What Is hotstar.com?

Hotstar (hotstar.com) is a streaming and online TV site and one of India’s largest streaming sites. As of December 2022, the site hotstar.com gets an estimated 283.7 million monthly views, according to SimilarWeb. The Wayback Machine estimates that hotstar.com was founded on December 26, 1996.

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Is hotstar.com Safe?

I analyzed hotstar.com for malware and malicious content to check if it was legit or a scam. Here are the results:

I checked the site hotstar.com on the online malware scanner Sucuri and the scan failed. You can see the same here: Sucuri scan for the site Hotstar.com.

Hotstar.com Sucuri results

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Whenever the scan fails, Sucuri automatically lists the site as a medium security risk.

Sucuri wasn’t able to complete its scan for malware but it was able to detect some other minor issues listed below:

HTTPS mixed content found. Your HTTPS website is referring to an HTTP resource:
http://secure-media.hotstar.com/static/sunset/us/assets/web/disney_bundle.png on https://www.hotstar.com/us

Some hardening improvements can be made:

  • Missing security header for ClickJacking Protection. Alternatively, you can use Content-Security-Policy: frame-ancestors 'none'.
  • Missing security header to prevent Content Type sniffing.
  • Missing Strict-Transport-Security security header.
  • Missing Content-Security-Policy directive. We recommend adding the following CSP directives (you can use default-src if all values are the same): script-src, object-src, base-uri, frame-src

However, these hardening improvements don’t impact the Sucuri grade.

On a positive note, the site hotstar.com was already using a Website firewall to protect it against hacks and DDoS attacks.

To check this further I ran a parasite scan with Unmask Parasites on the site hotstar.com and it says the page is clean. You can see the same here: Unmask Parasites scan for the site hotstar.com.

I also checked the domain hotstar.com on VirusTotal and no security vendors flagged the domain as malicious. You can see the same here: VirusTotal scan for the site Hotstar.com.

Hotstar.com VirusTotal results

In conclusion, Sucuri wasn’t able to scan the site hotstar.com for malware; however, no security vendors blacklisted the site. Moreover, no security vendors on VirusTotal have flagged the domain as malicious. Though Sucuri lists it as a medium security risk. Overall grade: Relatively Safe.


1. SimilarWeb – hotstar.com

2. Wayback Machine – hotstar.com