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Bengali OTT Platforms for Watching Movies, Web Series, Musical Shows

Like the speakers of other languages, Bengali people have been enjoying the Bengali OTT Platforms lately. But what is this OTT, and what does it have to do with your enjoyment? OTT stands for Over-The-Top. OTT media platform is a system by which you can see the broadcasted media over the internet on any compatible device.

Here you don’t need a satellite dish or dish cable. You just have to ensure the internet connection through the broadband internet cable connection or buying an internet pack on your smartphone. Simply to say, what you saw earlier on your TV now you can enjoy on your smartphone.

The history and potentials of OTT platforms

OTT is, in fact, a direct impact of the fourth industrial revolution. Everything surrounding us is IoT (internet of things). If you are in the Z generation (age range of 6-24 years old by now), you are already living on this. The Y generation people (25-39) are learning to cope up with this.

Although the internet was just a toddler during the third industrial revolution, the dream went beyond the sky. That’s why the OTT platform has given you the digital kingdom as a contribution of IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service).

IAAS is an online service that assembles all services in a platform. Now it has become a trendy business of online-based companies.

Eventually, you are now spending hours online. Just see, only in this one OTT platform, you are watching movies, music videos, tv drama, web series, and many more. Even you can access them from anywhere you want. It’s like a cineplex, theater, music cafe, altogether are in the palm of your hand.

It seems that you are going to live in the Utopian future. Whether it is science fiction or not, everything poises as easy to grasp within no time.

Popular Bengali OTT Platforms

Let’s unfold some popular OTT services where you get your favorite show in Bengali.

1. Bongo

- Starting year: 2013

- Company name: Bongo Holdings PTE Ltd

- Subscription fees

- Free trial: 7 days

- Monthly: BDT. 66

- Annually: BDT. 400

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, kids videos, telefilm, waz, documentaries, award-winning shows, live TV, and other video content

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device

Bongobd is the pioneering video streaming service provider in Bangladesh. Ahad Mohammad and Navidul Huq started the company with the vision to deliver Bangladeshi content to the Bangladeshi people all over the world. They have YouTube channels including influencers in five countries with 500+ channels. Apart from a huge base of 83 million+ subscribers, they reach 210 million+ unique audiences every month. Most importantly, you can enjoy Bong content from anywhere in the world.

2. Bioscope

- Starting year: 2016

- Company name: Grameenphone Bangladesh

- Subscription fees

- Free trial: 7 days

- 3 days: BDT. 9 (For Bangladesh)

- Monthly: USD. 2.99 (For abroad users)

- Annually: USD. 29.99 (For abroad users)

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, live TV, live cricket match, live football match, and other video content

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android version 4.4+, IoS version 8+, iPad device

Bioscope first brought out the live TV in Bangladesh. Only Grameenphone users can get their both app and web version. By purchasing the GP internet package, you can have the access to all Bioscope premium offers. Unlike the other OTT media services, Bioscope has no subscription charges for Bangladeshi users. You just need to log in with your GP number and buy a certain internet package. To activate it you have to dial at *121*3400#. You can enjoy Bioscope from any edge of the world by the way.

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3. Hoichoi

-Starting year: 2017

-Company name: SVF Entertainment Pvt Ltd

-Subscription fees

-Monthly: BDT. 450

-Annually: BDT. 630

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, short films, and other shows

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device

Hoichoi is one of the best popular Bengali OTT platforms in India. However, it has crossed the border for good and spread all over the world. The founding members are Vishnu Mohta, Mahendra Soni and Srikant Mohta. Hoichoi, by far, is the first worldwide Bengali content focusing OTT platform. Along with the other amazing content, you can have Bengali dubbed popular movies here.

Hoichoi updated the content library every month where its original web series are most anticipating. There are subscription cards available at all Meena Bazar in Bangladesh. You can get the 3-month top-up card at BDT. 199 and 1-year top-up card at BDT. 499.

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4. Banglaflix

-Starting year: 2016

-Company name: Banglalink Digital Communication Ltd

-Subscription fees

-Daily: BDT. 2.67 with free 2 MB (auto-renewal applicable)

-Weekly: BDT. 13.33 with free 10 MB (auto-renewal applicable)

-Monthly: BDT. 39.98 with free 30 MB (auto-renewal applicable)

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, and other video content

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device

Banglalink GSM has brought this on-demand video streaming service to Bangladesh. Eventually, this OTT platform is accessible by Banglalink users only. They especially feature video clips from popular movies and dramas. Moreover, you also have exclusive video content only available on the Banglaflix platform. You need to activate the offers by sending SMSs to 29494 in the following ways:

-START FLIX1 for the daily offer

-START FLIX7 for the weekly offer

-START FLIX30 for the monthly offer

As they all are auto-renewable, you have to deactivate them if you wish to discontinue the offer. Just type STOP FLIX in your SMS and send it to 29494.

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5. Binge

-Starting year: 2020

-Company name: Streamotion (A subsidiary of Foxtel)

-Monthly Subscription fees: BDT. 399 (Including VAT)

-Device Charge: BDT. 3,499

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, live TV, documentaries, award-winning shows, and other video content

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android version 6+, IoS, iPad device

Binge is an Australian Video streaming service that firstly was a TV channel on the Foxtel platform. Currently, you have to enjoy Binge content by purchasing its Android device from Robi Sheba and Airtel Care Center. This Binge set-top box will give you a wide range of large-screen content you can watch even without a single ad. Accordingly, you will need an HDMI cable and a broadband internet connection with Wi-fi connectivity. Binge doesn’t have an autorenewal stopping service. You need to unsubscribe from the plan due to do that.

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6. Addatimes

-Starting year: 2016

-Company name: Addatimes Media Private Ltd

-Subscription fees Annually: BDT. 399 (single screen) and Annually: BDT. 599 (double screen)

Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, short films, and other video content

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device

This is another one of the popular Bengali OTT Platforms in India. It also features Hindi content besides Bengali. Rajiv Mehra created this on-demand video streaming service intending to be with 250+ million Bengali people worldwide.

Though Indians have been getting both free and paid subscriptions, the people are getting only paid models in Bangladesh.

LBC media entertainment company, a concern of Agrani Holdings group, has been distributing this platform partnering with Addatimes. After its inception in 2016, Addatimes Youtube channel has got 202k+ subscribers with 43 million+ views by now.

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7. Cinespot

-Starting year: 2018

-Company name: Inovet Solution Ltd

-Subscription fees; Daily: BDT. 2.67; Weekly: BDT. 13.33; Monthly: BDT. 39.98

Entertainment items: Web series, dramas, movies, telefilms

Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device

Cinespot is a web and app-based OTT media service in Bangladesh. Only Banglalink, Robi, and Airtel subscribers will be able to access this platform. Every offer is auto-renewable. To activate those, send the following SMS to 2494901:

-START CD for the daily offer

-START CW for the weekly offer

-START CM for the monthly offer

If you wish to stop them, send the following SMS to 2494901:

-STOP CD for the daily pack

-STOP CW for the weekly pack

-STOP CM for the monthly pack

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Takeaways

These Bengali OTT Platforms are the best case of entertainment mobility in the Bengali community. They are bringing the glamor world before you and changing your traditional lifestyle accordingly. Thus the digital entertainment media are rapidly improvising the mode of recreation and its business as well. You better keep yourself pace with this stream.

Source: United News of Bangladesh