ALT Balaji Free Subscription, Trial Period | Watch Episodes & Shows Online

Video On Demand Services are all the rage these days, and there are many to occupy our time. But which of them are worth the time and money? We look at ALT Balaji to see if the subscription is worth it.

ALT Balaji is a subsidiary of Balaji Telefilms Ltd. owned by Ekta Kapoor. Reliance Industries also has a 25% stake in Balaji Telefilms. Featuring content in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia, ALT Balaji was launched in April 2017. The ALT Balaji subscription is also being distributed complimentary by various telecom operators in India including Jio, Airtel & Vodafone to selected customers. Read below to find out.

ALT Balaji Free Shows & Episodes Online

The first 3 episodes of every show of ALT Balaji are available for free on its Website as well as App. Also, there is a limit to the maximum number of total episodes available for streaming in the free plan. If you don’t have a subscription, you can still watch the content of ALT Balaji through the streaming apps of telecom operators – Jio for JioCinema, Airtel TV for Airtel & Vodafone Play for Vodafone users (and now Idea too). Scroll down to ‘ALT Balaji for free on Airtel, Vodafone & JioCinema’ to know if you are eligible for the offer or not.

AltBalaji Free Shows Available online

 

ALT Balaji Subscription

All the movies are behind the paywall and need users to subscribe to the paid plan. The ALT Balaji subscription offers the following benefits:

  1. Access to all the episodes of every TV Series
  2. Unlimited access to all the Movies & TV Shows
  3. Download the movies offline and watch them later, this feature is only available on App
  4. Stream content on 5 devices simultaneously

ALT Balaji Subscription Plans

ALT Balaji has very inexpensive plans for their premium content:

  • Rs.100 for 3 months subscription
  • Rs.180 for 6 months subscription (This plan has been discontinued now)
  • Rs.300 for 12 months subscription

AltBalaji Subscription Plans

ALT Balaji Subscription for free – Legal Hacks

ALT Balaji has collaboration with all the top 3 telecom providers giving full access to its content including all the Movies, TV Series and Originals. Many people quote it as a ‘hack’ but it is not a hack or a shortcut but a way to stream ALT Balaji’s content through the customer retention efforts laid by all the Telecom Operators.

  1. Airtel users can use Airtel TV App

    1. Content available on Airtel TV App
    2. The app is available on Google PlayStore as well as Apple App store
    3. Prepaid users with Unlimited pack above INR 90
    4. All Postpaid Infinity plan users, retail & COIP above monthly billing of INR 299 or above (Excluding corporate plans)
    5. You cannot use your friend’s Airtel Sim to Sign-In because Airtel TV App needs the sim to be there in the mobile while registering.
  2. Jio users can use JioCinema App

    1. Content available on JioCinema App as well as Website.
    2. The app is available on Google PlayStore as well as Apple App store
    3. Users who have an active Jio plan can access the JioCinema App for free.
    4. Tip – You can use your friend’s Jio Sim to Sign-In. Enter his/her number and then the OTP that comes on that number.
  3. Vodafone & Idea Users can use Vodafone Play App

    1. Content available on Vodafone Play App
    2. The app is available on Google PlayStore as well as Apple App store
    3. All Postpaid users get free access to Vodafone Play App
    4. All Prepaid users with Unlimited Recharges worth INR 255 or above get free access to Vodafone Play App
    5. Tip – You can use your friend’s Vodafone Sim to Sign-In. Enter his/her number and then the OTP that comes on that number.
  4. Use MX Player

    1. If you don’t have an Airtel, Jio or Vodafone connection or don’t fall in the above criteria, you can use the MX Player App. It was a Korean App now acquired by Times Internet as a launchpad for their streaming service. They have all the content from ALT Balaji – Movies, Originals & Regional Content.

