Catchflix – India’s Netflix alternative

A couple of days ago, my sister-in-law, on a visit home from Bangalore, was mentioning to me a list of all the movies that she had seen recently. Since I am given to sudden spates of movie watching followed by several months of lethargy to go to a movie rental and borrow, I was profuse in my appreciation of her enthusiasm. She started laughing as I piled on the adjectives and added, “Hey, it is all catchflixed. You think I’ll go to a rental weekly and actually borrow all that?”

The name Catchflix is easy enough to associate with Netflix and therefore the approach that it promotes is evident. Like Netflix, Catchflix allows you to borrow through a website and have the movies delivered to and collected from your doorstep. The site indicates that you can hold on to a movie for three days at about 100 bucks, which is certainly cheaper than paying 70 for a day’s rental of the new movies.


Now, the interesting part: Catchflix is also available in Chennai. While I haven’t tried out the service yet, if the standards are like what the Bangalorean told me, then I guess the time to sit back and order movies has finally arrived.

10 Comments so far

  1. vatsan (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    why pay rental charges of Rs 100, when a dvd of the movie itself costs only Rs 70 ;)

    ooh and hindi movies are 10 bucks cheaper :D

  2. vinodvv (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    I love watching movies at home. Thanks for the tip.
    One more thing you can get movies for 70 or even cheaper these days or You could support the people who run the show, atleast there is one more option of employment.

  3. Sundar (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    May be vatsan is talkin abt original dvds which Moser baer is gonna launch for 40 bucks and not pirated ones. So may be we can still support the ppl who run the show!

  4. Bharath (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    sadly looks like our city is late to catch up with the others on this too.. i remember reading an article in a business magazine almost a year ago how movie rentals were bringing in revenue for producers. the article had mentioned around 3-4 websites that were operational in cities like bangalore and bombay. lets just say, better late than never :)

  5. irfan (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    This is best for english movies which you dont usually get outside in the “street” stores or if you do get it is of very very bad quality.
    Borrowing it for 3 days by the way of “netflix” will be good and finally be able to see some good quality english movies in chennai.

    Irfan’s web

  6. vatsan (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    Irfan, the movies in the streets are of various qualities. the good ones are written on DVD9, which is dual layer, and if u buy 1/2 movies per DVD, then the quality isnt an issue, its a copy of a legal home video released in the USA.

    its only if u don know what to buy and buy based on price that u end up with the crap prints :)

  7. Priya (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 2:44 am

    Interesting to note this kind of service is available in chennai…thanks for posting!

  8. Poor guy (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 8:14 am

    100INR as rental charges for a movie ?
    Not definitely possible for non IT folks :-(

    …May be BBflix would be of use to me..

    ie :BurmaBazaar

  9. Vimal (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    There is one more website, which gives rental at a much cheaper rate though, could not find much movies interesting.

  10. Govar (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    I got about 400 movies in all and I’ll give them for free (Yeah zero rupees) as long as you tell me you a fan of movies and promise to return within a week. And oh, I wouldn’t have those chic flicks and other masala movies. My collection includes a lot of IMDB’s top 100, spanish, russian, german, polish, iranian, japanese and a lot more.

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