Any app that streams movies and music for free is questionable. First red flag on the source of the movies and music they are providing users for consumption, second red flag on the source of the app installation itself. Hotstar app downloads is one of those apps. This app is different from another free streaming app as it is an iOS compatible app. Though, that doesn’t mean, you will be finding it on the apple store shelves. The company has taken apple compatibility certificate for easy running and services on iOS, otherwise, you have to download it from the app provider’s given web address using safari, basically ‘sideloading’.
Think of the million things that can go wrong only while you are installing it. Uploading any iOS app on Apple store not only requires certain authentication but also needs to pass malware and virus tests. So, any app you are downloading from sources elsewhere has the threat of including malware content in your mobile space. This means your information stored in those devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Even if you are taking a risk on this factor, how about discussing the free streaming methodology? Hotstar works just like P2P torrent. So, it streams contents from bits and pieces distributed everywhere on the internet from different IPs as and when available, on their in-built media player. Hence, definitely the content is not free, and Hotstar is streaming them illegally. Not only, you are watching a pirated content, but also uploading your bit to be consumed by some other user too. Hence you are actively distributing illegal content online. With legal authorities breathing on the neck of people who have involved actively in piracy and illegal distribution of media content, you might face lawsuit charges too. It has been in the news that a Sweden based man was fined $652000 USD for 1 movie.
Otherwise, the app is a fine one. It has lots of movies, TV shows, music and videos to be watched for free, and they are mostly updated to the latest releases. They are neatly categorized and the user interface is trendy. Overall users have numerous reasons to enjoy the app, despite legal threats.
If you are really hung up on using Hotstar Live app, they prefer using a VPN service that provides encrypted layer while using this app service. Go for a VPN app which works on iOS and allows speedy P2P streaming. Make sure they don’t log any activity on the VPN service provider’s end too, otherwise there is no point.
There are certain aspects one should always ponder while consuming free media content. A lot of money and effort goes into making those content for entertaining us, and piracy actually puts a dent in those effort and money. As a society, we owe some portion to these people. Hence, before using this app, people should consider their actions. Also, the popularity of this app should alert streaming service providers to pipe down their rental plan prices for users.