Are you a lover of Indian daily soaps? Are you frustrated by not able to catch out your favourite Live Hindi TV channels? Is your busy life not letting you watch the movies you want? Are you missing epic Fifa world cup 2018 and many other Soccer leagues while commuting? Have you stopped watching movies and TV shows because your most of the entertainment time is consumed by commuting from job or college? Now, there won’t be any problem. Just install Sony LIV on your smartphone and you can watch anything entertaining on Sony LIV.
Whenever you feel like watching your favorite TV shows from channels like Sony & Sab TV, just pull out your smartphone from your pocket and launch the app or open browser to access their web portal. When you really want to be entertained anywhere you want, Sony LIV will assist you. The recent ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia has made Sony liv a star among soccer lovers. The sole online broadcast In India, one can watch Fifa 2018 on sony liv for free.
- 1 What Is Sony LIV?
- 1.1 Watch 2018 Fifa World Cup Legally On Sonyliv
- 1.2 Sony LIV Exclusive Features
- 1.3 Download Sony LIV For Android & iOS
- 1.4 Features That Need Improvements
- 1.5 Our Verdict
What Is Sony LIV?
Sony LIV is a developed by Sony. It is suggested by its name, but it is special because Sony LIV is the first VOD service by Sony Pictures Networks Private Limited (SPN). VOD is Video-On-Demand service that many platforms are offering at an aggressive price. This service by Sony was launched in January 2013 to let you enjoy the movies, TV shows, sports, mainly football leagues.
Sony LIV has been a hit till now as it has over 20 million downloads. Moreover, Sony LIV was the first among its contenders to serve its users original exclusive premium content. On Sony LIV you can watch 20 years of entertainment content without any hassles. Sony LIV is becoming a hit with time. The innovations by Sony LIV have to lead to maintain the dominance in this industry.
Watch 2018 Fifa World Cup Legally On Sonyliv
Soccer being the famous sport of all the sports played all over the world. The ongoing Fifa world cup has created a madness among football lovers. The broadcast of Live Fifa world cup could be watched on Ten sports while online users can switch to Sonyliv web portal or app. The only OTT provider, sony liv has given the free access of the live matches.
The only downside of using sony liv app for watching for Fifa world cup is the lag that is more than of 6 minutes. The video to audio synchronization is quite poor. You might face many occasions when audio runs way ahead of the video. Keep aside few lows of the portal, this is the only free platform to watch live world cup matches. Be it an app or web portal, you can enjoy the matches on both.
Sony LIV Exclusive Features
1. Large Library
Sony LIV has maintained its large library from which you can choose your content easily. If you want to watch TV shows & popular serials, you can easily watch it on Sony LIV. Such large library of entertainment content is properly organized and you can search these shows without any trouble.
Popular shows such as Tarak Mehta Ka ooltah Chashma, The Kapil Sharma Show, and Crime Petrol are available on Sony LIV. You can even watch your previous favorite TV shows as well such as Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), Aahat and other legacy shows. This large library might be the source of attraction of those who are avid TV shows watchers.
2. Available as the Web Portal as well
When we think of the reason why Sony LIV might have an edge over some other contenders, then one of the replies come that it is available on the web portal. In case your smartphone is under repair and you want to watch any show. Sony LIV does not leave you disappointed at all.
You can watch your favourite shows easily on your tablet, PC or Laptop as everything is available on Web version as well. For me, Football matches are those events that can’t be watched on small screen. This is where SonyLIV web portal comes into play. Now watch football matches on a wider screen with HD quality.
3. All categories covered
The library is quite large and it covers almost all the categories you want to watch. Your prime time TV shows are available on Sony LIV. All the genres are covered such as comedy shows, dramas, reality shows etc. You can watch Filmfare awards as well. Along with Award shows, you can watch Indian Idol, Indian Idol Junior, and such other shows.
Sony LIV’s collection of Bollywood and Hollywood movies are vast. It includes many popular movies in its catalogue. So, you have a full package of the entertainment and there would be no chance that you would be bored with all the available entertainment content on Sony LIV app or web version.
4. Free TV shows and Sports
The best thing we liked about Sony LIV is that you can watch TV shows for free. Even the live sports are free to watch. Despite being free of cost, the experience you get after watching sports on Sony LIV is priceless.
Sony LIV is popular among football fans as you can watch live football matches as well. These football tournaments include FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, International Champions Cup, and other popular tournaments.
Apart from live football matches, you can switch to UFC, rugby, boxing, cricket and other sports as well. Sony LIV provides you free movies as well along with free TV shows and sports.
5. Aggressive Price
Sony LIV has come with aggressive pricing in the market. You just have to pay Rs 99 monthly for accessing the premium content. If you pay quarterly, you will save Rs 80. You will just have to pay Rs 370. With the premium account, you can only watch premium movies on Sony LIV. Sports and TV shows are still free of cost.
Moreover, we really like the way Sony LIV has made its premium plans. If you are going on hiking for a week, this plan might suit you. Similarly, there is a cheaper plan of 6 months that will cost Rs 199 only.
Download Sony LIV For Android & iOS
I’m a keen supporter of services that work multi-platform. I always hate the fact when an App comes for Android and yet not available for iOS & vice versa. Sony LIV lives to our expectation and users can download App for Android and iOS platform too. Below are live download links. Feel free to download Apps from genuine sources.
- Download Sony LIV For Android
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- Download Sony LIV App For iOS
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Features That Need Improvements
1. Who will watch free movies content?
When free movies library of Sony LIV compared to Hotstar’s library, the free movies of Sony LIV stands nowhere near Hotstar’s. Hotstar’s free movie collection is way better than Sony LIV. It is quite evident why the free movies are made free in Sony LIV.
When its contenders are providing a better library for free, Sony LIV should take a step to improve and upgrade its library that is currently full of crap. The absence of popular movies in the free content makes it worse. Moreover, Sony LIV is lagging behind in innovations when compared to its competitors. Spuul has the download feature available, but Sony LIV has no such feature to counter-attack it.
2. Very basic media player
You cannot adjust the resolution of the video you are watching. If you have less data, you cannot lower down the resolution of the video to lower the consumption of your mobile data. The media player is very basic and if it has to catch up with all other competitors, then Sony LIV has to include resolution adjustment feature as well. Furthermore, Sony LIV does not support Chromecast that only adds fuel to the fire.
3. Lack of Cinematic Content
Sony and Star Plus are two biggest brands in India Television world that compete with each other. Unline Hotstar by Start India Pvt, Sony LIV lacks in Content. Hotstar is full of TV shows, Movies, and Sports while Sony LIV is more focused on sports.
For the price tag equal to Hotstar, why someone would choose SonyLIV. If Sony is seeing Hotstar as a competitor then an expansion of content is obviously required.
Being a Football fan, I’m very much attracted to Sony LIV. But as a viewer, Sony LIV is not value for money package at all. Premium accounts will only let you watch some premium latest movies that you might have watched in theatre or TV. Apart from movies, sports and TV shows are free and come with no hidden cost. If movies are your concern then Netflix (Paid), Voot (Free), Hotstar(Free) are the excellent place to start.
If watching Fifa World Cup, sports,, and Sony & Sab TV Shows is what your concern, then Sony LIV is your destination. Do check their sports category, it’s amazing.