Life is But a Stream: 10 Apps To Download For Your Binge Watching Pleasure

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Thousands of series and movies are now just a tap away, with video streaming services letting you access everything at the palm of your hand. Here are 8 you can access locally in the Philippines to get your binge-watching started.

1. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video gives its members unlimited access to Amazon Originals, new and classic movies, and TV shows. Stream their content whenever and wherever you want as their titles are also available to download for when you want to watch online. The app allows up to three devices to watch and enjoy their flicks at once.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video app (Android and iOS), online via PrimeVideo.com; members can also download all titles to mobile devices for offline viewing

What to watch: Amazon Original Series like The Grand Tour (the biggest show premiere on Prime Video), comedy-drama Transparent (Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series Musical or Comedy category in 2015), and The Man in the High Castle (the most-streamed original series globally) based on a novel about the alternative history of post-World War II America.

Fees:

  • Prime Video introductory price - $2.99 USD/month for the first 6 months
  • Regular rate: $5.99 USD/month
  • 7 Day Free Trial is given upon signing up
  • Upgrading membership to Amazon Prime ($10.99/month) also gets you exclusive access to ad-free music, Kindle books, original audio series and unlimited photo storage. 


2. Blink

Just like the good ol’ times of going to places like Video City to rent what you want to see, Blink allows you to “rent” over 300 Hollywood movies and TV shows, and you only have to pay for the movie or show that you want to see. However, if you’re into going on a marathon, you may always subscribe for a Monthly or an Annual Pass.

Where to watch: Online via blink-now.com and the Blink app (Android and iOS)

What to watch: Famous international movies like Doctor Strange, The Conjuring, and Taken. For the kids, Moana, The Lego Movie, and The Muppets, as well as series like Phineas and Ferb and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Fees:

  • Blink Rental at P60, P99, and P150 per movie
  • Blink ULTD at P125/Monthly Pass and P1,188/Annual Pass

3. FOX+

Stream the latest TV series, blockbuster movies, the biggest live sports and inspiring documentaries. Watch on mobile, tablet and PC or switch seamlessly between them and continue watching where you left off. You can also download movies and series to watch when you don’t have 3G or WiFi.

Where to watch: FOX+ App (Android and iOS)

What to watch: Blockbuster flicks like Deadpool, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Revenant; Famous Fox TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Martian, and The X Files.

Fees:

  • For Smart Subscribers: P390/month
  • Cignal and PLDT Subscribers: Free if subscribed in certain plans

4. HOOQ

Enjoy unlimited access to over 10,000 movies and TV shows – both international and local – for the price of 1, depending on how long you want to stay ‘HOOQ’d”. The video streaming site also allows users to rent their content, especially if they’re the type to enjoy one film at a time. Members also get to download up to 5 videos across all their devices if they want to see their favorite films offline.

Where to watch: Online via www.hooq.tv, HOOQ app (iOS)

What to watch: An impressive lineup of Pinoy classics, Cinema One originals and independent films, Filipino television shows from GMA, ABS-CBN and Viva; Anime series and Asian movies; HOOQ Exclusives like Supergirl, Lucifer, and The Legends of Tomorrow

Fees:

  • Free trial (7-day period)
  • P59/7 days, P149/30 days, P369/90 days, P729/180 days, P1,339/360 days
  • Movie Rental: P125/movie

5. iFlix

iFlix gives its members unlimited access to a wide selection of local and international films and TV shows. Whether it’s that indie film you missed from the last film festival, or the cartoon show your little sister bugs you about, this site would surely have it. Their content is also available for download if you’re the on-the-go type who wants to watch something during their daily commute.  

