6 Most Popular OTT Platforms in India 2020

Over–the–top media services (or OTT Platforms) platforms have strengthened its roots in our country for the last pair of years. 'over-the-top'  media service is a relatively recent phenomenon in the technological arena. These are streaming media services that reach you directly through the internet. OTT platforms omit cable, broadcast, even the satellite television platforms that were needed earlier to broadcast news, TV shows, movies, etc.

Now we have approximately 40 OTT platforms in our country. As people are nowadays liking to watch content online due to busy schedules and for getting internet at a cheaper price.

Our youth within the age group of 16-35 years are leading the OTT platforms and it is approximately 89% of the total number of users.

The top 5 metro cities are holding 55% of the total OTT platform users. And Tier I cities holds 36% of the users. Hotstar is on the top of the list, whereas Amazon’s Prime Video has secured the second top position on that list. SonyLIV, Netflix, Voot, Zee5, ALTBalaji, and ErosNow are coming next in the list. This is based on the number of subscriptions each platform has.

ErosNow users are the most engaged users, according to a recent survey, with 68% of its users showing that they are watching content on the platform daily.

Due to pandemic, many filmmakers are nowadays releasing their new movies on major OTT platforms. We have lots of options regarding OTT platforms like Hotstar, Sonyliv, etc. Some of the OTT platforms in India are explained below:-


1. Amazon Prime Video:


Amazon Prime Video is one of the best platforms to stream TV shows and movies, web series, etc. 

You can watch TV shows and movies including award-winning Amazon exclusives in it. 

For this, you have to install the app on your smartphone or smart TV, etc. and now the world filled with thrills, drama, action, and romance is just a fingertip away.

You can enjoy watching 'Amazon Originals' such as The Family Man, Made in Heaven, Inside Edge, amongst others in the app. Both the Bollywood and regional content are available to be watched in Amazon Prime Video.

The Video Collection- 

Amazon Prime Video offers you the utmost entertainment with TV shows, movies, and Amazon Prime Originals.

Popular drama-

Amazon Prime Video has a considerable collection of movies full of drama, like 2.0, Bharat, Arjun Reddy,  and many more.

The best part is, you can watch all these movies not only from Bollywood but also from the foreign classic collection.
 
Comic Classic Collection-

Talking about comedy and you just can't miss Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare, Mind the Malhotras, Young Sheldon, and many more in Amazon.

What about Patriotic Addition?

Here you can enjoy Movies such as Kesari, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, and so on. Just search in and enjoy your favorite movie singing the valor of our Heroes.

Some Important Features of Amazon Prime Video App-

It provides you the option to watch movies online or download them to watch later anytime, anywhere offline.

You can enjoy shows featuring a variety of languages in Hindi and English. And movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali of your choice.

Get regular alerts on new recommendations of shows based on what you love to watch. Now you can add the suggested titles to your 'Watchlist' to watch this later on.

Enjoy all the latest shows and movies of your choice at a very affordable price. Just you need to get an 'Amazon Prime membership' and all the Prime benefits you can have either on a monthly premium of ₹129/ or yearly for ₹999/.
  
 Try these 2 simple steps for streaming-

•  Download the Amazon Prime Video app from Google Playstore or Apple Playstore and install it on your smartphone.

After installing the app, sign in with your Amazon account. In case you do not have an account, create a new account to watch videos online or offline.


2. Netflix:

Netflix is one of the major subscription services in our country for watching TV episodes and the latest movies around the world.

You can watch a classic collection of award-winning series, movies, documentaries, and stand-up specials from not only the domestic country but also from almost all the foreign countries. You just need to download and install the application from the Google or Apple Playstore. And now you can enjoy any TV episode, movie, amongst others while you travel, or taking rest in your bedroom.

The most significant features of Netflix are as follows:

•  TV shows and movies are getting uploaded regularly. You just need to browse the title of your favorite show. You can search for any streaming video of your choice and it's right on your device at hand.

•  The Netflix recommends your TV shows and movies you’ll love to watch based on your last search in the app.

•  You can create up to five profiles against your single account in the app. These profiles provide your family members their own personalized Netflix.

