The name Jio has completely transformed the telecommunication sector in the Indian subcontinent. Apart from providing jaw-dropping internet plans, Jio launched dozens of apps that came preinstalled with a Jio Sim. Thus, we can all guess where the 250 million subscribers come from. Having said that, I do want to clarify that Jio as a brand has immensely contributed in making the internet affordable in India. And its impact can be seen in the entertainment world as well in the form of Jio Cinema.
What is Jio Cinema?
Jio Cinema is a free content streaming app that comes with a gargantuan content library. It’s a black hole of content for audiences looking for binge-watching shows. What makes it so appealing is that it’s available in a variety of languages and has content from every corner of the country. Sure, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are leading the streaming charts, but Jio is definitely holding its own.
What should you expect from the Jio Cinema App?
JioCinema has a massive content library filled with on-demand videos that include movies, TV shows, documentaries, trailers, music videos, and much more. You can access the platform through the desktop or your mobile device as the app supports both smartphones and the web platform. A unique thing about this platform is that it doesn’t just cater to the regional and mainstream Bollywood audience, with its partnership with major studios such as Disney, you will even find popular Hollywood titles on the network.
Popular titles & genres
JioCinema provides you access to a wide range of genres, such as comedy, action, documentaries, romance, thrillers, history, and much more. As for titles, thanks to its recent tie-up with Disney, you’ll find Marvel movies along with iconic releases such as Toy Story 3, The Lion King, and even the Jungle Book on the platform. For existing users, they can easily unlock the JioDisney access by sharing the link with five members (friends or family). However, it’s not just Disney that’s onboard, you’ll find impressive content libraries from streaming services such as AltBalaji and ErosNow as well.
Basics Done Right
What sets JioCinema apart from other movie streaming platforms is flexibility. You get to choose from a multitude of languages. Thus, you can pick your preferred language for video viewing. In addition to that, you can use Chromecast to watch your favorite shows, movies, and documentaries. It’s big data capabilities allow the users to resume the stream where they left off. Also, you can manually choose the quality at which you’d like to stream a particular title.
While JioCinema has a huge content library filled with movies and TV shows, it doesn’t offer much when it comes to Originals as yet. Streaming services such as Prime Video and Netflix still rule the innovation chart, even in India. However, Jio is poised to take a step ahead and is working towards developing original content having tied up 18-20 production houses from around the country.
Jio Cinema App Information
With over 200 million app downloads, JioCinema is certainly a contender for India’s most popular streaming app. However, the two major platforms – iOS and Android, have a massive difference as far as the app is concerned. The Android App is just 14 MB, whereas the iOS app is above 60 MB. Also, after some digging, I was able to find out that the iOS users weren’t really pleased with the service. The app is rated 3.7 stars on App Store as opposed to 4.3 stars on Google Play Store.
How to access Jio Cinema?
You can access Jio Cinema if you have a Jio sim card. If you’re in India, you’re likely to have a Jio sim-card. If so, you can access the app by visiting Google Play Store or App Store and download it from there. As soon as you install it, it’ll ask for your phone number, and that’s when it cross-verifies you as a member of the Jio community. Apart from JioCinema, there are plenty of other apps that you’re likely to get pre-installed once you insert the Jio sim card, so the chances are that you might not even be required to install the app in the first place.
Unique is the one word I would use to describe the app’s interface. The maroon/white color combination is definitely not something I’ve seen on premium or free streaming platforms. Thus, right away, JioCinema’s colors and design are going to stick with you. The well-designed menus, along with content access via genres, independent streaming networks, and channels, just adds that extra flair to the browsing and content searching process.
The moment you sign-up on the app, you’d be directed to a landing page with four options – JioCinema, Disney, JioKids, and Bigg Boss. If you click on any of these options, you’ll be taken to the dedicated section for each of these categories. The homepage has the category title at the center, a search bar towards the right, and a drop-down menu towards the left. Under this, you’d find menus such as ‘Clips,’ ‘Genres,’ ‘Languages,’ ‘Eros Now,’ ‘Available for Download,’ ‘My Downloads,’ ‘My List,’ ‘Settings,’ and ‘Logout.’
Other than the navigation options, you have the beautifully designed homepage banners with slider options. Under the banners, you’d find various content sections. For instance, if you choose JioKids, you’d get categories such as ‘Disney Delights’ and ‘Nursery Rhymes’ in the homepage section. This is great for parents looking to spend time watching cartoons and animated movies with their kids.
The inner pages are well-designed and optimized for various devices. The streaming page has a media player with Play/Pause and fast-forwarding video feature, which is quite standard. At the bottom, you have the runtime towards the left, full screen, subtitle, and streaming quality toggle options towards the right. There’s a title, followed by release year and genre. Under this, you’ll find a summary along with information relating to cast, director, and audio. Finally, you’ll see ‘My List,’ ‘Download,’ and ‘Share option,’ followed by the ‘Related’ section.
Whether it’s a movie date or a family get together, JioCinema does have an unlimited dose of content. There are more than 100,000 hours of content on the network in a variety of languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, and other dubbed content.
As for movies, you can choose between Bollywood and movies from the south. As for Bollywood titles, you can find ‘Stree,’ ‘Luka Chuppi,’ ‘Baazaar,’ ‘Andhadhun,’ ‘Manmarziyan,’ ‘Force 2’, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, ‘Pihu,’ ‘Bajirao Mastani,’ ‘Dishoom,’ ‘Housefull 3, and ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi.’ In terms of popular Hollywood titles, you’ll find titles such as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Wall-E,’ ‘UP,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and ‘Ratatouille.’
Music Videos & TV Shows
You’ll find some of the best artists from around the world including AR Rahman, Beyoncé, Sia, Coldplay, Pitbull along with MTV Unplugged Seasons. Other than music videos, you can find TV shows such as Bigg Boss S13, Bepanah Pyar, The Khatra Show, Shrimad Bhagwat, MTV Splitsvilla x2, and Mahapuran.
I’ve been streaming on JioCinema for over two years now. Over this period, I’ve only seen the service improve periodically. It allows you to watch content in HD quality without any major hiccup. It provides you impeccable streaming experience thanks to the ad-free platform. Thus, you can watch ads without worrying about annoying pop-up ads or misclicks. Not just that, you can even watch movies and browse the app at the same time. Just drag and dock the player, and you should be able to navigate easily. In addition to these handy features, you get the cool sharing functionality, which allows you to share content with your friends and family.
Suggestions I have for Jio Cinema
I don’t have any complaints about the app. I’d just appreciate it if the developers add Original content, and I can totally see the app blowing off the roof. It has amazing capabilities, and the sky’s the limit for this app.
If you’re a Disney fan or love Bollywood and Tollywood movies, you’d fall in love with this platform. There are more than 100,000 hours of content on this platform spread across multiple genres. There are movies, TV shows, cartoons, documentaries, reality TV, and other programs on the network. Overall, you should definitely give this app a try.