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Perhaps every modern person sooner or later makes a decision to stop consuming pirated video content. Indeed, after a hard day’s work, you just want to come home and turn on some interesting movie – without long searches for the right one on trackers, so much so that it’s in good quality, without annoying ads for the next online casino, with normal voice acting.
And online movie theaters can give you all this! You pay a small amount once a month or for each movie – and you watch movies in high quality, with excellent resolution and sound, without annoying ads. And you don’t need to search for it, and download it… And if an online movie theater has an app for a smart TV – then watching a movie becomes even more enjoyable.
All that remains is to choose a suitable online movie theater that you can and should “Deposit” your money to. Fortunately, there are a lot of them in Russia. And for those who love good movies, we have compiled a rating of the top 10 best online movie theaters.
Only licensed online movie theaters were included in the rating, and it was based on General usability-from the availability of applications for mobile devices and smart TVs to the database of movies and the cost of a subscription.
Rating of the best online movie theaters
|Category||place||product name||The minimum subscription price|
|Rating of the best online movie theaters||1||Google Play Movies (plus YouTube)||–|
|3||Kinopoisk HD||250 ₽|
|4||TNT Premier||129 ₽|
10th place: Google Play Movies (plus YouTube)
Google Play Movies isn’t exactly an online movie theater. Rather, it is a rental service. There is no monthly subscription, but users are encouraged to pay for each available movie. Moreover, it can be rented – and then a person will have 46 hours for a single viewing-or completely purchased. And there are no TV shows in this service.
The price of movies on Google Play is not very democratic. If you want to watch some modern blockbuster movie that was released in theaters a few months ago, then buying it will cost an average of 350 rubles, and renting it will cost 99 rubles. Older and less popular feeds are cheaper.
But Google Play Movies is quite easy to use. It has both a computer version (integrated with YouTube) and mobile applications. The online cinema clients are installed on all Android TV sets and boxes, and are also available for some third-party platforms.
9th place: Netflix
Netflix is an American online movie theater that started operating in Russia with varying success a few years ago. And this service, let’s face it, is not exactly what the average user needs.
Netflix relies on series, and especially actively-on content of its own production. Yes, this online movie theater produces quite a few TV shows on its own. But almost all of them are focused on the American market, and many Russian-speaking users simply will not appreciate them. Political intrigue, criticism of trump, LGBT popularization – all these topics are somehow raised in the content produced by Netflix. For example, in the fifth season of Black mirror, an entire episode was devoted to gay romance, and in the third part of stranger things, one of The most interesting female characters turned out to be a lesbian.
In addition, Netflix has almost no modern movies and very little content in Russian. And it’s not just about voice acting. Many movies and TV shows even go without Russian subtitles.
Finally, Netflix is very expensive. Minimum monthly subscription-from 8 euros. If you want something more “normal” — you will have to pay already 10-12 euros, or up to 850 rubles at the time of writing this article.
Of course, Netflix has its advantages. First, a lot of exclusive movies and TV shows are still interesting, despite the actively integrated “agenda”. Secondly, all new titles of this online cinema come with support for 4K and Dolby 5.1 sound, so owners of modern TVs will get real pleasure from watching. And finally, Netflix clients are available for any platform-from mobile phones to smart TVs.
8th place: Kinopoisk HD
A Russian online movie theater that will potentially become one of the largest. But not now. At the time of writing this article, Kinopoisk HD is in a period of growth. It buys content-movies and TV shows, invites third-party voice-over studios for dubbing (for example, the same “Courage-Bambey” Russified Miracle Workers with Daniel Redcliffe), and tries to cooperate with other online cinemas and American TV channels.
In General, now Kinopoisk HD is of some interest to moviegoers, because it offers a very extensive and interesting collection of material-with a very inexpensive subscription. Of course, it doesn’t include all the content; you’re supposed to pay for certain movies. But, on the other hand, an online movie theater with a large database of content, including exclusive content, for 250 rubles a month is a great offer.
Why is it on the 8th place? Because there are practically no Kinopoisk HD clients. It is suggested to watch it through a web browser or on a TV via Chromecast or another cast-dongle. The second option is available only on your phone. In General, this service is inconvenient. But this will be fixed in the future.
7th place: TNT Premier
TNT Premier is a rather strange Russian online movie theater. In fact, it is the web base of the TNT TV channel with retransmission of TV streams, TV series, movies, reality shows, as well as its own content.
If you describe “TNT Premier” as briefly as possible, then this is an online cinema for those who love THE TNT TV channel. Here you can watch all the TV series from there, most of the reality shows, as well as some broadcast movies. There is not much original content, but some of the titles can boast very high quality.
For example, “Call DiCaprio!” is an unexpectedly sad satirical drama that raises questions about living with HIV. And “Sect” is a sobering psychological Thriller about the occult and religion. The original content of TNT Premier shows that Russian cinema, despite all the jokes and mocking attitude, can demonstrate high quality.
Moreover, TNT Premier is one of the cheapest online movie theaters in the rating. Just 129 rubles a month (or 229 if you want to watch more Disney movies and animations). In addition to the content base from TNT, there is also broadcasting and video from other Gazprom Media channels – “Super!”, “TV3”, “Match” and “Friday!”.
The online cinema has apps for Android and iOS, as well as clients for Samsung and LG smart TVs, Apple TV set-top boxes, and Android TV boxes.
6th place: TVZavr
TVZavr is one of the oldest online movie theaters in Russia. And it’s perfect for owners of smart TVs! In particular, TVZavr applications are available for almost all platforms, including those released before 2015.
