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How To Watch Hotstar In USA Or Anywhere For Free

In this post, we will guide on how to watch Hotstar TV of India in the USA or Anywhere in the world for free.

If you access Hotstar outside of India, you will get the following error(s).

  • Playback URL not available. Please try later. [HWEB_404]
  • This content is currently not available in your region.

This is because Hotstar is made available for only Indian viewers and due to licensing issues, anyone outside of India would not be able to access their service.

How To Watch Hotstar In USA Without VPN?

Watch Hotstar in USA

Don’t worry, you can use a free Smart DNS service to access Hotstar outside of India. In a nutshell, you will need to do the followings;

  1. Register for a free SmartDNS account.
  2. Configure your device to use SmartDNS
  3. Change your SmartDNS account region to India
  4. Access Hotstar.

Complicated? NO! Follow the easy guide below.

Smart DNS Proxy Setup

Step 1: Register for a free Smart DNS service.

Step 2: Set up Smart DNS service on your device as per the instructions at the link(s) below:

Step 3: Once you’ve configured your device to use Smart DNS, go to your Account’s region configuration, scroll down till you see Channel Group B. Now, choose India from the drop-down list and click on Update.

Change SmartDNS region to India

If you’ve set up everything correctly, you will see all checkmarks are now green and Channel Group B is set to India in the Status Page.

SmartDNS Configuration Status

Access Hotstar

That’s it! You can now access Hotstar and stream your favourite live game or programmes. If you’re on a mobile device, please ensure that you use Google Chrome browser to access Hotstar and not via their app.

This is because their app requires location services to be enabled which will reveal your actual location. The Smart DNS service cannot fake your GPS locations.

If the TV site is still forcing/redirecting to download their app, you can set your browser to request for a Desktop site and access it again.

Is Smart DNS Proxy Safe?

Absolutely! Most of the region-restricted websites have an initial location check, so a Smart DNS service route this request to their servers so you can bypass them.

This is a great service for Streaming as they only route the Internet traffic for the TV sites they support. Any other Internet traffic goes directly onto the Internet without Smart DNS service automatically.

Is Smart DNS Proxy Free?

You can use their service for 14 days for Free! They will not ask for your payment details and therefore, you will not be charged.

On the 14th day, you can either take a subscription with them or just don’t take any action. The free trial account will be automatically cancelled.

Personally, I would highly recommend their service because they support over 600+ TV channels and you can access it from anywhere in the world.

As low as $4 per month, their subscription is really cheap and it’s a good bargain.

This is also a great service for those who want to cancel their expensive cable TV subscription and look for a cheaper alternative.


Whilst Hotstar is being aggressive on VPN service providers, they are still easy on Smart DNS proxy service providers.

For now, we can all still enjoy accessing Hotstar outside of India. Why do you access Hotstar? Is there any specific programme that is not made available in your country?

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