The world is going towards internet streaming services from traditional cable tv connections. The platforms where content is streamed via the internet are called OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms.
A few famous OTT platforms for video streaming are Jio Cinema, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. A Famous Audio Streaming OTT Platform is Spotify where music and podcasts are available.
OTT platforms have become the first preference of people in just a few years and are ready to completely replace the traditional cable tv connection in urban areas.
The features which make OTT Platforms special for users are :
- Flexibility – People can watch content over OTT platforms anywhere, anytime as long as they have an internet connection. This kind of accessibility makes OTT platforms flexible.
- Paid and unpaid service – On a few platforms, various movies, and web series can be watched without paid subscription. Examples are jio cinema and Hotstar. While, on few platforms, content can be assessed with paid subscriptions.
- Offline download – There are options of downloading the content so that it can be watched where the internet is not available.
- Preferred content on the home page – The type of content will be visible on the basis of the history of the watch list on the home screen based
- Profile management – People make their profile on the OTT Platform with their name, gender, and DOB. The profile can be created with the help of an Email ID or Phone Number. On Spotify, profiles can be searched with a username.
- Better content – The content available on the OTT platform is much better than what is being served on Traditional TV channels. That’s why, youngsters prefer to binge-watch only on OTT Platforms.
- Live streaming – On a few Platforms, live streaming is also available of sports and reality shows.
- Availability in Various Devices – OTT Platforms can be installed and logged in mobile phones, TV, PCs, Laptops and tablets. To log in, a password is needed. Password is created at the time of profile creation so that only the person who has a password can log in and can watch content on these platforms.
- Payment methods – There are various online secure payment methods to get paid subscriptions. The package is bought monthly, quarterly or on a yearly basis.
- Content in different languages with subtitles – The content available on most of the OTT Platforms is of international level. The movies and web series from the US, Europe, and Korea are the Most viewed. The content is dubbed in different languages to make it convenient for audiences worldwide. Subtitles are also available in different languages.
At the time of the pandemic, all the multiplexes were closed. Even after the opening of the multiplexes, people avoided such public gatherings for a few months. The only option for film producers at that time was to release their movies or other content directly on OTT platforms. The pandemic is almost gone, but some footprints of the pandemic will never be removed.
One of them is the popularity of OTT Platforms.
OTT movies and web series which are worth watching
It is an Indian web series available in the Hindi language and released on Amazon prime video. It’s a crime mystery thriller movie starring Sonakshi Sinha, Gulshan Devaiah, Vijay Verma, and Sohum Shah. It has 8 episodes. It has become the first-ever Indian web series to premiere at Berlin International Film Festival. It was streamed on 12th May, 202 on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
It is a historic drama series made for Netflix. It is not completely based but is somehow connected to the real-life figure Charlotte of Mecklenburg – Strelitz. It consists of 6 episodes. The runtime of each episode is approx 1 hour. It was streamed on May 4, 2023, on Netflix. It has become the most popular show in the US and UK. It is the sequel series of the Netflix series Bridgerton. The story is about the young queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power in the late 18th century.
3.Taj: Reign of Revenge (Season-2)
It is the second season of Taj: Divided by Blood. The first episode was released on the 12th of May. New episodes will be dropping every Friday on ZEE 5. The show is based on Mughal history and the conflicts Akbar went through. The main stars in this show are Dharmendra, Naseeruddin Shah, and Aditi Rao Hydari.
FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition) is an upcoming spy-adventure TV series. It will premiere on Netflix on May 25th,2023. It is created by Nick Santora starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the main leading role. It will have 8 episodes in which the story of a father and daughter is shown. They both are CIA operatives but neither of them know about each other’s profession.
5. Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo
Saas, Bahu aur Flamingo is an Indian Hindi-language crime drama series starring Dimple Kapadia, Radhika Madan, Isha Talwar, Angira Dhar, Monica Dogra and Naseeruddin Shah. It premiered on Disney Plus Hotstar on May 5th,2023. It is rated 8.2 out of 10 by IMDb. The story revolves around a powerful Matriarch and a boss woman who runs a covert drug cartel. The woman and her cohorts rule in a fictional town hastipur which is shown as part of the northwest region of India.
6. XO, Kitty
Xo, Kitty is an American romantic-comedy series, released on May 18th,2023. It is an original series on Netflix made by Han. It features kitty Covey who moves halfway across the world to Korea to find her long-distance boyfriend and finally realizes that relationships are more complex when your own feelings of love are at risk. It has 10 mini-episodes
Muted (The Silence) is a Spanish Psycho-thriller drama series. Netflix released this series on May 19, 2023. The plot of the story is about a person who just got released from jail after 6 years. He was in jail for parricide and now he is on the secret watch of a young psychiatrist and her team.
8. The Mother
The Mother was released on May 12, 2023, on Netflix. It is having mixed reviews from critics. People who love action thriller movies must watch them. It is an American action thriller movie directed by Niki Caro and starring Misha Green, Andrea Berloff and Peter Cregg. The plot mentioned by Netflix of this movie – is “A military-trained assassin comes out of hiding to protect her daughter, whom she has never met from ruthless criminal gunning for revenge”.