Streaming services around the world (that aren’t Netflix)

In the United States, it seems like a new streaming platform is popping up daily. Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount Plus, the list is endless. But other parts of the world have options — outside of big US brands — that share original content.

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Regardless of country, according to recent research, most consumers have at least one or two subscriptions to a streaming service. The research also found that viewers in India stream more than everyone else, with the United States a close second.

Want to explore more of the world through your TV? Here are some streaming services from around the world (with subtitles!) you can access to break the routine.

Launched by Univision last March, ViX+ focuses solely on Spanish language content. The streaming service went live last month and is available in Mexico and the United States. The platform will add more than 70 original series and movies next year to complement its live coverage of football and other sports, including the upcoming World Cup. ViX+ will also have an extensive library of telenovela content from Televisa if you want to revisit your old favorites.
Where can you download it: App Store on your Smart TV
What to watch first:Enfermo Amor”, a romantic comedy which premiered at the end of July.

Disney+ Hotstar was originally a top streaming service in India before being acquired. Owned by Disney, some programming is available in the United States due to the discontinuation of service here. However, the service is still available in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. During the COVID-19 quarantine, the streaming service released many Indonesian and Malaysian movies direct to streaming. While some content will eventually trickle down to US streaming services like Netflix, most original shows and movies will continue to live in the Disney+ Hotstar exclusive to those countries.
Where can you download it: You need a VPN connection to access it
What to watch first: “A Million Loves For You”, an original Indonesian film centered on a father and his only daughter.

MBC’s Shahid (Middle East and North Africa)

The Shahid streaming service has the most comprehensive library of Arabic content in the world. In 2019, it had over 27 million unique monthly users. You’ll see familiar shows with a Middle Eastern twist like Project Runway Middle East, The Voice Arabia, as well as Turkish soap operas. But Shahid also produces his own programming like “El Diva” and “Khurais”.
Where can you download it: TV Sling
What to watch first: “Every week has a Friday”, a series of murders of the week.

SonyLiv has been around for over a decade and was the first streaming service offered in India. The service offers nearly 100 popular shows from Sony Picture India’s library. SonyLiv also produces its own original programming, such as “Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story” and “The Big Bong Connection”. The video programming is available in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali and Telugu as its main audience is from the South Asian region, with English subtitles.
Where can you download it: You need a VPN connection to access it
What to watch first: “Kacho Papad Pako Papad”, a comedy series that follows the daily adventures of the Gujarati family.

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