Its been a great journey that many of us identify with so closely. From the days of a single channel, our very own Doordarshan with Chitrahaar, Feature Film , Krishi Darshan to watching Bold & The Beautiful on cable TV to the Direct To Home revolution via Tata Sky, Airtel, Videocon etc. And the more recent transformation – watching serials and movies and even sports online. Choices kept changing from what to watch to when to watch to where to watch. In the article below the author takes you through the best sites for Indians to watch movies online. Team RetyrSmart
Best online movie viewing options for Indians
YouTube is a popular streaming platform for not only watching movies online but also to view movie trailers, songs, and videos. You will be able to access old movies on YouTube. For example, if you are from Kerala, you can watch the popular movies of actor Mohanlal such as Devasuram and No 20 Madras Mail. You will find plenty of old movies in all languages. Google has adopted strong piracy measures and hence the availability of new movies is bleak. YouTube is a popular destination among the film producers and crew for the release of movie trailers, lyrics videos, and songs.
The big advantage of YouTube is that you can access the content via PC, smartphone and tablets provided you have data and Internet connectivity. Alternatively, you can also download YouTube videos and watch without Internet connectivity with the help of the various tools.
Netflix is a web-based streaming service for watching movies online. The service offers a wide range of movies, documentaries and TV shows with the capability to access them on various devices. There are shows that are exclusively created for Netflix audience. While YouTube is available free of cost, Netflix will be free only for the first 30 days. You will have to opt for paid subscription after the end of the trial period. The advantage of Netflix is that you can watch as many movies and shows as per your requirement without a single advertisement for a low monthly price. You will find new additions each week that includes movies and TV shows.
You will be able to watch Netflix movies via smart TV, PlayStation, Chromecast, Xbox, Apple TV, and Blu-ray players. You can also save all the movies and watch them offline. This will help you to save plenty of data. With Netflix, you can stream movies and TV shows on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and Televisions. Nowadays, people are accessing Netflix over smart TVs, which have become part and parcel of our daily lives. Netflix is available worldwide except China, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Crimea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and have offices in Netherlands, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Korea.
Hotstar is a mobile-based streaming app using which you access movies and TV shows of all popular channels. You can watch live TV shows in addition to movies broadcasted by TV channels. The main highlight of Hotstar is that you can watch soap operas even after watching on the TV. The app will be useful if you forgot to watch the show due to your busy schedule. Hotstar is part of Novi Digital Entertainment, which is the subsidiary of Star India. Hence, you will be able to watch movies and shows telecasted by channels owned by Star India.
The Hotstar official website is classified into several sections such as TV, Movies, Sports, News, Channels and even languages. You can watch the shows on the web and mobile if you had subscribed for one year at the displayed rate. As of this writing, the cost for one year is Rs 365 and you will be able to watch unlimited movies on the go. It is also possible to watch sports and news related content with the help of Hotstar.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a popular mobile streaming service for watching movies online on your smartphone, tablet and select Smart TVs. You will be able to watch latest Bollywood and regional movies, TV shows including Amazon Originals. The Amazon Prime Video is available for free for 30 days and after that, you will have to subscribe. You can either opt for monthly payment or yearly payment at Rs 999. In addition to watching movies online, you can take advantage of free shipping and access to Amazon Prime Music with unlimited music. The interesting point to note is that you can stream the music to your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot for an immersive experience. Moreover, you can connect your Amazon Fire TV stick and stream movies from Amazon Prime Video.
You can watch movies on your LED TV even if your TV is non-smart. You can press the Voice button on the Fire TV remote and provide the name of the movie you would like to watch movies with simplicity. There is no need to select the movie manually. Amazon also provides the capability to watch movies offline if you download the titles on a wide range of devices. It is also possible to manage data usage on smartphones and tablets, which enables you to save valuable data offered by your ISP. Amazon Prime Video also make use of parental controls and includes a dedicated kids page. The service provides popular TV shows such as Peppa Pig, Powerpuff Girls, and Chhota Bheem with the help of Amazon Prime Videos.
JioCinema is an on-demand video streaming platform and exclusively available only for Reliance Jio customers. The platform is a great app for watching movies online. If you have a smartphone with 4G Jio connectivity, you can download JioCinema app and watch movies on the go. The JioCinema includes over one lakh hours of streaming content in a wide range of languages. JioCinema provides support for Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Punjabi languages including dubbed content. You can easily install JioCinema via Google Play Store. You will be prompted to select languages of your choice. The JioCinema provides support for Google Chromecast and includes an exclusive Disney section.
You can also resume watching movies online from where you paused previously. You will never view any pop-up advertisements including the ability to watch movies and browse the app simultaneously. You can drag and dock the player. The app also includes the capability to share content among your friends. JioCinema is also available on the web but you have to sign-in using your Jio number and authorize the OTP. You can then watch movies and TV shows on your laptop.
Gone are days where we used to watch movies only on your Television sets. The world and technology have changed immensely. You can now easily watch movies via various streaming platforms. The advantage is that you need not have to visit any movie theatre. You just need to perform few simple steps to enjoy an immersive experience right from your drawing room. The relevant streaming apps are updated on a daily basis and this will help you to access the latest content. In addition to movies, you can also watch TV shows including the ability to access shows aired even one month back. Do you know any mobile-based streaming platforms that provide premium content? Please share your feedback in the comments section and we will cover them in an upcoming article.