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Best Amazon Prime Video Alternatives You Should Know
Amazon Prime Video and its affordable subscription model have done a lot of things for the content-hungry folk in India. Gone are the days where most of us used to flock to torrent sites and or glitchy streaming sites. With its huge library of the latest movies, TV shows and documentaries in all major languages and genres, the streaming giant has something for everyone.
Amazon Prime also allows users to download their favorite episodes or movie for offline use. All though it is available for a price that is more affordable than other big streaming sites, there are a lot of streaming sites that offer plenty of content and may have the show or movie that you are looking for, the major streaming sites available out there have been mentioned below:
This one was obvious because of the waves it has been making in the world of video streaming. In addition to a wide range of popular movies and shows that were released ages ago, the site also hosts a range of Netflix Originals. The cross-device experience on Netflix is also quite accurate. You can pause a video in one device and then resume watching the same on another device with ease. Netflix also has different subscription plans that vary in terms of the quality of the video streaming and the number of screens that they allow. They offer offline content and the option of casting to Chromecast as well.
With the option of streaming live matches and the wide range of Indian soaps available, Hotstar stands apart. But this does not mean that they lag behind in terms of the international content either. Owned by Star India, Hotstar has most of the latest content from HBO, ABC, Showtime, etc streaming on its site within minutes of it being released in the US. Hotstar also has the highest number of users in India as well. A staggering 75 million users. You only need to sign up for an account if you want access to the premium content, you can watch everything else for free.
Run by mobile carrier Jio, the streaming services are available to Jio users for free. The site also hosts a variety of international content as well. The quality of the streaming content is optimized according to the network speed.
Although it arrived in India quite early, the lack of wide-spread internet infrastructure and there being no awareness held it back a little. Hooq allows an account to be used on up to 5 devices, the option to download TV shows offline is also available. There are renowned DC superhero TV shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl available on the platform as well. You have the option to rent movies as well.
Owned by Viacom 18, shows aired on TV channels like Colors, MTV, Nickelodeon, etc. It also has a lot of Indian movies available. A dedicated kids section and a variety of web series under the brand name Voot Originals adds to its charm.
Like Hotstar, a lot of the content is free over here as well.
TV shows aired on channels run by Sony Pictures Networks India are all available on the streaming service known as SonyLiv. In addition to Sports content, it also has a variety of Indian and international content in its repertoire. The premium subscription gives you access to most of the Hindi and English content and also makes the service ad-free.
Launched in 2004, this is one of the oldest video-streaming services in India. Content from Eros International is available here.
A ton of songs, music videos, and Eros Now original shows are available in its catalog. You need to sign up for an account if you wish to watch the free movies though and a few of the features available for the app can only be accessed after you pay for it.
Stremio is a little different from the other sites on this list. Stremio is basically a media hub that organizes streams from Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, etc and presents them in a clean user interface.
iTunes is not a streaming site but you do have the option to rent movies from the iTunes Library for about 48 hours. The library has a lot of movies and TV shows which you can watch so it definitely qualifies as a contender to Amazon Prime.