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Hotstar is a live streaming app that lets you watch your favourite TV shows, movies, sports and live news on-the-go. It is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama and movies in 17 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event.
For movie buffs, you have Hollywood, Bollywood and regional language movies. For TV bingers, you have English, Hindi and regional language TV shows and many live channels. Sports enthusiasts can get live cricket on hotstar and football online. Hotstar Originals includes a variety of exclusive content. It ranges from the popular news comedy show On Air with AIB, to your favourite Sarabhai vs Sarabhai 2 and more.
Install this live-wire app and get a wholesome dose of entertainment at your fingertips!
Streaming large events can be a challenge and create an enormous strain on infrastructure and resources. When that event is streaming to millions of people, the live-streaming high-definition video has a massive impact on bandwidth. However, Hotstar, owned by 21st Century Fox, has amassed over 350 million followers and recently managed to stream a cricket match to 10.3 million viewers.
The game in question was on May 27 when the Chennai Super Kings faced off against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final match of the 11th edition of the Vivo Indian Premier League at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The IPL is the most attended cricket league, and the final match saw a huge audience took to streaming the event.
Stream to Millions of Fans
TheNextWeb caught up with CEO Ajit Mohan to discuss how it managed to flawlessly stream the event to its millions of viewers.
The secret behind achieving a stream to concurrently deliver to multiple customers isn’t just about the delivery mechanism but also about API’s and a solid end-user app to enable that media to be reliably consumed.
For those who can’t watch the stream live, Mohan explains how the company built the app to cater to those customers. The app offers a lock screen widget that allows quick access for customers to join into the stream whenever they want to see what is going on. That trigger also creates a surge in traffic, and this is where the challenges reside.
It’s relatively easy to deliver a constant bandwidth to those watching beginning to end and account for the traffic paths through the network. However, it’s when a wicket drops or a goal or player got out in pro kabaddi league live telecast is scored that these surges created unpredictable amounts of bursts.
Mohan explains that the work is just beginning and the next big challenge for the company is the India vs. Pakistan match on the Asia Cup roster, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates in September.
Undoubtedly this match will draw unprecedented viewers, but it seems Hotstar has it covered, which is great news for its customers.