Over-the-top media services or OTT platforms are subscription-based Audio Video streaming services. Nowadays many serials, series, and movies release on these OTT platforms.
There are around 50 OTT platforms in India and the market is estimated to be worth $15 billion or ₹1.20 Lakh Crore by 2030.
OTT platforms are one of the most widely spreading pieces of technology after the widespread of mobile phones and cheap internet services.
First Indian OTT Platform
The first Indian OTT platform was BIGFlix which was launched in 2008 by Reliance Entertainment where as the first OTT mobile app was nexGTv, which also live-streamed the 2013 and 2014 IPL matches.
Top 10 OTT Platforms in India
As most of the OTT platforms don’t openly share their subscription count and their popularity changes as per the launch of hit movies and shows.
So, we curated a list of the best OTT platforms in India not in any particular order.
The default OTT for many
One of the most popular streaming services due to its live-streaming of the biggest cricket sporting event in the world, the Indian Primer League or IPL.
Also, the platform offers many TV shows, series, Hotstar Originals, movies, and a whole lot of Disney stuff.
For some Disney+Hotstar is the source of sporting events from start sports network, cartoons and other Disney movies, and of course the daily soup opera that most Indian women love to watch.
The platform also has Marvel moves like Avengers and popular animated pictures like Toy Story.
It has something for everyone from children to elders, from sports fans to sci-fi lovers.
The international source of entertainment
A late entry into the Indian market compared to others. Netflix launched in India in 2018 and the die-hard fans of Strange things don’t need to buy and watch Netflix using VPNs. What a relief!
But despite of that in a very short time, Netflix became very popular in India offering their most popular international shows like breaking bad and stranger things while introducing relevant domestic drama series like Sacred Games and Kota Factory.
Netflix has many popular movie titles to watch like The Imitation Game, Forrest Grump, and The Terminal. Also, many Indian hit movies.
Suddh desi OTT
The single source of many a once popular shows that we grew up watching like CID, F.I.R, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.
SonyLiv has many things to offer after all it has a comedy drama serial channel SAB TV, a Sports network such as Sony Sports, and other drama series like Sony tv.
You can watch shows broadening on sony network as well as the older shows that we can enjoy watching.
It also offers many movies and local language shows and movies too.
The best deal
Amazon prime videos are part of Amazon Prime subscription which gives free shipping, Amazon Music, and of course Amazon Prime Videos. So basically it is value for money every buck.
Amazon Prime Videos has many things to offer. They have terrific comedy specials of Indian standup stars like Zakir Khan etc but also have international comedian specials.
They have many original Shows, moves, and web series like The family man, Panchayat, Mumbai Diaries, Paatal Lok, Supernatural, All or nothing, Shershaah, Mirzapur, and many more.
Daily Soup outbreak
If you are into zee daily soup dramas like Pavitra Rishta then it is just meant for you. Along with Hindi shows, Zee also offers shows in multiple languages from their domestic language channels like Zee Marathi.
Zee5 also has many movies on the platform especially patriotic movies like Uri: The surgical strike, Parmanu, Holiday, and Attack.
For kids and youngsters
From Chota Bheem to MTV shows, Voot has a large catalog of shows and movies for the younger generation.
For fans of MTV shows like Splitsvilla and Roadies, Voot is the go-to place.
Voot also has many domestic language shows for Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Bangla, Gujarati, etc speaking people.
Relatable content for the Younger population
TheViralFever or the TVF is an entertainment company primarily known for its young relatable content on Youtube. They are considered the first and most popular youtube channels that brought fresh content for the younger generations.
Their shows are like TVF Pitchers, Aspirants, Flames, Permanent Roommates, Kota Factory (there are too many to list), etc.
TVF Play is an OTT to service all their shows sourced from their multiple Youtube channels.
The main problem with this OTT is that many of their popular shows premiered on different OTT platforms. Sometimes one season on one OTT and the second season on some other OTT platform.
To carve your nostalgia for older times
Do you like Maine Pyar Kiya and Bombay to Goa-like movies then Hungama Play is your go-to place.
Hungama Play has shows in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali, and other languages.
And of course the shows from their popular kid’s channel Hungama TV.
The filmfare zone
If you are into reality shows and talk shows then it is just a perfect match. The platform has many shows from 11 languages.
The leader of Dometic Content
Eros Now has over 12,000 films and 1,00,000 music tracks and albums, along with over 100 TV shows to offer.
Many language-specific OTT platforms are also on the rise like Hoichoi, Planet Marathi, and Sun NCT.