If you’ve been trying to watch Hotstar outside of India and you’ve been blocked from viewing then you’ll be happy to know in this guide I’m going to show you how you can avoid those blocks.
So read on the find out how to watch Hotstar outside India from anywhere in the world.
Hotstar is a relatively new streaming website based out of India. It shows a variety of different content in up to 8 different languages. It doesn’t just show everyday TV shows but it also offers movies and top sporting events such as the English Premier League.
Various content is available in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Kennada.
Keep reading below to find out how to watch Hotstar outside India.
How to Watch Hotstar Outside India
If you’re outside India and you’ve tried to watch one of the shows or a sporting event like the English Premier League then you’ll be stopped from watching and you’ll see a block message like the one below.
When you visit the Hotstar website and try to play a video the first thing the website does is check your location.
Every internet connection has something called an IP Address that is a set of unique numbers which basically helps the internet function. An IP Address allows websites and services to know who requested what and where to send all the information.
Unfortunately your IP Address also gives away your location and due to that it is how Hotstar blocks you.
The great news is a small service called a VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to get an IP Address from another country.
In the case of Hotstar you’ll want to get yourself an Indian IP Address which will let you watch all of the content on Hotstar.
Below I’m going to show you where you can get an Indian IP Address and watch Hotstar outside India from anywhere in the world.
Where to get a VPN for Hotstar
To watch Hotstar you’ll need a VPN service that offers an Indian IP Address and not all do so I’ve put together a list of three providers that offer an Indian IP Address which will allow you to watch Hotstar from anywhere in the world.
I personally use ExpressVPN because I find them to be the fastest and if you’re far away from India then speed is important.
A VPN should set you back around US$10 per month but with ExpressVPN they’re as cheap as $6.67 per month if you take a yearly account.
Just click one of the provider’s names below to visit their site. Once there sign up and then continue reading below in this guide as I’ll show you how to use it.
How to use the VPN to watch Hotstar outside India
If you already have the Hotstar app installed you can then use the VPN provider’s app to access. However if you’re outside India and have never been then it’s not possible to watch on a mobile device because you’ll be unable to download the Hotstar app.
It is however possible to watch on a computer or laptop device and I’ll show you how below.
In this example I’m using ExpressVPN on a Windows computer but the process is the same on a Mac, Android or iOS device and the other providers are the same process only their software will look slightly different.
- Firstly visit the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their service.
- Press Products and download the software for your device.
- Open the software and login or activate it. You can find the activation code in the ‘My Account’ area of the ExpressVPN website.
- Press Choose Location.
- Press All, Asia Pacific and then India.
- Press Connect if the software doesn’t automatically connect.
Once the software has connected you can then visit the Hotstar website.
You’re now free to watch any of the sport, movies or shows on the website. Once you’ve finished watching you can simply disconnect and your internet connection will return to normal.
You can reconnect whenever you want as many times as you wish within your VPN subscription period.