In India, entertainment has been about Cricket and Cinema, since always. The present scenario is no different. However, now you can access Sports to Cinema and Podcasts to Daily Soaps in just a few clicks and that too on demand. The agility of present human life paved way for “Short Films”. The OTT (Over–the–top) platforms have it all – Action, Sports, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Comedy. You no longer have to wait for your favorite show’s television broadcasts. Exciting! Isn’t it? Above all, you get all this in the price of a single movie ticket, with the comfort of your home. In present pandemic time, many big Bollywood productions are now releasing their movies on major OTT platforms. In other words, OTT video services are the need of the hour. These OTT video services are available not only on mobile phones but also on laptops or embedded in android televisions.
Top 10 OTT Platforms
Here are the Top 10 OTT platforms in India you can use to turn your mood from sad to adrenaline, thrilled or romantic.
1. Amazon Prime Video
Launched in 2016, Amazon Prime Video, popularly known as Prime Video is one of the most viewed OTT platforms in India. Its mega-collection of Movies, Series and Amazon Originals makes it the best destination for binge viewers. Besides English, Prime Video is available in six Indian languages including Hindi and other regional languages. Amazon has content for everybody from age 4 to 60+. The annual subscription of Amazon costs Rs 999 and includes Amazon Music and Free Amazon Delivery along with Prime Video. Therefore, Prime Video is the most widely used OTT Platform in India.
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Netflix has a vast library of the most talked-about TV shows, Web Series and Movies. This on-demand video service provides you an ad-free experience, making it one of the most in-demand OTT platforms. With three different annual subscription plans – Basic, Standard HD, and Premium Ultra HD, Netflix provides content in English, Hindi and other Indian regional languages. These subscription plans range from Rs 500 to 800 per month. As of April 2020, Netflix had over 193 million paid subscriptions worldwide.
3. Disney+ Hotstar
Disney+Hotstar is one of the largest video-on-demand platforms in India. It has content partnerships with the top three global studios – HBO, Fox, and Disney. Hotstar provides the best TV shows, movie premieres, and live sports and events from around the world. Hotstar VIP annual subscription costs Rs 399 and goes to Rs 1,499 for Premium Plan. It is the only platform that provides access to the biggest sporting events – cricket, tennis, football, kabaddi, etc, also including India’s biggest sporting event – IPL (Indian Premier League).
4. Sony LIV
Sony Liv is a South Asian General Entertainment video-on-demand service owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. It provides contents from the Sony club: Sony TV, Sony SAB, Sony Ten, Sony Max, Sony MAX 2, Sony PIX, and Sony Six. This enables viewers to watch episodes of their favorite Sony TV Shows anytime and anywhere. One major advantage of Sony Liv is that it provides free content along with premium contents, a feature not available in top 3 OTT platforms – Netflix, Prime Video, and Hotstar.
Zee5 was launched by Zee Essel Group in 2018. Alike Sony Liv, it has contents from Zee TV channels. In addition, it has a collection of movies, Zee5 originals, music, news, kids shows, and live TV. Zee5 contents are in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada along with Turkish and Spanish. ZEE5 recently announced the launch of the ‘ZEE5 Club’ at Rs 365 per year. This OTT service from ZEE also has a premium version that has a subscription fee of Rs.99 per month.
Voot is an on-demand video service by Viacom18 launched in 2016. It includes shows from various TV channels including COLORS (Hindi), MTV, Nickelodeon, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and MTV Indies. Voot has both free and paid video access plans, making it quite desirable among viewers. Premium users can watch various TV show episodes a day before their television streaming. Known for its user-friendly interface Voot has a plethora of original contents as well. Currently, Voot has 32 million active users.
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7. ALT Balaji
ALT Balaji is a video service by Balaji Telefilms Pvt Ltd. It aims to provide original Indian content for Indians across the globe. It has contents in multiple Indian regional languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali and much more. This ad-free on-demand video service has something for everyone with both free and paid access plans.
8. MX Player
Launched by MX Media and Entertainment as an OTT platform in 2018, MX Player has a huge collection of movies, web series, news and much more. MX Player has licensed contents from various Production houses and Broadcasting services, making it a cross-platform on-demand video service. With 280 million global viewers, it has contents in over 12 different languages.
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Launched by Reliance Entertainment, BigFlix has tie-ups with India’s largest Movie Production Houses including Dharma, Phantom and Rajshri. With a minimal subscription fee of Rs 50 per month, this OTT platform has content in 9+ Indian languages. Considering India’s love for cinema BigFlix has more focus on Indian content. Moreover, it supports five users over five different devices, simultaneously. But, BigFlix is still far from the main league.
For viewers who wish to see content from different OTT platforms at a single place, Viu is the best option. With a minimal subscription fee of 99 per month, Viu has a partnership with Reliance Entertainment, Balaji Telefilms, Tips, Rajshri, Sony, BBC, Zee, Shemaroo and many others. Above all, it has a free version with contents in 10+ languages.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your mobile phones, laptops or TV remotes, get some popcorn and watch fresh content on any of these OTT platforms, RIGHT NOW.
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