The future of television

 

The days of watching movies and TV shows on a cable connection are become old school. Set-top boxes are being replaced by internet streaming services that provide a huge amount of TV shows and movies for users.With the internet accessibility and speeds increasing in our country, things are changing so fast. These days a lot of people, especially the youth, like to spend time on their laptops or smartphones instead in front of TV.  A lot of people just hate the content Indian TV channels offer – the same crappy saas-bahu serials, same pseudo intellectuals shouting on news channels, and boring and pretentious comedy and reality shows. And we have to accept, Indian TV channels produce some of the best crap content in the world.

 

Cost

Amazon is the clear winner in this. Prime video is Rs 499/year right now, so about Rs 40/month. In comparison, Hotstar is Rs 199/month and Netflix is Rs 500/month. In addition, Amazon also gives you access to Amazon Prime on its shopping website, which is a nice bonus.Jio is offering massive Local and International Content [Jio Cinemas and Jio TV with 412 different Channels streamed 24/7] absolutely for FREE and pricing will be anybody’s guess.

 

Content

Movies:

Netflix seems to be the best when it comes to their catalogue of English movies. Especially their collection of Classics and Documentaries. They also have a much larger collection as compared to both Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video. I saw a few decent movies on Prime such as Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, but their collection is nowhere close to Netflix. Hotstar has the same content as Star Movies, which results in a smaller collection of movies which you would have anyway already seen on TV tons of times. Amazon Prime has also promised that it will bring first run features, such as recently released Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and the upcoming Badrinath Ki Dulhania, within “a few weeks of their theatrical release” to Prime Video.

For Hindi movies, Amazon Prime seems to be far and away the clear winner. They have newer movies such as Sultan, Kabali and Fan, as well as older movies such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge. Hotstar has a large collection of mostly average movies. As for Netflix, you realise how terrible their collection is when the first recommendation for Hindi movies is Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. They are tying up with SRK's Red Chillies for more content, so we hope that their Hindi content will improve.

Both Amazon and Hotstar have Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam sections, but we do not have enough knowledge of the languages to make a recommendation for this.

 

TV Shows:

Netflix again. They have a large collection of both original shows like Narcos and Crown; as well as shows like Black Mirror and Breaking Bad. They are the best, both in quality and quantity. Hotstar has access to HBO originals which means content like Game of Thrones, the Wire and Silicon Valley is available. However, their catalogue is limited as compared to Netflix. Amazon seems to have a greater focus on getting sitcoms. They have Seinfeld, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls and a few other sitcoms on their app. They are also tying up with AIB to do a political satire show, which seems interesting as well.

 

Sports:

The best reason for getting Hotstar is their access to sports. Since they are owned by Star, they provide access to all the sports covered by Star Sports. This means most cricket matches as well as the English Premier League can be seen on Hotstar. This is great, especially for football fans as Star seems hell-bent on shoving HD channels down our throats for Premier League matches.

However, Amazon seems to be in the race for IPL streaming rights,which would be a big coup for them if they can pull it off.

 

As a summary:

 

  • If you're on a budget : Amazon
  • For Hindi movies : Amazon
  • For English movies: Netflix
  • For English shows: Netflix
  • For sports: Hotstar

 

If you don’t want to spend a penny and ok with the content : Jio tv/cinema is not a bad option at all.

 

 

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