How to Watch Star Sports Outside India (The Extremely Complete Edition)

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Let’s go and watch some Star Sports and whatever Star India wants you to watch.

We can all agree that it is highly irritating when one tries to watch Star Sports outside India over the internet.

It is frustrating for many reasons.

One of those reasons is the simple fact that people living outside India who want to watch Star Sports outside India are also people.

So, in principle, they should also have the facility of watching the same content as the people who live in India.

But we don’t live in that world.

We live in a world that is always throwing big surprises in our faces.

People living in Europe would already know that Star Sports (via Hotstar) will do everything in its power to block them from accessing and consuming their content via their service.

Online consumers who are living in the United States will usually have to pay double price for everything they want to watch on platforms such as Star Sports and others.

This guide will show users how they can watch Star Sports outside India with a variety of methods.

First, we would like to show the readers how to get a Star Sports subscription on Hotstar regardless of their physical location.

What is Star Sports exactly?

Star Sports is a sports channel.

More specifically, it is a giant network of various different sports channels each specializing in a different sport.

Who owns Star Sports?

Star India.

What is Star India?

It is a division of the multinational mass media corporation by the name of 21st Century Fox.

Star India delivers these channels throughout the whole of the Indian subcontinent via satellites.

As far as the home market (that these stations try to target) goes, the list of countries go like this,

  • Maldives
  • Afghanistan
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Pakistan
  • India

In order to watch any of the content that Star Sports puts out, one needs to have a Hotstar subscription.

One other way to stream content from Star Sports is to become a satellite TV subscriber.

Of course, users who want to stream everything that HotStar offers will have to buy the full subscription instead of just taking out the subscription that enables them to stream Star Sports online content via Hotstar.

With that said, users need to know that even when they have paid Hotstar to watch some content, Hotstar and/or Star Sports online won’t just allow access to any and all type of content available on the platform to all users in each and every corner of the world.

As mentioned just now, only those users can watch Star Sports on Hostar who are living in or are currently located in one of the countries that we have mentioned above.

These are the only countries that the service considers as its home market.

And because of that, it doesn’t even try to cover people living in other areas of the world.

The other problem with subscribing to Hotstar or Star Sports online via Hotstar is that, the moment the user (as a subscriber) leaves these areas and travels abroad, the service automatically ends the user’s access to its content.

So how does one go about streaming Star Sports on Hotstar if one lives in places such as,

  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • United States of America

Well, the first thing that the user needs to do is to make it look like he/she comes from a country that Star Sports on Hotstar supports.

In other words, users who are traveling abroad will have to show that they are still in their home country.

Users who are outside the Indian subcontinent will have to show that they don’t reside in their current location but are located within the countries that the service supports.

This is where services like VPN and others come into play.

A VPN service is great for users who want to make it appear as if they come (or at least their internet-enabled device) from a country that if different from their current location.

When VPN services do that for the users, they are able to unblock Star Sports on Hotstar from any country in the world.

The term VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.

It performs the task of mediation between the websites that the user wants to visit and the user’s computer machine.

These sites include Start Sports online via Hotstar.

Readers should not need us to tell them that all VPN services are not great.

Some of them are good.

A lot of them are not good.

There are few who may not be good in other areas but are great at unblocking content.

An even lower percentage of VPN services are all-rounders in the sense that they provide maximum protection and also unblock content at speed.

These are the ones that we will focus on in this guide for the first few sections.

In simpler terms, users need to sign up for a VPN service that is good at performing the task of unblocking services such as Hotstar.

Hence, there is no need to put one’s focus on VPN services that don’t have these attributes.

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The type of attributes that users who want to watch Star Sports outside India with the help of a VPN service should look for include,

  • Good privacy policy
  • Strong security
  • Good reliability
  • Constant service
  • Consistent service
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to use
  • Fast VPN servers
  • Exclusive servers for video streaming activities
  • Many VPN servers in India or any of the other countries that Hotstar and/or Star Sports considers as home countries

Readers should keep in mind that there are very few VPN services that satisfy these requirements.

At Security Gladiators, we have gone out in the wild and have done hard research on which VPN services are the best when it comes to watching Star Sports on Hotstar.

Remember that these services will not only unblock Star Sports on Hotstar but will also unblock several number of other online services that make use of geo-restrictions to keep unwanted users away from their content.

Without further ado, here are some of the best VPNs to watch Star Sports on Hotstar outside India.

IPVanish

Similar to Godzilla, IPVanish is the king of monsters if the monsters in question are VPN services.