•  You can enjoy a safe watching experience for the kids in your family with the special 'family-friendly entertainment'.

•  The preview feature of videos of Netflix series and movies provides you notifications every time for new episodes and other releases.

•  You can save your data. For this, you just need to download titles to your mobile device and now you can enjoy offline anytime without a good network.


3. Disney+ Hotstar

To watch the latest Live Sports, TV, and Movies in multiple languages you must have a Hotstar app on your smartphone.

Hotstar recently introduced Disney+Hotstar, an additional feature, which is providing you latest streaming videos on live sports, TV shows, and movies. 

You can enjoy unlimited access to 100,000 hours of TV shows and movies from India and across the world. 

The Star India TV shows you every major sporting event such as IPL matches and T20 World Cup and other exclusive Hotstar Specials produced by the Hotstar itself.
 
Hotstar brings you the world’s best stories from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Studios in its Disney+ feature. You can watch their dubbed version too in Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, etc.

For the serial lovers, there are thousands of hours of some of the most popular Indian Movies, Star TV Shows, Previews & Highlights of cricket and other sports, and the latest news available in the app.

The subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP can watch additional shows on Disney+ and movies in dubbed regional languages, and no restrictions to access to live sports like IPL, Premier League, Formula 1 and Tennis, etc.

Even the subscription holders can enjoy the latest Star TV serials before they premiere on TV, the latest Bollywood movies, the exclusive catalog of shows uploaded as under Hotstar Specials.

The subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar Premium can enjoy everything in that are in VIP, the latest American TV shows, Hollywood movies & Disney+ movies, shows, and Originals in almost all the languages including English.

Hotstar brings you-

* For the Sports lovers :

The latest IPL tournament, the T20 World Cup, and of course the Asia Cup.

In the IPL 2020 tournament, you can have exciting features like 'The Social Feed', where you can chat as you play, and invite your friends. 

Some of the other popular tournaments in Hotstar are-

•  Indian Premier League (IPL), 
•  Indian Super League (ISL)
•  Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) & 
•  Tennis Grand Slams.


* For kids-

- There are the world’s best stories from Disney+.

- Hotstar brings you the world’s best stories from the best storytellers at Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars. 

- 200+ movies

- 100+ shows and 

- 30+ originals

- Superhero movies & shows like Avengers Infinity War, Iron Man, Marvel Assemble, Hulk, etc. 

- Disney+ originals: Diary of a Future President, The World According to Jeff GoldblumThe World According to Jeff Goldblum, Gravity Falls, etc. 

* For Movie lovers-

- Hollywood movies: Stuber, Alita, and many more.

-Bollywood movies: 
Chhapaak, Tanhaji, Housefull 4, etc.

- Vernacular Movies:
Baahubali, Hoichoi Unlimited, S/O Satyamurthy, etc.

* For Binge-watchers: 

Here are Hindi Shows like Nazar 2, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, RadhaKrishn, etc.

English Shows like Killing Eve, Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Modern Family, etc.

Vernacular Shows such as Pandian Stores, Karthika Deepam, Bigg Boss Malayalam, amongst others.

* The Hotstar Specials:  here you can enjoy bold, authentic, and exclusive stories, for example, latest, Special Ops, and Out of Love.


4. Zee5:

You can enjoy watching the latest movies, ZEE channel shows even before TV, web series, HiPi, news on your ZEE5 app.

Zee5 provides you 4500+ movies, original thriller web series, the latest news, and the excitement of watching TV Shows before TV are the things you just can't miss. In addition to these features like creating fun content on HiPi you are getting.

You can have Zindagi Originals, exclusive Alt-ZEE5 Originals, etc. even in your local language. 
  
Here you can enjoy binge-watching ZEE5 Original Shows, World Digital Premieres, News, Music Videos, and 90+ LIVE TV channels. The award-winning stories and super hit Bollywood movies and biopics are the icings on the cake.
  
Some other features on ZEE5-

•  ZEE5 Club: this is an exclusive feature that provides you content suited to your mood and holds your favorite TV shows before aired on TV, that too without any ad. 

•  HiPi: this is a unique video platform for you, cheekily and entertainingly. 

