Well, TV and movie streaming services in India are really very bad considering the average internet download speed and also fewer players to compete with the already established satellite TV services. However, we can hope for some good things with telecom and ISPs taking up some stand in providing the fastest internet service that can actually assure you with no buffering video streaming.
So, if we think of some of the top streaming services in India these should come on the list:
Hotstar – This completely free Android and iOS app from the Star group lets you play live sports along with a wide range of TV shows and films. Interestingly, you can watch numerous movies and TV shows without even signing up and in some eight different Indian languages + English. And if you want its ad-free service, you can even opt for its premium service with a monthly subscription fee. [WWW]
Hotstar video streaming platform currently offers over 50,000 hours of TV content and movies across 8 languages, and every major sport is covered live.
Spull – On Spuul you can stream and download your favorite full-length movies in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Punjabi, and other Indian regional languages. It has a catalog of over 10,000 films and TV shows. The company is also in partnership with several production houses, including Yash Raj Films, Balaji Telefilms, Shemaroo Entertainment, Viacom 18, Phantom Films, and UTV Motion Pictures. Unlike Hotstar, the content on Spull is available across pricing tiers: 1) free, ad-supported, 2) unlimited monthly subscription, and 3) pay per movie.
On Spull, you can simply download all the movies you want onto your mobile devices, at no additional cost; stream your favorite movies onto your TV screens through Chromecast or Apple Airplay.
Netflix – America’s most popular streaming service provider is not that popular in India, although many Indian service providers in one way or another are following the business model of Netflix. I have tried Netflix for months but as far as content is concerned, Indians are only exposed to a fraction of what’s available in the United States. Moreover, the numbers of Indian films and TV shows are almost negligible. I hope Netflix with its recent partnership with Amazon to focus on Bollywood and local content will think of something innovative for its Indian viewers. [WWW]
Netflix’s list covers pretty much all the genres the streaming service has ever created but at present only a few movies or TV shows are available in India. You can try for a free monthly subscription if you love international movies and TV shows.
Voot – Viacom 18’s video-on-demand platform ‘Voot’ is one of the largest growing media networks with over 17,000 + hours of movies and TV shows. In addition, you can also watch a number of Voot originals along with several recent movies playing on TV channels. You can download the app both on Android and Apple devices. [WWW]
Voot also handpicks the best and latest episodes of the most popular on-air shows and Voot Originals in this section that you will surely fall in love with.
HOOQ – It’s yet another legally streaming platform where you can watch over 30,000 hours of awesome movies and TV series. You can try it for a week with no fee then you can subscribe for a subscription fee of Rs. 199 per month. HOOQ gives you unlimited access to over 30,000 movies and TV series and growing every day. You have unlimited entertainment for any smart device: Android, iOS, Mobile, Tablet, or Computer.
Whether you want to watch the latest Bollywood blockbuster, relax with Hollywood’s latest rom-com, scare yourself senseless with the new Thai horror movie or catch up with your favorite TV series, HOOQ has all in it.
There are a few more on the list such as BigFlix, Muvizz, Eros Now, BoxTV, Sony LIV, YuppTV, Ogle, Hungama, Ditto TV, and probably a few more. I’ll provide information on these later. Keep checking this page.