But as we all know Godzilla is not invulnerable.

In other words, IPVanish has a drawback (it has lots of positives as well which we will discuss in a bit) and a major one:

It operates out of the United States of America.

This makes it slightly undesirable for the extra-privacy-conscious online consumers who don’t want to risk the NSA and the CIA knocking on the doors of IPVanish and demanding some data.

Our research shows that is not a cause for concern.

IPVanish has been in the business long enough to show to the people that it knows what it is doing when it comes to taking care of business.

And the business here is to protect user data and unblock streaming sites and services such as Star Sports channel on Hotstar.

This VPN service offers users a total of 1000 VPN servers which are based in a total of 60 countries.

IPvanish has made sure that it has a nice spread when it comes to picking good locations for its servers.

That is why it works with almost all streaming services except for US Netflix.

IPVanish has multiple VPN servers in India so users don’t need to worry about not being able to access Star Sports via Hotstar outside India.

Apart from that, IPVanish is renowned for offering VPN servers with high speed.

This makes IPVanish the VPN service of choice for users who want to stream video content (sometimes HD) especially from services such as Star Sports on Hotstar.

IPVanish, just like all the other VPN services on this list works in India and all around the world.

In a recent upgrade, IPVanish now offers users to connect up to ten devices on a single account.

The industry average is around four.

This alone gives IPVanish the lead over many of its competitors.

The other thing that is very interesting about IPVanish is that, it has more simultaneous connections than all the VPN services that are mentioned even on this list.

So IPvanish is not only the best when it comes to offering simultaneous connections, it is the best of the best.

Moreover, just like all the other elite VPN service providers, in order to set up a VPN on a router, all that the user has to do is install IPVanish on it.

That will ensure VPN protection for all devices that connect to the internet via that WiFi router.

The great thing about installing a VPN app on the router is that even though the user might have connected 10 devices to the router with a VPN, it would only count as one connection on part of IPVanish.

Great, isn’t it?

IPvanish is also ahead of the pack in the sense that it has customized and self-installing applications for all major platforms such as,

  • iOS
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire Stick
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • Mac OS X
  • macOS
  • Windows

Users have the option of reaching the customer support team via a ticket submission system as well as email.

There is no chat support.

In order to access all the customer support options, the user has to go to the user area on the official IPVanish online website.

IPvanish offers users a full seven-day official money-back guarantee.

This isn’t the longest in the VPN industry but it is more than enough.

NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

So it is true that IPVanish offers a shorter money-back guarantee.

But that isn’t always a bad thing.

It is entirely possible that IPvanish is more confident in its VPN service than ExpressVPN and/or NordVPN, so it doesn’t have to offer users such a long trial period to t say.

Our research also shows that the seven-day money-back guarantee is more than enough for the average online consumer to check out the service and make sure if the VPN service is right for him or her.

IPVanish gives the user everything the user could want and still gives the user the option to give it all back without spending a dime.

Just like all the other VPNs on this list, IPVanish also offers huge discounts.

Sometimes as high as 60 percent.

Click here to read our IPVanish review right now.

And click here to sign up for IPVanish right here and right now via the official website.

 

ExpressVPN

If we’re talking about reliability then there aren’t too many VPN service providers that are better than ExpressVPN.

In fact, there are none.

It has made itself one of the most popular VPN service providers by offering a high-quality VPN service.

ExpressVPN is known for offering high-speed VPN servers that help users who want to stream video content from all corners of the world via the internet.

ExpressVPN is so confident on the quality of its VPN service that the company does not mind offering users an official 30-day money-back guarantee with each of its subscription packages.

Users who don’t feel satisfied with the services that ExpressVPN offers them, have the option of canceling their subscription without any problems.

As per official policy, ExpressVPN will refund the entire amount.

Let’s discuss the servers.

Fast VPN servers are very important for online users.

They are specifically important for those online users who want to watch Star Sports outside India.

ExpressVPN, as a VPN service, offers users VPN servers located in over 94 countries.

The company strategically places VPN servers all over the globe.

These include countries such as,

  • Nepal
  • Bhutan
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Pakistan
  • India

As some of our users would already have figured out, this list of countries that ExpressVPN offers basically covers all the countries where a user can watch Star Sports on Hotstar outside India.

ExpressVPN is very competent when it comes to dodging all sorts of regional restrictions.

Media sites these days have taken it to users who utilize VPN services to access restricted content.

Some of these sites include,

  • Netflix
  • Amazon
  • Hulu

Sometimes even YouTube applies regional restrictions to certain content.

