With the rise of smartphones and affordability of internet, we now have the freedom to stream our favorite contents from anywhere and anytime. The huge popularity of services like YouTube and Netflix is a proof of that but for those who still like to watch cable TV channels, they can do the same as well.
There are a bunch of Android apps that let you watch live TV on your smartphone or tablet as per your comfort and need. You are not restricted to having a TV nearby you to enjoy your favorite shows or game. All you need is a smartphone/tablet and a reliable internet connection. So without further ado, let’s get started with the best Android apps to watch live TV in India.
Jio TV is the first Android app to watch live TV in this list. It is one of the most popular live TV apps out there which offer the widest range of TV channels spread across different categories. It actually boasts over 550 channels including over 100 HD live TV channels available in 15 languages and 10 categories. This includes all your entertainment, movies, sports, educational, and kids channels.
The best part is that it offers an option to catch-up on shows telecasted within past seven days. It means even if you miss watching any of your favorite show, you can always go back and catch up. To make things better, it allows you to mark your favorite channels so that you can find them easily without having to go through the whole list. Other features include play/pause live TV, record live TV shows, and adjust the video quality (High, Medium, Low or Auto).
The app is completely free to use as long as you have a valid Jio connection.
The next app in the list is Airtel TV which offers both live TV and exclusive premium content. It is basically a mashup of four individual services Eros Now (for thousands of Bollywood movies), Sony LIV (live Sony Network TV channels and more), Hooq (movies and TV series), and YouTube (curated videos). You get to enjoy content from all these four services through this single app.
The app features over 350 live TV channels including over 25 HD channels. You can obviously filter on the basis of language or category. While you have the option to adjust video streaming quality, there is also a data saver option which makes sure that the app does not stream in HD if you are on mobile data connection.
As the name suggests, Sony LIV is a live TV app meant specifically for Sony Network channels. It means if you want to watch channels like Sony, Sony SAB, Sony TEN 1/2/3, Sony ESPN, and Sony SIX, this app can help you with that. But it also has a few other channels to offer like Gametoon, FightBox, TuneBox, DocuBox, and FilmBox.
It further allows you to adjust video quality and mark channels favorite. The only thing to keep in mind is that Sony LIV follows a freemium model. It means it offers some of the content for free and charges a fee for the rest which are labeled as Premium content in the app. The current plans are Rs. 49 per month, Rs. 120 per three months, and Rs. 399 per year.
YuppTV is one of the oldest players in the field and boasts over 200 live TV channels. The channels are spread across different categories and languages with an option for 7-days catch-up. You also get access a lot of movies and TV shows but you should not get too excited for that.
This is a paid app but offers a 14-day free trial for you to try out. It has packages starting at $9.99 per month at the moment.
These were the best Android apps to watch live TV in India. If you happen to use some other app which we did not list here, do share it with us using the comments section below.