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JioCinema: Price, features and content

How does Jio's cinematic service stack up against global heavyweights Netflix and Amazon Prime Video?

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Boasting the sort of buying power that comes with over 250 million subscribers and offering its users a “digital life” of thousands of hours of content, the JioCinema service represents an absolute binge-watch black hole. If you’re into locally-created content with an abundance of language options, Jio has you more than covered. If you’re keen to sample the international fare, this service also holds partnerships with some of the most powerful production studios in Hollywood.

All that being said, we’re all spoiled for choice when it comes to on-demand video streaming platforms and apps. Jio has some stiff competition in the form of Bharti Airtel and other local telcos that are out to snap up exclusive deals in the areas of entertainment, sports and news. Does JioCinema have what it takes to stay ahead of these homegrown competitors, not to mention the global behemoths Netflix and Amazon Prime Video? Let’s tally it all up, right now.

How much does JioCinema cost?

Unlike streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, JioCinema actually falls under a larger content service umbrella called Reliance Jio (and it’s just one of a number of sibling services, like JioTV and JioMusic to name but a few). Subscribers to Reliance Jio can access these apps for free, but it’s worth noting that they may only be used on a mobile device if you’re a SIM card holder (either prepaid or postpaid). Fortunately, that restriction isn’t in place with the web version of the service – you can be connected to any phone operator you please, but you’ll need a Jio Service ID to sign in.

So, how do you go about joining Reliance Jio and what will it cost to get the login credentials needed? At present there are quite an overwhelming number of packs available. The absolute cheapest is a 1 year subscription for ₹2,545 that allots you 1.5GB of high speed data a day (after which point it drops to a snail-like 64Kbps). At the complete other end of the spectrum is the “long term” prepaid plan which will set you back ₹4,199 per annum to secure yourself 1,095GB of high speed data (before it drops to 64Kbps).

How does JioCinema compare?

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Name Product Free trial? Service Simultaneous streams 4K/UHD? Price p/month or equivalent
Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video [IN]
30 days
On-demand streaming
3
Yes
INR179
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji 3-month [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
INR33
Disney+ Hotstar Premium Monthly
Disney+ Hotstar Premium
N/A
On-demand streaming, Catch-up,Sports
4
No
INR299
Zee5 Tamil
Zee5 Tamil Yearly [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming,Live television
5
Yes
INR52
Zee5 All Access
Zee5 All Access Yearly [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming,Live television
5
Yes
INR50
Zee5 Telugu
Zee5 Telugu [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming,Live television
5
Yes
INR49
Zee5 Telugu
Zee5 Telugu Yearly [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming,Live television
5
Yes
INR52
Zee5 Tamil
Zee5 Tamil [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming,Live television
5
Yes
INR49
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji 6-month [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
INR30
ALTBalaji
ALTBalaji Yearly [IN]
Free version available
On-demand streaming
5
No
INR25
Hoichoi Monthly
Hoichoi Monthly [IN]
Yes
On-demand streaming
2
No
INR
Entertainment Unlimited Annual
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited 12 month [IN]
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
INR1999
Music Pro 3-month
Hungama Music Pro 3-month
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
INR269
Movies & TV Shows Annual
Hungama Movies & TV Shows 12 month [IN]
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
INR1499
JioCinema
JioCinema [IN]
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Included with Jio
JioCinema is a streaming service exclusive to Jio mobile customers.
Entertainment Unlimited monthly
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited monthly [IN]
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
INR249
Entertainment Unlimited 3-month
Hungama Entertainment Unlimited 3-month [IN]
No
On-demand streaming
Unlimited
No
INR549
SonyLIV Premium 1 month
SonyLIV Premium 1 month [IN]
No
On-demand streaming,Sports,Live television
3
No
INR99
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic [IN]
1 month
On-demand streaming
1
No
INR500
Tubi TV
Tubi TV [IN]
Free
On-demand streaming
1
No
Free
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What devices are compatible with JioCinema?

JioCinema is currently supported on Android phones and tablets that are running OS version 4.3 and above. The service also supports iOS devices using OS version 7.0 or higher. JioCinema is also available on Samsung Tizen devices with OS version 2.4 and above.

What content does JioCinema offer?

JioCinema offers a streaming smorgasbord of TV shows and movies, spanning genres such as action, family, comedy and documentaries. The service also has business arrangements in place with a variety of other online players, which will give you access to the impressive content libraries of Eros Now and ALTBalaji to name a few.

It’s also worth noting that while Jio doesn’t offer much in the way of originals, it certainly looks as though Reliance Industries is poised to make a big splash in this area. Reports suggest that the company has been in talks with 18 to 20 local production houses in India, most notably Roy Kapur Films. Watch this space.

Does JioCinema offer a free trial?

No. To use JioCinema, you first have to be a valid Jio connectivity user.

How much data does JioCinema use?

All content on JioCinema automatically adjusts itself to your available Internet speed (and for a smooth experience you ought to have an Internet speed of no slower than 2Mbps). As for how much data Jio will eat up, here are some rough ballpark estimates.

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