10 Tricks and Tips to Make the Most of Streaming Platforms:- For their protection, the lockdown may have forced individuals to remain indoors, but their minds are free to roam as far as they want. OTT channels come to your rescue on days when you want to escape the mundane and experience excitement, adventure, laughter, sorrow, terror, or scores of other feelings that are a couch potato. Watch something on any screen whenever you like, and not be subject to outdated concepts such as showtimes.
Almost every millennial, be it Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Hotstar, or Zee5 services, has at least one streaming platform account. In times of endless boredom and household chores, the unsung heroes are these OTT platforms. Even if you work from home, tackling unimaginable obstacles every hour, at the end of the day, you need some entertainment. But you also need to know how to make the most of the streaming services you have signed up for.
Entrepreneur India spoke to Ankit Chhajer, Co-founder, Flixjini, to get the best tips: one forum for all your online streaming issues, which offers us 10 tips and tricks that will help you access the full benefits and potential of streaming services for which you have signed up:
1. Pick the right OTT for your language:-
In Hindi and English, almost all OTT platforms now available for the Indian audience have content. The famous ones have movies like Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali in regional languages. In some languages, some OTTs actually succeed. SunNxt has a huge library of Tamil content and Disney+ Hotstar has fantastic Malayalam movies. Hoichoi specializes in Bengali material, and Zee5 has many regional languages with great originals. For your language, pick a special OTT. ErosNow has a good Hindi movie series. Netflix has fantastic English and some Hindi content, on the other hand, but no other regional Indian language content at all.
There is so much to choose from. Chhajer said, “Opt for two to three streaming services depending on your need to fulfil your streaming needs within the family.”
2. Pick the right OTT for your content-Type:-
Do you prefer more regular streaming of a certain kind of content? Generally , there are five kinds of content-movies , TV shows, reality shows, news, and sports. For one type of content vs. The other, certain channels suit you better.
“He said,” Hotstar and SonyLIV specialise in sports. They have rights to the most famous sports tournaments that most Indians watch. Few streaming services from around the country and the globe, such as Zee5, SunNxt, Voot, and Hotstar, cover the latest news. You can check out Airtel Xstream TV, Disney+ Hotstar, Voot, SonyLIV, Ditto TV, Zee5, ErosNow, Hoichoi, or YuppTV if you enjoy live TV, including shows , movies, sports, newscasts, and documentaries as they are being broadcast.
3. For free content, keep an eye out:-
Across multiple streaming platforms, there is a lot of free content available. MX Match, TVF and Tubi are totally free of charge. If you subscribe to one of the telecommunications or DTH operators, such as Jio Cinemas, Airtel Stream, TataSky, or Vodafone Play, their platform will be available for free access. To ensure you are qualified, consult with them. Some others are on the freemium model-they also show free films and premium paying films, such as Zee5, HotStar, YouTube, etc. Some others are completely paid for, like Netflix and Prime Video.
The additional advantage of free shipping on their e-commerce site is provided by Prime Video. “There are several services you can take advantage of that have a trial duration of 2 weeks or a month. If it does not satisfy your need, remember to unsubscribe and you decide not to switch to a paid model. Trail models often help to understand if your intent is fulfilled by the service,” he said.
4. Before you watch, check Reviews & Ratings:-
There’s a lot of material out there and if you don’t like any of it, it’s only understandable. You will find out what is really aligned to your preferences, likes, and dislikes, and what you can miss by getting ratings and feedback. Well, other criteria could help you narrow down your choices. The cast, box office figures, awards, reviews, ratings, and other meta-information can be checked. You may have a watchlist, but to suit your interest in watching, it may still require some work.
If you don’t have many occasions when short films are to go-to entertainment options, Chhajer suggests. In regional languages, as well as in English, Hungama Play, Voot, ErosNow, and Jio Cinema have some of the best and latest short films. Your time is the only thing limited; use it wisely.
5. Build a Watchlist:-
It’s just as necessary to make a watchlist to explore the latest content. Depending upon which OTT platform you use, you can build one or more watchlists. Watchlists allow you to save interesting movies and shows later, but more importantly, you can start watching content quickly and not waste hours searching for what to watch.
“When you want anything in one place, merging the watchlist on content aggregating platforms such as Flixjini, ReelGood, JustWatch across all OTT platforms in one place saves you the hassle of going to different apps to see what to watch tonight,” he said.
6. Using Profiles Separately:-
OTT platforms such as Netflix & Prime Videos allow you to use the same account to set up different profiles. It allows you to manage your watchlist, watch history, and suggestions tailored to your taste. There is a limit on each platform to the number of profiles you may build.
7. Kids’ OTTs:-
Some video service providers provide a separate child segment or a separate app, making it easy for your kids to set it up. There are dedicated apps for children on YouTube and Voot. Others have a dedicated Kids section, including Netflix, Prime Video, Zee5, Hungama Play, VootKids, ShemarooMe, and Disney+ Hotstar.
8. Already Watched Movies & Shows Track:-
The last thing you want to do when you sit down to watch is browsed through the same collection of films and shows you’ve already seen. Some platforms give you the option of labeling a movie ‘seen’. Look for channels in one location that unify all viewing outlets. You can then maintain a profile to mark a movie/show as viewed or liked/disliked. You don’t see the same collection of movies again once you do that. In addition, the streaming service can recommend the Movies & Shows’ hidden gems that are otherwise difficult to find, he said.
9. Find the Top Originals:-
Some OTT channels-movies and TV shows-are particularly famous for their originals. You will not want to leave them out. Zee5, Prime Video, Netflix, Hotstar, ErosNow, Hungama Play, Voot, YuppTv, Viu, Alt Balaji, Hoichoi, TVF, MX Player, QuibiTV, and Aha have some of the most awesome and innovative original content that should be checked out by all movie-buffs and series-bingers.
10. Function for Download & Watch:-
Troubled during the lockout by weak network connexion? You don’t want your popcorn and chilling plans to slow down the internet and spill water on it. Here is when, with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube Red, you can download the TV series you want to watch in advance. However, for offline browsing on these sites, only select content is available. For unrestricted offline streaming of film titles and television shows, one can try Spuul Premium, MUBI, and Hungama Premium.
Streaming platforms can become a pleaser to your soul during the lockdown, your window to another world! To make the most of the original and new releases on each OTT, you simply have to select the correct streaming services and then manage your accounts / profiles smartly.
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