Other features available in Zee5 are-

1. Video contents are dubbed in 7 different languages.

2. 11 display languages and 12 content languages.

3. Watch offline, and downloading facilities.

4. LIVE TV guide for you on channel programming.
 
5. Music videos featuring regional languages.

6. Latest news at your fingertips.

7. Enjoy LIVE TV channels.

8. Search contents you are looking for, including using voice search facilities.

9. The personalized recommendation daily.

10. Watch the video playback of your favorite singer. 
  
In ZEE5 Club, at first, join the Club to watch the latest Premiere Episodes of TV serials before TV. And enjoy the classic collection of ZEE5 Originals, ZEE5-Alt Balaji web series, 1000+ superhit movies, and latest news, etc.

* HiPi (Beta):

It is a video platform within ZEE5. It gives you fun celebrity videos, dances, songs, music, and different hashtag challenges.

You can also create and manage your original content in video form, and upload in the app. Now you are ready to explore these with the world. 

Other features are going to be added soon and these are Karaoke, AR effects, photo templates, duet live, skill-based chat rooms, and celebrity wishes.

* Categories:

ZEE5 provides you popular categories based on every age of its viewers. You can search for every genre you need to have for complete entertainment of the family.

* Movies: 

Watch the latest action, romantic, horror, drama, or thriller movies in your favorite languages like Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, etc. 

Popular Movies like Hacked, Judgemental Hai Kya, and many more are available.

* Watch TV Shows which are available in your favorite languages like Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, etc.

You can enjoy watching your favorite TV shows, popular web series like Abhay, Rangbaaz, etc. Even the latest releases such as Commando 3, Yaara, amongst others. Some of the international series from Korean, Spanish collection, etc.

All of the contents though are not available in all the regions basing on rights granted to each country.


5. ALTBalaji:

This is a subscription-based 'Video-on-Demand' app. It offers new online web series from acclaimed writers, starring known celebrities, and these are directed by prominent directors.

You can watch the latest video content, Hindi web series, Originals & movies in the App.

The online subscription service starts at just ₹100* for 3 months. You can increase the limit of subscription by paying just ₹300 for 12 months. 

In fact, you can watch your favorite content online right on your smartphone in less than ₹1 per day.

The Facilities Come With Subscription-

1. Stream all episodes in HD without interruption

2. Download your favorite shows & watch them offline.

3. Get fresh & tailored content.

4.  Watch unlimited shows.

5. Stream seamlessly together on up to 5 devices.

Exclusive Web Series and Movies-

•  Bebaakee web series on ALTBalaji.

•  Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Season 3.

•  Baarish Season 2

•  Who’s Your Daddy?

Latest ALTBalaji Web Series-

•  Broken But Beautiful

•  Class of 2020

•  It Happened In Calcutta

•  Hum Tum And Them

You can enjoy watching some of the episodes of these shows for FREE, both on the website & on the app itself.

Shows for Everyone- 

The shows categorize from thriller, mystery, comedy, romance, etc. 

Watch Top Movies on Mobile- 

You can enjoy an organized set of Bollywood movies online from the golden era to recent blockbusters. The classic collection of Bollywood movies such as Lootera, Shootout at Wadala, Ragini MMS 2 amongst other Bollywood movies are available in it.

Watch Comedy Shows & Stand-ups -

Here you can get some of the funniest comedy shows & stand-up comedy.


6. SonyLIV:

It provides you Originals, International Shows, Movies, LIVE Sports, TV shows, and many more streaming about 40,000+ hours.

Exclusive Features of the app:

•  One New Premiere, every Friday, every week.

•  Originals made by the prominent storytellers of the country.

•  100+ new Originals, international series, and movies every year. 

•  You can create up to 5 different personalized profiles.

•  The sharing option of your favorite shows.

•  Subscribe to get an ad-free and seamless experience of uninterrupted streaming experience in the app.

•  You can watch all your favorite shows of Sony SET and SAB TV on it.

•  You can enjoy watching on 2 screens at the same time.

All New SonyLIV Originals are available- Your Honor, Avrodh, Undekhi, and many more.

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