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OTT Apps in India (2020) [Best Top 10]

Before listing the Best OTT Apps in India (2020), let us first discuss the platform and service on which OTT Apps runs – OTT Platform and Video Streaming Services respectively. We will learn the basics of OTT, OTT full form, its meaning and about OTT App. And then, we will see the architecture of OTT App and why OTT App is becoming so popular day by day. Further, we will discuss on some statistics on OTT App like Monthy Active Users(MAU), Data Consumed while streaming Video on OTT App. Furthermore, we will compare the Top 10 Best OTT Apps in India for 2020 and see what is the cost of streaming video on these OTT Apps. Finally, we will explain in detail about the Top 10 Best OTT Apps in India in terms of features, contents available and list the best series and movies available on these OTT Apps.

What is OTT Platform?

OTT full form

OTT full form is Over-The-Top

Over-The-Top (OTT). The OTT term was coined in reference to the device or services that go over a cable TV Box or Set Top Box to give the user access to TV Channels and Contents.

OTT Meaning

OTT stands for over-the-top, in which a user can access, TV content through Internet connection rather than traditional cable/broadcast provider. In brief, OTT is streaming video (watching videos over the internet) over the internet. The video may in the form of TV Channels or movies or live video streaming or educational videos or YouTube videos etc.

What is OTT App?

OTT App is an app or software designed for your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV to deliver OTT content like video, audio, TV Channels and live video streaming through an internet connection. OTT Platform runs the OTT App has a background service. OTT Platform is a set of software and hardware along with other resources like video and audio contents, internet connection, etc.

OTT App Architecture

To run OTT App we must have 5 essential things. They are:-

  • OTT App – the main software to stream video
  • OTT Streaming Device – your mobile phone, tablet, smart TV,etc.
  • OTT Streaming Platform – the Service involved in the background.
  • Internet Connection – fast Data Connection like 4G and above.
  • OTT Contents – Video and Audio Contents.
ott platform architecture

Why OTT Apps are becoming so popular?

According to me, the ultimate answers to this question is

  • Accessibility – Firstly, it is accessible to a wide variety of devices.
  • Cost – Secondly, the cost is very less compared to watching movies in multiplex and even it is free.
  • Wide range of content – Thirdly, it has a wide variety and range of contents.
  • Lastly, the availability of audio and subtitles in English and Regional Language.

The contents of OTT Apps are available or accessible in any device available to you. To point out devices like Mobile Phone, Laptop, Desktop, Smart TV, Chrome Cast, etc. It is accessible anytime and anywhere, just you have to subscribe to the platform and download the OTT App.

Comparison of watching movies in multiplex vs in OTT App.

I will provide below you a comparison table of Watching Movie in Multiplex vs OTT and Streaming Platform. By comparison, the data will speak.

Factors Watching Movie in Multiplex Watching Movie in OTT App
CostAvg. ₹500-₹750 (Ticket+Transporation +Snacks) for 1 movieFree to ₹ 799/month for lakhs of movies. Only you have to pay for a fast data pack.
ContentOnly 1 movie.Thousand of movies, TV Shows, videos, music album
TimeFinish the whole movie in one sitting at one place. Pause, Play and Repeat the movie anytime and anywhere. Even if you don’t like the movie to skip to the next movie.

Contents available in OTT Apps.

Unquestionably, you will get thousands of contents in OTT Apps like

  • Movies – Hollywood, Bollywood, Regional Movies with Subtitles, Othe Countries Films.
  • Live TV Channels.
  • TV Shows
  • Live Sporting Events.
  • Series
  • Music
  • Live Streaming Videos
  • YouTube Videos
  • OTT Platform Original Contents.

