We have lots of readers coming to the IP Address Guide for information on how they can access TV channels and streaming services online. But, we also have a lot of visitors checking our YouTube channel for live instructions and information on how to bypass geo-regulations and more. A recent viewer complained about his VPN provider being blocked by Hotstar in India.
At first, I thought this was just another comment from a viewer who didn’t know how to really use the VPN service. I have seen similar comments earlier, but as I promised to give the commenter an answer, I tried to access Hotstar India using ExpressVPN (the VPN provider used by the viewer). To my great surprise, I noticed that the VPN provider really was blocked, and no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to access the live streams from the Cricket World Cup on Hotstar India, neither the rest of the Premium material.
But, in the video instructions on how to access Hotstar Premium outside India on YouTube I didn’t recommend ExpressVPN. Instead, I recommended PureVPN, and therefore, I thought that would work perfectly. Once again I opened the VPN application and connected to the recommended server in India for Hotstar. To my great surprise it didn’t work either. I then connected to some random servers in India, but all I got was the error message that the content was blocked outside India.
What did I do then?
There is this VPN provider really good at unblocking….
I didn’t even bother to try with VPN providers like HideMyAss, IPVanish, NordVPN, StrongVPN and similar well-known VPN providers, because I do believe they are all blocked. But, there is a brand new and very upcoming VPN provider named Surfshark VPN! They might be the best VPN provider on the market for unblocking Netflix, and I also saw a recent tweet about them adding a new server in India. As a result, I gave them a try. They have two servers in India and I just connected to one of them. At first try, I was given access to the Hotstar Premium and I could watch the most recent episode of Big Little Lies season 2 at the platform.
Surfshark is a really solid VPN provider and they have some awesome prices and a 30-day money back guarantee. Since there is no risk involved in trying, go ahead and check it out yourself. You can also read more about how to watch Hotstar abroad with Surfshark VPN in this article.
I have earlier reported about how watching Hotstar Premium abroad got much harder due to the fact that an Indian phone number was required to register. That still remains true, but with this recent attempt to block all VPN providers it got even harder. But, with Surfshark VPN you still got a chance to stream all your favorite Hotstar content abroad. Give it a try and have fun!
Have you got any experience with Hotstar that you want to share? Have you been using a VPN provider to unblock Hotstar that suddenly got blocked? I would love to hear your story and thoughts!