OTT (over-the-top) isn’t a new word in 2021; people have known it for quite a while. Cable TV was the default medium for entertainment for many years (it still is), but urban life has adapted quickly to the scores of streaming services that India has recently seen.
BIGFlix by Reliance Entertainment was the first dependent Indian OTT platform that was launched back in 2008. Fast forward to 2010, Digivive was the nation’s first OTT mobile application known as nexGTv. It gave access to on-demand content and live TV.
Since 3G & 4G became ubiquitous, OTT made its path spontaneously into our media devices. I detest the cable network and disconnected it permanently in favor of OTT platforms. As for news, I watch it live on YouTube.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, shooting had ceased for some time, but those who had OTT subscription(s), could watch anything, anytime they wanted.
OTT has progressed to a level where new movies are being released on streaming services, in tandem with the theatres. That is saying something. In a few years, OTT might see an influx of many more regional platforms.
But, with this arises the problem of actually selecting a worthy OTT service since some cost a bomb for the common folks. So, I curated a list of the top 10 OTT Platforms in India with price, which will help you choose a worthy one.
List of top 10 OTT Platforms in India with price
Following are some of the well-known streaming sites in India. You can choose anyone, or multiple, based on the content you like.
Disney+Hotstar is the best OTT platform in India right now. A subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India has much content that can cater to many people. You can watch TV shows, movies, sports, news, live matches, and everything you can think of.
Hotstar is an idyllic streaming service for fans of international series such as Game of Thrones. For Marvel fans, a Disney+ subscription is a must for its movies and latest shows such as Loki, WandaVision, and the likes. Newly released movies premiere on this platform.
Subscription cost: There’s a monthly Premium plan of ₹299. For the VIP plan, you’ll have to fork out ₹399 per year. As for the annual Premium plan, it costs ₹1499 per year.
Screens: Monthly plan – 2 screens, VIP plan – 1 screen, Premium plan – 2 screens.
2. Amazon Prime Video
Another big OTT player, Amazon Prime Video, is an American streaming service that gives users films and TV series and original content produced by Amazon Studios.
When it was launched back in 2016, people weren’t sure about its longevity, but it has flourished rightfully. It is also one of the platforms where newly released movies are premiere.
Subscription cost: ₹129 per month and ₹999 annual subscription plan. This package includes Prime deliveries, Amazon Prime Music, and of course, Prime Video.
Screens: For both the monthly and annual plans, 3 users can simultaneously watch Prime Video.
Netflix is the sole reason the phrase ‘Netflix and chill’ was invented, even though we might chill watching Avengers on Disney+ Hotstar. Kickstarting the journey of OTT platforms in general, Netflix was actually founded in 1997, but it was launched in India in January 2016.
This subscription-based streaming service has a large repository of content. Netflix Originals are the best original content and include popular names such as The Stranger Things, Sex Education, The Umbrella Academy, Orange Is the New Black, etc. I’m going to Netflix and chill after finishing this article.
Subscription cost: Mobile – ₹199 (₹2,388 annually), Basic – ₹499 (₹5,988 annually), Standard – ₹649 (₹7,788 annually), Premium – ₹799 (₹9,588 annually).
Screens: Mobile – 1 screen, Basic – 1 screen, Standard – 2 screens, Premium – 4 screens.
4. ZEE 5
ZEE5 is a fabulous video-on-demand service representing Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Launched back in 2018, you’ll get to see content in over 12 languages.
This platform is a user’s getaway into all the ZEE5 content. Get access to the most famous shows before they premiere on TV. ALTBalaji shows are also available to stream on ZEE5.
In addition, there are ZEE Zindagi shows, over 1000 blockbuster movies, and over 80+ Live TV channels. Users can watch exclusive movies on this platform.
Subscription cost: Zee5 is available on a monthly and annual basis. The former costs ₹299 while for the latter, you’ll have to pay ₹999. The newly launched Zee5 Club is available at ₹365 per year.
Screens: Monthly plan – 2 screens, Annual plan – 3 screens.
Sony LIV is aa streaming service owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. It features all the content of Sony Entertainment Network channels in India. Those include content from channels such as Sony Ten, Sony MAX 2, Sony PIX, Sony Max, Sony TV, etc.
