SonyLIV is an Online Streaming Service by Sony Pictures Network. Launched in 2013, it initially hosted more than 30 sister TV Channels like Sony TV, Sony SAB, Sony Mix, Sony Max, Sony BBC Earth, Food Food, Sony Six, Sony Pix, AXN, and Sony Yay TV. Now it hosts a gamut of content – Movies and TV shows, Music, Kid Shows, LIV FIT and also has a decent range of Sony LIV Originals & Web Series. Sony LIV has also launched Anime content after joining hands with Animax TV.
Sony LIV was the official online broadcaster of 2018 FIFA World Cup and streams Live Cricket and Football matches & Sports Channels like Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1,2,3, ESPN. Other than English, Sony LIV is also available in multiple languages – Hindi, Marathi, Tamil & Telugu. It is currently available in all countries except USA, UK and Europe.
Most of the content is available in the free version which viewers can watch without signing up. There is a premium version as well, starting from as low as INR 29 for 7 days, much cheaper than rival international services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Read along to find out more about SonyLIV Subscription Charges, Offers & how to watch it for free.
SonyLIV Premium Subscription Account
Sony LIV hosts over 700 movies and 40,000+ hours of entertainment. Most of the content on Sony LIV can be watched for free with ads, the premium account gives access to –
- Real-Time Live TV Channels – mainly helpful for those who want to watch live Cricket and Football
- Access to Movies & TV Channels marked as “Premium” on Sony LIV App
- Ad-free viewing
- Feature to download videos to watch them offline on Android & iOS App
Sony LIV Subscription Charges
Sony LIV Premium Subscription is currently available in selected countries – India, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain. The payment can be done only in Indian currency. You can pay through Credit & Debit Card, PayTM, Payzapp or through Carrier Billing.
Sony LIV Premium Account Price
The current Premium plans are:
- INR 29 for 7 days
- INR 99 for 1 month
- INR 299 for 6 months
- INR 499 for 12 months
The Super Sports Premium Pack of Sony LIV is available for INR 199 for 6 months.
Some of the movies in their catalogue are on ‘Rent’. These movies can be rented for 2-3 days for a nominal price and can be played as many times as needed in the rent period.
Watch Sony Liv For Free Without Subscription
On MX Player
Good news for all the Indian viewers! You can now stream over 30,000 videos of Sony Liv for free on MX Player. It offers some of the premium content of top online streaming services for free, with Ads. You can watch some of the premium Sony LIV content for free on either the MX Player website or download the iOS & Android apps. If you want Ad-free access on MX Player, then you need to purchase the MX Player Pro app. Unfortunately, you can’t download the content offline on MX Player App, this functionality is available only on Sony LIV App for Premium Subscribers.
Note: This service is only available for India as of now. Also, you can’t download content from MX Player currently.
SonyLIV Subscription Offers
Sony LIV keeps coming up with many subscription offers from time to time. The listed offers have been verified as on May 1, 2019.
- Get 25% discount on Sony LIV premium plans for 6 Months & 1 Year Subscription. Coupon Code: LIVSUMMER
- Mi TV & Xiaomi Devices (Mi A1 and MIUI version below 9.5 not applicable) get 3 months SonyLIV Premium membership for FREE. The offer is valid once per user. Just Log in to your MI Account and access Sony LIV in the VIP Section.
- PayTM is giving 30% cash back on any SonyLIV subscription, once per user for first-time subscribers
- Sony Bravia TV offers a free 3-month subscription.
What to Watch on SonyLIV
Sony LIV offers content around General Entertainment, Original Web Series including LIV Fit, Live Streaming of Football & Cricket Channels, all Live TV Channels from Sony Arena, Latest Hindi TV serials, Popular Hollywood & Bollywood Movies, Short-Films, Kids Special Content, and Music.
One of the key reasons to subscribe to SonyLIV is to watch live Football & Cricket Matches.
There is a ton of good original content on SonyLIV, available for free, each bringing something fresh and fun to the table:
- The Good Vibes
- Still About Section 377
- #LoveBytes 2
- Virgin Woman Diaries
- Lost & Found
- Married Woman Diaries
LIVFIT has several shows like “LIVFIT – Yoga”, “LIVFIT – Workout” and” LIVFIT – Nutrition” for all-around fitness and healthy workout.
- Some Popular Bollywood movies include – Piku, PK, Rab Ne Bana di Jodi, Phas Gaye Re Obama, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Tashan, Dil to Paagal Hai etc
- Hollywood collection includes movies like Spider-Man Homecoming, Rush, Blade runner 2049 etc.
- Sony LIV has a wide collection of regional content in Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi movies and popular South Indian movies dubbed in Hindi.
