Streaming Service of the Year 2018

Netflix (₹500/month)

Awards Winner
Look, it's Netflix. If you're wondering why it's our streaming service of the year, we can only imagine you've somehow managed to binge your way through everything in the entertainment giant's gargantuan catalogue, and that’s a lot of ‘chilling’. Getting serious for a moment, you might subscribe for the award-winning movies, effects-heavy blockbusters, and jaw-dropping documentaries such as The Vietnam War and Hip Hop Evolution, but one thing Netflix excels at compared to its competitors is creating stellar original programming that embeds itself in the public consciousness. From Stranger Things and Bojack Horseman to Daredevil and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix knocked it out of the park time and time again in 2018 and we can’t wait what they have in store for us next.

The runners up

Amazon Prime Video (₹999/year)

Even without the speedy free delivery, signing up for Amazon Prime is a no-brainer when you consider the quality of the movies and TV shows on offer - even if Netflix does just edge it.

Apple Music (₹120/month)

As with all Apple services, Apple Music is impressively integrated into its products - and essential if you own a HomePod.


Hotstar's movie collection isn't as massive as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video but it cannot be replaced for streaming live cricket IPL and Premier League matches. Add to that is a sweet collection of quality TV shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld and many more exclusives.


Focusing on original content that connects with the Indian audience is at the core of the ZEE5 streaming app. A constant helping of indie movies and slice of life drams help too.