In the last 4-5 years there has been a major shift in content consumption habits of consumers. Conventional ways of watching television or listening to music have been declining at a great pace especially in young millennial population. Internet enabled connected devices and video streaming apps have gained immense popularity and more and more consumers are shifting towards it. Some primary reasons for this shift include variety of content available on these streaming apps, the fact that you don’t have to wait for a day/week for another episode or simply the ease of watching it anytime and anywhere unlike traditional TV watching which requires one to dedicate a particular schedule.
Today, consumers have a wide range of video streaming apps to choose from. However, video streaming apps in terms of quality content and at the same time in affordable prices are few. We have market leader Netflix which is found on almost every millennial’s mobile. Amazon Prime Video is also very popular among the young audience. Today, we have collated some of top streaming apps which you can choose from and are available in India.
If you are a regular consumer of popular movies and web series you surely would have a Netflix account or the app in your phone. Netflix is undoubtedly the market leader of video streaming apps. It offers a wide range of content from movies, TV series to documentaries. The content on this streaming app is available across different languages. It even produces a lot of its original content like Stranger Things, The Crown, House of Cards to name a few. Once you subscribe to Netflix, you will have access to all the content that is available on Netflix. It doesn’t have any lock through a paywall for any kind of content. Right now there are multiple subscription options available in terms of screen limits. You can take a pocket subscription of 199Rs which you can use only on Netflix app. The rest are 499Rs for single screen, HD screen for 649Rs and ultra HD 4K for 4 screens for 799Rs per month.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video streaming app is also very similar to Netflix. It produces a lot of its original content for consumers like Mirzapur, Hostel Daze, Panchayat and others. It has a lot of movies and shows in various regional languages like Hindi, Telegu, Malayalam and others. You can subscribe to a monthly or yearly membership. Monthly subscription costs 129rs and yearly is for 999rs. If you have taken a monthly subscription it will auto renew after every month. If you are eligible for a free-trial then the membership automatically renews to the annual plan. Both the scenarios are subject to terms and conditions.
Hotstar has been developed by Entertainment industry giant Star. It brings to the audience all the channels owned by Star network like Star Plus, HBO, Star World, Star Utsav, Star Sports and others. Along with these channels it brings with it variety of content including really popular ones like IPL, Cricket World Cup, English Football League, Game of Thrones and others. It also provide early access to some of the serials before they air on TV. Hotstar is a hub of multilingual content with movies and shows in different languages. Hotstar VIP plan is for 399Rs per year and premium plan is for 999Rs per year. Recently Hotstar has partnered with Disney to bring to the audience all time favourite Disney movies at one platform. Some big names include Avengers End Game, Black Panther, Hulk, Spider Man and a lot more.
Similar to Hotsar, Viacom 18 network has introduced in Voot streaming app for the audience. Voot brings with it channels like Colours, MTV, Comedy Central and even has Nickelodeon for kids. While Voot app is completely free, the new subscription service VOOT Select is a subscription based video streaming model. It is available at 99Rs per month and 999Rs per year. Voot Select has exclusive global content from world popular channels like BBC, Sony Pictures, Real Madrid TV and others
Launched by one of the most popular production houses Balaji Telefilms and our very own Television queen Ekta Kapoor, ALT Balaji is a fresh twist in mainstream Indian Television Industry. It has a wide range of original web series content and movies. ALT Balaji has three months subscription plan for 100Rs and 300Rs for a yearly plan. ALT Balaji is an attempt by the traditional group Balaji Telefilms to foray and experiment with digital entertainment.