Zee5 App - Indian TV Live channels, Originals, Subscription cost and compare with Hotstar and YuppTV
Updated: Mar 13
Zee5 is a online Asian TV streaming service App which offers original and exclusive video on demand, Indian TV channels, Bollywood movies and popular Indian TV shows from popular Hindi TV channels from Zee Group (Zee TV , And TV, Bloomberg TV, Zee News, Zee Business and more).
Zee5 video on demand mobile app was launched in early 2018 with content in 12 Indian regional languages. Since then it has grown into millions of subscribers with thousands getting added daily across the globe. Outside India Zee5 App is very popular with NRI (Non Resident Indians) who reside outside Indian in countries like United Kingdom, United States, USE, Qatar, Australia, Europe and Canada.
Zee5 offers both Android App for Android mobile phones and tablets and iOS App for all iPhone and iPads.
Zee5 shows can play on the mobile App and then can be cast onto a Smart TV which a click of a button.
Zee5 currently does not have a Smart TV App which can be installed / downloaded directly on a Smart TV. Hence you need to cast your content from a mobile phone or Tablet onto the TV. Both devices should be on the same Wifi network for casting / Screen Mirroring. Casting and streaming of Zee5 content onto Television is stable and seamless and the minimum internet / broadband speed recommended is above 2 Mbps. You can also stream Zee5 App content easily on 4G network.
What does Zee5 Offer ?
Zee5 Originals / Exclusives
Zee5 has a great collection of self sponsored Original TV Show series and movies which are exclusive for telecast and cannot be watched elsewhere. Some of the popular Zee5 Original shows in 2019 are:
Table No. 5
Horn OK Please
What's Up Bai
Karenjit Kaur (Sunny Leone)
Zee 5 offers live Indian News telecast through Zee Hindustan and Zee News live broadcast on the Zee5 App. It also offers business news through Zee Business and BTVI
Wide range of Latest and popular Bollywood and South Asian movies, great content and HD quality. There are no advertisements shows during movies and streaming is stable and seamless through the App.
Zee Theatre Plays
There is a great collection of famous Indian plays within the Zee5 App which has a separate category for them. Some popular plays include:
Savita Damodar Paranjpe
Surya ki Antim Kiran se Surya ki Pehli Kiran Tak
Jana Tha Roshanpura
Zee5 Content languages
Zee5 offers content in 12 different Indian regional languages which includes:
Hotstar is another popular popular online streaming app in India with young Indians who prefer web based online content on the go on their mobile phones or tablet rather than traditional TV sets. Hotstar is part of the STAR India Pvt Ltd and hence the app provides exclusive access to Indian TV channels like STAR Plus, STAR World, Life OK, Channel V, EPIC TV and STAR Sports channel group.
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We have done a detailed first hand review of the Hotstar App in UK and have found it to be a good option to watch Asian TV Hindi shows and Bollywood movies but especially great for watching live sports. Hotstar has a big edge over its competitors like YuppTV, Sony Liv and Zee5 as it has exclusive rights to broadcast IPL 2020 and ICC Cricket World 19 across the globe and has rights for many other Indian cricket tournaments. Considering Sky Sports have exclusive rights to telecast most of the live sports / cricket content in the UK, Hotstar provides a good alternative. Hotstar in UK has been priced at £59 / year. Where you would be required to pay around £40 per month for subscribing to Sky Sports packages in UK (over the base packaged, usually £20 monthly), Hotstar is very modestly priced at £59 for annual subscription.
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If you are considering only about watching Indian TV Channels, then YuppTV wins here as it offers most number of Indian TV channels across all languages and has the biggest collection of movies.
YuppTV also offers catch Up TV which allows you to watch recorded TV Channel shows for up to 10 days at your convenience.