Streaming TV

Your guide to streaming with Internet TV and IPTV services


Don’t know the first thing about streaming?

Join the cord-cutting revolution by comparing on-demand video services.

Why should you compare streaming providers? For a long time, India has been paying through the nose for their news, sport and entertainment. With new players on the block like Netflix and Hotstar Premium, accessing premium entertainment is easier and more affordable than ever. Comparing what each service offers and how much it costs could save you a fortune in the long run.

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What do I need to compare?

  • The price of the service
  • The content on offer
  • The streaming quality supplied
  • The devices that are supported

There are many things you need to consider before signing up with a streaming provider but it essentially boils down a few comparable factors: price, content, quality and compatible devices.

That’s just the start. Which services offer a free trial? Which services have a lock-in contract?

We’ve done the hard yards for you and answered all those questions and more in the table below.

If you’d like to dig a little deeper we answer some commonly asked questions and explain why streaming is taking over further down the page.

Updated June 17th, 2019
Name Product Price p/month or equivalent Free trial? Service Simultaneous streams 4K/UHD?
Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video [IN]
INR129
30 days
On-demand streaming
3
Yes
Hoichoi Monthly
Hoichoi Monthly [IN]
INR
Yes
On-demand streaming
2
No
Entertainment Unlimited Annual
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited 12 month [IN]
INR1999
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Music Pro 3-month
Hungama Music Pro 3-month
INR269
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Movies & TV Shows Annual
Hungama Movies & TV Shows 12 month [IN]
INR1499
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
JioCinema
JioCinema [IN]
Included with Jio
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
JioCinema is a streaming service exclusive to Jio mobile customers.
Zee5 Tamil
Zee5 Tamil Yearly [IN]
INR52
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Entertainment Unlimited monthly
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited monthly [IN]
INR249
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Entertainment Unlimited 3-month
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited 3-month [IN]
INR549
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji 6-month [IN]
INR30
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
SonyLIV Premium 1 month
SonyLIV Premium 1 month [IN]
INR99
No
On-demand streaming
Sports
Live television
3
No
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic [IN]
INR500
1 month
On-demand streaming
1
No
Tubi TV
Tubi TV [IN]
Free
Free
On-demand streaming
1
No
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji Yearly [IN]
INR25
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
Hungama Music Pro Annual
Hungama Music Pro Annual [IN]
INR899
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Annual Premium
BigFlix Premium Annually[IN]
INR50
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
Viu Premium
Viu Premium [IN]
INR49
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
Viu offers the premium Hindi, Tamil and Telugu television and Asian entertainment.
MUBI
MUBI [IN]
INR500
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Zee5 All Access
Zee5 All Access Yearly [IN]
INR50
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Hotstar All Sports
Hotstar All Sports [IN]
INR25
7 days
Sports
2
Yes
Hotstar's sports streaming service offers exclusive access to some of the biggest sports in India.
Zee5 All Access
Zee5 All Access [IN]
INR99
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Zee5 Telugu
Zee5 Telugu [IN]
INR49
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Muvizz Monthly
Muvizz Monthly [IN]
INR80
Yes
On-demand streaming
1
No
Hotstar Premium
Hotstar Premium [IN]
INR199
7 days
On-demand streaming
2
Yes
Hotstar's Premium service offers the latest movies and TV shows.
SonyLIV Premium 12 months
SonyLIV Premium 12 months [IN]
INR42
No
On-demand streaming
Sports
Live television
3
No
Zee5 Telugu
Zee5 Telugu Yearly [IN]
INR52
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Movies & TV Shows 3-month
Hungama Movies & TV Shows 3-month [IN]
INR499
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium [IN]
INR800
1 month
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
Netflix Ultra
Netflix Ultra [IN]
INR950
1 month
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
Netflix Ultra gives you everything Premium offers with the highest quality audio available.
Eros Now Plus
Eros Now Plus [IN]
INR49
14 days
On-demand streaming
2
No
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji 3-month [IN]
INR33
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
Premium
BigFlix [IN]
INR50
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
Muvizz Annual
Muvizz Annual [IN]
INR800
Yes
On-demand streaming
1
No
Voot
Voot [IN]
Free
Free
On-demand streaming
Cable channels
1
No
Voot is a free streaming service from Viacom 18.
Eros Now Premium
Eros Now Premium [IN]
INR99
14 days
On-demand streaming
2
No
Music Pro monthly
Hungama Music Pro monthly [IN]
INR99
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Hoichoi Annual
Hoichoi Annual [IN]
INR799
Yes
On-demand streaming
2
No
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard [IN]
INR650
1 month
On-demand streaming
2
No
SonyLIV Super Sports 6 months
SonyLIV Super Sports 6 months [IN]
INR199
No
On-demand streaming
Sports
Live television
3
No
Kanopy
Kanopy [IN]
Free
Free
On-demand streaming
1
No
Kanopy is a free streaming service available for students and library card holders at participating institutions.
SonyLIV Premium 3 months
SonyLIV Premium 3 months [IN]
INR50
No
On-demand streaming
Sports
Live television
3
No
HOOQ
HOOQ [IN]
INR89
30 days
On-demand streaming
5
No
Zee5 Tamil
Zee5 Tamil [IN]
INR49
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Live television
5
Yes
Spuul Premium
Spuul [IN]
INR150
Free version available
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
Movies & TV Shows Monthly
Hungama Movies & TV Shows monthly [IN]
INR199
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No

