Priced at INR365 ($5.30) annually, the new Hotstar VIP subscription provides access to originals, labelled Hotstar Specials, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, the cricket world cup, the English Premier League soccer, and serials before they are aired on Disney's Star television network.
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment about the report.
Apple is also in discussions with HBO, part of AT&T Inc-owned WarnerMedia, to become part of the service and it could yet make it in time for the launch, according to a person familiar with the matter.
There is also an untitled M. Night Shyamalan series and untitled Oprah Winfrey projects, among others. Due to a decrease in iPhone sales over the past couple of years, Apple will be looking for new ways to take the dollars out of your wallet, and this is one of a few ways it's going to try.
Even with this 50% off mobile-only subscription, Netflix charges higher than practically all other video streaming services in the country. The build up for Apple's special March 25 event more or less confirms the shift. The latest report on Apple's plans for its App Store and a subscription model for games comes from Bloomberg and suggests that Apple is indeed working on a "premium games subscription" feature and is actively discussing it with "potential partners". The services unit is Apple's second largest in terms of revenue, and is its most profitable. This is the first Apple launch event of 2019. To keep growing, the company has been trying to sell its existing device owners services such as Apple Music subscriptions, iCloud storage and AppleCare warranties. This service won't take on new cloud-based streaming offerings like Google Stadia. The intention was clear: get all that out of the way to put the focus on Tuesday's big event.
The tech giant is also expected to reveal a news and magazine subscription service giving users access to editorial and news articles for a monthly fee at the event early Tuesday morning (NZ time).
The move into these new categories is a huge moment for the company and as United States analyst Dan Ives told Bloomberg, the stakes are high. Additionally, per the WSJ, a paid tier for Apple News will be unveiled that costs $9.99.