With a VPN service like ExpressVPN nearby, the user should have no trouble in accessing content on Hotstar and also watch Star Sports online while they are outside India.

ExpressVPN also offers users a custom application without any extra charges.

Subscribers to ExpressVPN subscription packages have the option of using ExpressVPN’s application to connect to the internet via ExpressVPN and make their lives easier.

Currently, ExpressVPN offers its custom app for platforms such as,

  • Linux
  • Fire OS
  • Fire TV
  • iOS
  • macOS
  • Mac OS X
  • Android
  • Windows

Users who like to do a bit of tweaking can also take advantage of the many configuration options that ExpressVPN provides to its users.

Of course, users will have to make sure that they have the required knowledge to make manual changes to ExpressVPN.

Users who know how to handle options related to VPN services on their systems using WiFi routers and/or Blackberry operating system would also find a lot of joy in using ExpressVPN.

The ExpressVPN custom-built application is fairly easy to use.

Like most elite VPN service providers, ExpressVPN makes sure that the user does not have to perform too many clicks in order to install the company’s custom VPN application.

In fact, for the installation of ExpressVPN to one’s machine, all that the user has to do is first go to the official website of ExpressVPN and then download a single file from the official website.

When the user clicks on the file for the very first time and opens up the ExpressVPN app after installing the VPN service, the app will ask the user for an activation code.

Users can access this activation code from their ExpressVPN user account.

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This, in turn, is accessible via the official website.

Once the user has managed to go to the official website and has acquired the activation code, then the user will need to enter that code on the screen that the app launches at first launch.

After that, the user will no longer have any need of logging into the official ExpressVPN app in the future but only on that specific device.

ExpressVPN also provides users with other options such as the facility to install the official ExpressVPN web browser extension on all mainstream web browsers such as,

  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

What does the extension do?

The extension’s main purpose is to enable the user to control the official ExpressVPN desktop application.

For the end user that means all of the user’s internet connection that the user makes through the official ExpressVPN browser extension would provide system-wide VPN protection.

ExpressVPN allows users to connect up to three simultaneous devices per account.

No need to buy separate subscription packages for each member of your house.

ExpressVPN also allows users to install the company’s VPN service on their WiFi routers.

This way users can cover and protect each and every single device that is connected to the internet via a network that goes through that specific WiFi router.

So with a single connection, the user has the option of protecting everybody by simply installing the VPN service on his/her router.

How do you do that?

ExpressVPN has a custom router app for that as well.

The custom ExpressVPN router application enables users to create all sorts of exceptions which exclude devices with names from the VPN service.

In other words, users can select which internet-enabled devices they would like to get tunneled to the internet via the VPN server and which devices they want to only use the standard and non-VPN internet connection.

ExpressVPN also offers users a live chat feature via its official website.

When the user makes his/her way to the official ExpressVPN website, there is a small live chat window just around the corner.

Users can make use of this feature to get quick solutions to all the common problems that VPN users usually face.

ExpressVPN even has a genuine Help Desk operative present.

This feature is something that we have even seen good VPN service providers skimp out of.

The official ExpressVPN live chat facility is available to all users 24/7.

What more?

ExpressVPN users also have the option of contacting the company’s help desk via their official email address.

Failing that, there is the option of submitting a problem ticket on the ExpressVPN official website.

Sometimes one can catch a discount deal at ExpressVPN>

These discount offers sometimes offer an extra 3 month of VPN service for every 12 months of paid VPN service.

Click here to read the full ExpressVPN review right now.

NordVPN

This VPN service is also a great choice for users who want to watch Star Sports on Hotstar outside India.

People who are traveling away from India for studying/business/medical purposes but don’t want to leave behind their streaming entertainment platform can benefit from VPN services such as NordVPN.

NordVPN is slightly unique in the sense that it doesn’t just enable users to log into Star Sports on Hotstar and watch all sorts of sports channels outside India.

It also allows them to watch the ever growing Indian video library on streaming platforms such as Netflix.

Just like ExpressVPN, NordVPN is fast.

Perhaps not as fast as ExpressVPN.

But still, very fast.

Our research shows that NordVPN offers fast enough VPN connections in order to stream video content meant for India from any location on the map over the internet.

Similar to all other great VPN service providers, NordVPN also has a multiple number of servers based in India.

As for the final numbers, NordVPN offers users a total of 4438 VPN servers which are located in over 62 countries all over the globe.

Users have the option of setting up NordVPN manually on their computer machine and/or router.

