India’s premium streaming platform ‘Hotstar’ and Southeast Asia’s video-on-demand (VOD) service ‘HOOQ’ have forged a first-of-its-kind partnership. HOOQ’s 6,000-hour catalogue of Hollywood TV shows and movies will be made available to Hotstar Premium users. In turn, HOOQ can leverage Hotstar’s massive scale of over 150 million monthly active users.
The catalogue for Hotstar Premium subscribers, already featuring award-winning content from studios like HBO, Showtime, Fox and Disney, will further expand to include thousands of Hollywood titles and same-day telecasts of the latest seasons of top-rated Hollywood TV series, including award-winning titles such as The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, The Flash, S.W.A.T., The Goldbergs and HOOQ Originals like The Oath. They will also be able to choose from Hollywood blockbusters and classics — Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Pulp Fiction — and enjoy their viewing experience on any device, at any time.
The growing interest of Indian viewers towards Hollywood content marks an opportune moment for HOOQ to expand its content distribution channel and partnering with Hotstar provides it the most compelling platform to create impact in the Indian market.
Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar, said, “Hotstar Premium’s English catalogue is unlike anything you’ll find on any other platform in the world — an aggregation of content from across studios and content producers, at a single destination. This partnership with HOOQ, with its portfolio of curated blockbuster Hollywood content, seals the argument — for an English content fan, there is nowhere else to go.”
Commenting on the partnership, Peter Bithos, CEO, HOOQ, said, “We are so pleased to announce this collaboration with Hotstar that combines their reach with our offering as the ‘Home for Hollywood’ in India. With the appetite for Hollywood content in India growing at a furious pace, we are poised to offer the Indian customer easily accessible and a very affordable way to watch the best of Hollywood. This partnership with Hotstar underscores our commitment to satisfying the Indian market’s appetite for on-demand content.”
Prabh Singh, Business Head, Hotstar Premium, added, “When it comes to English content, Hotstar Premium is uniquely placed in that it boasts titles from global studios like HBO, Disney, Showtime and Fox and now with HOOQ, iconic shows such as The Big Bang Theory, The Flash, S.W.A.T and even cult classics like Friends in the fold. Regardless of mood, genre preference or which side of the superhero debate you sit on, Hotstar Premium is the single destination where English content consumers find everything. The partnership with HOOQ firmly strengthens that position.”
Zulfiqar Khan, Managing Director of India for HOOQ, said, “This is the start of a great relationship between HOOQ and Hotstar in India, we are excited to bring to life a wealth of content for a new audience. The OTT market is an exciting space and our belief is that it is imperative for consumers to have easy access to content. With this Hotstar partnership, HOOQ takes another step forward in becoming the service known as the ‘Home of Hollywood’ on major platforms.”