Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films, Documentaries, etc.


Introduction

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

In this series of articles, we are going to discuss about the best, worst, free, subscription based and all kinds of Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms which provide you content and entertainment in form of Films, Web Series, Short Films, Documentaries, etc.


There are hundreds of OTT content providers around the world. In India, There are currently more than 40 providers of Over-The-Top (OTT) here, which distribute streaming media over the Internet. So because of so many OTT platforms, sometimes we get confused which one to choose. So we, thepaperbyte.com here to solve that by giving you a detailed information. So that you can choose the best according to your preferences.

In these articles, we are not including music streaming services like JioSaavn, Wynk Music, etc as they are also a kind of media over the internet but we will talk about them in some other articles.

To choose best, read Important section of these articles and see the plans thumnails.

The thumnails are from the present time and this may change in future.

Subscription charges may vary from country to country due to some factors like content availability, regional and international contents, etc.


Important:
1. Compare price that suits your budget.
2. Check if they are really distributing good content or not.
3. Compare the plans according to the features like 
‌support to 1, 2 or 4 devices at the same time.
‌SD, HD, 2K, 4k support.
‌numbers of releases of content in a month (good content only).
4. Indian content vs international content (according to your preference).
In this series, we devided them into three different articles into Premium, Free and Regional. So let's start.
Now in this article, we are going to discuss about some best premium Over-The-Top (OTT) content providers which provide awesome content every month.



1. Netflix (Netflix Inc.)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : International content (wants excellent collection of films, series, etc).

In the streaming and on-demand video platform, Netflix is the oldest and now they have reached all over the world except few countries like mainland China due to restrictions and censorship.

We all are familiar with Netflix and their shows, series, films. With Netflix subscription, user's really get a very good collection of content from their catalogue of films, series, documentaries, etc. Subscription price are a little bit high than other competitors but worth every penny.

Their most popular shows are House of cards, Black Mirror, Money Heist, Stranger Things, You, Narcos, etc.


2. Disney+ Hotstar (Star India)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : anyone (wants excellent collection of films, series, etc).

This Hotstar and Disney+ oprates very differently in various countries like for example in India as Disney+ Hotstar, USA as Disney+ and Hotstar.

Disney+ Hotstar (known as Hotstar outside India), is an Indian over-the-top OTT streaming service. They operate on two models : Free with advertisement and premium. The free model is advertisement based to view which includes some selected Indian films and Star television channels content and the second model is premium where there are two paid subscription plans— "VIP" provides domestic programmes and sports content and "Premium" provides both domestic and international content.

Now, Hotstar have a new category of content called Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex which offers a new release of bollywood movies every Friday.


3. Amazon Prime Video (Amazon)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional content (wants excellent collection of films, series, etc).

Amazon Prime Video is one of the best and strongest emerging content provider. Amazon Prime Video is a video on demand and Streaming service and it offers television shows and films, music on Prime Video platforms on subscription based model like others.

The best thing about Prime Video is that they provide video, music and cloud applications (Prime Video, Prime Music and Cloud Storage) access by a single subscription which is yearly or monthly.


4. Eros Now ( Eros International)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional content (wants excellent collection of films, original series, etc).

Eros Now is an Indian subscription based platform provides a good collection of films produced by Eros international. They also releases web series, films, etc. They really have a very good collection of web series on their platform.

Some of their content are available at various other OTT platforms like Jio cinema, Vodafone and idea cellular apps (now Vodafone-Idea).


5. Sony Liv (Sony Pictures Networks India)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional and international content (wants excellent collection of films, series, etc).

Sony Liv is an Indian entertainment, video on demand and Streaming service that is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India. The network also owns 31 channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and SET Max and because of that users can access hours of content of these channels through the Sony Liv application and website. 
Now they have relaunched their Sony Liv service with more original content (web series, films, short, etc.)


6. ALTBalaji (Balaji Telefilms)


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional content (wants excellent collection of films, series, originals, etc).

ALTBalaji is totally a subscription based video on demand platform which is owned by Balaji Telefilms Ltd.
We are including this service only because they have a good collection of films, Television series and shows because their most of the original content is a kind of adult content.
The most popular original series is Aprahan, Gandii baat, Ragini MMS return, Baarish, etc.
The content is available through their official website and application (Android, iOS, Windows).

7. Voot (Viacom)

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional content (wants excellent collection of films, series, originals, shows, etc).

Voot operates on two models :advertisement based and subscription. Voot has content from all television channels owned by them like Colors TV, etc includes films, television shows and series. Voot also launched a new service for paid subscribers called Voot select where they get all the original content in web series, films, etc.


8. ZEE5 (Zee Entertainment Enterprises) 


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : Regional content (wants excellent collection of films, series, shows, originals, etc).

ZEE5 is an Indian video streaming service. At this platform, subscribers really get some very good stuff. They really trying hard to be in the OTT service race. Zee5 released so many original films, web series on their platform. Now recently they have made agreement with Altbalaji and by that subscribers get all the Altbalaji content on Zee5 platform for free of cost.


9. Discovery + (Discovery Channel India)

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : anyone (wants excellent collection of films, series, shows, originals etc) in wildlife category.

A very different type of content provider over the internet. Users/subscribers can stream years of discovery channels content on the application and for original shows, series users have to pay on monthly/yearly basis.

10. YouTube


Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries
Best premium streaming (OTT) platforms to watch Movies, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries

Best for : anyone (wants excellent collection of films, series, etc).

YouTube recently launched their subscription based plans otherwise they provide advertisement based service. Users have to watch advertisement in the videos. 
By their subscription option, users can enjoy the videos ad-free. And with that users also get background playback feature. They also provide YouTube Music subscription with the premium YouTube subscription.YouTube also releasing their originals like films, series, etc. 


Conclusion


Some of their content are available at various other OTT platforms like Jio cinema, Vodafone and idea cellular apps (now Vodafone-Idea), Mxplayer, YouTube and other free streaming services because of their partnerships with the free providers. And they are also dubbing their popular series and films in various other languages to reach more audiences and users to increase their subscribers and fan base.

So these are some of the best premium Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms to watch movie, web series, short films, documentaries, etc. Every month, they they try their best to provide awesome media contents in form of Films, Web Series, Short Films and Documentaries over the internet and you just need a subscription and a good internet connection to binge watch them.

This is the first article out of three. In the second article, we will talk about best free OTT platforms to watch movie, web series, short films, documentaries, etc. There are still so much to write and also we left so many other video streaming platforms like Viu, Mubi, Vuclip, Apple tv+, spuul etc. We will cover them in the next article So, stay connected!

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