TVZavr is using the standard mechanics of payment. In other words, some of the content is available by subscription (mostly old and not very popular movies and TV shows), and you are supposed to pay for everything else. However, for those who want to save money, TVZavr is also suitable. It has a whole section with completely free movies, cartoons and TV shows. Not that they are interesting, but they are suitable to brighten up the evening or turn on the child. Free content comes with ads.
The subscription price starts from 99 rubles per month. There isn’t a lot of subscription content, but it is regularly updated by adding outdated movies. For example, at the end of 2021, it includes such blockbusters as” Avengers: Age of Ultron”,” Doctor strange “and”Green book”.
In addition to applications for smart TVs, TVZavr has clients for media set-top boxes and mobile operating systems (Android and iOS).
5th place: Tvigle
Tvigle – an online movie theater with the strangest payment model in the rating. In fact, it is free. The vast majority of the films, cartoons and TV shows presented here can be watched without spending a single ruble.
Of course, free content is shown with ads. A subscription to disable it costs 99 rubles a month – which, in principle, is not so much. But the expediency of this is quite small, since there are very few really popular films in the online cinema database. For example, in October 2021, Tvigle offers to watch “You were never here”, “Interview with God”, “beaver ” and”acid”. These are not exactly the pictures that everyone was hearing.
In addition, many well-known films from among those that are represented in the database of this online cinema – for example, “Power” with Christian Bale and Amy Adams-are available for an additional fee.
On the other hand, no one forbids watching movies for free. Fortunately, there is very little advertising in them, and it is unobtrusive. Tvigle also has apps for smart TVs, set-top boxes, consoles, and mobile devices.
4th place: Amediateka
Amediateka is an online movie theater that specializes in TV series. Especially there is a lot of content from the American TV channel HBO. It is “Mediateca” came – out – first episodes of “Game of thrones”, “Chernobyl”, “American horror story”, “World Wild West” and many others, which have become truly iconic.
However, Amediateka also has series from other channels in its database – Fox, BBC, Starz and several others. So the probability that your favorite American TV show will end up in this online cinema is very high.
However, it is difficult to perceive Amediateka as the only online movie theater by subscription that a modern person needs. The fact is that there are almost no films here, and those that are presented were shot specifically for television and therefore, unfortunately, do not differ in high quality.
In particular, for 599 rubles a month – which is exactly how much a subscription costs in this online cinema-the user gets access to 165 TV series and 200 TV movies. Fortunately, the database is constantly updated with new titles, but not as much as we would like. But Amediateka is the way to watch hbo and other American TV shows first, in high quality and with official dubbing.
Amediateka apps are available on most modern smart TVs, as well as on mobile devices and Apple TV. Browsing online from a computer through a browser may be complicated by the site’s not always stable operation. Amediateka can also be accessed through other online movie theaters, including Kinopoisk HD, Okko, and MegaFon TV.
3rd place: Megogo
Megogo is one of the largest online movie theaters in Russia that offers an advanced payment model. There is:
Free movies and TV shows with commercials shown before viewing them;
A subscription that covers almost all TV shows (except for those presented on the Amediateka platform, you need to pay extra for them separately) and most outdated or not very popular movies;
A purchase that applies to seasons of individual TV shows and current movies.
Megogo is pre-installed on most smart TVs sold in Russia, so you don’t need to bother with its settings. In addition, the content presented in this online cinema is delivered in high resolution.
In addition, Megogo rebroadcasts a large number of TV channels. And many of them are available for free. And this also adds a “plus sign” to the collection of this online cinema. Actually, for a large amount of free content and takes the third place in our rating.
2nd place: IVI
Ivi is an online movie theater with one of the largest databases of free content. Here you can find movies, cartoons, and TV shows that you only need to endure one or two commercials before watching the video itself. At the same time, even more or less modern and good paintings are available for free-unlike the same Tvigle.
The second half of Ivi’s content is available by subscription. It will cost 399 rubles a month and opens access to more than 80 thousand TV shows and movies. Content is available in high resolution, including 4K, and 5.1 audio. Several movies even support HDR, which owners of modern TVs will especially appreciate.
You can also pay with “thank You” bonuses in Ivi. Finally, you’ll find where to apply them.
The disadvantage is that the database is slow to update, both for free movies and for subscription content. In addition, often among the new products come across boring, low-quality paintings.
You can also buy movies. Then they will be available in the database even after the subscription ends. And one more plus – many movies support multiple audio tracks. So you can watch them both in the original and, for example, in Ukrainian.
Like all major online movie theaters, Ivi has customers for most smart TVs (including Samsung, Sony, LG, and Philips), mobile devices,and the Apple TV set-top box.
1st place: Okko
Okko is one of the largest online movie theaters in Russia. Its main advantage is that almost all the presented content is available by subscription. And movies, including quite popular and well-known ones, and TV shows.
Okko has several subscriptions. But there are two convenient packages: Optimum (399 rubles per month), which includes 20 thousand movies and TV series; and Premium (799 rubles per month), which already has 30 thousand titles. In addition, “premium” includes a subscription to content from “Amediateka”, so this is even a small life hack – why pay for” Amediateka ” and 400 titles, when for the same money you can get 40,000 titles?
In addition, Okko has a separate category of movies in UHD 4K resolution. And this is a great reason to test the new TV and finally enjoy the highest level of detail. Moreover, all these movies are broadcast only through the smart TV app.
Okko can be run on smart TVs (supported by Samsung, Sony, LG, Philips and Loewe), mobile devices, PlayStation 4, Apple TV, NVIDIA Shield, and watch online on a computer via a browser. Cloud management is supported, meaning you can start browsing on one device and continue on another.
Attention! This rating is subjective in nature, is not an advertisement, and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.