Similar to ExpressVPN, NordVPN will cover all of the user’s internet-enabled devices if the user takes the pain of installing the VPN service on his/her WiFi router at home and/or office.

Any connection that goes from the user’s router to the company’s VPN server only counts as one.

Overall, ExpressVPN allows users to have a total of six concurrent VPN connection on the same account.

As mentioned before, users can take up the option of manually configuring their VPN service on platforms such as Linux.

Aside from that, NordVPN offers users dedicated applications for platforms such as,

  • iOS
  • Android
  • macOS
  • macOS X
  • Windows

The company also offers web browser extensions to its subscribers on web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

This is where NordVPN is different from ExpressVPN.

Whereas ExpressVPN web extension protected the whole system, NordVPN’s web browser extension only takes care of the traffic that moves in and out of the user’s web browser.

In other words, it will perform great when it comes to unblocking Star Sports on Hotstar from outside India.

However, it will have no problems in leaving any and all other applications on the user’s computer machine without any VPN protection.

As for customer support, NordVPN hits the nail right on the head by offering a live chat feature.

With that said, our research shows that the Help Desk doesn’t always offer an operative.

In the case where the user doesn’t get help from the live chat support feature, he/she should move ahead to raise his/her question via a support ticket.

Users can submit tickets through the official website by going to the user area of the official NordVPN website and then filling out a form.

There is also help available via email.

We’ll be the first one to admit that there was a time when NordVPN was falling behind the elites of the industry.
That is no longer true.

In fact, it is quickly leaving every VPN service in its shadow since it works with US Netflix and definitely works with services such as Star Sports via Hotstar outside India.

NordVPN shows its intentions to become the best VPN service provider in the world by offering a mammoth 30-day official money-back guarantee.

This guarantee comes with each and every subscription package that the user purchases from NordVPN.

Our research shows that the 30-day money-back offer is enough to give everyone peace of mind to simply give the NordVPN system a try without taking any risks.

Just like ExpressVPN, NordVPN offers users gigantic discounts sometimes.

The discounts can reach as high as 75 percent on the company’s three-year deal.

Click here to read out full NordVPN review.

And for those who want to subscribe to NordVPN right here and right now and that too from the official website, click here.

 

CyberGhost

The first thing that every reviewer should mention about CyberGhost is its nice looking app.

It comes with a very friendly looking ghost time.

That makes its interface fun to use.

CyberGhost, as a VPN company, operates out of Romania.

It has hired technicians in Germany.

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These people make sure that the CyberGhost VPN service is always working and available.

This makes CyberGhost one of the most reliable VPN services in the market today.

CyberGhost also offers reasonably good VPN server speeds.

As far as the VPN server network of this VPN service is concerned, it spans over 60 countries all over the map.

The list of countries include the likes of Pakistan and India.

Just like IPVanish, CyberGhost VPN service also comes with its own self-installing applications.

These are available for all major platforms such as,

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Mac OS X
  • macOS
  • Windows

Users have the option of manually setting up the VPN system on their Linux machines and WiFi routers as well.

Again, any router that has a VPN app installed on it would connect to a VPN server and will channel all of the user’s traffic for each and every one of his/her device connected to the home network.

Of course, all of these connections would count as a single connection because they are all coming from a VPN router.

In terms of the number of simultaneous connections allowed, CyberGhost VPN offers seven.

CyberGhost VPN also offers a help desk in the form of a live chat window.

It is available to all who access the official website.

The only problem with this live chat feature is that it is not 24/7.

The company only puts an operative for a live chat during European business hours.

Users who don’t get through to the live chat feature have the option of raising a ticket in their user area available on the official CyberGhost VPN website.

CyberGhost VPN also offers users a decent knowledge base area where it lists all the common problems and their fixes that VPN users are likely to phase during use.

There is also the email option that users can utilize to contact the CyberGhost team and ask for help.

The company provides all its users with a long 30-day official money-back guarantee.

This is great.

Users who are lucky enough may stumble upon a huge discount season where CyberGhost VPN can offer up to 70 percent discount on its 2-year subscription plan.

Click here to read the full CyberGhost VPN review.

 

PrivateVPN

The initial aim of the people who set up PrivateVPN was to provide online consumers an easy way download torrents without anyone knowing about it.

And they have achieved that aim.

In other words, PrivateVPN is really effective at making sure no one is able to detect what the user is doing in the online world.

The company has also done enough to boast about fast VPN server speeds.

