When it comes to on-demand video streaming services Netflix continues to lead the charts. Back in 2016, Netflix decided to expand its footprints in 128 countries along with India and since then it has been a big hit among urban couch potatoes. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Netflix, with its expertise in the domain, brings a lot to the table. The original content, latest Hollywood titles and recently released Bollywood movies and TV series makes Netflix a great source to fulfill of entertainment needs.
It is the most popular streaming service globally but its competitors are surely catching up really fast. New players have emerged while some of iconic media houses have come up with their own streaming services. Here’s a list of best Netflix alternative in India.
Best Netflix Alternative In India in 2019
1. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon’s Prime Video is currently the best bet as a Netflix alternative in India. It has an extensive library of exclusive Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood movies alongside 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 still cheaper than Netflix. If you want to try before buying 1-year membership then, in that case, you can opt for a 1-month free trial. Another advantage of Amazon Prime subscription includes Prime Videos, Prime Music, Prime Reading, and Prime Delivery.
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In April 2019, the Walt Disney Company acquired Star India along with subsidiary Novi Digital Entertainment. This means Walt Disney now owns Hotstar along with now owns Star India and Fox Star Studios. Hotstar is another OTT (over-the-top) service provider that has seen tremendous growth in viewership in recent years. Like Amazon and Netflix, it too has a large content library with originals shows and exclusive movie catalog.
The advantage Hotstar has over Netflix (even Prime Videos) is that it also offers live streaming of TV channels and major sports events like IPL, Cricket series, and ICC event, formula one races and lot more. Though Hotstar has a subscription-based model in place it also offers some of is content with ads for free on its platform.
3. Sony Liv
Sony Liv is another OTT platform which allows you stream content across devices. Backed by Sony Pictures Networks, the streaming app and website offer Web Series, Popular Hollywood, and Bollywood Movies, Live broadcast of sporting events, and TV channels streaming.
Like Hotstar it also has freemium and premium two subscription versions. Under the freemium model, a user gets access to the limited library content. Sony Liv premium subscription for 12 months costs Rs 499 which is much cheaper than Netflix. There is some additional content available on a rental basis.
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4. Jio Cinema
Jio Cinema can be looked as Netflix alternative an has a wide catalog of Indian and international content. It is a cross-platform streaming service offered by Jio telecom to its prime customers for free.
Jio has also reportedly partnered with some of top productions houses to produce exclusive content for its platform. The Jio Cinema app currently offers movies in various languages including English and Hindi, Music Videos, web-series and recent episodes of daily soaps from different TV channels.
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ErosNow – a digital arm of Eros International Plc, is an OTT Platform similar to Netflix. The video streaming platform has portfolio majorly revolves around Bollywood and vernacular languages.
ErosNow offers some the Bollywood classics which aren’t really available on any other OTT platform. You can also watch TV shows from Pakistani channels Hum TV and ARY Digital on this OTT platform.
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Hooq is another streaming platform in India that can be considered as a Netflix alternative. It is also a cross-platform OTT service which lets you both stream or download movies and series on your phone, laptop or tablet. Currently, Hooq lets you access its services on up to 5 devices on a single subscription.
Hooq claims to feature more than 10,000 titles including latest Bollywood blockbusters, Hollywood movies, foreign language movies and popular TV series like Big Bang Theory, DC superhero TV shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and others. Hooq currently charges Rs. 89 for 3 months from first-time users.
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 149 while the annual subscription costs Rs 1,399. Hungama also offers a free music streaming service where users can enjoy music in different languages.
Spuul, a Singapore based company, was amongst the first few to step in the video streaming business in India. Apart from classical Indian telly shows like Fauji, Malgudi Days, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Spuul also has a wide range of Hindi Bollywood movies to offer.
In fact, you can watch a lot of content even without registration. To access the entire Spuul library one has to pay a monthly subscription fee of Rs. 99 while the annual subscription costs Rs 999.
8. MX Player
Backed by Times Group, MX Player is another platform that now offers video services in India. The online library lists regional language content besides popular Hindi and English language shows. Regional language content includes videos in Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bangla, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Odia.
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Vudu is an OTT streaming platform from Flipkart’s parent company Walmart. Although Vudu is yet to officially launch in India, you can very match access it in the country using VPN services including free ones. Why is it in this list you may ask? Well, it offers a lot of popular movies and shows from the Hollywood studios that aren’t available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Another advantage Vudu has over Netflix and Prime Videos is that it allows users to watch some of the content for free, but with some ads. If you are ready to spend for the subscription, you will also get early access of selected titles on Vudu much before they get released in India.
Tip: You can try using Hola VPN plugin on chrome browser to access Vudu using the US server.
11. Apple TV+
Earlier this year in March Apple presented its Apple TV Plus – a new streaming service that costs just Rs 99 per month in India.
Apple has officially revealed that it is working on original shows, movies and documentaries made by acclaimed names like JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and M. Night Shyamalan. You can access Apple TV+ on Apple devices, Roku and even on Amazon FireTV stick.
12. Disney Plus (upcoming)
Disney Plus is another OTT platform that could take on Netflix head-on. This new streaming platform is going online in November this year. Once it goes official, it will exclusively hold Disney-owned movies and shows which include Star Wars franchise, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar, the Simpsons and lot more. It still remains to be seen if this Disney Plus service will be launched in India or not.