Amazon Prime Video launched in India for just Rs 499 a year

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India, meet the least expensive on-demand video streaming service you’ve ever seen.

Ahead of its media event scheduled for later today, Amazon Prime Video service has gone live in India. The video streaming service is now listed on India’s Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and supports Amazon India credentials for login.

Amazon Prime Video service is part of its Prime subscription service in India. Amazon Prime was launched in India earlier this year and costs Rs 999 ($15) for a year-long subscription. As part of an introductory offer, Indians can avail the yearly Prime subscription at Rs 499 ($7.5).

This has made Prime Video the least expensive video streaming service in India, far cheaper than the offering of Netflix, which charges at least Rs 500 per month for its service. Amazon hasn’t announced how long it will offer Prime subscription at the discounted price in India, though the introductory offer is available today.

Amazon was on a spree lately in India to acquire local content. Its partnership with major Indian Bollywood studios and distributors including Vishesh Films, Dharma Productions and T-Series for exclusive rights for a major chunk of their respective titles is visible in the catalog.

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Several new Bollywood titles including Kabali, Sultan, and Sabarji are available with Prime Video. Amazon has also scored several exclusive titles such as Dil Dhadkne Do, Shaandaar, Rock On!!, Talaash, Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani that were previously unavailable on any streaming service.

And of course, there’s a mammoth of Hollywood content. Classic titles such as The Godfather, War of the World, Saving Private Ryan, as well as new titles such as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys are available.

Amazon Original Series such as Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show The Grand Tour, as well as award winning shows Transparent, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, and Red Oaks are available. Other popular TV shows such as Seinfeld, Fringe, Person of Interest, Two and a Half Man, Dexter, Mad Men, NCIS, and Californication are available too. More interestingly, many of these shows are offering subtitles in Indian local languages.

Apart from a wider list of titles, Amazon Prime Video is also offering users the ability to download videos and view them offline. Last month Netflix too launched the download to view offline feature but we found out there were only limited titles available for download.