8 Best Video Streaming Services in India compared

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Hello, welcome to 3rd episode of The Insider Story. Today we are going to discuss all of the best Indian streaming services for entertainment. Which includes Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar, Zee5, Voot, Sony LIV and Jio. I have used all of these services and analysed them. Here’s a quick guide you. Not, only that we will also be comparing these services like netflix vs amazon prime india & much more. Here’s, best video streaming services in india.

Rankings according to Rajan Bhave

1. Amazon Prime
2. Netflix
3. Jio Streaming Services (TV+Cinema)
4. Hotstar
5. Zee5
6. Sony LIV
7. Voot
8. ALT Balaji

1. Amazon Prime India

Amazon prime vs Netflix India

Amazon Prime is the best online streaming service in India, according to me. Firstly, it’s not only an streaming service but provides lots of other services like

  • Free & Fast Amazon Delivery
  • Prime Video
  • Prime Music
  • Prime Reading
  • Exclusive and early deals on Amazon

But, today we must concentrate on Amazon Prime Video. First of all, one thing that’s good here is movies and web series are available in regional languages. There’s a lot of Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, etc Regional Content. Plus, a ton of Hollywood stuff that separates itself from it’s competitors like Netflix or Hotstar. I enjoy watching Young Sheldon, Vampire Diaries, Suits and few Marathi Movies here.


  • User Friendly
  • Cost friendly (Rs 999/year)
  • Good Regional Content
  • Good English Content
  • Less Internet bandwidth required


  • Sometimes requires internet to access downloades videos.
  • Less USA Top Sitcoms & HBO stiff (Big Bang Theory/Friends/GoT) absent.

2. Netflix India

Netflix vs hotstar India

One thing that strikes my head when I open Netflix is it’s pricing:

  1. Basic Plan Rs 500 (HD Not Available)
  2. Standard Plan Rs 650
  3. Premium Plan Rs 800

And, second thing is it’s Rich & Quality Content. That literally shades other Competitors. It has got stuffs like stranger things, narcos, suits and many more. Moreover we have seen Netflix India original content like Mind Games, Sacred Games. However, it’s worth noting that Netflix is uncensored. And, very less Indian movies.

Netflix #1 in Content Availability — R Bhave


  • User Friendly
  • Great English Content


  • Less Indian Content
  • Costly (Pricing starts at Rs 500/month)
  • High Internet bandwidth required.

netflix vs amazon prime india : I will go with Amazon Prime. Solid Pricing, Good Content and always improving.

3. Jio TV and Jio Cinema

Here, comes the Jio Services. Reliance Jio which crushed it’s network operators in 2016 now in video streaming sector also. Jio TV is India’s No.1 TV Video Streaming App. You can literally choose from hundred of TV channels of different genes like Entertainment, News, Sports, etc. Moreover it’s free.

Jio Cinema is intended for streaming Indian movies. Good content and absolutely free with any Jio plans. Also have some amazing Indian made web series like ALT Balaji’s BOSE: Dead or Alive and many more.


  • Free
  • Good Regional Content


  • Not User Friendly (Hybrid App)
  • No/Less English Movies
  • Moderate Internet bandwidth required.

4. Hotstar

When I hear Hotstar first thing I notice is it’s Rich Sports (Cricket) content that no other competitor can provide. And, it’s has improved a lot as far as english content is concerned. And, best if you watch Star TV shows. Packed with amazing content like HBO’s GoT, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, etc. Moreover, many shows & content are free.

Hotstar Premium Pricing

  • Rs 199/month (First week Free)
  • Rs 2388/year (Offer: Rs 999/year)
  • All Sports Rs 299/year


  • User Friendly
  • Great English content like Netflix (Improved)
  • Cost friendly for Sports & new users


  • Costly for old users
  • High Internet bandwidth required.
  • Ads for Free users

5. Zee5

Zee5 (AKA OZee) one of the best regional content video streaming service available in India. And, a lot more improved now. Moreover, Zee Networks TV shows are hughly popular in India. If this is your criteria then yes Zee5 is your app. However, it’s premium subscription is good to try for regional movies. Many of the best Marathi films like Katyar Kaljat Ghusli and Natsamrat are available on this platform.


  • Rs 99/month
  • Rs 599/6 months
  • Rs 999/year

*More plans available


  • User Friendly
  • Cost Friendly
  • Good Regional Content
  • Ok English Content
  • Low Internet bandwidth required.


  • App lags a bit
  • Lags English content

Minor Platforms worth noting

6. Sony LIV

Best for Sony TV content streaming


Very Few quality Content like Big Boss.

8. ALT Balaji:

Indian made web series. Although many are available on Jio Cinema App too.


Best Video Streaming Services India

As you can see the market & content distribution a bit unstable currently in India. But, major services are doing all it takes to capture this huge market. Competition will increase quality for users.

Hope you like this post. Please share it & do comment below if you want to ask anything regarding web shows & apps. Thank You & stay tuned with PinProgram for future updates.

Rajan Bhave

A skilled and knowledgeable computer science student with extensive knowledge of programming and computer applications. Loves to create new things like websites, software and apps.

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