Hotstar serves as the gateway for millions of digitally savvy Indians to livestream cricket actions like IPL and other games. It also streams all major sporting events be it tennis or Formula 1. Apart from sports, it also has exclusive rights to original programming from HBO or NBC. If you are a Game of Thrones fan then you know Hotstar is the platform you must subscribe to watch the epic show within moments of its release in the US. Hotstar is a freemium app and it offers some content on its platform for free, but there are also contents available for premium only subscribers. The service costs Rs 199 per month and there is also an annual subscription available at just Rs 1,200, which is 49 percent lower than its regular price.
Netflix is the global leader in this space and also the pioneer here. It has successfully produced critically acclaimed shows and has also ventured into making movies with big names like Will Smith. Netflix is a publicly traded company and has made the idea of OTT apps so huge that it currently has a market cap of $120 billion. Netflix has been observing the easy availability of data services in India and has been localizing content lately. It now offers local shows, movies and even original shows developed with King Khan or Shah Rukh Khan. However, Netflix is quite expensive with its basic plan priced at Rs 500 per month and premium tier costing Rs 800 per month.