With the advent of 4G in this country, Internet streaming platforms are enjoying a boom. Slow Internet is now a thing of the past as lightning fast Internet has penetrated into not only tier 1 but also tier 2 and tier 3 cities. It is all but natural that the competition among various streaming platforms has intensified as newer and better streaming alternatives are available for mass consumption. It would surprise no one if, in the near future, Internet streaming will replace cable TV. Let’s look at the best free streaming options available presently:
Launched just before the Cricket World Cup 2015, Hotstar was initially introduced as a platform to stream the World Cup on mobile devices by Star India. However, it soon expanded its offering with over 50,000 hours of content. It has all Star Network TV shows. In addition, Hotstar also features an ample amount of original content with an added advantage of hosting movie and sports content on a single platform. Hotstar sports a wide collection of free content with its premium content available free for the first month.
Jio, in addition to being the most sought after source for fast Internet, provides a bunch of TV content through its app, JioTV. JioTV is an application by which you may view your favorite TV channels on Internet-enabled devices. It offers a varied selection of over 400 channels with more on their way soon. With JioTV, you may watch episodes of your favorite shows that have been aired seven days prior to the date of watching. If you wish to watch content on a bigger screen, the app is even compatible with Chrome Cast. With so many channels up its sleeve this is definitely a great app to watch live tv online.
Launched in 2016, Voot is a streaming platform for all channels under the Viacom 18 group—MTV, Colors, and Nickelodeon, among others. With aggregate content from all the popular channels, Voot provides a collection of a wide array of original content. Voot is available, for free, on Android and iOS, and as a website for desktop users. Voot offers a smooth user experience with customized recommendations and a password for parents with young children to ensure moderate usage.
- Ditto TV
This app is owned by Zee Entertainment. It allows live streaming for all major Indian TV channels like Sony, SAB, Colors, Zee TV, and more. However, there are no channels from the Star Network. It has content in 11 languages across the genres of entertainment, lifestyle, sports, kids’ shows, and more. Apart from this, the app has the facility of seven-day catch-up so that you don’t miss anything from your favorite TV shows.
Apps like Voot, JioTV, Ditto TV, Hotstar and others are ready to stand its ground against cable TV. Now, you don’t have to schedule your life around your favorite TV shows. The various streaming platforms offer control over your entertainment like you have never seen before. And all you need to access these platforms is a smartphone and a workable 4G Internet connection!