OTT App Statistics

Monthly Active Users of OTT App India 2020

Data Consumed in Streaming Video in OTT App

Video Resolution Data Consumed by OTT App
360p (SD)400 MB/hour
480p (SD)700 MB/hour
720p (HD)900 MB/hour
1080p (FHD)1.5 GB/hour
2K (UHD)3 GB/our

Comparison of the Best OTT App in India (2020)

OTT AppsRatingStarting PriceMAUHours of ContentOriginalsContent Language
MX Player4.2/5.0Free32 crores1.5 lakh hoursYes12
Disney+ Hotstar4.0/5.0Free30 crores1 lakh hoursYes8
Zee53.0/5.0Free7.64 crores1.25 lakh hoursYes12
Prime Video4.3/5.0? 129/month1.34 crores50,000 hoursYes10
Voot4.0/5.0Free10 crores60,000 hoursYes7
Netflix4.0/5.0? 199/month1.58 crores60,000 hoursYes10
Jio Cinema3.7/5.0Free10.4 crores60,000 hoursNo15
Eros Now3.5/5.0Free1.66 crores5,000 hoursYes10
ALT Balaji3.5/5.0Free2.7 crores10,000 hoursYes3
Sony LIV3.0/5.0Free6.5 crores50,000 hoursYes4

Cost of Streaming Content on OTT Platform (OTT App)

OTT AppFree ContentTrialMonthlyQuartelyHalf-YearlyYearly
Mx PlayerYesFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Disney+ HotstarYes₹ 299₹ 1499
Amazon Prime VideoNo1 month₹ 129₹ 999
Netflix (Plan Details Here)No1 month₹ 199 to ₹799₹ 2388 to ₹ 9588
Zee5Yes₹ 99₹ 599₹ 999
Eros NowYes₹ 49₹ 79₹ 399
VootYes₹ 99₹ 499
Jio CinemaYesFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Alt BalajiYes₹ 33.33₹ 100₹ 300
Sony LIVYes₹ 99₹ 299₹ 499

OTT Apps in India (2020) – The Best Top 10.

1. MX Player – Best Free OTT App.

ott platform mx player

Basic Info

MAU: 32 crores. Launched: February 2019
App Developer: MX Media & Ent.App Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 1,50,000 hours Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 12 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 4.2/5

MX Player is 100% Free

Pricing

All the contents of MX Player are 100% free, only you have to install MX Player on your mobile.

Content Available.

  • Web Shows (MX Originals, Hindi and Regional)
  • Korean Drama Shows (Hindi Dubbed)
  • Movies (Hindi, English – Hindi Dubbed, Korean-Hindi Dubbed and Regional Movies)
  • 94 nos Live TV Channels
  • News Stories
  • Music Video
  • Sports Video

Special Feature

  • Firstly, all the contents are absolutely free.
  • Secondly, it has Korean Drama Shows dubbed in Hindi.
  • Thirdly, it is an OTT App as well as Media Player App that any video format in the world.
  • Lastly, the User Interface is great.

Top Best Series and Movies in MX Player.

2. Hotstar (Disney+ Hotstar)– Best OTT App for Live Sports.

ott platform hotstar

Basic Info

MAU: 30 CroresLaunched: February 2015
App Developer: Novi DigitalApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 1 Lakh HourPlatform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 8 LanguagesApp Overall Rating: 4/5

Pricing

  • Free (with Ads) – Most of the content is free.
  • Premium Subscription
    • 1. Monthly – ₹ 299/month (Non-refundable)
    • 2. Yearly – ₹ 1499/year ( Non-refundable )

Contents

  • TV Channels (Star Network)
  • Movies (including 7 regional languages)
  • Sports ( famous for streaming live IPL)
  • Live News Channel
  • Diseney+ Contents (Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars & National Geographic)

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it has Seamless Video Playback 
  • Secondly, its Smart Search and Recommendation Feature.
  • Thirdly, it has a friendly User Interface
  • Fourthly, it has a hot content catalog and Originals.
  • Lastly, it has we can access it from many devices.

Top Best Series and Movies in Hotstar (Disney+ Hotstar)

3. Amazon Prime Video

ott platform amazon prime video

Basic Info

MAU: 50 LakhsLaunched: December 2016.
App Developer: Amazon Mobile LLCApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 50,000 hours Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 10 LanguagesApp Overall Rating: 4.3/5

Pricing

(Additionally, it includes Amazon Prime Delivery, Prime Music, Prime Gaming, Prime Reading)

  • Trial (30 days).
  • Monthly – ₹ 129/month.
  • Yearly
    • Student Plan – ₹ 499/month.
    • Normal Plan – ₹ 999/month.