Users who want to access Star Sports on Hotstar should definitely give this option some thought because it is a solid one.

PrivateVPN as a VPN service has VPN servers that are located in over 56 countries.

And India is one of those countries.

These locations will give any user access to Star Sports on Hotstar from any and all corners of the world.

PrivateVPN also has the ability to unlock various other online media streaming apps and services.

It does that by dodging their carefully placed regional restrictions.

To take an example, PrivateVPN offers users to access any country’s edition of Netflix.

You did know that Netflix had different catalogs for different countries right?

Great.

PrivateVPN will let you have access to them all from any place in the world.

As with all the other VPN service providers on this list, PrivateVPN also allows users to install it on their WiFi routers.

This way users are free to cover and protect all of their internet-enabled devices that may be present at their home.

And pretty similar to other VPNs on this special list, PrivateVPN also counts a given user’s router connection as nothing but a single connection.

This leaves a lot of space for users to utilize their concurrent connection limit.

As far as the number of simultaneous connections per account is concerned, PrivateVPN allows users to connect up to six internet-enabled devices at any given time.

PrivateVPN has now also joined the ranks of VPN services that offer users dedicated and free apps for major platforms such as,

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Mac OS X
  • macOS
  • Windows

And just like all the other VPN services on this list, users can also manually configure PrivateVPN on their Linux machines.

As a VPN company, PrivateVPN operates out of Sweden.

Users can contact their support team via a live chat feature that is present on the official website of PrivateVPN.

But this live chat feature is not 24/7.

In other words, it only works when Swedish business hours are active.

Users who need or rather want extra help in setting up a VPN service should ask PrivateVPN to provide them a technician.

When users make a request, a technician from the company takes over the user’s computer machine remotely.

Then the technician is expected to investigate the user’s problem.

After that, the technician fixes the problem if it is fixable.

If this method doesn’t work out, the user is always free to submit a support ticket by going to the official PrivateVPN user area.
The user area, just like before, is present on the official website of PrivateVPN.

Additionally, PrivateVPN also provides users with a way to reach their Help Desk via email.

As far as the money-back guarantee is concerned, PrivateVPN provides users with 30 days to test out their service.

If the user wants his/her money refunded before the 30-day limit then PrivateVPN has no qualms about returning the user his/her money.

Pretty similar to other VPN services on this list, PrivateVPN also offers users huge discounts at specific times throughout the year.

Sometimes, the discounts can reach as high as 70 percent.

At other times, users can also enjoy an extra five month of free VPN service when they sign up with PrivateVPN for a period of one year.

Click here to read our full PrivateVPN review.

What are some of the regional restrictions that one can face with Hotstar?

As mentioned before many times in this guide, Star India is just like US Netflix in the sense that it too blocks content for people not living in India.

And that’s probably fair.

If the US can do it why not India right?

Maybe not.

Let’s move ahead.

Whether or not you agree with regional restrictions or not it will not change the fact that Star India won’t allow you to watch its content if you do not live in countries that the service considers its home market.

Why is this?

There are many reasons.

But the primary reason is that Star India only pays the producers of its content for the right to broadcast the content (like a sporting event and whatnot) in these countries.

It really makes no difference if the actual media servers in question are located in a city like Mumbai or not.

Now media rights contracts work in a funny way.

In other words, they always take into account the location of the viewers who want to watch a particular video.

Rights don’t want to talk about where or who is actually broadcasting the video.

Companies that distribute content in the online world deliberately attempt to make the process of watching their videos difficult for certain people.

Long story short, the only countries where Star India wants to show its videos without any restrictions to people are,

  • The Maldives.
    Makes sense.
    A small country so no problems there.
  • Afghanistan.
    No problems there either.
    Plenty of people would want to watch Star Sports via Hot Star in Afghanistan regardless of the presence of American troops there.
  • Nepal.
    Definitely.
    Nepal is home to some of the highest mountains in the world.
    So maybe India wants to make it easy for its people to visit the country and climb that or something.
  • Bhutan.
    This also makes sense.
    Because Bhutan isn’t exactly a rich country so people may want to have access to content which would allow them to see how people in their neighboring countries are living.
  • Bangladesh.
    Another obvious choice.
    Bangladesh has had a great relationship with India so why would it want to ruin that by putting geo-restrictions on the country.
  • Sri Lanka.
    The Sri Lankan cricket team can be thanked for that since they have conceded thousands upon thousands of runs from the likes of Sachin, Kohli, and Sehwag.
    This is possibly the best way an Indian stream service can give back to the country that has done so much for Indian cricket in terms of boosting their morale and inflating batting averages.
  • Pakistan.
    An obvious choice since the Pakistani people are deep into Indian cinema including sports.
    And let’s not pretend that cricket isn’t a cinema as far as Pakistan and India is concerned.
  • India.
    Obviously, Star India would want people living in India to have fast and infinite access to its content.

