Tag Archives: Streaming Video

Streaming Video News: March 27, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. The 2012 thriller Blood Money — starring Kunal Khemu — is now available for streaming.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with an intriguing new addition. Naseeruddin Shah plays a pot farmer in 2016’s The Blueberry Hunt, now available for streaming free with a subscription to Amazon Prime. The service recently added the 2010 stand-up special Indian Comedy Tour as well.

For everything else (Bollywood or not) new on Netflix and Amazon Prime, check out Instant Watcher.

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Streaming Video News: March 15, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several new additions to the catalog. Two Shah Rukh Khan films from 2001 — Asoka and One 2 Ka 4 — are now available for streaming, evidently part of Netflix’s deal with Red Chillies Entertainment. Also newly added were two movies from 2014: the Marathi film Sunrise and the Malayalam movie Ottaal, listed at Netflix by its English title, “The Trap“. Thanks to Aroon Deep — Access Bollywood’s unofficial Twitter correspondent on the Netflix beat — for alerting me to the new additions!

Streaming Video News: March 14, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one excellent new addition to the catalog. 2015’s Angry Indian Goddesses is now available for streaming. The cast is great, and the story takes some unexpected turns. I loved it. Thanks to Aroon Deep for sharing the news with me via Twitter!

Streaming Video News: March 9, 2017

I’ve updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. The award-winning 2015 Kannada film Thithi is now available for streaming. For everything else (Bollywood or not) new on Netflix, check Instant Watcher.

I made one other change to my Netflix page by adding each film’s language next to its release year for titles in the section “Other Indian and Pakistani Movies on Netflix.” For some reason, Netflix no longer lists a film’s language on its individual page, nor does it list whether subtitles are available or in what languages. Since nothing else changed regarding the design or structure of the individual movie pages, this seems unnecessarily reductive. I hope this is just a temporary glitch.

I’d like to thank all those who’ve contributed to the ongoing maintenance of my Netflix page via PayPal. If you enjoy the page and would like to give a buck or two to support its maintenance, please click here. Every donation is appreciated. — Kathy

Amazon Prime’s New Bollywood Channel: Heera

Amazon just delivered another way to stream Bollywood movies. Heera is a new Amazon Video channel dedicated to Indian content that features more than 200 Hindi films.

Amazon Channels are add-ons to Amazon Prime that feature wider catalogs of films and shows than are included with the regular Prime package. They come with an additional subscription fee per channel, on top of the required Amazon Prime membership. You can’t subscribe to Amazon’s Heera channel without a Prime membership.

The amount of Indian content available for free with Amazon Prime is pretty minimal: 25 titles, and that includes documentaries and movies in languages other than Hindi. The Heera Channel adds 380 titles across five languages, including 206 Hindi movies, 70 Tamil films, 67 Bengali movies, 23 Marathi films, and 14 Telugu movies.

What’s more, Heera has recent blockbusters like Kapoor & Sons, Sultan, and Fan. None of those titles are presently available on Netflix, so Heera can help you catch up on the biggest hits of 2016.

If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, click here to sign up for a 30-day free trial. Once you’re signed up for Prime, head to the Heera Channel page to sign up for a 7-day free trial of the streaming video channel. The regular subscription fee for Heera is $4.99 per month.

Since I already subscribe to Prime just for the free two-day shipping, paying another $4.99 per month for Heera seems like a good deal, at least in the short term. The value of any streaming service depends on the quality of its catalog, and I’ll be investigating Heera’s more thoroughly in the coming days. The channel subscription is month-to-month, so you can cancel anytime.

If you were going to join Prime just for the sake of Heera, it would cost you $15.98 per month: $10.99 for the Prime membership and $4.99 for the Heera Channel subscription. A full-year Prime membership costs $99 (or $8.25/month), dropping the monthly cost with a Heera subscription to $13.24. If you won’t use the other things Prime has to offer — like free shipping and access to the full Prime Video catalog — month-to-month is the way to go.

I’ll do a more in-depth investigation of Heera’s catalog and how it compares to the other streaming services in the future. In the meantime, this new streaming option is worth celebrating. The more Bollywood movies, the merrier!

Streaming Video News: March 1, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with some new additions to the catalog. The 2016 Tamil films Nila and Revelations are now available for streaming, as is the PBS documentary series India: Nature’s Wonderland. The 2013 Hindi film Ugly is also one again available for streaming. For everything else new on Netflix — including the first two movies in Deepika’s XXX franchise — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: February 27, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. Last year’s action sequel Force 2 — starring John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha — is now available for streaming. It’s a fun followup to a really terrific thriller. It’s also the sixth 2016 release added to Netflix this month. Let’s hope Netflix’s renewed fondness for recent mainstream Bollywood fare continues.

For everything else new on Netflix, check Instant Watcher.