Advertising in Hotstar, App

Advertising in Hotstar, App
Popular Media


Per Unit

Card Rate

₹ 0.08

Offer Rate

₹ 0.08
Premium Media


Per Unit

Card Rate

₹ 0.08

Offer Rate

₹ 0.08

Lead Generation

On Request
Video Ad

Live Matches

Per Impression

Card Rate

₹ 0.12

Offer Rate

₹ 0.12
New Arrival

App Install

On Request

Masthead Banner

Per Day

Card Rate

₹ 23,00,000

Offer Rate

₹ 23,00,000
**18% GST is applicable on the above rates



Monthly Active Users

235 Mn

App Installs

300 Mn

Category Name

Entertainment, Fashion And Lifestyle

About Hotstar App Advertising

About Hotstar in 60 words

Hotstar offers the most compelling catalogue ever offered on mobile and the web, making it a complete video destination for consumers. The platform has been designed and purpose-built for one reason – to provide the best video experience for TV Shows, Movies and Sports, all in a single destination. You can access full-length episodes of your favourite TV Shows, full-length Bollywood, English, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali Movies in addition to live sports streaming which includes Cricket, ProKabaddi, Badminton etc.

Why Advertise on Hotstar?

Hotstar is India's highest used OTT platform with a whopping reach of 235 mn MAUs. Hotstar also has exclusive content from the Star TV Channels. Further, Hotstar offers Audiences from various walks of life such as sports enthusiast, fashion enthusiasts, and others through their 3rd party targeting options. All in all, Hotstar is a one-stop destination for reaching your target audience through branding as well as performance mediums. 

How does Hotstar Work?

Media Options in Hotstar Include the following - 

1. Banner Ads - There are 2 types of banners on Hotstar, Instream Banners and Standard Banners. Standard Banners are placed in the Browsing section of the Hotstar App. Instream Ads are palced when the user is watching a moibvie or a show in Hotstar. These appear between the video for a duration of 6-10 seconds. Both of these banners are popularly priced on a CPM(Cost per thousand impressions). Banners can be taken up on a cost per click basis as well. 

2. Video Ads -  There are 2 types of video ads on Hotstar, Pre Roll videos and Mid roll Videos. Pre roll videos play before the content starts playing. These are 6 second Ads. Mid Roll video ads are generally 10 -60 seconds long and are placed during the content being watched. These are priced on a CPV ( Cost per completed view basis)

3. Masthead Banner - This is the first property that a user sees when he opens the app. These are avilable for a cost per day basis. 

4.Native Ads - These are text+logo ads placed below  the content being watched by the user. These are available on a CPM and CPC basis. 

5. App Install / Lead Generation - These are campaigns that are priced on the basis on actions taken by the user. Brands can run campaigns where the rate is per lead generated or per app installed by users. These ads generally run across all the properties available on Hotstar. 

Top Shows on Hotstar

Who Should Advertise on Hotstar?

Hotstar being an enertainment platform attracts audiences from various target audiences. Considering the targeting offered by Hotstar, The following objectives can be fulfilled on Hotstar - 

1. Branding

- Brands that are looking to create and/or increase their brand awareness should advertise on Hotstar. This is because Hotstar offers a wide range of niche targeting options such as interest, age, gender and genre targeting. Apart from the targeting offered, users are highly engaged on Hotstar impllying that Hotstar as a platform has a potential to generate a high recall for advertisements. Further, Hotstar being India's biggest OTT platforms offers the opportunity to scale campaigns like no other.

2. Performance

- Brands that are looking to scale up their performance i.e. App Install/Lead Generation and Click campaigns will find that Hotstar offers a premium audience that can be taopped easily. Hotstar has seen a surprisingly low Uninstall Rate as compared to the industry. This is mainly due to the type of audience on Hotstar as well as the Multiplke touch points that it offers with users.

Brand NameIndustryAd TypeCTR
NCC UrbanReal EstateBanner0.9%
Aalaya CottonsClothingVideo4.43%
Amazon BusinessE- CommerceBanners+Video2.98%
Inorbit MallRetailBanners1.5%

Facts and Figures

Top Cities Reach

Reach data for other cities will be available on request.

