Best Netflix Alternatives in the Philippines
Netflix has become a household name in the Philippines. A lot of people just lounge on their couch, turn on their TVs and just binge watch their favorite show. Whether it be Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, or other popular series, there’s something to watch for everyone. However, not all shows are available in Netflix, and not everyone can pay the monthly subscription price. Which is why I’ll be talking about the Best Netflix Alternatives in the Philippines today. We’ll be looking at a couple of factors to say which are the “best”. I will be considering Price, Availability and Library to make this list. Starting with price, currently, the Standard Netflix subscription is available for 460 Php. In terms of availability, almost all Smart TVs that are coming out are Netflix enabled. Local ISPs also provide “TV Boxes” that has Netflix installed. Lastly, Netflix sports one of the largest international libraries of all streaming services. It does not have that many Filipino content, though.
If you’re a big fan of our local media giant ABS-CBN, you can sign up to their streaming service. iWantTV has all their current and previous titles, so if you’re looking for Probinsyano or Showtime reruns, this is the site for you. At a very low price of 99 Php per month, just 1/5th of the price of Netflix, you get a lot of content.
However, the catch here is that the content is only ABS-CBN, so if you’re looking for other local network shows, you’re not going to find it here. Another caveat that I had with iWantTV is that you can’t easily stream content to your TV because there is no native app for most Smart TVs. You can still watch on your smartphone or tablet, though and you can easily use Screen mirroring to show what you’re seeing on your smart device on the TV.
Anime Fans, rejoice! With the Philippines being one of the biggest consumers of anime and mange, it’s essential that I talk about Crunchyroll. With Crunchyroll, you get a wide selection of anime titles to watch. From the oldest ones to the ones just fresh from Japan, Crunchyroll will most likely have it in its library. The price is US$6.95 which is about 390 Php, which not a bad price. However, you only have anime and Japanese titles available, which might turn some people away.
In terms of availability, there are some smart TVs that support Crunchyroll, but the best way to watch it is through your tablet or phone. If you’re dying to catch up with Attack on Titan, and you’re a big anime fan then this is the best Netflix Alternative to use for you.
Most streaming services tout their international titles and focus on bringing an international library than a local one. HOOQ is the dark horse of the streaming industry in the Philippines and offers a lot of local content. In fact, I might not be wrong in saying that it has the largest collection of Filipino movies and series. It even caters to the Filipino culture of loving Korean Dramas, by providing titles that you can watch. At a price of 149 per month, it’s one of the best prices you can get and the most local content that you can get. You can also rent movies that just came out, which is a big plus for movie aficionados. By renting, you can have a title available to watch for a short time.
From my own testing, I found that most titles are available for rent at a price of 125 Php. It’s not that bad, considering that you don’t need to go to a movie house to watch a recent movie. The only caveat that I can think of is that HOOQ does not have any native apps on Smart TVs. You’ll have to go through the hassle of mirroring your screen to the TV if you don’t want to watch on a tiny screen. But other than that, it’s an awesome Netflix alternative.
4. HBO Go
HBO is also a household name in the Philippines. With a lot of cable providers throwing in HBO into their standard packages, most everyone that has had cable TV has heard of it. And if you’re a big fan of the content that HBO pushes out like Game of Thrones and Westworld, then you’re going to love HBO Go. As the name implies, it’s like you’re bringing HBO on the go, where you’ll be able to download and stream your favorite shows. It also sports a large content base for international titles and titles that are so good that they warrant a subscription.
The downside is quite daunting because you’ll need to have a cable connection with SkyCable and pay a monthly fee of 199 Php. If you’re subscribed to the SkyCable HBO Pak, you don’t need to pay the monthly fee anymore. If you’re already a SkyCable subscriber and you’re looking to bring HBO together with you wherever you go, then take the plunge and subscribe to HBO Go, which I would say is one of the best Netflix alternatives right now.
iFlix is like the middle ground as far as streaming goes. You get the best of both worlds: local titles and international titles at a good price. By paying 99 Php per month, you can start watching the most popular movies, and most popular series. Like the other streaming services, you also have exclusive content. Personally, I enjoy both local and international titles myself, which is why I subscribed to iFlix.
However, you don’t get that much variety. Based on my observations, for each category, there are about 20-30 titles to choose from, and for the picky watcher, you might run out of choices fast. But still, at the price point of this streaming service, it’s definitely one of the best Netflix alternatives. The iFlix app is also available to download and watch on TV Boxes that our local ISPs provide.
I just recently started using FOX+ and I’ve been enjoying every second of it. Streaming services have an on-demand model, so if you want to watch something, you can watch it now. That model is very much different from the Live TV model wherein the network decides for you what to watch, and is on a schedule. Both models have its up and downs, but FOX+ actually gives you the ability to experience both. You have both on-demand capabilities with a large collection of Series, Movies, and Documentaries; and you can also stream Live TV as if you’re on cable.
It’s awesome to have these two choices available, and at a reasonable price of 390 Php per month, it might be the one for you. In terms of exclusives, FOX Plus has The Walking Dead and Homeland on it, and those two series are piping hot right now and if you’re a big enough fan of either, you might want to subscribe to this awesome Netflix alternative.
7. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video opened its doors to international watchers way back in 2016, and it was honestly a great decision. The fact that Amazon Prime Video sports a rather large library of international titles and also has its own fair share of exclusive titles, is amazing to Filipino streamers. Titles like The Man in the High Castle (which is a brilliant series) and The Grand Tour really make a subscription to this Netflix alternative a big bang for your buck. The regular price of a subscription costs US$5.99 which is about 325 Php per month but you can get a discount for the first six months and pay for only US$2.99 (about 170 pesos).
But it’s not the international titles or the low price that sold me for this streaming service, it’s actually the Twitch.tv prime membership that comes free along with the Amazon Prime Video subscription. Watching people play video games might not be for everyone, but for those that enjoy it, know how essential a Prime subscription to Twitch is. If it fits you, Amazon Prime Video might be the best option for you.
And that sums up my list of the best Netflix alternatives in the Philippines right now. Each has its own pros and cons, and one streaming service might fit for one person but not for you. The best thing about the rise of these streaming services is that you get a lot of options and each service is desperately trying to one-up each other in terms of price and content. If you’re unsure as to which streaming service you should try, you can actually get a free trial for each of the options here on this list. Just try it and see for yourself how awesome it is to have the ability to watch anything on demand.
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