Streaming Sites Available in the Philippines That Will Change Your Life
The best of the best video streaming options for you to check out
Do you remember having to rush home just to catch your favorite TV show? Remember bumming hard when you’d miss it because then you’d have to wait for a rerun? What about the first time you decided to switch to downloading—only to find out it wasn’t any easier? We’ve all been there; and boy, was the struggle real.
Fortunately, this ceases to be the case because streaming has come to the movie-loving, binge-watching entertainment bug’s rescue. The best part is streaming fits together beautifully with our already digital lifestyles (got a smartphone and an internet connection? you’re all set). It’s high time then that you, too, got to watch all your favorites in your own time and on your own terms.
Streaming may have been around for decades (fun fact: Netflix started out as a DVD-by-mail service in 1997), but only in recent years did folks in the Philippines pick up the wonderful, life-changing habit. Having discovered that the advantages of streaming clearly trump those of cable television, more and more Filipinos today are making the switch. And why shouldn’t they? With streaming, the sky’s the limit.
Not all websites and streaming services are the same, however, and favoring one over the other is expected. One website might have a monopoly on K-drama. The other might have the best lineup of hard-hitting documentaries. One might fit in better with your budget. The other might feel more like a splurge. To help you decide which one is just right for you, we invite you to do a little shopping around for streaming sites. Here, we’re charting the best of the best streaming websites available in the Philippines. Scroll through and find yourself a streaming buddy!
Netflix is arguably the most popular video streaming service on the web. Amassing millions of subscribers worldwide, it boasts a massive collection of highly entertaining television series and films including exclusive and original content. Hit shows like Stranger Things, The Crown, Dear White People and Black Mirror are just some of the noteworthy titles you need on your radar. Award-winning movies like Mudbound, Okja and First They Killed My Father are also exclusively found on Netflix Philippines.
Features: Users can create up to five separate profiles and each one is personalized for the owner’s viewing experience.
Pricing: P370 for the basic account, P460 for the standard account and P550 for the premium membership.
Availability: Netflix is supported by both iOS and Android devices, the web, Windows 10, cable boxes and gaming consoles.
HOOQ is another video-on-demand streaming service that offers a large selection of both local and international shows and movies. That adds up to more than 30,000 hours of topnotch entertainment featuring Hollywood blockbusters, Korean dramas, local teleseryes and timeless classics people of all ages can enjoy. HOOQ also expanded its lineup to include kid-friendly shows, anime, and some local indie films, ultimately living up to its slogan: “a million stories for a billion people.”
Features: Users get access to 10,000 movies and TV series for the price of one, stream the largest selection of the best of local and Hollywood hits and rent latest movies fresh from the cinemas.
Pricing: Enjoy unlimited access to HOOQ for as low as P149 a month and enjoy the latest blockbuster movies for only P125 per film.
Availability: HOOQ is available on the web, on iOS and Android.
Hailed as Netflix’s major competitor, Prime Video features its own pool of award-winning and exclusive originals such as American Gods, Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent. Today, Prime Video has over 100 million subscribers worldwide.
Features: Users can stream on up to three devices all at once and have the added option to watch offline on the Prime Video app.
Pricing: Introductory subscription rates include $2.99 (roughly P150) per month for the first six months and $5.99 (roughly P300) for the succeeding months.
Availability: Amazon Prime Video is available on iOS, Android and the web.
This streaming service caters to fans of Korean and Japanese teledramas and is currently one of the best streaming services in Asia. Pinoy K-drama fans can now watch in-demand series, movies, variety shows and so much more—on demand—with Viu. Stream popular K-movies like Heart Blackened, Bluebeard, Midnight Runners, New Trial and Operation Chromite. Binge-watch dramas like Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, The Lady in Dignity, Secret Healer and Listen to Love. It’s the only streaming website that allows you to satisfy your K-craving!
Features: Viu Premium provides unlimited downloads for offline viewing on mobile, stunning full HD resolution on all devices and priority viewing, which lets subscribers watch the latest episodes of their favorite shows only eight hours following the original telecast.
Pricing: The premium subscription grants users all the perks above and costs only P129 a month. Meanwhile, the free subscription gives anyone access to movies and shows, but streams only at 480p with ads running in between.
Availability: Viu is available on the web, iOS, and Android platforms.
If you need more K-drama in life and want anime and e-sports thrown in the mix, Tribe Philippines may be the streaming website for you. It’s the platform known for going “beyond the app” with its exclusive giveaways, online contests and fan gatherings, where viewers get to meet influencers and like-minded fans.
Features: Tribe provides a free 30-day trial, treats viewers to HD content on mobile, tablet and TV via Chromecast and grants viewers access to its entertainment library and live shows.
Pricing: Tribe’s unique pricing lets users sign on for either a seven-day package (for only P30) or a 30-day package (for P69).
Availability: Tribe Philippines is accessible on the web, iOS, Android and Chromecast.
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Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy. But first, get yourself a mobile plan that truly lets you make the most out of streaming! Globe At Home’s ThePLAN PLUS features larger-than-life data perfect for streaming all your favorite shows and music from entertainment apps like Netflix, Tribe, HOOQ and Cartoon Network. If you shop the plan online, you also get two GMovies tickets and a Summer Cap!