Everyone's glued to their screens. Aside from social media and games, video on demand is one of the top reasons why. Sure, we can watch anything from The Mandalorian to Game of Thrones with just a tap of a finger but what about for those times that we need something more familiar, more local? We're talking about Tagalog movies and TV shows, of course.
It used to be that you needed to scour the web for illegal links to watch classic Filipino movies and just-released local TV episodes. Now, a bunch of streaming services have sprouted to fill that gap. Even international streaming companies have gotten in on the action. Here, we've listed down the best streaming services for Filipino movies and TV shows online.
1. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon used to just be where you bought items you couldn't find in the Philippines. It has everything you could possibly think of, and now that's rings truer as it has entered the video streaming service industry with Amazon Prime Video. You'll be surprised to know that Prime Video has pretty much almost every movie out there.
Offers: Prime Video has Tagalog movies from 1960 up to now. Stream Dolphy's best works or new releases such as First Love, Elise, and more.
Best For: Hard-to-find Filipino classics, as well as the latest releases.
Price: $5.99 (or approximately P300.00) a month.
HOOQ allows you to stream, download, and enjoy movies and TV shows from their extensive selection.ÂThe Singapore-based service has everything from Bollywood blockbusters, Hollywood movies, and, of course, Asian films.
Offers: You'll find an amazing variety of movies and TV shows at HOOQ. Under the Filipino category, however, it's evident that the selection is geared toward a younger audience with movies like She's Dating the Gangster, Para Sa Broken Hearted, and Crazy Beautiful You. Don't fret, the service has a number of '80s classics, too.
Best For: Fans of youth-oriented Filipino movies and TV shows.
Price: Starts at P149 a month.
With iFlix, you can watch and download movies and TV shows to your heart's delight. There's no shortage of Filipino movies and teleseryes here. Plus, as a treat, some of the content is free.
Offers: If you want your favorite stars on demand, then iFlix should be an option. It's all about the mainstream here, from local blockbusters and teleseryes.
Best For: Penny pinchers who are fed up with cable bills.
Price: P129 a month.
Founded by ABS-CBN, iWant is a video on demand service and production company. With it, you can watch anytime anywhere from your phone, laptop, or TV. As a production company, the platform has released Spirits: Reawaken, Quezon's Game, and Alamat ng Ano.
Offers: ABS-CBN is one of the biggest networks in the country, so iWant has almost everything that the broadcast TV giant has released. No, really. You can watch Filipino movies, TV shows, original series, live sports, concerts, and even news.
Best For: ABS-CBN loyalists who can't get enough.
Price: Free; P120 for a premium subscription.
Netflix needs no introduction. It's currently one of the leading streaming services in the world. But, did you know that it has an impressive mix of Filipino movies? Not just new releases, but also old movies and TV shows.
Offers: Aside from classic and new Filipino movies and TV shows, Netflix has just started dabbling in Filipino-made original series and movies. So, there's a lot you can expect in the future.
Best For: Viewers that equally love international titles as well as local ones.
Price: Starts at P370 a month.
* This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.