In these last few months, since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic our normal lives have been put to a halt. And, totally disrupted. The entertainment industry has been hit hard. Theatres have been closed since the beginning of March. Actors, filmmakers and producers are all filled with uncertainty as no on spot work is getting done.
However, streaming services have turned out to be a boon for the industry. Movies, web series, animation films, documentaries and basically everything is getting released on the digital platforms. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+Hotstar have come to the rescue and provided relief to the makers. With this turn in events, it is important for the industry to learn and make full use of these services.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus Hotstar are colossal online video streaming services. This pandemic has been beneficial for them and they have made the optimum use. Viewers, showrunners and makers have turned to these digital platforms.
Here we are going to have a cut throat Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar showdown to determine which of these two streaming mammoths is the best.
Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar: Pricing and Overview
Amazon Prime Video is an internet video on demand streaming service. Been developed, owned and operated by the American multinational company Amazon, it has made its own place in the market. Amazon Prime Video offers movies, television series and even Amazon original which is owned and developed by Amazon Studios. Amazon Prime membership is at Rs. 129 per month or Rs 999 yearly. Amazon Prime Video has more than 11 million users.
Disney+Hotstar is an Indian OTT platform. Referred to as simply Hotstar outside India, it is owned by Novi Digital Entertainment which is a subsidiary of Disney’s Star India. Disney Plus Hotstar provides two paid subscription plans. One is the VIP plan under which domestic shows and programmes come along with sports content and Indian Premier league.
The Premium subscription plan provides everything on Hotstar ranging from international shows and movies, even of HBO, Showtime and other American Original series. VIP plan in Hotstar costs Rs 399 per year while the expense of Premium subscription plan yearly is Rs 1499 or Rs 299 for a monthly plan. Hotstar has approximately 300 million active users worldwide.
Both of these OTT platforms are really good. But, if you talk about the pricing, then we have a clear winner. And, that is Amazon Prime Video which clearly has a low rate and gives you full access without any VIP or Premium plan unlike Disney Plus Hotstar which has VIP and Premium plans.
Amazon Prime Video vs Disney+Hotstar: Content
For sports lovers, Hotstar is the go-to option as it gives access to live sports like cricket, kabaddi, tennis, and football through its Star Sports Network. Hotstar also gives access to renowned news channels such as ABP News, India Today, Aaj Tak, Republic TV, Fox News and Fox Business. The language option is another great perk in favor of Hotstar. It offers content from a vast library of languages spanning Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada apart from the usual Hindi and English.
Unfortunately, Amazon Prime Video does not offer sports channels and news channels. To be precise, Hotstar was primarily released as a sports content platform. It gained popularity with the IPL premier and season. Later, the streaming service was enhanced to become more elaborate by adding TV shows, series, movies, comedy, documentary, kids related content and other such stuff. This made Hotstar more attractive to the customers.
Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar: Shows and Series
Both of these digital platforms flaunt a brilliant array of TV shows and series. Disney Plus Hotstar provides a greater variety of Indian TV shows of the Star Plus Franchise. It streams a lot of Indian shows such as Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai, Dance+, Mahabharata, Mahadeva, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and even crime based real shows like Savdhan India. A fantastic addition to this is the shows and movies owned by Disney franchise, like The Lion King and Aladdin.
But Amazon Prime Video’s stack of Indian shows is somewhat limited. Amazon Prime Video prefers patronising the older classics such as Fauji, Yeh Jo hai Zindagi, Shaktimaan, Malgudi Days and Zabaan Sambhalke. Both of these streaming platforms are superbly good when it comes to their English language content. Hotstar has shows like Big Little Lies, Games of Thrones, Homeland, How I met your Mother among many others. Amazon too gives a fair share of great English TV shows such as Suits, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, The Office and Young Sheldon.
Disney+Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video abound in original content. Hotstar has its Hostages, Special Ops and The Office while Amazon Prime Video has its originals namely The Family Man, Panchayat, The Forgotten Army, Breathe and Laakhon mein ek.
Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar: Movies
When it comes to Movies, Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar lands on a win-win situation. However, in the recent times Disney+Hotstar appears to be losing its charm because of the lost partnership with a Singapore based company HOOQ. Hotstar boasts movies of the Marvel franchise as well as some other great movies like Titanic, the Toy Story series, The Fault in our Atars, Pirates of the Caribbean among many others. Amazon has English movies like The Godfather, The Harry Potter series, The Report and Mission Impossible series.
Some of the Hindi movies on Hotstar are Angrezi Medium, House full series, Mission Mangal, Bala and Tanhaji while some Hindi movies on Amazon Prime Video are Raazi, Hindi Medium, Kesari, 3 Idiots and DDLJ. Disney Plus Hotstar has an edge over Prime because it has more Kids related content. Disney movies on Hotstar such as Tangled, Ratatouille and Moana are widely loved.
The credit of more screen sharing and easy use is definitely bagged by Amazon as it allows a maximum of 6 screens which is a big deal and these 6 screens are basically separate profiles for 6 family members. Hotstar lacks this kind of family love. In Amazon, using the same account videos can be watched on 3 devices simultaneously. In Hotstar, it is limited to 2 devices. Hotstar also doesn’t have the features of making separate profiles of family members.
Here, we have covered pretty much everything in this Amazon Prime Video vs Disney Plus Hotstar faceoff. The pros and cons of both the streaming services has been discussed above. Eventually, it’s your own choice. Both are amazing and you can reap entertainment out of both of them. Go for them!!!