Contents

  • TV Shows (Hindi and English).
  • Movies (English, Hindi Dubbed, 9 regional languages).
  • Kids Content.
  • Old Classic Movies.

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it hosts the World Premiere of a new movie.
  • Secondly, it has its own production content Amazon Originals Shows and Movies
  • Thirdly, Amazon Prime subscription includes other services like Prime Fast Delivery, Prime Music, Prime Gaming, Prime Reading.
  • Fourthly, Regional and Dubbed Movie with subtitles.
  • Lastly, 6 different user profiles created within a single Amazon Prime Account.

Top Best Series and Movies in Amazon Prime Video

4. Netflix – Best OTT App for English Contents.

ott platform netflix

Basic Info

MAU: 1.58 croresLaunched: January 2016
App Developer: Netflix, IncApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 36,000 hours Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 10 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 4/5

Pricing

Plans (all monthly)TrialMobile OnlyBasicStandardPremium
Price per month ₹ 5 (once) ₹ 199 ₹ 499 ₹ 649 ₹ 799
No of Screens at a timeBased on Plan 1 screen 1 screen 2 screens 4 screens
No of devices Based on Plan Only on Mobileall devices all devices all devices
Resolution Allowed Based on Plan SDSD & HD SD & HD SD & HD

Content Available

  • Hindi Web Series (Netflix Originals)
  • English TV Shows and Web Series
  • English Movies
  • Top Best Assamese Films
  • Hindi Movies

Special Feature

  • Firstly, Netflix is known for its own production original content.
  • Secondly, it supports almost all the devices on the planet smart TVs, PlayStation, Xbox, Chromecast, Apple TV, Blu-ray players and more.
  • Thirdly, you can download shows and movies to watch offline.
  • Fourthly, it has Parental Control settings.

Top Best Series and Movies in Netflix

5. Zee5

ott platform zee5

Basic Info

MAU: 7.64 CroresLaunched: February 2018
App Developer: Zee5 Global FZ LLCApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 1.25 lakh hours Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 12 LanguagesApp Overall Rating: 3/5

Pricing

  • Most contents are free.
  • Monthly – ₹ 99/month
  • Half-Yearly – ₹ 599/half-yearly
  • Annually- ₹ 999/year

Content

  • Live TV Channel (90+)
  • Zee Originals Shows and Movies.
  • Children’s Programme
  • Short Series and Acclaimed Plays
  • Music Videos
  • News Stories
  • Games

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it has evolved video streaming technology 
  • Secondly, it has a Language Navigation.
  • Thirdly, it has Seamless Video playback.
  • Fourthly, it gives Smart Content Search & Recommendation
  • Lastly, it has Catch Up TV.

Top Best Series and Movies in Zee5

6. Voot

ott platform voot

Basic Info

MAU: 10 crores. Launched: March 2016
App Developer: Viacom 18 Digital MediaApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 60,000 hours. Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 7 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 4/5

Pricing

  • Free Content with Ads.
  • Monthly – ₹ 99/month (1 Screen)
  • Annualy- ₹ 499 (1 Screen)

Content Available

  • TV and Web Shows
  • Movies
  • Live TV Channels of Viacom 19 (MTV, Colors, Nickelodon, etc)
  • News Channel (News 18 Network)
  • Music Videos
  • Children Toons

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it supports Chromecast
  • Secondly, it has Channel-wise Discovery
  • Thirdly, it has filters like Language and Genre Sorting
  • Lastly, Voot Originals are popular and has good shows.

Top Best Series and Movies in Voot.

7. Jio Platform (Jio TV & Jio Cinema)-Best OTT App for TV Channels.

ott platform jiocinema

Basic Info

MUA: 10.4 crores. Launched: December 2015
App Developer: Reliance Corp IT Park Ltd.App Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 1 lakhs hours Platform: Android, iOS, Web, Smart TV, Jio Phone
Content Language: 15 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 3.7/5

Pricing

100% Free if you have Jio Sim or Jio Phone.

