This previous Friday, Disney+ launched a brand new coming-of-age film referred to as Stargirl — to not be confused with the upcoming DC Universe sequence of the identical title — in addition to a brand new episode for a number of ongoing scripted and actuality sequence, together with the likes of Diary of a Future President, Disney Family Sundays, Fairy Tale Weddings, Marvel’s Hero Project, One Day at Disney, Pixar in Real Life, and Shop Class. But none of that’s out there on Hotstar — or Disney+ Hotstar, relying on the way it’s feeling — even a day later, regardless of all of the Disney+ originals being launched in India earlier this week on Wednesday.
That indicators that Hotstar has paused the weekly rollout of latest Disney+ content material in India. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Hotstar for affirmation and touch upon when the moratorium is predicted to be lifted. After abruptly dropping every little thing on Wednesday, it is unclear why Hotstar has now determined to not push out new content material, particularly in the case of the seven aforementioned sequence, that are already out there on Hotstar. The final new episode for every sequence is from the Friday earlier than. It’s a curious selection, to say the least, although it does match the sample set by Hotstar — one in all utter confusion.
Hotstar has utterly bungled the launch of Disney+ in India. A little bit of catch-up for many who want it. Early Wednesday, Hotstar pushed out all Disney+ originals because it completed rebranding its apps to “Disney+ Hotstar”. But it then modified its thoughts later that day. The content material was hidden from search, the rebranding largely disappeared — relying on when and the place you entry it, the app icon may learn “Hotstar” or “Disney+ Hotstar” — although the brand new blue color theme stayed. Hotstar stated the brand new app was in beta take a look at till the complete launch on March 29, however that appeared like a cover-up for its fake pas.
Some of these issues had been anticipated to be addressed at a launch occasion in Mumbai on Friday, which was cancelled on the final minute, citing the continuing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. And after the BCCI’s resolution on Friday to postpone the beginning of the 2020 Indian Premier League season till mid-April in the wake of rising issues across the pandemic, Disney+’s official arrival in India may get delayed, given its want to time Disney+’s India launch with the beginning of IPL. Hotstar has not responded to Gadgets 360’s a number of requests for touch upon a potential launch delay.
Owing to all that, it is simply potential that Hotstar subscribers in India won’t see any new Disney+ content material till mid-April. After a nice Wednesday shock, Hotstar has switched again to common programming: letting its customers down.