Top Free and Paid Streaming Services in India amid 21 days lock down

Netflix, Prime video, Hotstar, Disney+, Jio Cinema, Airtel xStream, SonyLiv, Vodafone Play, Flipkart Video, Zomato, Zee5, Eros, Hulu, AltBalaji, Youtube Premium

Ever since PM Narendra Modi announced the lock down to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic in the country, consumption of digital content has shot up significantly. People are using internet for various things among video calling, watching live TV, playing online games or attending classes over Zoom like platforms. One category which has seen significant increase in the data consumption is OTT platforms i.e. Over-The-Top media platforms are online streaming services which have millions of petabytes of data saved and which can be streamed on demand without advertisement.

There are all types of Streaming services available in India Paid as well as Free. We thought of compiling some of the plans and benefits of popular streaming services for your. First are Paid and Popular categories and after that Free Categories. We have hands on experience of most of these services and it would be useful if you want to make a decision regarding sticking to one platform for bingeing the enormous content.

This is the best platform to binge watch most popular contents worldwide or ever made in the history of human kind but it is the most expensive among the services we are going to discuss here. It comes with the 4 pricing plan and offers 30 days free subscription, however, you must login after giving the details of your debit or credit card. Most cheapest plan is a Mobile only plan, where you would be able to access the service on mobile application for INR 299 a  month. Other plans are INR 500 a month or higher and allows you to watch it on your Smart TV. All popular web series like Friends, Two and a Half Men, Sacred Games, Narcos and other real crime docu-series are available on the platform. There are various Netflix Original shows which have gone viral worldwide are available and worth the price you are paying for. However, time is the constraint and your must decide if you want to watch all the content.

Amazon Prime Video

Next to Netflix, this is the platform which provides famous original series. If you want more Indian content then you must go with the Prime Video as it has lot of India movies. Further, it is way cheaper than the Netflix, only INR 999 a year. It also gives you the access to Amazon Music App, where you can listen to millions of songs ad free on any device. Not only this, you get access to premium early delivery if you order on and access to lots of ebooks on Kindle. However, content wise you do not have many popular shows but Prime Video is evolving in India and is getting better day by day.

Popularly known as HotStar and acquired by Disney, this application is most liked by Indian Soap Opera fans as all the popular shows of Star Plus is available on this platform for Free. If you like to subscribe to features like watch before TV and Premium Disney content including lots of Indian and Hollywood movies, you must go premium. There are 2 version of premium, one in which you get Indian content and is called HotStar VIP and other one where you get access to English movies content. It comes with monthly and yearly plans. Yearly plan is at par with Amazon Prime Video i.e. INR 999 a year. All in all, it is a Hybrid platform where you get free and premium content.

Flipkart Video

To take on the Amazon, Shopping portal Flipkart owned by Walmart has introduced Flipkart Video where you get access to free content to lots of movies and TV shows. Flipkart is building the platform and therefore, not charging at present. However, it may opt for subscription, once their content improves.

Sony Liv

It is another hybrid platform where you get free and paid content. However, with the various offers going on for first timers, it can cost you nothing. If you pay through PayPal or PayTM, you get 50% of the subscription fees as cashback. It comes with INR 499 a year plan. You get access to live TV for all the Sony channels and other premium content which includes Hollywood TV shows and movies. However, we found that app is slow and takes lot of bandwidth to get uploaded. However, you can binge watch the famous The Kapil Sharma Show and app is available on Smart TVs as well.

Jio Cinema

It works only for Reliance Jio SIM card users and it has great content including famous content of Disney and Marvel movies. After becoming largest telecom carrier of India, company is improving all their offerings including OTT. Apart from this, they got another application called JioTV where you can stream all the TV channels live on your mobile phone. With great connectivity and free data per day feature, people of India can't get their hand off from this application which offer all the content for free.

Airtel xStream

Like Jio Cinema, another Indian telecom carrier, Airtel, has their OTT platform called Airtel xStream. It stream on Smart TV as well and it is free only for Airtel users. It comes with the subscription to Airtel Music App called Wynk where you can listen to millions of international and local songs. These services including Airtel Live TV can be accessed through Airtel Thanks App.

Vodafone Play

Vodafone Idea, third Indian telecom carrier, offers this service which was launched recently. Content of the app is borrowed from various other OTT services like Zee5, Voot and MX Player. However, company intends to improve the services over the period. Live TV feature can also be accessed through the app. It can be accessed only by Vodafone Idea users.

Apart from the above, there are other OTT services like YouTube Premium which is giving monthly subscription at INR 79 for students. Other applications are Voot Select, MX Player, Zee5, AltBalaji, Hulu, Eros Now and Zomato Video.

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