Monthly Active User Reach
RegionReach (In Millions)
Demographics - Regions
Tamil Nadu13%
West Bengal10%
Uttar Pradesh6%
Madhya Pradesh4%
Andhra Pradesh1%
Rest of India8%
Demographics - Age and Gender - Overall

Age / GenderMaleFemale
Traffic Distribution - Device Traffic
Traffic Distribution - App Operating System
User Engagement - Occupation
SEC A84%
Graduates and Above65%
White Collar32%
Average Price of Phone15,200
Average money spent on online shopping7,000


Sports on Hotstar

*Subjec to changes in actual event dates

Execution Process

Steps in Execution

Step 1:  Add Media to the Dashboard

Step 2: Customize it as per your requirement using the filters below:

Filters availableExample
Placement PageRun On Site/ Home Page/ Movie Page
Dimension300 x 250/ 120 x 600/ 728 x 90
Banner TypeLeaderboard/ Tower/ Rectangle

Step 3: Select Start and end Date

Step 4: Upload artwork and make payment

How do I know my ad has been placed?

When the campaign is live, you will get a link of dashboard from where you can track the campaign on daily basis.

After the completion of campaign,  a Video Plaza Report will be shared with you.

App Install on Hotstar

App Install Campaigns make it easy to promote Apps and are mainly designed to drive installations of your mobile App. This ad type appears on different placements where the user is redirected to app within the stores. This type of campaign helps in measuring the impact of the Ad Spend and also incentivizes users to download the App. Ad type includes Videos, Banners and Native Ads. It is an effective way of growing your business. App install ensures higher accuracy of targeting and helps in identifying key audience.


Click Here to view detailed dimensions and specifications for campaigns on Hotstar

Click Here to view the detailed specifications for App Install Creatives.

The Media Ant’s Guide to Ad Sizes
Media Kit

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Whether it's an in app promotion, display marketing, or branded challenges Hotstar, App Mobile App branding offer you the opportunity to speak to a young and involved target group and present your brand in a unique environment. With Hotstar, App Mobile App creative advertising campaigns, you will achieve your business goals quickly and easily.

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How The Media Ant Can Help You

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Can I advertise in select IPL 2019 matches?


Yes, you can select the IPL 2019 matches where you would like to play your ads given you have enough impressions in your package. Please check the table in the data section to know the optimum number of matches that can be covered according to the packages.


Can multiple creatives be used for advertising during live IPL matches on Hotstar?


Yes, you can use multiple creatives for advertising during live IPL matches on Hotstar. You can also set a schedule for your creatives.


Can I retarget the audience on other programs along with/after advertising on IPL 2019?


Yes, advertisers can run additional campaigns retargeting the audience of IPL 2019 ads along with/after the IPL 2019 advertising campaign.


Will the paid subscribers (Sports Pack and Premium Pack) of Hotstar see the ads played during live IPL matches?


Yes, ads played during live IPL matches would be served to the paid subscribers of Hotstar too.


Will there be any frequency cap on ads served on Hotstar during IPL 2019 matches?


Hotstar would endeavor to maintain an optimum frequency of ads per user however, there is no frequency cap available this time. After the campaign is over, advertisers would receive the report detailing the frequency of ads played during the campaign.


Will I be able to target the audience by age and gender during IPL 2019 matches?


Gender can be targeted. However, there is no age targeting. The two target groups on basis of gender and age are- Female (all age groups) and Male (30+ years).


How long will it take for my ad to go live?


Once the campaign is confirmed, it may take up to 48 hours for the ad to go live. 


What is the difference between CPM and CPC pricing?


CPM stands for Cost per mille viz. Cost per Thousand Impression. You pay when your ad is shown 1000 times. 

CPC stands for Cost per Click. You pay when someone clicks on your ad.


Can the impressions be distributed equally across he campaign?


Daily impression delivery doesn’t remain constant but can fluctuate by up to 200%.


Can there be a difference between number of clicks reported by the publisher to clicks being shown in my Google analytics?


The clicks shown on the report may not match the actual visits (as per your analytics) to the website as there is usually a significant click to drop off rate. Every click recorded by the advertiser's dashboard does not end up on the landing page which causes this discrepancy.

You can click here to understand in detail the tech reason for the discrepancy in these two numbers. 


Is there a chance that my ad can get paused in the middle of a campaign?


Yes. All platforms prioritize Roadblocks over ROS ads and hence in case of such a premium booking, the delivery of your ad will be paused, and the campaign might need to be extended.