The advent of digital streaming platforms and OTT industry not only helped filmmakers release their movies in the midst of the COVID pandemic, but also spurred regional content that previously had limited audiences. Now people with various languages across the Indian states can watch shows, web series and movies created in Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Assamese, Odia, Telugu and several other regional film industries.
If you are a film lover irrespective of the language and fine watching movies in any language with English subtitles, then Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus Hotstar like global streaming platforms are already available here to explore global content. But with advent of local and regional regional web platforms which have flourished in the past year, large section section of the people shifted towards it.
List of Regional OTT platforms In India for your daily dose of Entertainment
#1. Sun NXT (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali)
SUN NXT is the subsidiary of SUN Network group. As the SUN Network has a strong hold on Indian regional Television channels, it has occupied one of the top 5 places in OTT industry of India. The SUN NXT App offers movies in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali languages. Launched in 2017, the on-demand service contains content library of movies, TV shows, music videos, and comedy videos. The subscribers can also watch live TV on the service.
#2. Aha (Telugu)
Aha is the digital streaming platform for Telugu regional content. Even though the OTT has plans to extend their network across South India, the OTT is mainly acting among the Telugu people. The streaming services was launched by Tollywood producer Allu Aravind in January 2020 along with other partners. Allu Arjun supported his father’s initiative to provide quality content to the Telugu speaking audience. Apart from Telugu movies, about 20 web series have been produced specifically for the platform.
#3. Hoichoi (Bengali)
This Bengali dedicated streaming platform curates latest Bengali movies to fans of Bengali Cinema. The app offers many new Bengali movies, web series and shows across many genres with English subtitles. Apart from Bengali movies and classics, Hoichoi also offers content that entertain audience in various ways, more than 1000 Bengali songs for audio streaming globally.
#4. Spark OTT (Telugu, Hindi)
Spark OTT App made its OTT entry in May 2021, RGV and Young entrepreneur Sagar Machanuru launched this streaming platform in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi languages. Sagar Machanuru introduces SPARK OTT platform in association with Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma’s RGV World Theatre. Even though the OTT was launched for Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi content, it is very much active in Telugu and Hindi languages only.
#5. Koode (Malayalam)
Koode OTT, is the first independent OTT platform to provide Malayalam content. It has alluring content across multiple segments, appealing to different tastes of the Malayali population out there.It was launched by Studio Mojo in December 2020 and has original web series as well as content curated from YouTube in its library. The platform is planning to adopt a pay-per-video model for movies and premium content soon.
#6. Planet Marathi OTT (Marathi)
Marathi film production house Planet Marathi came up with a streaming platform in 2020 to make the Marathi-language content accessible to cinephiles across the world. It offers web series, films, food shows, and educational programmes as well. The creators are also working on a ‘first day-first show’ feature, where viewers can pay the one-time fees for watching their favourite film.
#7. Addatimes (Bengali)
The streaming platform offers original web shows, short films, live sports and movies for the Bengali audience. It was launched in 2016 and is among the fastest-growing Bengali digital platform in the country.
#8. Regal Talkies (Tamil)
Launched by Tamil film producer CV Kumar, Regal Talkies is a pay-per-view platform. It also provides a platform for budding filmmakers to present their content to the audience.
#9. Olly Plus (Odia)
If you wish to enjoy movies, songs, comic videos, audio movies and short films in Odia, Olly Plus is the one for you. The streaming service was launched in 2020 by Sk Line Production.
#10. OHO (Gujarati)
The Gujarati content streaming platform OHO Gujarati, which launched in May, has garnered immense support with over 1.5 lakh downloads until now. The OTT platform is available for download on Google Play & Apple Store. According to the platform’s motto, it is ‘by the Gujaratis, for the Gujaratis’. It promises to offer some exclusive, premium and high-quality entertainment.
#11. CityShor.TV (Gujarati)
Owned by Ahmedabad-based lifestyle media company CityShor.com, the streaming services was launched in October 2020. It has both original as well as curated Gujarati web series, movies and short films in its library.
#12. Talkies (Tulu, Konkani, Kannada)
The streaming service has films, web series and TV shows in Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary language. For those who are a fan of theatre plays, the platform also hosts Yakshagana, a traditional form of theatre developed in Kannada.
#13. Reel Drama (Assamese)
Hyderabad-based Reeldrama Production rolled out a new OTT platform for Assamese films, web series and other shows in January this year. Reeldrama’s content-mix includes contemporary and old movies, short films, web series in various genres, theatres, wide range of shows of music, comedy, poetry, cookery and devotion. It also offers a dedicated kid’s zone that contains animated moral stories and grandma tales, besides masterclasses.
Neestream is a OTT app owned by Neestream Creations Pvt Ltd. The platform currently streams entertainment and news content, primarily to the global Malayalee community. It is the first OTT platform targeting the global Malayalee diaspora. Neestream content is streamed with powerful Digital Rights Management and other high-end security systems. As videos are streamed in multi-bitrate streaming technology, based on the user’s bandwidth and CPU capacity in real-time, the quality of the media stream will be automatically updated in real-time.
#15. Alt Balaji
Although dominated by international players such as Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar and Netflix, home-growth OTT player AltBalaji too has witnessed exponential growth in its viewership in under a year. Like Disney Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix and some other OTT platforms, ALTBalaji is also a subscription VOD platform with an active subscriber base of 2.1 million, and our cumulative subscribers stand at over 35 million.