After many rumours made their way to the web “Who is the best” in the video streaming service, Netflix had finally released their much awaited mobile-only plan for Indian users. But it is not easy for them, because the Disney’s Hotstar, an well known app for streaming cricket matches amid the IPL and ICC Cricket World Cup, has the lion’s share in terms of smartphone installations at 49 per cent in India.
Netflix is also getting a tough competition from Amazon Prime Video as the two worldwide players look to expand their reach in the Indian market, according to The Financial Express
Here’s the comparison of pricing, streaming quality and download options to help you pick from the Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video streaming services.
Netflix vs Hotstar vs Amazon Prime Video: Prices, plans
For Hotstar users company offer two types of membership plans: Hotstar Premium and Hotstar VIP. Hotstar Premium has two subscription options, priced at Rs 299 per month and Rs 999 per year. Users who had subscribed for these two plans can access all of the OTT platforms content such as latest American shows, Hollywood movies etc.
The Hotstar Premium annual subscription plan is more affordable than Netflix, whereas the Hotstar Premium Rs 299 monthly membership option costs more than Netflix.
Hotstar VIP is priced at Rs 365 annually, which does not include International shows and Hollywood flicks; you can only stream on a single screen at a time with this account.
Amazon Prime Video provides users with premium video content such as original shows, movies, TV series and more. Prime Video has two subscription plans of Rs 129 per month and Rs 999 yearly plan.
Amazon Prime Video comes with other perks like complimentary get to Amazon Music benefit, quicker delivery on Amazon and online shopping deals. In addition, Vodafone and Airtel offer plans where clients can get one year of Amazon Prime Video membership free of cost.
Netflix vs Hotstar vs Amazon Prime Video: Streaming quality and screens
Netflix aims to bring a personalised watching experience for the Indian smartphone users with a mobile-only plan. The company had recently revealed that India has the largest number of smartphone users globally and a plan to target the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities would soon make its way.
The Netflix launched Rs 199 plan for Indian users, and interested users can subscribe from the Netflix website. Note that the mobile-only plan will support only one screen compared to the standard Netflix subscription, and it will support SD (Standard Definition) streaming.
The HD and Ultra-HD viewing are accessible on Netflix on monthly membership plans of Rs 649 and Rs 749. Under its Rs 499 plan, Netflix offers users content in standard definition only. The Standard Rs 649 plan offers HD resolution streaming and the Rs 799 plan offers users content at a maximum of 4K Ultra HD resolution.
Hotstar offers the highest video quality full-HD at 1080p resolution. On other hand, Amazon Prime Video also supports 4K Ultra-HD content without any extra cost and is available on three screens at a time.
In spite of the fact that the streaming service providers offer content totally different resolutions, the streaming rate will depend on the web connection in your house and the resolution of the gadget on which you are streaming.