Sony LIV or ZEE5: Which OTT service is better?

Sony LIV and ZEE5 are among the top 5 OTT services in India. Both services are used by 1+ million internet users and are cross-platform i.e. you can access them on TV, phone, computer, etc. LIV is owned by Sony Corporation. ZEE5 Media Corporation Limited owns the ZEE5 OTT service. Below, we’ve compared the two OTT services:

ZEE5 vs Sony LIV comparison

Sports

To find out which service among the two i.e. ZEE5, Sony LIV is better for sports lovers, let’s compare the content you can watch on ZEE5 and Sony LIV.

WWE: World Wrestling Entertainment aka WWE is one of the greatest entertainment shows right now. WWE owns the shows RAW, Smackdown, etc. It also organizes mega WWE events such as Wrestlemania. The WWE events and shows are broadcasted on the TEN sports channel. If you have a Sony LIV subscription, you can watch the Sony Ten (TEN sports) channel live. In case you miss a WWE show/event, you can watch the show later.

Football: Sony Corporation owns the streaming rights of major football events in America and Europe. For example, it streamed COPA America and UEFA Champions league recently on its Sony Six channel.

Cricket: Sony will be streaming the upcoming India tour of Sri Lanka on Sony LIV. ZEE5 won’t be streaming any of the major live sporting events in the coming months. This is because even though ZEE Media owns a sports channel, unlike Sony, ZEE hasn’t bought streaming rights to any of the major sporting events. Sony LIV beats ZEE5 when it comes to sports.

Olympics: Sony Corporation will be streaming Olympics 2021 on their TV channels. You can watch the channels only on Sony LIV.

Movies

Sony LIV has a good collection of English movies. It also has a nice collection of web series of various genres. Some of the web series you’ll find on the app are Mr. Mercedes, Reckoning, Lincoln Rhyme, etc. Some of the Hollywood movies you can watch on Sony LIV are:

  • The Post, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Dark Waters, Spiderman, BFG.
  • The Girl on the train, Need for Speed, Delivery Man, etc.

ZEE5 has a decent collection of Hindi movies and a handful of Hollywood movies to watch. ZEE had recently streamed Salman Khan’s latest movie Radhe. Although the movie has received bad reviews, ZEE5 users will be happy that the service has now begun to buy streaming rights of the latest Bollywood movies.

Entertainment

Sony Corporation owns many entertainment channels in India. Some of the shows on the channels are very popular. For example, Sony has been running the shows Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma, Crime Patrol, Indian Idol, Kaun Banega Crorepati, etc for more than a decade. Like Sony Corporation, Zee also owns many popular TV channels. Some of its channels are dedicated to movies and entertainment. Others broadcast live news, etc. Zee also owns regional entertainment/news channels. Many shows on ZEE network channels are popular. To name a few, Bhabhiji Ghar Par hai, DNA, etc are widely watched shows.

ZEE5 and Sony Corporation produce web series and make the same available to their users via OTT applications. Sony LIV is the only OTT application among the two services to have an IMDB 9.0+ rated show. Its Scam 1992 is considered to be one of the greatest web series to have been produced and launched in India. Its current rating is 9.5 out of 10. ZEE5 also has an excellent collection of web series with an IMDB 7.0 to 8.4 rating. Some of the top web series you can watch on ZEE5 are State of Siege 26/11, Abhay, Sunflower, etc.

Pricing

Sony LIV has an introduced 3 paid plans – Premium, Liv Special+, WWE Network. The plans cost Rs 999, 399, and 299 per year. What’s the difference between the 3 plans? Content marked as “Premium” won’t be available for Special+ plan subscribers. The WWE Network plan lets you watch everything that can be streamed for free and WWE shows/events. ZEE5 has a single plan called “ZEE5 Premium”. This plan used to cost 999 Rs a few months back. Right now, you can buy it for just 499 Rs (limited time). You can buy a 3, 6, or 12-month Sony LIV subscription plan. ZEE5 lets you buy 3 months plan.

Sony LIV or ZEE5. Which service is better?

ZEE5 has a nice collection of Hindi web series and it allows you to watch ZEE network channels as well. Sony LIV not only lets you watch Sony channels but also allows you to watch movies/locally produced and international web series, etc. Both services are great. However, it’s up to the user to decide which service is better among the two. For example, if a person named “A” explores the content on Sony LIV and ZEE5, he might like the shows available on ZEE5 more than the content available on Sony LIV. Similarly, a person named “B” might like the shows on Sony LIV and may not like the movies/web series available on ZEE5.

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