On Air with AIB, M Bole Toh, and One Tip One Hand. Sports fans will be treated to live kabaddi, badminton and hockey and cricket – with IPL matches to be streamed on the platform from next year, following a recent deal with the BCCI.

In India, Hotstar also holds content rights to stream content from HBO, Fox, Disney and Showtime, along with football from the English Premier League and Bundesliga, F1 motor racing and Wimbledon tennis. These rights will not be transferrable to the service North America, however.

Hotstar subscribers can access the service on two devices simultaneously from the same subscription in the US and Canada – double that offered with Indian subscriptions.

In spite of its growing geographical reach, content on Hotstar can only be accessed by users in the country of their subscription, the company said.