Content Available

  • Live Sports
  • TV Channels (575 + Channels)
  • Movies
  • News
  • Music Videos

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it has instant access to 600+ channels in 15+ languages.
  • Secondly, TV Channels have 7 days catchup-service.
  • Thirdly, most of the content has multiple Audio and Subtitles.
  • Lastly, it supports Voice Search.

Top Best Series and Movies in Jio Platform.

8. Eros Now

ott platform erosnow

Basic Info

MAU: 1.66 Crores.Launched: 2012
App Developer: Eros Digital FZ LLCApp Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 5,000 hours. Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 10 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Pricing

  • Free – Some of the content is free.
  • Monthly – ₹ 49/month
  • Quarterly – ₹ 79 /month
  • Annually – ₹ 399 /month

Content Available

  • Movies (English, Hindi, Regional Movies)
  • 3 Nos of Live TV
  • Music and Music Videos
  • Erosnow Original Shows
  • Erosnow Qickie – Short Format Video.

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it has over 12,000 digital titles.
  • Secondly, it has 2.5 lakhs Music Tracks.
  • Thirdly, it has international Shows aired on Hum TV and ARY TV.
  • Lastly, it has a Live TV Channel – Fashion TV.

Top Best Series and Movies in Erosnow

9. ALTBalaji

ott platform altbalaji

Basic Info

MAU: 2.70 crores. Launched: April 2017
App Developer: Alt Digital Media Ltd.App Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 10,000 hours Platform: Android, iOS, Smart TV, Web
Content Language: 3 LanguagesApp Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Pricing

  • Free
  • Quarterly (3 Months)- ₹ 100/quarterly.
  • Annually – 300/yearly.

Content Available

  • Web Series and TV Shows
  • Movies
  • Music Videos
  • Comedy
  • Kids Orginal Shows

Special Feature

  • Firstly, you can access the contents of ALT Balaji across 32 different devices.
  • Secondly, it has a strong content library with 60 originals.
  • Lastly, it offers fresh, original and desi content stories and shows for all categories of audience.

Top Best Series and Movies in ALTBalaji

10. Sony LIV

ott platform sonyliv


Basic Info

MAU: 7 crores. Launched: January 2013
App Developer: Sony Pictures Networks India App Link: Android Apple
Hours of Content: 50,000 hours Platform: Android, iOS, Web, Smart TV, Jio Phone
Content Language: 4 LanguageApp Overall Rating: 3/5

Pricing

  • Free
  • Monthly – ₹ 99/month
  • Half-Yearly – ₹299/half-yearly
  • Annualy- ₹ 499/annualy

Content Available

  • Live TV Channels (Sony Network Channels)
  • Movies (Bollywood and Hollywood)
  • TV Shows
  • Sony LIV Original Shows
  • Kids (including Nursery Rhymes)
  • LIVE Sports
  • Music
  • LIVFIT – Fitness videos

Special Feature

  • Firstly, it has 700+ Bollywood and Hollywood Movies
  • Secondly, it has 40,000+ hours of TV Shows and Web Series
  • Thirdly, it has Fitness Video, Zumba, Yoga, etc
  • Lastly, we can download Videos and watch it offline.

Top Best Series and Movies in Sony LIV

Final Verdict

We have seen almost all the OTT Apps in India provide free content to the user except Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. MX Player and Jio Apps (JioCinema and JioTV) provide all of its content for free. MX Player has the highest Monthly Active User(MAU) and the best OTT Apps in India for its free content. In terms of Online Presence Netflix has the highest presence. Indian OTT Apps like Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Sony LIV, etc has the highest users because it provides the maximum content in Hindi and regional content.

If you are a Hollywood series and movies buff, go for Netflix but it’s going to burn hole in your pocket. If you are a fan of Hindi Web Series, go for Hotstar, Zee5 and Voot. Amazon Prime Video provides around entertainment ranging from English Series and Movies to Regional Content especially South Indian. Moreover, if you are fan of Korean Drama Serie, go for MX Player and JioCinema. For Live TV Channels JioTV is best followed by Hotsar, Sony LIV and Zee5. To watch live sporting events you can watch it on JioTV, Hotstar and Sony LIV. Finally, the decision is up to you.

Terms Used

  • MAU- Monthy Active Users (Numbers of unique users to use OTT App in a month)

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