The meaning of watching TV shows and movies has completely changed since a few years. Millennials have drastically moved from TV to Digital. It’s not long that online streaming will replace cable completely in India like the US. And with the improvement of data connectivity day by day, streaming movies and TV shows has become a very favourable option here. If you’re sick of torrenting, streaming in shady ways, with a million pop-up ads, and low-quality video, you’re here looking at the right options.
They’re also a great alternative if you’re a movie buff or a TV geek or whatever. The following is a comparison between Hotstar and Voot, which are both legal Indian OTT content platforms, that offer a variety of movies and shows in multiple languages, at very reasonable prices. Let’s look at them in detail and then you can decide which is better for you.
Hotstar is an online video streaming platform owned by Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star India Private Limited. Hotstar currently offers over 50,000 hours of popular TV content, movies, knowledge-based content from India and the world. That is a big collection. And with content in 8 languages, spanning 15 TV channels, Hotstar is home to some of the longest running, and highest rated TV content in the country.
It is mainly known for covering every major sport live, as you can see above in the homepage screenshot. You can watch most of that stuff for free on its website without signing up, and on your smartphone via its Android and iOS apps. But the good binge-watchable English content is for Premium users only.
Price: Free (with ads); Rs. 199 per month (premium). The content available on Hotstar’s premium service is well worth the asking price.
Movies: Some meh movies like Vampire Academy, and Dr.Cabbie are for free (with ads) but good movies like The Martian, or The Fault in our Stars aren’t. The awesome thing is- ALL the Bollywood movies are free. And if you’re really dying to watch the premium stuff, you can sign up for a free month and see if it’s worth it.
TV Shows: The best thing about it is that it has added an ad-free premium subscription with several shows such as Game of Thrones available the moment they air in the US. GOT Season 10 finale wasn’t available on Pirated sites on the right time and easily. Which is a great way for Hotstar to get signups, and for us to choose Hotstar.
Some other big shows you have to pay for- All HBO originals, Silicon Valley, How I met your mother, Last week Tonight with John Oliver, True Detective, Scream Queens, and more.
Although, Masterchef Australia, US, everywhere, and Glee is free!
Indian Shows: -Shows in all common Indian languages.
-Koffee with Karan. All seasons. Free.
-Indian Teen shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum, Dil Dosti Dance, Dill Mill Gaye, etc.
Originals: Hotstar is investing in generating content keeping in mind the sentiments and attitudes of our consumers and has enjoyed great success with free original programming content such as On Air with AIB, M Bole Toh, & One Tip One Hand.
Plus: Live Sports, English content, Game of Thrones on US time.
Minus: -Almost all the English Content is for Premium users only.
-No Kids Entertainment.
Voot is a video-on-demand platform, part of Viacom 18 Digital Ventures, the digital arm of Viacom 18 – one of the country’s largest growing media networks. It has a decent library with over 17,000 hours of content for audiences with varying choices and preferences, covering Colors (Hindi), MTV, Nickelodeon, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Colors Kannada, Colors Marathi, Colors Bangla, Colors Gujarati and MTV Indies, Voot offers the biggest Indian TV Shows, Blockbuster Movies, Toons & Voot Originals.
Price: Absolutely Free!
Movies: I found a lot of latest movies that I wanted to watch at the first glance. This didn’t happen with Netflix, the most recent movie that Netflix had when I subscribed a while ago was Piku. But here you can find all the new hit movies like Bajirao Mastani, Airlift, etc. and not so old hits like- Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Queen, Cocktail, Manjhi, and more. Which was very surprising and amazing. We can watch all this for free, in high quality, no pop-ups, just one or two skippable ads. A pretty cool offer, right?
TV Shows: Indian Reality shows like Bigg Boss (old seasons as well), Jhalak Dikhlaja, and Splitsvilla.
Popular Daily Soaps like- Balika Vadhu, Ashoka, etc.
Others- Coke Studio, Comedy Night Bachao, MTV shows.
Plus: -Shows you Recommended Picks (from your viewing history) just like Netflix.
-High-quality latest movies.
-You can choose the video quality depending on your data plan: Data Saving, High Quality & Auto.
-Kids Entertainment. Including old Cartoon Network cartoons like Dexter, Powerpuff Girls, and old Nick stuff like Dora the Explorer and Spongebob. Oh and there’s something for us adults too- Kung Fu Panda & POKEMON!!
Minus: -NO English Content at all.
-There have been reviews about Voot, saying some shows are missing a few episodes, and sometimes they buffer really slow.
Originals: You can find some amazing Original Voot web series like Chinese Bhasad, and It’s Not That Simple.
Now the choice depends on your needs. You can even go for both. Stream on Voot for free and Sign up for a free month on Hotstar and binge watch all the Premium stuff!