Sony LIV: A Great Place For TV Shows & Football

Are you a lover of Indian daily soaps? Are you frustrated of not able to catch out your favourite ? Is your busy life not letting you watch the movies you want? Are you missing epic 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 feels like watching your favourite 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.

What Is Sony LIV?

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.

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Sony LIV Exclusive Features

  • Large Library

Sony LIV has maintained its large library from which you can choose your content easily. If you want to watch TV shows, 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.

  • 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 . 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Check .

Sony LIV Football

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.

  • Aggressive Price

Sony LIV has come with aggressive pricing in the market. You just have to pay Rs 150 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. The premium plans on a weekly basis have also been made available at just Rs 49. 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 500 only.

Download Sony LIV For Android & iOS

I’m a keen supporter of services that works 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

  • Download Sony LIV App For iOS

Features That Need Improvements

  • Who will watch free movies content?

When free movies library of Sony LIV , 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. available, but Sony LIV has no such feature to counter attack it.

  • 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.

  • 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 toward 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.

Our Verdict

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 , , Hotstar(Free) are the excellent place to start.

If sports and Sony & Sab TV Shows is what your concern, then Sony LIV is your destination. Do check their sports category, it’s amazing.

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Mohsin Khan

I've been working as a cybersecurity expert since 2014. I'm an Internet savvy and love to learn and bash my skills on various security products. Being an avid fan of video content, I started iStreamist as an information sharing blog featuring best VOD platforms.

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  • Mayur Mk says:

    How to adjust the quality on the app? Please help..

    • says:

      Mayur, unfortunately, Sony Liv don’t have an option to change the video quality. The App automatically select the best quality according to your network speed.

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