You can watch the best of Sony network Hindi TV Serials and upcoming TV shows in comedy, drama, crime, action, and more including:
- The Kapil Sharma Show Season 2
- My Name Ijj Lakhan – Starring Shreyas Talpade
- Band Baja Bandh Darwaja – Staring Mukesh Tiwari
- Super Dance Chapter 3
- Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
- Comedy Circus
- Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma
- Prithvi Vallabh
- Dus (10) Ka Dum
- India ke Mast Kalandar
- Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai
24hrs non-stop LIVE music channel, Sony MIX and Sony ROX HD which has music from old classics to latest trending songs and music videos from different eras.
Live Streaming of Sports:
Sony LIV streams Ten 1,2,3 HD and Ten Golf HD. Here is a few of the assortment –
- Live Cricket matches & complete coverage of all the cricket matches, cricket highlights & best moments
- Live streaming of Football Matches & Leagues like UEFA Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Europa League Cup, FA Cup
- Pro volleyball match live.
- ATP Tournaments, WTA, Champions Tennis League, Qatar Open
- Pro Wrestling League, TNA Xplosion, WWE, etc
Live TV Channels:
SonyLIV also has several live channels – Sony SET HD, Sony SAB HD, Sony MAX SD, Sony ROX HD, Sony MIX, Sony WAAH, Sony TV, Sony SAB, Sony Mix, Sony Max, Sony BBC Earth, Food Food, Sony Six, Sony Pix, AXN, and Sony Yay TV.
SonyLIV Device Compatibility
SonyLIV is available on –
- Computers: PC and Mac
- Web browsers: Microsoft Edge (Windows 10), Internet Explorer (Windows 7+), Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari 9 (Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.11)
- Mobiles and Tablets: All smartphones, All tablets, All iOS devices
- Smart TV, Streaming Media Players and others: Sony Bravia, Google Chromecast, Android TV
Currently, SonyLIV is not available on Apple TV.
SonyLIV App Features
SonyLIV website and app has a relatively user-friendly interface and is easy to use. Player control options are not available, however, which makes for a significant drawback. Registered users even have these small features like Watch Later, Favourites, Follow TV Shows, Continue Watching.
Steps to Subscribe
Free Subscription is relatively easy in SonyLIV. First, you will have to register on SonyLIV –
- Simply go to the website www.sonyliv.com or open their app
- Click Register.
- Enter the required details including Mobile number, OTP, Name, Email Address, DOB etc.
- Once you’ve registered your SonyLIV account, you can browse all the free titles (which don’t have ‘Premium’ or ‘Rent’ written on the image) available.
- A faster way would be using your Facebook or Google account.
To upgrade to Premium, select ‘Get Premium’ from the premium bar and select the required plan and payment method.
How to cancel SonyLiv Subscription
Cancellation varies with the method of payment, but it’s pretty straightforward. For payment by:
- Credit card or Paytm – Go to the ‘My Purchases’ section on the SonyLIV website or app and click Cancel.
- Mobile Billing Operator – Users in India may send a toll-free SMS ‘STOP’ to 155223 and follow the instructions from the operator.
- Google Play Store– Go to the Play Store Account, select Subscriptions tab and click on Unsubscribe.
- Apple iTunes Store– Login to the iTunes store and in the Subscriptions tab, click on the pack you wish to unsubscribe from.
Pros and Cons
- Availability of widely followed Indian sports channels, more than 40,000 hours of SET content and 700+ movies
- A wide variety of content available, including Movies, TV Channels, Original Web Series, Music Channels. Animes
- The pricing of SonyLIV is inexpensive at only Rs 499 per year, a lot better than other VoD services like Netflix whose most basic package is Rs 500 per month.
- A lot of content and live TV is available in the free version
- Basic functionalities that are expected with a Video On Demand platform
- A very small selection of availability of Hollywood Content
- No subtitles are available
- Currently, you can control the video player only with a mouse. And no other Player Control options are available.
- The app is not the best in the OTT segment and has issues in connecting with ChromeCast
- The recommendation engine is not very helpful
- There are no options to select appropriate video quality as streaming will take place automatically depending on the Internet connection.
- The ‘Rent’ feature is not very useful as renting a movie for 2-3 days cost nearly as much as a premium subscription for a month. The same movie is sometimes available in some other OTT platform
A lot of content and live TV is available in the free version, but there are ads and you cannot download videos to play them offline. A lot of original content is available for free on the website and several live TV channels with a 5-minute delay.
So, given the limited variety of content and availability of most of the content for Free, this subscription is mainly helpful for
- Those who want to watch live cricket, football and other sports
- Those who have a spotty internet connection and want to download a movie or tv show and watch it later
- Are fed up of Ads ruining the experience