When it comes to on-demand video streaming services Netflix continues to lead the charts. At CES 2016, Netflix went official with its decision to enter India (along with other 128 countries) and the service is expected to be a big hit among urban couch potato.
Netflix, with its expertise in the domain, brings lot to the table. By foraying into India with large 35,000 title inventory, Netflix has the potential to break the jinx of stranded Indian market of on-demands videos and streaming services, but this certainly won’t be easy.
Netflix might have entered India market yesterday, but the concept of on-demand services is not something new to India. Various DTH and cable service provider offers on-demand service on their platform. Moreover, there are number Netflix like on-demand streaming portal in India who offer their services at a much reasonable price. The edge these alternatives have over Netflix is a better stock of Hindi and other regional language content. Here’s list of top 5 Netflix alternative in India.
Following Netflix’s footstep, Amazon has introduced its Prime Video services in India. Like Netflix, Amazon has a large library of exclusive Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood movies along side Amazon original shows. The e-commerce giant is also producing 18 new Amazon original shows in India which is highest outside the US.
Amazon has priced its Prime service at Rs. 999 per year which is currently available at an introductory price of Rs. 499. If you want to try before buying 1-year membership then in that case you can opt for 1-month free trial.
Hungama.com offers an on-demand Hungama Play service which is available across multiple platforms. Hungama has an armory of over 7 thousand movies across 12 languages which includes English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Punjabi. It works on both pay-per-view as well as on a monthly subscription basis. While the subscription fee for a 30 days unlimited movies pack is Rs 249, it charges Rs 120 for one English flick and Rs. 60 for a Bollywood movie. Hungama also offers a free music streaming service where users can enjoy music in different languages.
The digital arm of International Movie production house Eros, ErosNow is a video streaming platform which has more than 30 million subscriber thanks to its massive content portfolio. Apart from movies ErosNow also offers as a pretty large catalogue of TV shows from Sony TV and Pakistani Hum TV. Like Netflix Eros also has plans to air a few original shows very soon.
A Star India subsidiary Novi Digital Entertainment launched its video on demand portal Hotstar with much fanfare. The Star Network backed app and website claims to have more than 35,000 hours of content in 7 different languages. Hotstar also stands out amongst all the competitors with live feed of various sports (especially cricket). Most of the Hindi serials and international series are available on Hotstar a day after television broadcast in India. Hotstar is available for free on both Android and iOS. Users can also enjoy a web version Hotstar for free of cost.
Spuul, Singapore based company was amongst the first ones to fore in to video streaming business in India. Spuul has a wide range of Bollywood movies to offer. Apart from classical Indian telly shows like Fauji, Malgudi Days, Dekh Bhai Dekh; Spuul also offers more than a few popular YashRaj title. It offers number of titles for watching even without registration. To access the entire Spuul library one has to pay a monthly subscription fee of Rs. 300.
Backed by Times Group, BoxTV is another platform that offers video services. Under their fold, they offer content on various regional languages besides Hindi and English. On BoxTV movies are available in Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bangla, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Odia. Its plans start at Rs. 199 per month but it also offers an advertisement ridden free version.
Most of these streaming services focus on Hindi and other regional language movies. As for regular soaps, you can always find they on official YouTube channels of respective entertainment networks. Netflix has an extensive English language library, but due to the way copyrights are distributed, don’t expect it to be the same one as in USA.