Legitimate Streaming and VOD Services in PH
The source of entertainment nowadays is found online. We usually sit down and wait for the next episode in the next hour on cable TV, but with streaming and video-on-demand services available, you don’t have to. Since Netflix entered the Philippines, this type of service flourished among Filipinos.
Did you know there are other Netflix-like services available? Even long before Netflix became popular, some are already online but not geologically available in the country. So, here’s a list of legitimate services you can avail locally. From free to paid, Hollywood to Korean, mainstream to indie — we’ve got you covered.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon made its streaming service global just late 2016 and the Philippines was included in the list of the roll out. They produce original and exclusive content including the famous The Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Blink is one of the local streaming and video-on-demand service in the country. It’s currently under SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc, which is why you’d always see it inside SM Cinema lobbies. They offer films, TV series, and even a few live channels from Solar.
Cherry Mobile Movie Club
If you own a Cherry Mobile smartphone, chances are you already have this app but if you don’t, you may download it from the Play Store. It’s free to use and has quite an interesting library of local movies including a few classics.
If you find Filipino indie films hard to catch in cinemas, you should check out Cinetropa. It’s a relatively new site with a few local films including the epic historical film Heneral Luna. We do hope to see more films available soon.
Price: Free (selected films), Php288/film
You can easily get your anime fix with Crunchyroll. The service has been available for a long time and has been providing free Japanese entertainment for everyone. They do have ads but there’s a premium subscription for you to pass by that plus more perks like fresh episodes straight from the broadcast.
Fox+ is a relatively new service from Fox Entertainment. It’s an enrichment of their Fox Play service and still in partnership with Smart and PLDT. It’s got the latest of The Walking Dead and more from Fox including other series, movies, and live TV channels.
If HBO is your go-to cable channel, you might also need HBO Go. It features everything available on HBO (and Cinemax) channel but accessible anytime and anywhere. Some specials are also available for viewing.
Hooq partnered with Globe to make its presence in the country. It offers mixed content of international films as well as from local studios plus the upcoming On The Job: The Series. If you want to binge watch past local TV series, they do have a wide library. Also, they offer rental of recent movie releases.
If Hooq is with Globe, iFlix tied with Smart. The service has a few exclusive content in the country including Mr. Robot and Fargo. Also, there are local TV shows and movies from mainstream and independent studios.
iWantTV is ABS-CBN’s very own video-on-demand service. It mostly benefits those who need to catch up on their missed TV episode. The catch-up service is generally free but premium access is available for live TV streaming of other ABS-CBN cable channels, classic films, and past TV shows.
Definitely the most popular of all, Netflix is the leading streaming service worldwide. When Netflix arrived in the country, everyone finally got to embrace the service without third-party solutions making it happen. Netflix offers TV series, including their original ones, plus films and other international content.
You may get your Korean Drama fix through Tribe. They’ve got KDramas plus anime, e-sports, action, comedy, and thriller shows. Live TV streaming from select Asian channels are available too. Also, it’s a community where they have fan gatherings, online quizzes, and giveaways.
Viddsee is not your usual video-on-demand service with Hollywood flicks, but instead, it shows curated short film across Asia. It’s a platform where filmmakers, especially the young ones, are able to showcase their works. There are a number of Filipino shorts for your viewing as well as multiple film genres from other Asian filmmakers.
Viu provides free access to a library of Korean and Japanese content complete with English subtitles. They even make the shows available as fast as 8 hours after their native telecast. You can watch for free even without registration, but if you do, you’ll be able to save the show you wish. A premium service will be available soon.
Wrestling fans will be happy to know that WWE Network is officially available in the country. It gives access to US English language version of WWE Network with access to WWE pay-per-view events, 24/7 scheduled programming, collections, and more.
If we missed other services, hit the comments section below. Happy binge watching!