ALT Balaji Subscription Offers

  • Get 10% cashback of up to Rs.60 when paying with Paytm wallet.
    • One week free with Quarterly Subscription
    • Two Weeks free with Half-Yearly Subscription
    • Four Weeks free with Yearly Subscription
  • Get 20% cashback of up to Rs.60 when paying with Freecharge. Get flat 50% cashback 
  • Get 30% Supercash of up to Rs.75 when using Mobikwik wallet.
  • Flat 50% cashback on payment through PayPal

ALT Balaji Comparison

Subscription Service AltBalaji Zee5 PrimeVideo Hotstar ErosNow Hungama Play Hooq Voot SonyLIV Viu Airtel TV JioCinema Vodafone Play Netflix
Free Trial or
Free Availability?
First 3 episodes of every TV Series No free trial period, Some Content is Free No 7 days 14 days free premium trial, Some Content is Free forever 30-day free trial on adding a recurring payment method 30-day free trial on adding a recurring payment method Free Selected Content is Free 30 days free Unlimited Free for Selected Prepaid and Postpaid Customers Unlimited Streaming for All Active subscriptions Unlimited Free for Selected Prepaid and Postpaid Customers 1 month
Monthly Plan INR 99 (All Access Pack)
INR 49 (Regional Pack)
INR 129 INR 199 INR 49 (Plus)
INR 99 (Premium)
INR 89 INR 89 Free INR 99 INR 99 for 2 months INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
INR 800 (4 Users)
3-Month Plan INR 100 Free INR 149
6-Month Plan INR 599 (All Access Pack) Free INR 299
Yearly Plan INR 300 INR 999 (All Access Pack)
INR 499 (Regional Pack)
INR 999 INR 999
INR 299 (All Sports Plan)
INR 470 (Plus)
INR 950 (Premium)
INR 450 INR 450 Free INR 499 INR 599
Simultaneous Streaming 5 Devices 5 Devices Unlimited 1 User 1 Device 5 Devices 5 Devices Unlimited 1 User 5 Devices 1 to 4 Users
Premium Features Unlimited Access, Offline download Unlimited Access, Live TV, Ad-Free Streaming,
Movies ‘Before-TV’
Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
Free Delivery
Unlimited Access, Live TV & Sports Plus – Unlimited access to Movies
Premium – Unlimited Access to Movies, TV Shows & Originals, Offline Download
Unlimited Access, Download & Offline Viewing, Few Rental Movies Only Unlimited Access, Download & Offline Viewing, Few Rental Movies Only NA Live TV, Ad-free viewing
Offline Download
Ad-free streaming, Unlimited access, Offline Download Offline Download, Selected content of Zee5
Free 3 months Netflix & 1 year Amazon Prime Subscription
NA Free 1 year Amazon Prime & 2,3,12 months Netflix Subscription Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming
Offers Free for Selected users of Airtel, Jio & Vodafone Selected free content for Airtel TV & JioCinema; 50% Cashback with Paytm Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone Some content on Airtel TV & JioCinema; 1 year free on Flipkart First for 50 coins Free for selected users of Airtel, Vodafone & Jio Users First 90 days for INR 89 for recurring payment method, 1 free movie rental ticket per month First 90 days for INR 89 for recurring payment method, 1 free movie rental ticket per month NA 30% cashback through PayTM, 3-month free subscription fro Sony Bravia TV & Mi TV buyers 3 months free subscription for ‘Flipkart Plus members NA NA NA Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users
Service & Content Type On-Demand Streaming, Original TV Series, Movies & TV Shows On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Sports & News, Regional Content On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals, Live TV & Sports On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows
Originals of ErosNow, AltBalaji, Live TV
On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Few Originals of Zee5, ErosNow & AltBalaji On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Originals of ErosNow & AltBalaji On-Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals
Data Usage per Hour 750 MB (SD) 4.3 GB(HD) 925 MB (SD), 2.2 GB (HD), 6 GB (4K/UHD) 1.3 GB(HD) 400 MB (SD) 1.65 GB (HD) 1.65 GB (HD) 350 MB (SD) 1.9 GB (HD) 1.9 GB (HD) 2.2 GB (HD) 2.4 GB (HD) 2 GB (HD) 750 MB (HD)

How to Subscribe to ALT Balaji

Browsing the content on ALT Balaji is free. To watch the content, the user will have to register:

  1. Click on the user icon in the top right corner of the page and select ‘Sign Up’.
  2. Enter email, password, date of birth and state or sign in using a Facebook account.