Compare up to 4 providers

What is Internet TV and streaming exactly?

Internet Television is televised content that is delivered to all sorts of connected devices, from personal computers to smartphones to video game consoles.

Also referred to as “IPTV’ or “streaming”, this technology enables viewers to watch television shows, movies, news and sport in real time over the Internet.

The streamed content is viewed through a website or native application that gives the viewer access to a live stream or library of television shows and movies.

With a steady Internet connection and compatible device, there is little difference from what traditional broadcast options offer.

I’m sold but I don’t know if I have the right equipment. Which devices can I use to stream?

This is a common deterrent for people looking to make the switch to streaming but don’t worry, there are plenty devices you can use to stream Netflix, Zee5 and more. In fact, you’ve probably got one or two in your home already.



  • Computer

    If you’ve got a PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer, you’re already halfway to streaming most major streaming services. Almost every streaming service in India can be accessed by the web browser you use every single day.



  • Smartphone and tablet

    One of the more popular devices to stream video on, smartphones and tablets allow you to binge TV shows, movies and news on the go. Most major streaming services are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones and even offer offline viewing options so you don’t chew through your data.


  • Game consoles

    Why fork out for a new television when you probably own a streaming-enabled device already? Game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have native apps for Netflix, Prime Video and more. The 4K-ready PS4 Pro and Xbox One X also allow you to stream 4K/UHD content (when connected to a 4K TV).


  • Streaming media devices

    If you’re not looking to fork out for a Smart TV, there is a huge selection of affordable streaming hardware options, like Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Fetch TV that will essentially transform your standard television into a Smart TV.

There’s a whole suite of devices and gadgets you can stream on but device compatibility varies from service to service. Check the details table in the table above to discover which streaming services are compatible with which services.

Understanding your streaming options

Why is streaming taking over? Convenience. While you can live stream TV shows and movies as they happen, the main draw of streaming television is the thousands and thousands of classic movies and recent blockbusters available with the press of a button.

The wide selection of compatible devices also means you don’t have to wait until you’re home on the couch to catch up on the latest news and premium TV shows. Streaming and Internet TV can be accessed from your office computer, from your smartphone on the commute home and when you get home, you can continue what you were watching on your Smart TV without missing a beat.

Streaming is also relatively cheap. Netflix charges just INR500 per month at its lowest tier and offers quality original content and options for HD and 4K (Ultra High Definition) streaming at its higher tiers.

Compare the differences in content, pricing and packages from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, AltBalaji and Eros Now before you decide on one.

What are my options for streaming?

There are various ways you can view content over the Internet. Some are convenient but take a toll on your data while others take longer but allow offline viewing. Let us break down the differences.

Frequently asked questions

How is the content delivered to my device?

This is all well and good but how exactly did Daenerys and her dragons end up on my smartphone? While it’s not breathing fire or raising the dead, it’s still quite magical. Let us show you how it’s done.

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