Stream for Free: 10 Streaming Services for Those Who Love to Binge-Watch

Because streaming doesn't have to be expensive.

ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) With today’s inflation rate, nobody can blame us for getting excited over free stuff. After all, when you have to pay P10 for your jeepney rides and spend double than what you used to pay on groceries, you start thinking of ways to save every centavo of your paycheck. Still, we all need avenues to de-stress, right?

If you love binge-watching after an exhausting week or listening to your favorite music when you’re stuck in EDSA’s ever-present heavy traffic, then these free streaming services might have something in store for you and your tight budget.

Netflix

In case you haven’t already availed Netflix's 30-day free trial, now's the time to do it. With over 130 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, Netflix has everything from old and new TV series to full-length documentaries and feature films. The 30-day free trial gives you access to the entire Netflix catalog. You can connect up to four screens and watch your favorite shows on ultra HD.

Take note, however, that Netflix will ask you for your preferred payment option when you sign up. Don’t run off! Three days before your trial ends, Netflix will notify you, so you can go ahead and cancel when you want to.

iflix

iflix initially launched in the Philippines in May 2015 and in August 2018, they introduced iflix FREE. Gain unlimited free access to a selection of Pinoy shows, as well as a couple of short-episode series from local content creators under iflix Snacks. You might even be lucky enough to catch one of your favorite films with its Movie of the Day. It changes every day, so be sure to check it daily.

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Spotify

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Those who never subscribed to its premium service probably have a love-hate relationship with Spotify and the fact that songs were played on shuffle. Back then, you’d always have to think whether this song you kinda-hate-but-can-tolerate is worth using one of your prized skips for. With the new Spotify Free on mobile, you can listen to your favorite tracks from curated playlists that match your musical taste. Every day, Spotify delivers 15 on-demand playlists based on what you love—and hate—to listen to. You can skip as many songs as you like and choose whichever song to listen to from these playlists. Plus, you can stream for less data with the app’s new data saver mode.

Hooq

This video-on-demand service offers a 30-day free trial, giving you access to over 10,000 movies and TV series. From timeless classics and the latest Hollywood blockbusters to our favorite sitcoms and even anime, Hooq has something for everyone. You’ll be asked for your payment details, but you won’t be charged until the trial is over. In case you’re paranoid about it, though, don’t worry! You can still enjoy a seven-day trial without giving away any of your credit card details.

Disneylife

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There's no such thing as getting too old for Disney. Whenever you want to re-watch old sitcoms like Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana or catch the latest, full-length Disney original feature, just head on over to Disneylife and watch to your heart’s content. While not exactly free for everyone, Disneylife does offer a six-month free subscription exclusively for existing postpaid Globe users.

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Viu

For K-Drama lovers out there, Viu is one of the legitimate sites where you can stream your favorite shows. With a catalog that includes not only Korean dramas but also other Asian dramas, variety programs, and anime, Viu can be your go-to site for when you want to watch your favorite oppa and senpai. Viu has a paid premium service available, but if you don’t mind watching in SD (480p), all you have to do is register to access everything on Viu for free.

iWant

Most of the time, we never really catch our favorite local shows as they air on the TV. With iWant, you can watch nearly all the content produced and aired by ABS-CBN for free. iWant will officially relaunch on October 2018 and they're planning to add more original content, similar to other streaming sites. You probably know this better as iWant TV, which has been around since 2010. 

FOX+ 

While its library is not as extensive as other streaming sites, FOX+ undeniably has a lot of must-watch content. You can get a 30-day free trial that gives you access to everything on the site, from movies and TV series to sports and documentaries. In case you didn’t know, subscribers of the Globe at Home Plans can enjoy a six-month free subscription to FOX+.

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Apple Music

With over 50 million songs in their catalog, Apple Music lets you listen to all your favorite artists, ad-free! Apple Music offers a three-month free trial that allows you access to its library and all its features. Create playlists, download your favorite tracks, and discover new music based on your preferences.

By the way, Apple Music is available on Android, too! Just log in with your Apple ID and you’re all set to take your music everywhere.

Tribe

Another way for you to (legally) watch your favorite Asian dramas is by signing up for Tribe’s 30-day free trial. Tribe allows you to watch shows both live and on-demand. Access HD streaming in up to two devices and enjoy your favorites from channels like K+, tvN, and KBS World. Take note: Tribe isn’t available on desktop, but it’s perfect for when you want to watch on mobile, tablet, and TV via Chromecast.

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