Jio partners with Hotstar to bundle premium content for Jio play subscribers

Reliance Jio, the Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company, will soon offer free premium access to Hotstar application through its mobile TV app, Jio Play. The premium access to the premium content of Hotstar app is currently priced at Rs 199 per month for customers in India.


The move could be aimed at further increasing the data appetite of Jio customers who are using services under the current preview data offer. Hotstar, the video streaming app owned by Star TV, is already offering premium ad free content like movies, popular shows from USA like ‘Game of thrones’ in India after few minutes of their USA broadcast time.

Hotstar Premium also offers access to newly launched Bollywood and regional movies. The app now also supports streaming of content on TV screens over Wi-Fi using chromecast dongle. Users of Jio play app can spot the ‘Hotstar Premium’ button next to language menu, clicking on which displays ”Hotstar Premium services on JioPlay will be available shortly” message.

Jio Play app is currently offering near to 300 channels including 42 HD channels through the app which would increase once Jio announces commercial launch. Jio Play’ also offers a catch upTV service for the past 7 days, a feature only offered by Jio in the market, which is seeing an emergence of a plethora of OTT streaming apps.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Jio, owns Network 18, which has TV channels across different genres and produces Bollywood and regional movies. Combining all resources and contents, Reliance Industries is looking to capture the premium TV market replacing DTH operators by offering more value added services and premium contents through Jio’s all IP network which can handle the bandwidth to access the services on multiple devices.

Jio’s digital content apps are already getting positive feedback from the customers who are accessing the services under ‘Jio Preview Offer’. We had earlier shared that the 4G operator would also offer this content to attract high ARPU generating customers from rival networks.

TT earlier reported, Jio may launch IPTV-based Jio TV service after commercial launch. The IPTV based service is likely to offer benefits like live TV channels and content from Jio’s in house apps like Jio On Demand, Jio Beats, Jio Broadcast to customers.
Dear readers, do you think Reliance can disrupt TV and video content market with their bundled offering through Jio 4G network. Share your thoughts through comments.

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Debashis Pakhira
September 22, 2016 5:16 pm 5:16 PM

i can’t connect jio with hotstar. I tried logging in using my credentials as well as skip sign in options in the merge page but there was error first and then the page went blank. any help?

August 10, 2016 9:16 am 9:16 AM

Voice call quality on jio is very bad in Lucknow there is lot of disturbance (or distortion)in calls. Like in Hindi we say awaaz phat rhi phone is working ok as calls on Airtel sim are not having any problem.ANYONE FACING SIMILAR ISSUE?

August 6, 2016 10:07 pm 10:07 PM

Now Jio joins like Airtel throteld speeds o. Several websites and movies will not download as fast only 20 kbps,and toorents also slow download …same time Jio play works good and sppetest also 8 Mbps…now hotstar membership to avoid use on WiFi on other mobiles…

August 7, 2016 12:18 am 12:18 AM

yea .. 20kbps download speed ..
torrent also slow.
lol then what internet for 😮
calls does not connect
no speed!

August 7, 2016 12:08 am 12:08 AM

totatally wrong…torrent speeds are good in jio network..getting full speed..
i think u dont know why torrent speed is low in some links…its not jios fault…

August 7, 2016 7:56 am 7:56 AM is truly giving high speed…no speed capping till now for me few more weeks are left for my preview to expire but still I am getting 6 to 12 mBps in IDM as well as in torrent…People Blame and complaining speed cut must check their network coverage……

Any way Reached 1TB and still counting…So don’t but judgmental and conclusive…