Vodafone Play is an on-demand streaming service exclusive to those on the Vodafone network. The telecom provider has taken the mobile website for this service live, making it that much more accessible to users. Until now, the service was only available via a dedicated app. Not only is this a big step in making content more readily available to users, but it is also a testament to how far web app technology has progressed in the past few years.
There isn’t much of a difference when it comes to the Vodafone Play mobile website when compared to its app. The platform offers plenty of curated over-the-top (OTT) content along with access to Live TV channels. In order to log in, a user needs to enter their registered Vodafone mobile phone number along with the subsequent OTP that will be sent to them via an SMS. Navigating the different types of content on this website is rather simple with options such as Home, News, Movies, TV and Originals being presented to the user within a panel at the bottom of the page.
Vodafone Play Features, Services
As is the case with similar services provided by other telecom operators, Vodafone Play offers video content in various regional languages including Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, and Bengali. Users get access to both Hollywood and Bollywood content along with regional and international originals such as movies, TV shows, web series, and more. Content here is collected from various popular video services including ZEE5, SonyLIV, ALT Balaji, Eros Now, Hungama, HOOQ, Shemaroo Me, Sun NXT, and more. The platform also boasts access to over 300 Live TV channels.
Vodafone Play also offers its users access to plenty of Bollywood songs and music videos, and there is also the ability to tune in to various radio channels. The included Music library is said to contain over 1.2 million songs in English, Hindi and regional languages. The Vodafone App offered direct Chromecast to TV casting option, and it is unclear if that feature translates to the website. Other features the platform offers includes touch controls for volume and brightness, pause/play on Live TV channels, download and stream content for offline viewing, and show timings with show start reminders.
Vodafone Play: What’s the competition like?
Reliance Jio was the first telecom operator to bundle video streaming content to its users. You have JioTV for live content, while JioCinema gets you OTT services. While the telco has taken the JioCinema website live, Jio TV remains to get the same treatment. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel is another telecom provider that has managed to offer online OTT and Live TV content to its users via a browser with its recently launched Xstream website. This makes Vodafone and Airtel the only two telcos to currently offer Live TV via the web in addition to their respective apps.