Cricket Season with Netflix and Hungama


Not everyone is as crazy about cricket! And after a long day at work, the last thing on your mind is a cat fight for the TV remote, right? Thankfully, smarter devices these days come to your rescue with some smart alternatives. In fact, the cricketing season is actually giving users like me the time to watch interesting episodes and movies that have long been due.

Shalini Dixit, a 27-year old Mumbai-based Digital marketing executive has tried to get the grip of the remote quite often. Recently, it was the South African series followed by Australian series and now the Asia Cup. She seems to be taking advantage of the recently launched Netflix and keeps herself immersed in the gripping How To Get Away With Murder that she has been reading rave reviews about.

Netflix entered India lately and offered a one-month trial version followed by packages starting at Rs 500 for the basic package. For HD quality, one needs to pay Rs 150 additional amounting to Rs 650 and at Rs 800 you get Ultra-HD. Netflix brings some of the Hollywood series and movies, along with some Indian content. You can either download the app on an Android or iOS device or access the same via the web version.

There’s no dearth of content on Hungama. It’s loaded with Bollywood content and includes several regional movies as well. It has an interesting section called short films. An unlimited movie account with Hungama will cost Rs 249 per month. On the other hand, Spul has a neat mobile apps (Android and iOS) that let you navigate, discover and watch content on-the-move.

Mohini Raul, a banker, who cannot let go off the evening TV time due to daily soaps that she has been watching for months has taken a different route. She has got her husband glued to Hotstar that live-streams the latest cricket matches, keeping the TV time free for her daily soaps.

Movie steaming on desktops, apps offering compressed versions and so on are now seeing more prominence. People are gradually moving towards these services, however, we are still a long way to go. One of the main issues still says the network, speed and prices.

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