The other thing readers need to understand here is that if Star India did not limit the regions in which people can watch its content, then it would have to deal with some serious legal issues.

Some consider is as a breach of contract even.

Hence, in order to satisfy and fulfill all legal obligations, Star India blocks content for people outside India.

The quest to limit the user base to its home market, Star India has also taken measures to detect VPN services.

In other words, users who don’t use a VPN service will definitely get blocked when they try to watch Star Sports via Hotstar outside India.

Users who make use of VPN service to do the same MAY not be able to get any action either.

It all depends on the quality and effectiveness of the VPN service that we are dealing with here.

How to Unblock Star Sports via Hotstar via VPN

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Using a VPN service is simple enough.

And we have already explained that.

Right now, we want readers to comprehensively understand that VPN services are great at getting around all type of regional restrictions that Hotstar puts out in order to protect its content.

And they are so good at it precisely because they can mask the user’s real location.

You see, each and every online consumer that has connected to the internet via an internet-enabled computer machine has a single and unique address.

This is what is known as an IP address.

Now, the internet has these online databases which can identify each IP address in terms of the physical location of the machine behind the IP address.

These online databases contain a massive list of all the IP addresses that fall within a given range.

So a media server that holds HotStar data checks each IP address that may belong to one of its users with the online database.

In other words, all that a given Hotstar media server with some content needs to do is to look at the source of the IP address whenever a user sends it a request for a particular video.

If the media server finds out that the given IP address falls well within the allowed IP address or region, then the media server moves ahead to send the video stream’s code back to where the request came from.

If the media server discovers that the video request actually originated somewhere outside the area that Hotstar services, then the media server makes no mistake in sending back nothing but an error message notification.

Users who are without a VPN service will get that error message notification.

However, users with a good VPN service close by will not have to see the error message.

Now, the exact type of message definitely varies.

It actually depends on where the user is located.

For example, if the user is actually located in North America then the user will probably see an error message like “Videos present on this Hotstar website are not available to users in the USA. In order to watch videos that are available in the USA, please make your way to us.hotstar.com”.

Of course, when the user makes his way to the official Hotstar USA website, the service will try to encourage the user to purchase a brand new subscription.

That is just stupid.

Why?

Because a person who has bought a subscription package for Hotstar content in India will have to purchase another package to watch Hotstar outside India.

It just does not make any sense.

To some, it may.

To us, it does not.

Users who are located in a country somewhere in Europe will come across an error message that will tell them that Hotstar.com is actually unavailable in the EU (or Europe).

The error message will also try to put the blame on the recently introduced European data protection regulations and rules.

It would tell the user that the service has blocked the user’s access to the Hotstar official website because of that.

However, when the user makes use of a VPN service, the VPN service makes sure to direct all of the user’s internet traffic through a diversion technique.

Using this technique, the VPN services make use of its VPN client that the user installed on his/her computer machine and diverts the traffic of the user.

As a result of the diversion, if the user has connected to a server that is based in India, all of the user’s internet security would appear to originate and come from an IP address that belongs to India.

Therefore, when the user makes a request to Hotstar to show him/her a Star Sports video directly from one of its many media servers, the media server would have no problems in sending back the video code using which the user’s machine would be able to stream the content.

If the user had performed the same actions without the help of a VPN service, the media server would have again showed the user an error message.

Now, the problem isn’t just with Hotstar Star Sports India.

If the user tries to be too clever and tries to purchase a Hotstar USA subscription so that he/she may be able to use it in India, then the user would face the exact same error message problem.

In short, users cannot watch Hotstar abroad without a VPN service.

Users who have subscribed to the US version of Star Sports via Hotstar will have no opportunity to access that from any place that is outside of North America.

So all the planning regarding going back to India and watching Star Sports via Hotstar inside India with a US Hotstar subscription will go to waste.

However, if the user makes the wise decision of signing up for a VPN service and then connects to a VPN server that is located in the United States, then the user will have no problem in accessing Hotstar US content from any country on earth.

Go Get A VPN Now

Users who have already paid good money for Star Sports via Hotstar subscription may find it very cheeky that the company behind Star Sports, Star India now wants the user to pay up another subscription fee if they want to access a limited version of Hotstar India in the United States.

