It’s a fact that most of us are reliant on our streaming sites to satisfy our entertainment choices, whether is it following up with the latest Korean drama, digging up old sitcom gems, or catching up with films directed by our favourite filmmakers.
Binge-watching is now a weekly activity for me, not just with Netflix -which is probably the most popular streaming site in Singapore right now- but also catching on K-dramas, Hollywood movies, American sitcoms and Hong Kong dramas from other sites.
Depending on which you fancy, here are some pretty awesome alternative video streaming service options to serve your couch potato fantasies.
What: Viu is kind of the Asian equivalent to Netflix, especially if we are talking Korean dramas. Lots of Korean dramas (with subtitles) featuring your favourite oppas and noonas. Some of the shows have episodes released weekly, just 8-12 hours after its release in Korea. Apart from K dramas, K-movies and K-variety shows, there are a couple of local, Asian and Thai shows to catch too.
Shows: Legend of the Blue Sea, A World of Married Couple, Running Man, Parasite, The Legend of Jinyan
Amazon Prime Video
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What: At a much lower price point compared to the other streaming sites, Amazon Prime Video seems like a really good deal. It’s great if you are looking at watching older American shows and sitcoms, as well as award-winning Amazon originals, but it does lack in the variety of options it has to offer compared to its rivals.
Shows: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Fleabag, Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Price: $2.99/month. 30 days free trial
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What: You can subscribe to HBO Go without any accounts linked to cable partners. Subscribing to HBO Go also means you’ll have access to stream any of HBO Asia’s slate of channels including HBO, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax and more. This means, apart from original titles like Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll also get to watch Hollywood blockbusters and Asian titles on the go!
Shows: Invisible Stories, Euphoria, Westworld, Big Little Lies, The LEGO Movie 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
What: Sure, Apple TV+ may now have an extensive library of shows to offer, it certainly holds up on its own with their own Apple Originals series that have been quite the talk of the town. Big Hollywood A-listers like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and Jason Mamoa have created original content with the platform, and we believe similar big-production shows will be launched in the near future.
Shows: The Morning Show, See, Oprah’s Book Club, Central Park
Price: $6.98/month. 7 days free trial
What: Previously known as Toggle, meWatch is the platform to catch up on the latest local dramas from Channel 8, Channel 5, Suria, Vasantham and the news. Apart from shows from the free-to-air channels, there are curated local content produced by MediaCorp, meWATCHas well as other local production companies featuring your favourite local celebrities and regional artists.
Shows: KIN, Code of Law, A Quest To Heal, Fresh Takes, Titoudao
Price: Free. meWATCH Prime $5.94/month
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What: Reality TV fans dishing for some gossip and tea on their favourite reality TV celebrities will be happy to know that HAYU is all about giving your the most updated episode, with most of the shows debuting on the same day as their US launch.
Shows: Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Dance Moms, Million Dollar Listing
Price: $4.99/month. 1-month free trial
What: CATCHPLAY may not have their own original slates of films or TV shows to boost its popularity, but it does have a solid slate of movies that have recently screened in cinemas. Even for non-subscribers, you may watch selected titles for free.
Shows: Dolittle, Cats, John Wick, Emma, Pop Aye, Rubbers
What: Mubi is dedicated to all the indie film buffs out there. Indie films, films screened at international film festivals and perhaps more arthouse films from all over the world are featured in this streaming site where a team of curators will handpick a film to be released each day. From classics to contemporary films, this is definitely one for the artsy lovers out there.
Shows: Short Term 12, OLLA, The Recorder Exam, Hiroshima Mon Amour
Price: $10.99/month. 7 days free trial
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What: Hong Kong TVB drama lovers will probably already know of the existence of this app. TVB Anywhere is TVB’s official streaming app, offering the latest release of TVB dramas that are currently showing in Hong Kong, as well as the archive of classic dramas to revisit anytime you want. Don’t worry if you can’t understand Cantonese, most of its shows come with English and Mandarin subtitles.
Shows: Death By Zero, Flying Tiger 2, White Big Duel
What: Head to GuideDoc to find all the acclaimed documentaries from around the world, as well as experimental classics of nonfiction cinema. Documentaries lets us in on a world or subject that we know little of, but leaving the theatre a little more inspired. From topics covering animals to people, civil rights to comics, there is bound to be one that you’ll be interested in.
Shows: Last Day Of Freedom, Lives In Transit, Hotel 22, Barbaric Genius
JustWatch is not a streaming site for your favourite movies or TV shows, but a search engine to search and sieve through the major streaming sites to give you the most updated information on where your show is streaming and if additional costs are needed. It’s a pretty good site to use for those who just can’t keep track of the shows you have lined up for yourself for the remaining half of the year!