Even though online video streaming in the US has been on the rise, this is not the case for Canadians who are still restricted from certain platforms that provide movies and TV shows to online viewers.
Services like Starz, Hulu, and Netflix are redefining the entertainment industry and yet Canadian residents are unable to access these channels due to geo-restrictions.
Another popular streaming platform that is inaccessible from Canada is called Hotstar. This streaming service is popular in India and offers about 50,000 hours of free TV content in over eight different languages.
Hotstar is an Indian video-on-demand service that delivers Bollywood movies and TV shows as well as live sports streaming. It is geo-blocked to viewers outside of India.
This usually means that if you are a Canadian resident or expat, you cannot watch Hotstar from outside India.
Luckily, there is a workaround that lets you watch Hotstar in Canada. By using a VPN, you can bypass any geo-block and watch Hotstar in Canada with ease.
This method will work on your PC, Mac, Android, or iPhone.
With a VPN, you can change your IP address and unblock Hotstar from anywhere in the world. You can also access the app store of these locations to download the Hotstar app.
All you need is a VPN service that allows you to choose an Indian IP address or one with a mobile app (if you want to use the Hotstar app). Presto! You can now watch HotStar from Canada!
Since Hotstar is designed to only allow an Indian IP address, you must choose an Indian IP to access the streaming services. It is also important that your VPN service offers a private DNS because Google might eventually leak your IP address.
Hotstar also provides its exclusive apps on Android and iOS app stores. You can watch your favorite movies, shows, and live sports programs right on your hand-held device. However, the Hotstar app is not available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play Store from a Canadian IP address.
This is where using a VPN becomes necessary. Many VPNs do not have mobile clients, so if Hotstar or any other video streaming service is the main reason you are searching for a VPN, then make sure to choose one that has a mobile client.
Choosing a VPN that can be used on an Android or iOS devices will allow you download the Hotstar app from the respective app stores and also watch it live on the go.
Follow the below steps to setup the VPN service:
You can now stream content from Hotstar website. You have successfully bypassed the Hotstar geo-restriction.
Remember, you will also need an Indian IP before you can download the Hotstar mobile application (Android or iPhone).
Bypassing geo-restrictions is commonly called geo-dodging. It is a highly debated topic, and a legal gray area as most laws are silent on the matter.
Regardless of the type of geo-restrictions in place, using a VPN is the best way to be a part of a world without borders.