We think it is slightly unjust.

Users should not have to pay twice for the same package just because they are away from their motherland.

The situation for people who travel to Europe is even worse because they literally have no option to access Star Sports via Hotstar in a legitimate way.

A VPN is built for solving such problems.

It can hide lots of facts.

One of these facts, is the knowledge that the user is actually outside of India for just a little bit.

With a VPN service, the user can appear to the online world as if he/she is still at home even when the user is actually traveling someplace.

As mentioned before as well, not all VPN service providers have the ability to dodge content restrictions at streaming sites like Hotstar.

We see a lot of users wasting much of their precious time and money in searching for VPN services that will fulfill their needs.

And remember, free VPNs are a definite NO-NO.

Why?

Because even though they are free, they are useless.

They can’t help users unlock streaming services.

And may actually even steal user data.

To avoid advanced detection systems, a VPN service has to invest a lot of money in hardware and software.

Free VPN service providers don’t have that.

However, you don’t have to worry about that happening to you since all of our VPN services on this list come with official refund guarantees.

Users can immediately opt out of the VPN service without having to pay the VPN service for a long subscription period if the VPN service doesn’t work.

We recommend that users should take advantage of these official money-back guarantees.

They should first sign up for their chosen VPN service.

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And then connect to a proper VPN server to access the content that they want to access.

If the VPN service doesn’t work, then the user is well within his/her rights to demand his/her money back from the VPN service.

So try out all the VPN services that we have mentioned in this guide.

After trying them out, only stick to the one that works.

For the rest, ask for a refund if they did not satisfy your requirements.

How To Watch Star Sports With Kodi?

This is another method to watch Star Sports outside India.

You don’t need any more convincing that Star Sports is a great sports channel.

It offers all the latest and greatest live broadcasts of Formula One as well as football and cricket games.

Unfortunately, this sports channel only comes as a part of another streaming service called Hotstar.

Hotstar is only available in India as mentioned before.

This Kodi section will take the user through the process of watching Star Sports on Kodi outside India.

If you follow our instructions in this section of the guide, then you will have no trouble in streaming content from Star Sports online on devices such as,

  • Mac
  • PC
  • Fire TV Stick
  • Android TV box
  • Android

Our Kodi method will work for any device on which the user has managed to install Kodi XBMC.

How to Install Hotstar with Kodi addon

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This section will deal with the Kodi Jarvis edition.

Kodi Jarvis is actually the 16th edition.

If you follow this guide, you will get to watch Hotstar on Kodi 16.

Remember that this guide is only for unblocking Hotstar content outside India.

You will still need a Hotstar account in order to access all the premium content on the site.

Also, note that almost all Kodi users will have to set up a good VPN connection first and then unblock Hotstar via Kodi add-on outside India.

We will detail the steps that users will have to take in that regard a bit later in this guide.

For now, just follow the below-given guide.

Step-by-Step Guide How to Watch Star Sports via HotStar on Kodi outside India

  1. First turn on your Kodi device
  2. Then make your way to System.
  3. After that go to File Manager.
  4. Then go to Add Source
  5. And then choose None
  6. After that enter the URL http://srp.nu/
  7. Hit Done.
  8. Then tap/click on the empty bar below.
  9. Type Superrepo in there.
  10. Then click on Done
  11. Then click on Ok
  12. After that select Install from zip file.
  13. Then choose Super Repo
  14. And then Krypton.
  15. After that click All.
  16. When that is done, choose superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-x.x.x.zip.
  17. And then install the source
  18. Now, wait for Kodi to show you an add-on installed and enabled notification.
  19. After that choose Install from repository.
  20. Then select Superrepo All [Krypton][v7].
  21. Then Video Add-ons.
  22. And after that Hotstar.
  23. Then Install.
  24. After that, it is just a matter of going back to the official Kodi home screen of your device and then selecting Videos.
  25. And then Add-ons.
  26. From there choose Hotstar

That is it.

How to watch Star Sports via Hotstar on Kodi

Now, we know that a lot of folks have already updated to Kodi edition 17 which is the Krypton edition.

For them, the process is slightly different.

But not too much.

Using our method you will still have a chance to watch Star Sports via Hotstar on Kodi.

Again, the user will require a Hotstar account in order to consume premium Hotstar content.

