With the availability of high-speed 4G and broadband services, internet consumption has risen significantly. Many telecom network providers have come up with their own entertainment apps to keep customers loyal to their brand in times of tough competition. These apps not only provide users with live TV channels but they can also catch-up on their missed shows.
What’s common? All of these apps have channels such as Colors, Zee TV, Sony MAX, Zee Cinema HD, Sony Six, Sony Ten 1, MTV, Aaj Tak, NDTV, NDTV Good Times, Discovery, Cartoon Network and many more. The major difference comes when we consider features and ease of use of these apps.
Here’s The List of Live TV Channel Apps with Highlighted Features –
The channels on JioTV categorize across entertainment, movies, music, sports, news, devotional, educational, infotainment, kids, lifestyle and many more. It is free for new Jio users and later comes along with Jio Prime membership. Although other SIM users can use this app over Wi-Fi, the initial login would require Jio ID and password. And it is the only streaming service that doesn’t have a website version. The app is available for Android as well as Apple Store users.
- 650+ TV channels
- 7 day’s catch up on missed shows
- Recording – You can record any show and watch it offline
- Watch in on TV by installing JioTV on Amazon fireTV stick
- Watch live cricket on Hotstar through JioTV
Airtel Xstream, or otherwise known as Airtel TV, is considered one of the best live tv apps. The app has partnered with multiple partner apps such as ZEE5, Hungama, Eros Now, HOOQ, ShareIt, YouTube, Shemaroome, Ultra, Curiosity Stream. It has a huge variety of channels. Multi-device access enables a single login but from 5 different devices. It has a website as well as an app for Android & iOS.
- 350+ channels
- 7 day’s catch up on missed shows
- Minimal buffering
- Multi-device access
Hotstar is currently the biggest streaming service in India. It has a freemium model where they offer several free channels as well as premium paid content. The app/website streams movies, TV shows, videos and sports. It has Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel Studios movies as well as other international content dubbed in many languages.
- 100,000 hours of TV shows, Bollywood & Hollywood movies
- Disney+ which is a paid service
- Download and watch offline
- Exclusive Hotstar releases
Voot is completely free to use app which runs on ads. Users have to watch short ads which in-turn keeps the app free and running. ‘Voot Select’ is a premium ad-free service that offers recommended and exclusive content. Catch up all your most favourite shows from Colors TV & MTV, Bigg Boss being the most popular one. If you are a daily soap fanatic, then you can opt for Colors TV.
- 70,000+ hours of wide range of content
- Unseen behind the scene clips of popular TV shows
- An interactive voting system for reality TV shows
- Global premieres
The app is completely free for Vodafone-Idea users. Vodafone Play with 250,000+ hours of content is sure to make your lockdown weekend fun. They have partnered with ZEE5, SonyLIV, Lionsgate Play, Shemaroo Me, Hoichoi, Sun NXT, Hungama, Discovery and Yupp TV. Watch the latest content from infotainment channels, sports, news, movies & much more. App navigation currently has only two languages but the content is from across 16+ languages.
- 250,000+ hours of content
- Gesture control for volume & brightness
- Supports Chromecast
As mentioned earlier, most of these apps are of the telecom providers. These are the apps that will provide you with content that can completely nullify the need for your cable TV. But for exclusive content, we better stick to paid versions such as Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Netflix and our closest friends!