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10 Streaming Services Currently Available In The Philippines

Which ones are you subscribed to?
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Streaming services have changed the way we consume video, and with the numerous options available, choosing the right combination can mean hours of bonding with your fam, and an added way to learn about other cultures. Ram-don, anyone?

Netflix

If you're going for volume and range, and the chance to participate in trending Twitter topics on BarchieBughead or Choni, Netflix is a good staple to have in your household. Bonus points if you have siblings who love K-drama and parents who used to line up for Hollywood blockbusters or family movie tearjerkers. 

Price/s: P149/month for Mobile, P369 for one screen, P459 Standard HD for two screens, P549, their Premium Ultra HD Plan for four screens

Viu

K-drama fans, this is where it's at. While some shows can be viewed with a free account, premium members can download unlimited videos to their device with their unlimited access, which wiill then be stored for seven days from the day of download.

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This is also perfect for K-drama fans who want to explore what other countries like Japan and Hong Kong have to offer.

Price/s: 129/month, 7 days free

Mubi

Aside from being a streaming service, Mubi is also a movie database for over 150,000 films. A free membership might interest film buffs or those who aspire to have a career in the industry by engaging with the community, but a premium account will let you access their curation of movies. They also have a different approach to streaming: instead of an overwhelming library, they carry 30 titles at a time, and replace one movie with a new feature each day.

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Price/s: A memebership costs $10.99 per month, but if you opt for a one-time annual fee of $95.88, it comes out to only $7.99 each month.

HBO Go

If you love HBO Originals like Game of Thrones or Westworld, you can definitely maximize their P149 subscription fee. They also have a pretty extensive list of classic and feel-good films.

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Price/s: A monthly subscription costs P149 (with seven free days). This also grants you 20 downloads per month. You may access your account on two devices simultaneously, and you can avail of the app's features on a maximum of five devices.

Crunchyroll

Perfect for: Fans of anime and manga who don't like to wait--they have a simulcast and simulpub feature for premium members.

Price/s: Unlimited ad-free astreaming and members-only Crunchyroll Store discounts await subscribers. It starts at $7.99/month but if you sign up for a longer subscription, you get a bigger discount ($22.99 for three months, $79.99 for one year). You can also avail of the Premium+ membership at $11.95/month, which expands to even more exclusive VIP perks and early access to new features.

Iwant

If you want to learn more about the history of Philippine cinema, or you just want to catch the latest Kathryn Bernardo blockbuster or teleserye, then an Iwant membership is the right choice for you.

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Price/s: iWant Premium subscribers can stream both free and Premium titles without ads for P15 per day, P60 for 7 days, and P120 for 30 days.

There's also a Pay-Per-View option so users can watch titles for P30 each, unlimited for 7 days.

Hayu

Hayu is THE online resource for reality shows, so if you like docus but are looking for something lighter to watch on the reg, give these a try. They also have locally-shot shows like It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez and It Girls Besties.

Price/s: With a month-long, P149 membership (and one month free trial), you may register up to five devices on one account, but streaming will be limited to only one device at a time.

Iflix 

A free account grants you access to a lot of free movies, but if you love local and Asian shows, you might want to consider upgrading to be able to access all the titles in their library.

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Price/s: Typically costs P129/month, but can be purchased for P99 by Smart subscribers

Amazon Prime

If you're interested in Amazon Originals like The Good Fight and Little Fires Everywhere, drama and period pieces, and some old-school comedies, a Prime membership might be beneficial not just for you, but your entire household.

Price/s: Prime video is available at $5.99, which is roughly P320 monthly. Globe subsrcibers get a discounted rate of P150 for the first six months.

YouTube Premium

Yes, you can get an ad-free YouTube experience and you also gain access to YouTube Music Premium.

Price/s: Students can get a membership for P95 per month, while the standard is P159 per month. There's also a sulit family plan at P239 per month. Free trial up to one month.

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