Moreover, even with the Kodi Krypton edition, the user will still need to use a VPN connection that can connect to a server in India in order to unblock Star Sports via Hotstar in countries such as Australia, USA and the UK (and of course, anywhere else apart from India)

So here is the list of steps,

  1. Run Kodi
  2. Click on System Settings
  3. Then to go Expert Mode
  4. And then to Add-ons
  5. After that turn on the option that says Unknown sources
  6. A warning message will appear. Ignore it and then hit Yes.
  7. After that make your way to the official Kodi home screen.
  8. And then click on the icon that says Settings.
  9. When there, click on File Manager.
  10. And then on Add Source
  11. After that click on None.
  12. Then enter the URL http://srp.nu/
  13. Hit Done.
  14. Click on the empty bar below.
  15. Enter the name SuperRepo
  16. Hit Done
  17. Choose Ok.
  18. Go to Kodi home screen.
  19. Then to System
  20. And then to Settings
  21. After that, to ADd-ons
  22. Select Install from zip file
  23. Then Super Repo
  24. Then select Krypton
  25. And then select All
  26. Then choose superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-x.x.x.zip.
  27. And then install it.
  28. After that, wait for the Kodi notification of the add-on being successfully installed.
  29. Now, choose Install from repository.
  30. And then select Superrepo All [Krypton][v7].
  31. Click on Video Add-ons
  32. And then Hotstar.
  33. Now, click Install
  34. Again, wait for a bit before the successful installation notification comes about.
  35. After that make your way to Kodi home screen again.
  36. Choose videos
  37. And then Add-ons
  38. Then select Hotstar.

That is it.

Why You Must Use a VPN with Kodi

As mentioned several times during our VPN section, you can’t really watch Star Sports via Hotstar with a Kodi add-on outside India.

If you try to do that, you will simply receive an error.

And the error message, this time, will tell you that there are no video links available.

Kodi error will also throw up a question by saying “IP issue?”

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This error will come on the screen even if the user tries to watch some free Star Sports content on Kodi.

The reason for that is simple enough.

The only way to watch Star Sports via Hotstar using Kodi add-on is to have an Indian IP address first and then all the setups.

What’s the best way to get an IP address that is in India?

Well, if you live in regions such as Australia, the USA, and the UK, then the answer could not be simpler.

You need a VPN service.

A VPN service stands for Virtual Private Network service.

To watch Star Sports outside India with Kodi, you need to sign up for a VPN service that works with Kodi add-ons.

That VPN service, according to our research, is IPVanish.

Here is the process.

  1. First, sign up for a VPN service like IPVanish.
    Click here if you want to do that right now.
  2. Then go to the official IPVanish website.
  3. Download the VPN app for Amazon Fire TV or Nexus Player or Android or Mac or PC depending on the Kodi device.
  4. After that install the app and launch the VPN app.
  5. Sign in to the VPN app by using your account credentials.
  6. Now, go to the VPN app and then connect to a VPN server that is located in India.

And that is it.

There is nothing more to be done when trying to watch Star Sports via Hotstar outside India on Kodi.

Now, we have already mentioned that IPVanish is the best way to unlock Star Sports via Hotstar not just on Kodi but also in general.

But IPVanish is great for many other reasons.

It is,

  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • Secure
  • Economical
  • Well-reputed
  • Confident enough to offer a money-back guarantee
  • Good at customer support
  • Great at developing apps for Kodi and other platforms.
  • Resourceful enough to offer unlimited bandwidth

Conclusion

How much success have you had in watching Star Sports outside India?

What sort of VPN services have you used to stream Hotstar from places such as Europe?

Have you ever signed up for Hotstar USA?

What about Europe? Have you bought Hotstar subscription from there?

Which VPN do you think is the best when trying to stream content from Hotstar while abroad?

We need to hear about your experiences with Hotstar, Star Sports as well as any VPN of your choice.

So don’t be hesitant now.

Talk to us by using the comments section below.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
Zohair

COMMENTS

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  • Schweitz 1 week ago

    Oh you are so right about the peace of mind when subscribing to Nordvpn. I wasn’t sure at first but the 30 day money back guarantee definitely made the decision easy. It’s been over 5months and I didn’t need my money back because the service I got was exactly what expected if not more. I was and am able to stream Netflix shows when my friends who use different providers cry in the corner. I am also able to watch star sport without an issue. Not the cheapest service, but it works so I don’t really mind.

    • Thank you for the comment Schewitz.
      Yes.
      NordVPN VPN has worked very hard to keep the competition at bay.
      There are very few VPN services that come close to NordVPN now.
      However, two years ago, that wasn’t the case.

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