Hotstar, India’s largest video streaming service with greater than 300 million customers, disabled assist for Apple’s Safari net browser on Friday to mitigate a safety flaw that allowed unauthorized utilization of its video streaming service, two sources aware of the matter instructed TechCrunch.
The incident comes at a time when the streaming service — operated by Star India, a part of 20th Century Fox that Disney acquired — enjoys peak consideration as tens of millions of individuals watch the continued ICC World Cup cricket event on its platform.
As customers started to complain about not having the ability to use Hotstar on Safari, the corporate’s official assist account asserted that “technical limitations” on Apple’s half have been the bottleneck. “These limitations have been from Safari; there may be little or no we will do on this,” the account tweeted Friday night.
Sources at Hotstar instructed TechCrunch that this was not an correct description of the occasion. As a substitute, firm’s engineers had recognized a safety gap that was being exploited by unauthorized customers to entry Hotstar’s content material, they stated.
Hotstar intends to work on patching the flaw quickly after which reinstate assist for Safari, the sources stated.
The safety flaw can solely be exploited via Safari’s desktop and cellular browsers. On its web site, the corporate recommends customers to strive Chrome and Firefox, or its cellular apps, to entry the service. Hotstar didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Hotstar, which rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in India, maintains a robust lead within the native video streaming market (based mostly on variety of customers and engagement). Final month, it claimed to set a brand new international report by drawing greater than 18 million viewers to a stay cricket match.