With the advent of technology, we can access a plethora of information right from our smartphones. Earlier, YouTube was just a website, we used to regret missing our favorite shows and would sit glued in front of the TV to catch the re-runs. Well, that’s a thing of the past. While YouTube paved the way for a lot of content in the Indian market with channels like TVF, we had no real replacement for hardcore entertainment. Fast forward to 2019, the streaming world is topsy-turvy! Nowadays, entertainment and OTT (Over-the-top) platforms go together like peanut butter and jelly. There are many options to choose from but picking one means losing another.
Thanks to Jio 4G, entire India was swayed to exploring the internet, which also meant increased demands for content viewing. While Startv.in was rechristened as Hotstar in February 2015, Netflix launched in 2016 for India audiences, making the OTT scenario dramatic. At this moment, we have a lot of OTT options to choose from and with today’s list, we’ll make sure you find a perfect platform. So, scroll down and find your holy grail.
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Best Apps Like Netflix In India
Earlier known as Startv.in, Hotstar was officially launched in February 2015 intended to live stream cricket matches with some entertainment content. However, the app crossed 1 million downloads soon and the rest is history. Hotstar aims for three kinds of content consumers – TV binge-watchers, movie buffs, and sports aficionados. This OTT is your one-stop app to stream Indian content like star tv serials and Bollywood movies to international shows like Game of Thrones and so on. What makes Hotstar so popular in India is the cricket fever, which skyrockets during IPL. Hotstar also dabbles in exclusive creations like Son of Abish (season 4) and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2, a hit sequel to the original sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and so on.
People can also watch the news from channels like Aaj Tak, Republic TV news channel, Polimer News, ABP News Live & Asianet News Live. Hotstar is currently available in India, USA, and Canada & UK. Disney has recently announced that they’ll be bringing Disney+ content on Hotstar, which is an added benefit as you don’t have to pay extra money. For the premium content, you’ll have fork out some cash – ₹299 per month or ₹999 per year for the Premium plan while ₹365 for Hotstar VIP. Whichever plan you choose, you will surely enjoy watching the content via Hotstar. So, wait no more and download this app for unlimited entertainment.
- TV Shows & Movies.
- Live Cricket (IPL/International).
- Live news.
- Hotstar VIP
2. Amazon Prime Video
Remember Geet’s dialogue from Jab We Met? Muft, muft, muft! Yes, membership of Amazon Prime feels exactly like that. If you buy a Prime membership, you’ll get faster deliveries from Amazon, bundled with Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Prime Video. Isn’t that sweet? Well, wait till you get to the content offered by the American giant. For starters, like Hotstar, Amazon too has its own exclusive shows like Jack Ryan, Made in Heaven, Four More Shots Please, etc. Amazon also has ties with leading production houses which streamed popular Hindi movies like Padmaavat and Manikarnika for the very first time.
Amazon Prime Video has a huge catalog of entertainment, accounting to over 4000 movies. Prime members get to view over 100 premium channels like HBO, STARZ, Cinemax, etc. You can just pay for the channels that you watch, though this feature isn’t available worldwide. Users have the option of either purchasing or renting content. To view all of this repository, you will be charged ₹129per month or ₹999 annually for the Prime membership. But remember, you get the royal treatment with the inclusion of Prime Music and faster deliveries in Amazon. So, tap the link below and explore your content.
- Offline downloads.
- 100+ Premium channels.
- Purchase or rent videos.
- Amazon exclusive shows.
Voot is a proprietary OTT of Viacom18 Digital Media which gives a dramatic entrance into the world of amazing Hindi content. This is the only app on the list that is entirely free, with obviously, tonnes of advertisements. Voot’s repository includes Viacom18’s network channels, Voot kids for all the fabulous cartoons, Voot Originals, and news from Network 18 channels. You get content for all the ages.
Voot Originals is the key feature of Voot, which opens the door to the talented actors playing the unusual characters. The exclusive content includes It’s Not That Simple starring Swara Bhaskar, Feet Up with The Stars, Comediga, etc. If you want to know what’s happening in the nation, switch to the news tab that gets you updates from prolific channels like CNN-News 18, News18 Lokmat News18 Tamil Nadu and so on. The only caveat is that you don’t get access to any International content. So, head on to the Play Store and download Voot to stream happiness.
- Biggest TV shows.
- Voot Originals.
