2019 has been the year that’s revolutionised binge-watching in India. A combination of the reforms in Cable Television and cheaper availability of streaming platforms has led to a huge influx in this industry. Instead of discussing OTT Platforms separately, we now regard these platforms as our normal television and speak of cable television separately, if at all.
OTT stands for Over-The-Top Platforms which allow viewers to stream video, audio, etc. on the internet while using devices such as televisions, fire-sticks, laptops, phones, and such. Noting the growth in this industry in 2019, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 platforms for you to subscribe to in 2020!
Needless to say, Netflix is the ultimate binge-watch platform. Hoarding a range of diverse series and movies in regional, national and international backgrounds, Netflix offers something to watch for every mood you have. Although slightly more expensive than Indian Platforms, Netflix has come out with cheaper options for those who wish to use its services but can’t shell out higher amounts on a monthly basis.
One of the best low-budget OTT Platform in India, Amazon Prime comes with benefits additional to those of typical OTT Platforms. Prime provides free music streaming, quicker delivery when shopping at Amazon, access to better deals, etc. Speaking of the streaming services, Prime provides access to various shows and movies in both regional and English languages. The collection on Prime is slightly lesser than Netflix but the price for the same is significantly lesser.
Satisfying your mum’s cravings for her typical “saas-bahu” shows and your dad’s demands to keep up with the cricket matches, Hotstar brings your regular television shows to OTT Platforms. Hotstar as of now offers more than 100,000 hours of TELEVISION content and movies across over 9 languages, and each sport covered live.
Voot is a video streaming service on-demand, part of Viacom 18 Digital Ventures. It is currently being provided for free. Voot offers the best shows and movies from Indian Television Channels such as Colors, MTELEVISION, Nickelodeon, Viacom18 Movies, etc. to cover a span of genres.
A new entrant into the OTT Market, Viu was launched in March 2019 in South Africa. It is currently available in 16 countries including India at a very nominal subscription fee (after a free trial period has expired). The platform boasts of hours of Indian Regional movies as well as Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
Bring your everyday television to OTT Platforms, Zee5 provides access to 90+ live TELEVISION Channels in languages such as English, Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, and Punjabi making it a total video goal for OTT viewers who miss their every day soaps. This service is again available for subscription at a very nominal monthly fee.
SonyLiv is the first premium OTT Platform launched by Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited, which allows users to access content from Sony Channels for a duration of up to 20 years prior. Along with access to Sony Content, the platform also offers a range of movies, music, sports and television shows like Taraak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma, The Kapil Sharma Show, etc. Most of the content is available for free except for a few categories of content which require membership at an extremely nominal rate.
An OTT Platform catering exclusively to Bengali content, Hoichoi offers a range of movies, originals shows, documentaries and more which are updated on a monthly basis! If you’re looking to watch some good Bengali TELEVISION, then this is the platform for you.
HOOQ offers access to movies, television shows and the option to rent recent releases at an additional cost. The platform offers several shows right from the US, which means that you can watch new episodes immediately after they air over there. The list includes titles like The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Arrow and more. HOOQ also offers a wide catalogue of British television and cartoons.
This platform provides access to countless hours of Bollywood Cinema including Blockbuster movies, music videos, exclusive television series and original shows. Limited content on this platform is available for free but for access to complete content you need to subscribe for membership.