Disney+ Hotstar app has now started supporting 5.1 surround sound for select titles on its platform. The service which was previously know as the Hotstar, was only limited to stereo sound before this. As first spotted by NDTV Gadgets360, the app now has Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound support, but it is currently available for the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The support will be extended to other titles ‘soon’.
While replying to multiple user queries on Twitter, the Disney+ Hotstar officials commented saying that, “you can enjoy The Mandalorian with 5.1 sound on our latest apps on Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. We will be bringing 5.1 sound to more content soon. Appreciate your support.”
The new Disney+ Hotstar service was launched last week, as it builds on the reputation of Hotstar and pairs it with Disney+ content. With the updated service, Disney+ is looking to better compete with other streaming platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Voot, ZEE5 in India.
Yes, You can enjoy The Mandalorian with 5.1 sound on our latest apps on Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. We will be bringing 5.1 sound to more content soon. Appreciate your support.
— Disney+HS_helps (@hotstar_helps) April 3, 2020
It will be available in three tiers – Disney+ Hotstar VIP, Disney+ Hotstar Premium and an ad-supported basic tier. The Disney+ Hotstar VIP is the most lucrative subscription offering right now. It is priced at Rs 399 a year and gives access to movies and shows from Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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It also has a library of Disney movies like The Lion King and Frozen II. This is in addition to the content available as part of Hotstar VIP priced at Rs 365 a year earlier. Disney+ Hotstar Premium is for those who want the complete suit of content available on the platform. This includes Disney+ Originals and latest shows and movies from studios like ABC, HBO and others. Priced at Rs 1,499 a year, it is a huge bump from the Hotstar Premium, which was available for Rs 999 a year.