Smackdown: iflix vs. HOOQ vs. HBO Go

Which streaming site deserves a binge-watch?

( There was a time when a TV set was necessary in every household. These days, all you need is a decent Internet connection, and a computer...or maybe even your phone. Our country's questionable Internet speed aside, streaming sites are perfect for days when you just want to stay in and binge-watch a new TV show. We give you a quick lowdown on the streaming sites available.


Also read: Smackdown: Apple Music vs. Spotify




TV and movie library: iflix has over 10,000 hours of unlimited streaming at your fingertips. They have an extensive library of movies and complete seasons of TV shows, from blockbuster hits to compelling, award-winning drama series. Their selection also includes local and Asian content. 

Is it free? First-time subscribers get a free trial for 30 days, which gives them access to all of iflix's content.

Shell out... Sign up with your credit card and pay P129/month. Your free trial doesn't automatically require you to pay a monthly fee. Instead, your account will remain inactive until you're ready to sign up for a paid subscription. It's also available for PLDT Home and Smart subscribers for P99/month.


Streaming quality: Sadly, they don't offer HD streaming...yet.

App availability: The iflix app is available on iOS, Android, and web browser. You can connect up to five devices and stream up to two at the same time.

Special features: iflix offers a Catch-Up TV option, which lets users watch new episodes of GMA shows seven days after initial airing. You can't watch offline just yet, but you can create a customized "playlist" of TV shows or movies to watch later while you're perusing their catalog. 



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TV and movie library: Over 30,000 hours of international blockbusters, timeless classics, and your favorite TV shows. HOOQ also offers local TV and movies for your enjoyment. 

Is it free? Yes, for 30 days, which gives users access to their entire catalog.

Shell out... P149/month via credit card. Globe subscribers can also sign up for Plan 149 (30 days), Plan 299 (30 days with 1 GB), and Plan 499 (30 days with 2 GB).


Streaming quality: HOOQ offers low-quality and 720p streaming.

App availability: The HOOQ app is available on iOS, Android, desktop, and web browser. You can register a total of five devices, and stream up to two at the same time.

Special features: HOOQ allows users to download up to five videos across all your registered devices for offline viewing, and is only available through the app. Most of their videos also have a subtitle feature.





TV and movie library: It's not as extensive as its predecessors, as the app only covers original HBO and Cinemax content. That doesn't mean you shouldn't discount it, though! HBO Go gives you uncut access to complete seasons of your favorite HBO shows and miniseries, whether it's Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, or The Sopranos.

Is it free? If you haven't subscribed yet, HBO Go only lets you watch selected behind-the-scenes content of a few TV shows, including Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Veep.


Shell out... P199/month for SKY Cable subscribers with the basic HBO channel. HBO Go is free for subscribers of HBO PAK, or select SKY Cable plans.

Streaming quality: They don't offer HD streaming yet, but the image and quality is still clear and crisp on any device.

App availability: HBO Go is available on iOS and Android. You can register a total of three devices, and stream up to two at the same time.

Special features: It's not just TV or movies! They also offer comedy specials, sports, documentaries, and exclusive behind-the-scenes extras. The app lets you create a customized "Watchlist" so you can catch up at your convenience. Unlike HOOQ and iflix, which mostly don't offer TV shows immediately after U.S. airing, HBO Go has a Series Pass feature, which will automatically send new episodes of your favorite shows to your Watchlist within 12 hours of U.S. airing.



WINNER: If you're in it simply for the price and content selection, iflix is the way to go. Its massive (and still growing) library includes hit shows you won't find anywhere else, like Mr. Robot, The Muppets, Fargo, and more. On a more technical aspect, HOOQ is the clear winner with HD streaming and an offline feature that will probably have, hooked.


Also read: Smackdown: Apple Music vs. Spotify

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