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.
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 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.
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.
Watching Movie in Multiplex
Watching Movie in OTT App
Avg. ₹500-₹750 (Ticket+Transporation +Snacks) for 1 movie
Free to ₹ 799/month for lakhs of movies. Only you have to pay for a fast data pack.
Only 1 movie.
Thousand of movies, TV Shows, videos, music album
Finish 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.
Live Sporting Events.
Live Streaming Videos
OTT Platform Original Contents.
OTT App Statistics
Data Consumed in Streaming Video in OTT App
Data Consumed by OTT App
Comparison of the Best OTT App in India (2020)
Hours of Content
1.5 lakh hours
1 lakh hours
1.25 lakh hours
Cost of Streaming Content on OTT Platform (OTT App)
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.
MAU- Monthy Active Users (Numbers of unique users to use OTT App in a month)