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With Netflix now in India, and other video on demand platforms crowding the market, it’s time to get more popcorn
Netflix is finally in India, and with this launch, consumers will be able to watch TV shows and movies on nearly any Internet-connected device (log on to netflix.com to start your free trial).
With 2016 touted to be the big year for 4G services in India, it was only time that the American on-demand movie streaming service forayed into the country, and service providers are upping their game to make sure that Internet speed and bandwidth issues don’t kill our biggest source of entertainment.
Now while Netflix might own some of the biggest titles in the world, the video-on-demand (VoD) space in India has a few promising alternatives as well, besides ErosNow, Hotstar, Spuul, etc., which made huge strides last year. Take a look.
Hungama Play
The Android app, by Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, has a library of more than 6,500 films across 19 genres and 12 languages. It has an array of interesting features as well. For instance, ‘Try and Buy’ lets you watch the trailer as well as the first 10 minutes of a film. If you like what you see, you can buy it. The app also features game mechanics wherein users can earn points and redeem them to buy digital goods. Available on smartphones or tablets. For `249 per month. Details: hungama.com
Hooq
With tie-ups with Hollywood biggies Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers and Indian players such as Yashraj Films, Disney UTV, and Shemaroo, Hooq has access to over 15,000 movies and TV shows across genres and languages. It also gives you the choice of watching content “offline” on its app. With Hooq, you don’t have to worry about bandwidth restrictions. Users can stream content even at lower speed and the app will intelligently stream content based on the bandwidth.
Available for Android, iOS and Windows PCs. For `199 per month. Details: hooq.tv
YuppFlix
The latest offering of YuppTV, an Internet-based TV streaming service provider, has an extensive database of 5,000-plus movies. The collection covers 12 languages, including films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Punjabi and Kannada, across genres that include comedy, thriller, romance, action, drama, and even devotional. With its string of movie updates, internet-exclusive trailers and push notifications, YuppFlix keeps its users up to date about upcoming films. Available on more than 25 Internet enabled-connected TVs, PCs, smartphones and tablets. `660 upwards. Details: yupptv.com
Muvizz
If you are indie film buff, muvizz.com will serve you well. It curates cult, classic and independent films, and documentaries in various languages, including award-winning titles. You can choose to either view their collection of free movies or go for the subscription model. You can even ‘rent’ an individual movie and watch it within 72 hours under its pay per view option. `66 onwards. Available on mobile, tablet, PC, Mac, and TV. Details: muvizz.com

— Barkha Kumari

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