- Hotstar is India's largest premium streaming platform with more than 300 million viewers.
- While the largest userbase of Hotstart uses the Hotstar app, the service is also accessible from the web.
Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 300 million viewers. The service offers everything from live sport to web series, exclusive TV shows, and movies.
Hotstar is available in both free and premium versions. While the largest userbase of Hotstart uses the Hotstar app, the service is also accessible from the web. However, what web browser you use to access the Hotstar service can, at times, make a huge difference in the viewing experience.
If you are looking for a change from your old browser, here are the best browsers for Hotstar that you can use to stream videos without any issues.
Opera Browser may not be the trendiest browsing solution but has its own niche audience. The latest design overhaul has given the browser the much-needed design upgrade with some cool features up its sleeves. Here’s what makes Opera perhaps the best browser to stream Hotstar videos.
Coming to the streaming capabilities, the Opera browser offers excellent page loading speed thanks to the built-in ad-blocker. The browser also comes with built-in VPN support to access the restricted websites blocked by your ISP or access the region-restricted contents.
Other features offered by the browser include built-in Facebook messenger support. You can take screenshots of the web pages without using any third-party tool.
It also comes with support for VR Players, standard security protocols, instant search, ad-blocker, New readers, battery saver mode, currency unit, and time zone converters, etc.
UR Browser is the newest kid in the block but comes with some cool tricks up its sleeves. It is fast, secure and optimized for privacy. UR Browser comes with tools to speed up the page loading process.
The browser loads websites faster without the ads, tracker and cookies that can slow down the loading speed. The UR Browser comes with three levels of privacy. Low Privacy mode offers HTTPS Redirect and Anti-Fingerprinting protection.
Medium Privacy blocks ad trackers and ads, third-party cookies. The High Privacy mode offers everything in Medium privacy plus Ninja Mode that allows you to open Incognito mode without opening a new window.
UR browser also offers a built-in VPN connection that can help you bypass ISP restrictions or access region-restricted content. This browser is our top choice for the best browser to watch Hotstar content.
Mozilla Firefox is another popular browser that received a complete overhaul. Now Firefox claims to offers 2x speed than its predecessor. Firefox comes with better memory management as well as more privacy options.
The Firefox comes with a great number of extensions to enhance your video watching experience. Better memory management means the Firefox now leaves more resources to run apps and stream content while also increasing the page loading speed.
Mozilla Firefox also offers customization options. The users can choose from thousands of themes to give Firefox the look they want.
The new version of the browser has also offers improved sync between devices, better add-on and extension support, bookmark manager, more powerful private browsing and ad tracker blocking features.
Google Chrome is the most popular web browser as of now in the Windows ecosystem. The browser is popular for its clean interface, extensive extension support, as well as better security.
To watch Hotstar, Google Chrome offers a password manager with automatic login support. The web streaming service works without any issues on the browser.
Being a Google product, Chrome offers built-in smart search features, including translation and more. Compared to UR Browser, Chrome browser lacks on some fronts. For instance, there is no built-in VPN support, although you can use an extension if that suits you.
It also lacks a built-in adblocker. On the security front, Chrome can detect unsafe sites and block user access with a warning. Chrome also auto-updates every six weeks to keep up with the newest security protocols.
On the flip side, Google Chrome still struggles with the age-old memory optimization issues. Even the new browsers like Microsoft Edge (Chromium) offers better memory optimization in comparison.
That said, Google Chrome is still one of the best web browsers that are available for Windows computers.
If you are watching live sport like Cricket or Hotstar or other types of video content, watching it on the large screen of your desktop or laptop would make more sense. To enhance the browsing experience, you can use one of the web browsers listed in this article.
We recommend you to try Opera first as it comes with a built-in VPN and it’s optimized for streaming media online. Do let us know your pick in the comments.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.