If we talk about the streaming services market in India, YouTube was the only name chanted by almost every Indian, Didn’t they?
But, with the introduction of video streaming behemoths like Netflix, Prime Video and Hotstar has created a mass shifting. To be honest, it worked like a real game changer or a revolution in streaming services, in short.
Don’t you see people today are more glued to their smartphones rather than TV?
They become more inclined to finish their admired TV shows and then switch to some other hobby rather than sticking for long duration and watching those programmes with ads on TV.
So, if you are bed-lamed in between the best streaming sites, I’d like to put forward my views about some of the best streaming sites currently trending in India.
Well, of course, Netflix is my first preference. It works on various platforms like Web, iOS, Xbox, Windows 10 (UWP), Android, PlayStation, etc, and is also ideal for various Streaming TV shows and Netflix Originals
Netflix Originals is something, very much admired by people for it’s the first video streaming service which did start uploading all the episodes in a single go, and you need not wait for the next episodes to come because many users won’t appreciate waiting. One of the amazing features of Netflix is, it provides excellent cross-device experience. Like, if you pause a title on one device and then continue it on the other, you can do it without any hassle.
Netflix allows users to take different plans of subscription as per their choice that differ in video streaming quality and the number of simultaneous screens allowed. Even it comes with many categories and content filters that aid users to quickly narrow down their search results as per their requirements.
Its extensive catalogue is complemented by the likes of 4K video streaming and HDR support that the streaming giant has recently introduced for devices.
One thing that might annoy users is that the video streaming quality can’t be changed from the video player itself. The option is buried deep in the account settings. Netflix is quite good at optimizing quality.
Undoubtedly, the streaming service is costlier than all of its competitor for allows users to make the titles offline for later viewing and pump videos to big screens via Chromecast. To be honest, what Netflix offers can easily satisfy users.
Price Range :
- Basic: INR 500/mo (1 device, SD available)
- Standard: INR 650/mo (2 devices, HD available)
- Premium: INR 800/mo (4 devices, 4K UHD available)
2. Amazon Prime Video
Prime Video is one of the posh streaming services brought up by e-commerce service giant Amazon. Can be accessed in platforms like Web, Android, iOS, Xbox, PlayStation, Fire TV, etc. Content apart, the reason why one should opt Prime Video is its low price which comes with a pack of Amazon Prime Subscription that also covers free delivery in one-day and two-day of goods purchased from Amazon, access to Prime Music and also faster claim of products in Amazon sale. This is the main reason which is why it’s a tough competitor of Netflix India.
The movies and TV shows which it streams is in English and in different regional Indian languages. X-ray is a great feature which many Prime Video subscribers enjoy. On screen, it shows information such as the name of the actors or song featured in a particular scene. Prime Video separates regional Indian in different language categories which is a no-show in Netflix.
Well, you can download movies and TV shows for offline both 4K UHD and HDR content on some devices. You can use Amazon Fire TV to watch titles on big screens sitting comfortably on your couch.
- INR 999/year (Included with Amazon Prime Subscription)
Hotstar is one of the best streaming sites in India after Prime Video and Netflix. It features Bollywood movies and TV shows mostly in the free pack. But if you are a cricket freak, you can watch your desired cricket matches online without much ado.
Hotstar holds the biggest number of an audience which is why it is the biggest streaming service in India surpassing both Netflix and Prime Video.
The video streaming service which it offers is the most admired by users for it covers up International content like titles from HBO, Showtime, ABC, etc. and also streams live sports and news channels. To be honest, it’s one of the best for Game Of Thrones fans. But, but, but, you can only access a few of them for free because most of them come up with the Premium version of Hotstar.
If calculated, Hotstar’s premium subscription acts comparatively low-cost among most of the international content and various movies.
- Free: Excluding most of the international content.
- Premium: 199/month with the First month free.
- Offer: INR 1200 (for 12 months)
4. Jio Cinemas
Guess what it is?
Glad you could.
JioCinema is a streaming service which is being run by Reliance Jio, the company which revolutionized the entire nation’s internet by throwing out all other network douchebags in just a matter of one year.
Initially, the application was first introduced as a smartphone-only video streaming app for Android and iOS. Later, it ruled on platforms like desktops via web browsers. The application is ideal for streaming movies and music videos. Wonderfully used by Jio subscribers without paying any extra payment.
Mostly it offers content aiming more number of audience to be Indians though it also includes English-language movies and TV shows. An advantage it offers is high-quality music videos and clips available in a separate category making it easy for users to access as per their Internet Speed.
- Free (included with Jio mobile plan)
This application must not be known by many. If said it is a slow runner or a lesser-known competitor in the race for the best streaming services. You can use it in platforms like Web, Android, iOS for it’s ideal for Streaming Hollywood movies, DC Shows, Movie Rentals.
Though it arrived in India somewhat earlier but couldn’t land up and settle well in the devices of the users. Maybe the costly and limited internet is one of the main reasons.
It provides access to over 10,000 titles and can be used on up to five devices maximum with support for offline download which can be experienced only if users look beyond the world of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Some of the renowned shows cover by Hooq are Arrow, The Flash, Legend’s of Tomorrow, Supergirl, etc. Apart from that, Hooq offers a movie rental option letting users to watch the titles they want.
Price Range :
- INR 89/month (Offer: INR 89 for first 3 months),
- INR 59 (For rental purpose).
Well, I have covered everything up to your choice. Oh, wait! Have I missed anything? Not a problem if you let us know in the comment section.