Come 5 September, Disney fans in Indonesia will be able to enjoy exclusive Disney+ offerings with Disney is set to launch the Disney+ Hotstar version of its streaming service there. This makes Indonesia the first country in the Southeast Asian region to receive Disney+.
As reported by Variety, the news was first announced at Disney’s earnings conference call by CEO Bob Chapek. It was then confirmed in Indonesia with local media there sent invitations to a launch event on 10 August.
“I’m happy to announce that we will also be rolling out Disney+ Hotstar on September 5 in Indonesia, one of the world’s most populous countries. By year-end, Disney Plus will be available in nine of the top 10 economies in the world,” said Chapek.
Disney+ Hotstar was first created in April 2020 when the newly launched Disney+ streaming service was combined with India’s existing and incredibly successful Hotstar platform, which was acquired by Disney in 2019. Hotstar offered a mixed business model, with free tiers for the general public and premium levels to paying subscribers.
The news of Disney+ Hotstar’s launch comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that it’s much delayed live-action adaptation of Mulan will be heading straight to Disney+ instead of theatres.
At least Disney fans in Indonesia will get a chance to catch Mulan on their TV screens, for the price of US$30.
Though we’d like to ask, when exactly will Disney+ be coming to Singapore?