That’s it, free content is now accessible for an unlimited number of times.

To subscribe and access the paid content, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the user icon and select ‘Subscribe’.
  2. Select the preferred subscription plan.
  3. Select Payment method and Enter payment details.

Now watch all the videos available on ALT Balaji on 5 devices at a time.

ALT Balaji – Devices Available On

ALT Balaji is compatible with the following devices:

  • Android Tablets and smartphones (Android version 4.4 and above)
  • Apple iPads and iPhones (iOS 9 and above)
  • Chromecast (Chromecast 1 and Chromecast 2)
  • Android TV OS version 5.1 and above
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV OS version 10 and above
  • Roku version 7.1 and above
  • Browsers – Chrome 47 and above, Mozilla Firefox 47 and above, Safari 9 and above, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge

Features on ALT Balaji App & Website

ALT Balaji website and app is easy to navigate and use.

  • There are no ads in either the free or paid version
  • Player controls include 
    • Tabs to select episodes,
    • Switch subtitles available in many languages – English, Hindi & many regional languages
    • Option to choose a separate Video quality
    • Videos can also be added to favourites
    • Shared on social media
    • Feature to download the content to watch offline
  • Multiple languages may be available for some movies and series, in which case preferred language can be selected before clicking ‘Play’
  • Option to choose if the App should use Mobile Data or Only WiFi

ALT Balaji Original Web-Series

ALT Balaji features a slew of original content in 7 languages. ALT Balaji Original Web Series are in diverse genres comedy, drama, horror, thriller and romances. Some of the most prominent ones include:

  1. Dev DD
  2. The Test Case
  3. The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family
  4. X.X.X
  5. Broken
  6. Gandi Baat
  7. Dil Hi To Hai
  8. Apharan
  9. Baby Come Naa
  10. Zabaan Sambhaal Ke

There are also many ALT Balaji Originals aimed at kids with 100+ hours of content.

List of Movies available on ALT Balaji

There are many other non-original movies available on ALT Balaji. Popular ones include:

  • Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
  • Shootout at Lokhandwala
  • Shootout at Wadala
  • Shor in the City
  • Krishna Cottage
  • Kyaa Kool Hain Hum
  • Ragini MMS
  • Kya Kool Hain Hum

Pros and Cons of ALT Balaji Subscription

Pros:

  • First 3 episodes of every series are free.
  • Low subscription costs.
  • Available in many regional languages.
  • Aimed at Indian viewers across the globe and available in 90 countries.
  • No ads, neither in free nor paid account.
  • Available for free through plans of many Telecom Operators.

Cons:

  • Relatively low amount & variety of content as compared to competitors like Zee5.
  • Negligible Hollywood Content
  • Subscription in one country may not be available in another

Final Verdict

The feature to watch three episodes before deciding whether to get that subscription is great and no other OTT provides this functionality. This in a way shows how much confidence ALT Balaji has on its content. As of date, ALT Balaji does not have enough content to stand out among the competitors like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar & Zee5. So who should get ALT Balaji premium subscription:

  • If you don’t have a relevant plan from Airtel, Jio or Vodafone which gives free access to their content on Airtel TV, JioCinema or Vodafone Play App
  • If you mainly want to watch on Desktop but have an Airtel or Vodafone Number (only Jio has content available on its website).
  • You enjoy one of their original content in regional languages
  • You like to watch without the hassle of ads

How to Cancel Alt Balaji Subscription

  • For subscription via Google play, go to the PlayStore Account, select Subscriptions tab and click on Unsubscribe.
  • For subscription via iTunes, login to the iTunes store and in the Subscriptions tab, click on ‘Unsubscribe’.
  • For other modes of payment, directly go to the ‘My Account’ section and Unsubscribe from Premium Subscription

Cancelling a subscription will discontinue auto-renewal and the payment option will not be billed for the next cycle. Alt Balaji will still be accessible for the remaining of the month.

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