Disney+ Hotstar New Features: After months of delay due to the pandemic, IPL 2020 will finally kick off tonight. This will be a different IPL like other sporting events that will miss a live audience. Disney+ Hotstar has introduced some features that aim to give cricket fans an “in-stadia experience”. Also read: IPL 2020: Cricket fans eagerly await the first match, also express their excitement on Twitter

Disney+ Hotstar IPL 2020

Disney+ Hotstar’s Watch’N Play social feed has been updated with an interactive emoji stream to replicate the exhilarating roar of the stadium. New player emojis will be added in this emoji stream. Watch’N Play also gets a ball-by-ball prediction game that fans can use to compete with their family and friends.

Disney+ Hotstar has also added a new “Hotshots” feature that lets users post selfies of themselves. Similarly, customised videos can be created using the “Duets” feature. Some of the best shots and videos will be selected and broadcast on Star Sports.

Dream IPL 2020 is available for all Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Premium subscribers. For new Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscribers, an additional month of subscription will be added to the annual package. The company’s plan to offer an additional month was so cricket fans can watch the next season of IPL as well.

Disney+ Hotstar VIP plan is priced at 399 per year. In addition to IPL matches, this subscription plan also offers the entire Marvel catalogue, kids entertainment, Bollywood movies, and Hotstar Specials. Disney+ Hotstar Premium costs 1,499 per year, and it comes with all the VIP content along with access to Disney+ originals.

Reliance Jio has also launched new plans that come with Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription that gives users access to IPL 2020 matches. Jio’s cricket plans start at 401 and go up to 2,599. You can read about the plans here.

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Mean-while, Ninety-seven people had lost their lives on board the Shramik Special trains while returning home during the nationwide lockdown, the Centre said on Saturday. Responding to a written query by TMC MP Derek O’Brien, Railway Minister Piyush Goywal provided the data in the Upper House. “Based on the data provided by State Police, 97 persons have been reported dead till 09.09.2020 while travelling on board Shramik Special Trains during current Covid-19 situation/crisis,” the minister said.

India’s single-day recovery outstripped the number of daily infections earlier in the day. Nearly 96,000 people recuperated from Covid-19 even as the total caseload went past 5.3 million, with 93,000 cases in 24 hours alone. At least 1,247 fatalities were registered during the same period, taking the total to 85,619.

At the same time, the country overtook the United States to top the number of recoveries on the global chart, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced.

Globally, over 30 million have been infected, of which, over 20 million have recovered so far. At least 950,434 people have succumbed to the virus so far.

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