According to the Guardian today it looks like a deal has been done with Channel 4.
Apologies on my previous post. Feel free to ignore.
So hotstar is avaliable in the UK. The app is simply "Hotstar" and is as far as I am aware on the Now TV stick.
My understanding is that Hotstar is not a pass via Now TV. It is a completely separate subscription, like Amazon, Netflix.
The BCCI asked for an extortionate amount of money for the rights so sky and BT declined. The same happened in the West Indies 2 years ago and a deal was struck the day before. So don't despair just yet.
If no deal is struck, there are other options. Hotstar is available in the UK via Android/Apple devices and there is talk they will make the games available. Currently, Hotstar is £15.99 a month contract free.
Hotstar moves to the Disney+ platform between the 2nd and 3rd tests, so again, the rumour is that the 3rd and 4th tests will be available on Disney+.
I am not a cricket follower, but this internet news article suggests that the UK Broadcasting rights to the matches haven't been agreed or decided yet, where it mentions possibly Sky Sports or BT Sports.
If Sky Sports picks up the rights, then it will be on NowTV, where if BT wins the rights you will have to look at a BT Sports monthly non contract pass directly from BT Sports (unless you are based in the Republic of Ireland where it should be on the NowTV Sports Extra Pass ).
Maybe keep checking the internet daily until the official UK Broadcaster is announced ?
@timvenner123 it's seems all us cricket lovers have been confused by Disney giving differing channels the same name. Have a read of the linked article on the latest regarding TV rights.
Apologies if my earlier reply has further confused you but I still think there's the chance of a last minute deal like with the West Indies tour of 2019!