Where to watch: Online via www.iflix.com, iflix app (Android and iOS)

What to watch: iFlix exclusive content ('Only On iflix') like Train to Busan, The Magicians, Emerald City, Runaways, Mr. Robot; complete collections (all seasons) of TV favorites like The Good Wife, The OC, Gossip Girl, The Office, Dexter, Lost, and Mad Men; Korean films and Filipino films

Fees

  • P129/month, free one month trial

6. iWant TV

Everything ABS-CBN you want to get your hands on, including live streaming of radio stations, news channels, ANC shows, Star Cinema films, Asianovelas, ABS-CBN sports, and regional content. All content can be access by Philippine-based users (for overseas users, visit www.tfc.tv)  huge selection of ABS-CBN programs, live streaming channels, blockbuster movies, behind-the-scenes coverage, and exclusive shows that you can only watch here.

Where to watch: Online via www.iwantv.com.ph and iWant TV app (Android and iOS)

What to watch: Filipino teleseryes like Ang Probinsyano, A Love to Last, and Pusong Ligaw; Asianovelas like Legend of the Blue Sea and Goblin; Talk and variety shows like Gandang Gabi Vice and It's Showtime. 

Fees:

  • Premium Access: watch all the videos in iWant TV (except for Pay Per View)
    • Use iWant TV PIN or iWant TV Load (for ABS-CBNmobile subscribers)
    • iWant TV PIN can give access for 1 day, 7 days, and 30 days and can also allow access to specific content
    •  iWant TV Load is used by sending an SMS for iWant TV Load (P10 for 1 day, P40 for 7 days, and P99 for 30 days); only for ABS-CBNmobile users.
  • Free Access: access the latest 3 episodes of current programs plus stream ABS-CBN, MOR and O Shopping on devices. 

7. Netflix

Netflix features an extensive array of global content – from feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and animated series – available on, basically, any internet-connected device. Over time, Netflix also gets to recommend content that you should watch, depending on your history, so you never really run out of things to watch! Their content is also available for download so you could enjoy your series even without internet connection.

Where to watch: Online via www.netflix.com, Netflix app (iOS, Android, Windows), Smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, major game consoles

What to watch: Netflix Originals including Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, and Sense8; Award-winning films like Inception, Jaws, The Godfather, and American Beauty

Fees:

  • 1 Screen (P370/month)
  • 2 Screens + HD (P460/month)
  • 4 Screens + Ultra HD (P550/month)
  • All plans offer unlimited TV shows and movies, on as many devices as you want

8. Sky On Demand

Sky On Demand is an exclusive video streaming service for SKY subscribers. It lets its users watch and enjoy local and cable movies and TV shows, as well as a livestream of what is currently airing on the channels that are available on SKY. Subscribers may also avail of the Pay-Per-View option that SKY has on a number of films that are online for a limited time only.

Where to watch: Online via http://www.skyondemand.com.ph/

What to watch: Local shows like Ang Probinsyano, Til I Met You, and Forevermore; Internation tv series like Big Bang Theory, Storage Wars, and The Amazing Race; Available on pay-per-view are Ang Babaeng Humayo and Honor Thy Father

Fees:

  • Free based on SKY subscription, with 60-day free trial

9. Tribe

Enjoy a wide variety of Asian content – from Korean dramas and films to e-sports competitions – with Tribe. Aside from binge-watching the series you’ve always wanted to see, this application also allows its users to livestream their favorite Korean shows as it airs. They may also create playlists of episodes they’ve already seen and share it for their friends to watch.

Where to watch: Tribe app (iOS, Android)

What to watch: Korean dramas like Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and My Secret Romance; Reality Shows like The Return of Superman

Fees:

  • P30 – 7 days
  • P69 – 30 days

10. Viu

It's everything Asian entertainment (with subtitles!) in one app -- and you can access all the content for free, or get more features by upgrading to a premium service (it's like Spotify, but for your movies and series). You can even download videos for offline viewing.

Where to watch: Online via www.viu.com, Viu app (Android and iOS)

What to watch: Korean and Japanese dramas, Korean variety shows, Korean entertainment digests and news

Fees:

  • No registration needed - access without an account, as you can stream the videos online and via app
  • Viu Free - allows you to download content to watch offline, bookmark programs and save the viewing progress

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