You’ll get to witness content from both Bollywood and Hollywood. There is a free service, and another is ad-supported.
Subscription cost: LIV Special – ₹199 (annually), WWE Network – ₹299 (annually), LIV Special+ ₹399 (annually), LIV Premium – ₹299 (monthly), ₹699 (6 months), ₹999 (annually).
Screens: LIV Special – 1, WWE Network – 1, LIV Special+ 1, LIV Premium – 2.
Launched in March 2016, Voot is another big Indian player which offers subscription video on demand (SVOD) service. It is an online arm of Viacom 18. Even though it is an India-only streaming service, over 35,000 content includes Colors, MTV, and Nickelodeon shows.
In addition, it is a regionally rich content site featuring Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, and Tamil. Users can watch it on Android, iOS devices, and on the website.
Subscription cost: Voot Select will cost ₹99 a month and ₹499 for a full year.
Screens: For both monthly and annual subscriptions, you are limited to just 1 concurrent screen.
Another Indian subscription-based video-on-demand platform, ALTBalaji, is an online arm of Balaji Telefilms Ltd. It claims to be the largest content provider in India. Many are quite reluctant to watch the content on this platform, but hey, everyone has a choice.
You get to see content that ranges from comedy, drama, romance, crime, thriller, mystery, etc., available in Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, and many more. It is available across 32 various interfaces.
Subscription cost: You can choose between three membership plans – 3 months for ₹100, 6 months for ₹180, or 12 months for ₹300.
Screens: For all three subscription plans, you can watch ALTBalaji content on 5 devices.
8. MX Player
A domestic video streaming platform, MX Player has over 150,000 hours in over 12 languages. It is a free and attractive platform. MX Player works as an ad-support model, ideal for many who don’t want to shelve money for watching content.
MX Player grants users its original content along with affiliated content. Compatible with Android, iOS, and the web, MX Player is the freest and popular service for Indian consumers.
Subscription cost: There isn’t a subscription cost for watching content on MX Player. Although, some content needs to be unlocked by watching some advertisements.
9. Eros Now
For those who want to witness the nostalgic era of the transition of black and white films to color, Eros Now is the apt streaming site. It was launched in India in 2012 and is operated by Eros Digital.
You can watch movies such as Happy Bhag Jayegi, Cheeni Kum, and popular web series like A Monsoon Date. It’s an ideal platform for elders who want to relive their era.
Subscription cost: Monthly Premium – 49, Quarterly Premium – 79, Annual Premium – ₹399.
10. TVF Play
Known to be the nation’s best web series platform, TVF Play is an ideal choice for users who want to watch ‘desi’ content all day long. It features series directed by TVF directed and familiar YouTube faces.
There are a few shows which tell the whole tale in mere 5 episodes. Pitcher, Roommates, Tripling, etc., are popular web series on this streaming site. The app needs a little work, but the content makes up for it.
Subscription cost: Monthly – The content on TVF Play is free to watch.
Why is it called OTT?
OTT is an acronym for over-the-top, which means it goes ‘over’ a cable box to give the user access to TV content. Rather than a cable provider, these platforms need an active internet connection.
What devices support OTT?
A device that can connect to Wi-Fi and download/stream services without any issues can support OTT.
Which OTT platform is best for movies?
It depends on what your taste is. However, all the aforementioned platforms will give you a great movie experience.
Is MX player legal?
Yes, it is absolutely legal as an MX player is a video player, not a video downloader. The free version has some good content.
Which is the number 1 OTT platform in India?
Disney+Hotstar is the number 1 OTT platform in India, with approximately 300 million active users and over 360 million downloads.
These are the top 10 OTT Platforms in India. I read somewhere that OTT isn’t just a metro concept. Even though these streaming sites are relatively new in rural areas, cheap data plans have made the possibility of getting entertained on a mobile device.
Regional platforms such as MX Player, Jio Cinema, Eros Now, etc., have captured the market of entertainment, which is what made our lockdown time quite fruitful and enjoyable.
I am subscribed to most OTT platforms as it serves most of my entertainment needs; which streaming site are you subscribed to? Do you think it’s the future of entertainment? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.