The video streaming space in India is growing rapidly with players like Hotstar, Prime Video, Netflix and Apple TV+ luring audiences with quality content across languages. In case you are looking to watch premium content online and are confused as to which streaming service to pick, here is a guide on getting free subscription for Apple TV+, Netflix, Prime Video, and Hotstar in India.
How to get Apple TV+ subscription free in India
Apple TV+ is the latest premium video streaming platform in India and other markets. Featuring shows like The Morning Show, See, and Dickinson, Apple TV+ is priced at a nominal fee of Rs 99 per month in India. All users get 7 days free access to all content.
However, if you have purchased a new Apple device after September 10, 2019, you can get a year of free Apple TV+ access on your registered Apple ID. Devices eligible for this offer are iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac.
How to get Netflix subscription free in India
Netflix is the largest premium streaming service in the world, but hasn't been able to create much of an impact in India because of its steep pricing. The mobile-only plan costs Rs 199 per month, Basic plan is priced at Rs 499 per month, Standard at Rs 649, and Premium at Rs 799 per month.
To get Netflix subscription for free in India, you can get 30 days free trial when you register using a new email address. Additionally, Airtel plans with free Netflix access include those availed under the Airtel Thanks category wherein you can get 3 months of free Netflix subscription.
Even Vodafone Idea offers upto 1 year free Netflix subscription in India. This offer can be availed with the Vodafone RED postpaid plans, with the highest-end Vodafone Rs 2,999 plan getting 12 months of free Netflix subscription.
How to get Prime Video subscription free in India
Prime Video is Amazon's video streaming service, known for creating quality content at an affordable subscription price tag in India. An Amazon Prime subscription sets you back by Rs 129 per month or Rs 999 per year, which includes access to Prime delivery, Prime Video, and Prime Music.
There are several ways in which you can get an Amazon Prime Video subscription for free in India.
First, you get a 30-day free trial when you sign up with a new email address. Second, certain Airtel plans offer you free access to Prime Video. Postpaid mobile customers, part of the Airtel Thanks category, and Airtel Broadband subscribers with plans priced Rs 1,099 and above, get 1 year free access to Amazon Prime Video.
As for Vodafone IDEA subscribers, as long as you are on a Vodafone RED subscription plan, you get the first 12 months of Amazon Prime subscription for free in India.
How to get Hotstar subscription free in India
The most used streaming platform in India, for international content and live sports, is Hotstar. Hotstar currently offers two subscription plans in India - Hotstar VIP at Rs 365 per year and Hotstar Premium at Rs 299 per month or Rs 999 per year. While Hotstar VIP only offers you access to live sports, Star channels, and Hotstar Originals, Hotstar Premium extends access to international content from HBO and Disney.
Unfortunately, both of these subscription plans do not offer any sort of free trial and you are charged right out of the gate. Jio users are the only telecom subscribers who can get indirect free access to Hotstar Premium by browsing over to any of the Star channels on the Jio TV app.
Bonus: Tata Sky Binge free Prime Video, Hotstar subscription
DTH operator Tata Sky has an entertainment bundle offering by the name of Tata Sky Binge. As part of the subscription, you get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick, alongside 3 months of free Amazon Prime subscription. The Tata Sky Binge plan also entitles you to free premium access on Hotstar, Sun NXT, Hungama, and Eros Now.