The Best VPNs for Disney+ Hotstar
INDIA VPN DATA LAW UPDATE: India’s new VPN data law has forced many reputable VPN services to remove their India physical servers. Only a handful of good VPNs offer virtual server locations in India. The VPNs we recommend below still work with Hotstar India.
The best VPNs for Hotstar offer Indian servers, fast international speeds, and reliably unblock Disney+ Hotstar outside of India.
They can also access other international streaming platforms where Hotstar content is available, including Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max.
Out of 56 VPN services we tested, only 31 have physical or virtual servers in India.
Of these 31 India VPNs, six work with Hotstar but only the three below are worth using to unblock Hotstar content.
1. ExpressVPN: The Best VPN for Hotstar
ExpressVPN comes with two Indian city servers and unblocks Hotstar, HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney+.
ExpressVPN Test Ratings
Overall Hotstar Rating: 9.7/10
Speed & Reliability: 9.9/10
Ease of Use: 9.9/10
Customer Support: 9.8/10
ExpressVPN comes with two India servers via the UK and Singapore. The best server for accessing Hotstar is via Singapore, which works reliably to spoof your real location and get around Hotstar geo-restrictions.
On June 2nd 2022, ExpressVPN removed its servers from India in response to the Indian government’s demands to log user data.
ExpressVPN no longer has physical servers in the country, but you can still get an Indian IP address via the VPN’s India virtual servers.
ExpressVPN is the best VPN for streaming, reliably unblocking all streaming services hosting Hotstar content Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max. This is ideal if you’re outside the US and want to access Hotstar Specials on Hulu.
While ExpressVPN’s overall speeds are exceptional, its India connection speeds could be faster.
We recorded an average download speed of 57Mbps connecting from the UK to Chennai, India. This is a 43% speed loss versus our baseline 100Mbps internet speed.
ExpressVPN is the best overall VPN – it’s secure, private, and comes with excellent customer support.
2. Private Internet Access: Best Cheap VPN for Hotstar
PIA accesses all US streaming sites and its servers in Mumbai get around Hotstar blocks.
Private Internet Access Test Ratings
Overall Hotstar Rating: 9.4/10
Speed & Reliability: 9.3/10
Ease of Use: 8.3/10
Customer Support: 9.4/10
Private Internet Access (PIA) is another secure and easy-to-use VPN service for unblocking and streaming Hotstar outside of India.
Moreover, PIA VPN unblocks major US streaming platforms, including HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney+.
PIA has a huge network of 17,087 servers, with the highest average number of servers per country of any VPN.
For India, PIA lets you connect to servers in Mumbai. We’d like to see more city options, but we’ve never experienced network congestion, and speeds have remained fast.
If you want to watch Hotstar via the US Disney bundle, you can take advantage of PIA’s 50 US city locations for optimal streaming speeds.
We were also impressed by PIA’s customer support, with 24/7 live chat available and quality online guides.
The main issue with PIA VPN is that ExpressVPN is more reliable for unblocking streaming sites, and faster on longer-distance connections.
Despite being slower than ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access represents very good value, costing only $2.19 per month on its two-year plan.
3. CyberGhost: Best Free VPN for Hotstar
CyberGhost offers a 100% free trial on PC and Mac, and its Mumbai servers unblock Hotstar.
CyberGhost Test Ratings
Overall Hotstar Rating: 9.1/10
Speed & Reliability: 8.8/10
Ease of Use: 8.8/10
Customer Support: 9.5/10
If you want to unblock Hotstar for free, CyberGhost VPN is your best option.
CyberGhost isn’t completely free, but it does offer a genuine VPN free trial with no registration.
You can in fact use the VPN completely free for 24 hours on Windows and macOS computers, with no payment details required.
Furthermore, you can take advantage of a seven-day free trial on iOS and a three-day free trial on Android.
We tested CyberGhost’s Mumbai virtual server and it still works well with Hotstar. Moreover, the VPN’s US servers also unblock Disney Plus, and the wider Disney Bundle.
With CyberGhost you get access to a wide network of 9,769 servers, and user-friendly apps for all popular devices. The VPN also comes with Smart DNS, but not for India, sadly.
Similarly to PIA, CyberGhost’s 24/7 live chat support is very quick and well-informed.
The main issue you’ll face using CyberGhost with Hotstar is the streaming speed. In all our tests, CyberGhost was much slower than ExpressVPN and Private Internet Access.