6 Streaming Services In The Philippines To Binge Your Favorite Shows
Whether you’re catching up on your favorite teleserye, the news or your favorite international series, video streaming services are a godsend! Not only do they provide timely, high-quality videos, video streaming services are also convenient and versatile. Here are six streaming services in the Philippines to get your fix of K-dramas, teleseryes, live games, and so much more:
1I Want TV
Launched in 2011, I Want TV is ABS-CBN’s video streaming platform. Through this platform, users can watch a live video streaming of ABS-CBN’s programs or watch their programs via video on demand. I Want TV users can also stream the latest updates from ABS-CBN’s subsidiary channels. ABS-CBN Sports & Action and O Shopping Network are just two, among many others. Subscribing to I Want TV is free of charge. Users who avail of the Free Access service have limited options in streaming and accessing content, though. Users who avail of the Premium Access service, on the other hand, can watch and stream a huge selection of ABS-CBN’s programs. From movies to exclusive content available to I Want TV only.
Android and Apple users can also watch their favorite shows on the Kapamilya network through the I Want TV mobile app. If you are interested in availing of I Want TV’s Premium Access service, there are two ways to go about it. You can use an I Want TV PIN (via Internet Service Providers such as Sky Broadband/Smart/PLDT). Your second option is to avail of the ABS-CBN Mobile SIM card and register to an I Want TV load promo.
Viu is one of the newer streaming services in the Philippines that offers a wide range of Korean and Japanese programs free of charge. Not to mention, Viu allows users to download episodes of their favorite K-dramas and watch them offline. The catch: one episode per device only, though! If you are following the latest K-dramas and variety shows, you can watch them 8 to 24 hours after its initial telecast in Korea.
You can register for a Viu account for free (!!!) using your email or Facebook account. You can also download the mobile app on Google Play or iTunes. Viu will be coming out with a premium service soon that has additional exclusive content! They have also expressed that they are open to including more programs to the platform!
Launched in 2015, iflix is a video-on-demand subscription platform that offers content from major Hollywood studios and networks. You can find content from all over Asia as well. In the Philippines, iflix users can access thousands of TV shows and movies. Your choices range from local independent films to hit international TV shows! iflix also gives its users an option to download content and access them for offline viewing.
If you want to try out iflix, you can create an account using your email or Facebook account. First-time users of iflix can avail of a 30-day free trial, and the fee for iflix’s streaming service is at PHP 129/month. If you are a Smart or PLDT subscriber, you can get pay for iflix for PHP 99/month. You can also download the mobile app on Google Play or iTunes.
The one that started it all, Netflix was once a video rental streaming service in the US. Now one of the biggest streaming services in the Philippines, it’s become a major player in television programming. In recent years, Netflix has produced some of the most popular and acclaimed shows of the decade. Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, Master of None are its hits. These days, Netflix is not only a video streaming service that has saved us from too many missed TV shows and movies. It’s also shaped the way we consume media now.
Netflix is also available on Google Play or iTunes for mobile use, as well as on Smart TVs and streaming media players such as Apple TV and Chromecast. Subscription plans for Netflix range from PHP 370–550. Globe subscribers have the option to include their Netflix subscriptions to their Globe mobile or broadband plans!
5Amazon Prime Video
Another major contender in the international video streaming scene, Amazon Prime has been touted as Netflix’s major competitor. Due to similar features such as device compatibility and range of content, it’s rising fast. Just like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video also offers original programming. With shows such as The Grand Tour, Transparent, and Mozart in the Jungle, it’s become a force of its own.
Amazon Prime Video is also available on Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon Appstore for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices, respectively. As an introductory offer, Amazon Prime Video is offering a subscription price of $ 2.99 (around PHP 150) for the first six months, with a free seven-day trial. Once you’ve used this up, Amazon Prime Video subscribers can access Amazon Prime Video’s content at a regular price of $ 5.99/month (that’s roughly PHP 300 a month!).
As one of the first premium video on demand streaming services in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, HOOQ offers more than 30,000 hours of content—hit Hollywood movies and shows, to Korean dramas, to teleseryes of the not-so-distant past, you name it! Last June, HOOQ announced its foray into original programming! They will start with a six-part miniseries based on the acclaimed 2013 film, On The Job.
HOOQ is also available as a mobile app on Google Play and iTunes. HOOQ subscriptions start at PHP 149/month and can be paid via Globe’s mobile or broadband plans, or prepaid promos!
We think that’s more than enough streaming services in the Philippines to get your favorite TV show fix and for affordable prices, too! Now go heat up some popcorn and binge away!