- News section.
- Music section.
JioCinema, by Reliance Industries Ltd., is a telecom-specific video-on-demand streaming app accessible by only Jio SIM users. Enjoy tv shows, movies, originals and more on JioCinema with languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Punjabi, etc. If you are in a mood for Hollywood action movies, you’ll find plenty of those in JioCinema’s library. Music videos are also available featuring artists like Beyonce, Sia, Coldplay and so on.
Kids also get shows to watch in the JioKids Section. Popular daily soaps like Naagin 3, Rising Star are also available for users, along with original content like The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family, Bose – Dead or Alive, etc. JioCinema includes exclusive content from Disney so now you can watch movies like Avengers, Iron Man, The Jungle Book, and similar movies without any extra cost. So, download this app and have an entire world of entertainment in your hand.
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- Exclusive Disney Section.
- Originals Section.
- JioKids Section.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises scored a bullseye by launching ZEE5, an OTT platform that takes cares of the consumers’ every need. Earlier known as OZEE, ZEE5 is a streaming service with the mix of both – International & local content. Users get to view content in 12 languages, dubbed in 5 languages (Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu). ZEE5 can be customized in your language for a better viewing experience.
TV bingers can rejoice as you get to view TV Shows from over 500 series across 8 Indian languages. All the high-rated Zee shows can be watched from this app including Ishq Subhan Allah, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain, Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji and similar things. ZEE5 has a library of Oscar-winning films and Bollywood’s epic dramatic thrillers alike. You also get your hands on Turkish, Korean & Spanish shows. The originals include a biopic series of Karenjit Kaur, The Story, etc. All this for an inexpensive cost – All packs (includes Tamil & Telugu) for ₹99 per month, all packs & Gaana+ for ₹198 per month, all packs for ₹599 for 6 months and all packs for ₹999 for a year. So, download this app and enjoy the worldwide entertainment at the comfort of your chair.
- Videos dubbed in 5 languages.
- LIVE TV.
- Voice Search.
- 500+ series.
- ZEE5 Originals.
6. Airtel TV
Airtel TV is another telecom-specific OTT app accessible by only Airtel users. This streaming service is a jack of all trades. With the offers constantly pouring in, you’d definitely find a reason to download this app. Airtel TV can be referred to as the hub of entertainment that makes you a couch potato. With access to the latest movies, both Bollywood and Hollywood, Airtel TV sets the tone of entertainment that makes you wanting for more. And boy, it does give you more. Users can not only watch live television but also the exclusive content from ZEE5, YouTube Trailers, Eros Now web content, etc.
If English shows is what you are looking for, then get ready to get your mind blown as you get access to the latest seasons of The Big Bang Theory, SWAT, The Flash, Super Girl, The Goldbergs and DC Legends of Tomorrow. Hoichoi & HOOQ content is also available. With just one login ID, you can view the content in up to 5 devices. Neat, right? So, download this app and enjoy countless hours of content.
- ZEE5 premium content.
- Eros Now content.
- Stream unlimited Movies/TV shows.
- Free YouTube streaming.
- Supports up to 5 devices.
SonyLIV is the culmination of all the channels that belong to Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. This video-on-demand app is the only place you’ll find the nostalgic series you used to watch as a child. It dabbles in Live Cricket matches, Hindi TV serials, Bollywood & Hollywood Movies, original web series, kids content, short-films, LIV FIT, LIVE TV channels and music. Isn’t it a bit of overkill? Well, not just this, you also get to watch Comedy King Kapil Sharma’s show which returned for a second season, Handmaid’s Tale and so on.
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The exclusive content by SonyLIVE is compelling and gives you options like Still About Section 377, Lost & Found, LoveBytes 2, etc. View some epic Hollywood action movies in high definition. Apart from all of this content, you also get a repository of Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi movies. To enjoy the content by SonyLIV, you have to buy subscriptions which cost ₹99 a month, ₹299 for six months and ₹499 for a year. So, what are you waiting for? Download SonyLIV and get high on entertainment.
- Cricket Matches.
- Live UEFA Champions League Matches.
- Watch Sony Entertainment Network Channels.
- TEN Sports Network.
- Chromecast feature.
So, this was our list of the apps that stream content in India. These apps have original offerings, some shared content while some really exclusive deals. Let us know in the comments below the streaming platform of your choice.