With internet-based entertainment increasingly accessible, more people these days are cord-cutting—that is, cancelling their cable or satellite television services in favor of streaming content online.
After all, what’s not to like? Not only are these video-on-demand services cheaper than a traditional cable connection, each of them cater to various interests so you don’t have to pay for channels you don’t actually watch. Also, they don’t limit you to your living room at home—you can stream content anywhere with an internet connection on your laptop or mobile device.
Netflix is near-synonymous to streaming, but it’s not your only option. Here’s a roundup of some of the streaming services you can subscribe to.
A streaming service so popular it has its own cultural reference, Netflix is the reigning king of video on demand with good reason: You have unlimited access to an extensive library of content comprised of the world’s most popular TV series and movies to date, including critically-acclaimed and award-winning Netflix originals and other exclusives.
Watch: Stranger Things, Riverdale, Black Mirror, The Crown, Queer Eye Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, Windows 10, smart TVs, and gaming consoles Price: Php 370/month (basic), Php 460/month (standard), Php 550/month (premium)
Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace, has ventured into digital streaming through its Prime Video service. Prime Video has an extensive selection of content, including originals produced by Amazon Studios. However, access is not unlimited with some content requiring additional payment; on the flip side, it has additional channels you can subscribe to, like Showtime, Starz, HBO, and Pinoy Box Office. It also comes with a Twitch Prime membership.
Watch: American Gods, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Romanoffs, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, Windows 10, smart TVs, and gaming consoles Price: US $2.99 for the first six months, US $5.99 afterwards
Always one of the most popular channels on cable, HBO has made all of its sought-after content readily available on-demand with HBO Go. Their library isn’t as varied as the previous two services, although you have unlimited access to their films and TV shows—licensed and original alike—as well as sporting events and documentaries.
Watch: Game of Thrones, Westworld, Sex and the City, Big Little Lies, Barry Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, smart TV Price: Free for SKYCable subscribers of the HBO PAK (full suite of HBO channels); Php 199/month, SKYCable or SKYBroadband subscription required.
Want to catch up on your favorite teleseryes, or maybe the local news? iWantTV is a Philippine-based streaming service that showcases content produced by ABS-CBN and its affiliate channels, including Metro Lifestyle, ANC, and ABS-CBN Sports. Going beyond just having a library, subscribers can actually tune in to ABS-CBN channels live on their mobile devices.
Watch: Halik, Kadenang Ginto, Pinoy Big Brother, Ang Probinsyano, ANC Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, TV box Price: Free. Premium subscription is at Php 15/day, Php 60/week, Php 120/month
Singapore-based streaming service HOOQ curates a selection of both local and international content, including TV shows from Philippine networks ABS-CBN and GMA, and movies from Regal Films, VIVA Films, and Star Cinema. It also has its own HOOQ Originals. The downside of this service is that some digital content are locked behind a paywall, essentially requiring subscribers to ‘rent’ them for a minimal fee.
Watch: Camp Sawi, Till I Met You, Sid and Aya, Kita Kita, CNN Philippines Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, smart TV Price: Php 15/day Php 59/week, Php 149/month, Php 125/movie rental
Considered to be Asia’s number 1 streaming service, iFlix is similar to HOOQ in the sense its library offers a mix of Hollywood blockbusters and local favorites. In addition, there is also a significant amount of foreign content, including K-dramas, Bollywood movies, Turkish drama, and more for those who are inclined.
Watch: Fargo, Meet Me in St. Gallen, Welcome to Waikiki, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, smart TV Price: Php 129/month
If you’re more into K-dramas, Viu is the streaming provider for you. This service curates choice picks of Korean shows, as well as Japanese dramas, blockbusters from Hong Kong, and other Asian content. While the service is free, some shows are locked behind a paywall, which can easily be accessed with a premium subscription.
Watch: Boys over Flowers, Princess Hours, The Confidence Man, Book of Love Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, smart TV Price: Free, Php 129/month for premium
Looking to get your sports fix? FOX+, which is run by the FOX Networks Group, lets you stream live sports, including golf, tennis, FORMULA 1®, UFC, and more. All these, in addition to a substantial library of blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, and even documentaries from the National Geographic.
Watch: The Walking Dead, Homeland, UFC, Asia’s Next Top Model, live sports Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android, smart TV Price: Php 249/month