Considering getting a new plan to watch your favourite TV shows? With so many subscription options available online these days, it might be frustrating to try and pick one. So let us save you some time and compare the most popular services being used in Singapore, including what they might offer and the best way to stretch your dollar on each subscription.

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4 Popular Streaming Services – Netflix vs Viki vs HBO Go vs Amazon Prime

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Here is a comparison based on their price, content and ads to give you an overlook of the basics for these services. Most of these companies also offer a 30-day free trial run to see if it suits your viewing preferences.

Streaming ServicePriceNo of ScreensType of Shows OfferedAds
Amazon Prime$8.99/month 2Mostly western showsYes
HBO GoStarhub - HBO Pack $13.98/month Supreme Box Office Pack $25/month Singtel - $13.98/month(without contract) $12.90/month(12 month contract) Toggle - $13.98/month(without contract) $9.95/month(12 month contract) 2Western Dramas(like Game of Thrones), Award winning Warner Bro's moviesYes
VikiFree ($9.99 for Viki Pass)Currently no limitChinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese shows and moviesYes without Viki Pass
NetflixBasic - $10.98/month Standard - $13.98/month Premium - $16.98/monthBasic - 1 Standard - 2 Premium - 4All genres(various Western & Asian), Netflix original movies & seriesNo

 

Netflix

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Chances are, you have probably heard about Netflix before even if you aren’t familiar with it, due to its immense popularity. As of April 2019, Netflix had over 148 million paid subscriptions worldwide, with over 14,835 movies and TV series being offered. Although the content is limited in Singapore, there is still more than enough content to browse through and entertain you. They have an expansive selection of all genres of international and original films and TV shows, Anime and documentaries, which is updated every month.

Here are some of their popular shows:

Popular Shows
  • Stranger Things
  • House of Cards
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Black Mirror
  • Rick and Morty
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Bojack Horseman
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • The Good Place

 

If you want to save some money subscribing to Netflix, we recommend subscribing to a premium account and split the bill with 4 people. Also, don’t forget to use the one-month free trial beforehand to see if it’s for you.


 

Viki

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Viki is a video streaming website which started in California but mostly developed itself in Singapore from 2008 until now. Currently, it has grown to have offices all across Asia. You can also stream videos as well through their mobile app. The best part is that it is currently free so there is no loss in trying it out as long as you don’t mind sitting through a few advertisements. If you enjoy Viki and want an ad-free experience, you only have to pay $9.99 a month. They mostly offer Asian shows, such as Korean and Japanese dramas.

Here are some of their popular shows:

Popular Shows
  • Drama World
  • Playful Kiss
  • Healer
  • Boys Over Flowers
  • Oh My Venus
  • My Love From The Star
  • Master's Sun
  • City Hunter
  • It's Okay That's Love
  • Coffee Prince

HBO Go

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HBO has been around for a long time as a TV network and now they have come up with. HBO Go lets subscribers stream videos on demand of current and past series, films, specials, and sporting events. You can stream them through the HBO website, mobile app, video game consoles, and digital media players. Since HBO has rights to Warner Bro’s films, they have plenty of Oscar-nominated films.

Here are some of their popular shows:

Popular Shows
  • The Wire
  • The Sopranos
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Larry Sanders Shows
  • The Leftovers
  • Six Feet Under
  • Veep
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Big Little Lies
  • The Pope

Amazon Prime Video

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Prime Video comes as part of Amazon Prime Now’s subscription service. Apart from having other Prime benefits like express shipping for products on Amazon, you get to stream some Amazon-only films and TV shows.

Despite Amazon Prime offering multiple services, they still have an impressive library of older classics, original content and some other popular shows which are available on a few platforms.

Here are some of their popular shows:

Popular Shows
  • The Grand Tour
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The Romanoffs
  • The Tick
  • Goliath
  • Patriot
  • Sneaky Pete
  • Bosch
  • Lore

Other Upcoming Subscription Services

DC Universe

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Warner Bros. just recently released a video-on-demand subscription service called DC Universe. The subscription service offers original DC shows which include favourites like Young Justice, Titans and Doom Patrol.

The service also includes an extensive catalogue of comic books including the first ever issues of Batman and Superman!

Currently, DC Universe is only available to viewers in the US but hopefully, we can expect it to expand into Asia.

Disney Plus

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Disney has been making huge strides in the movie industry with Marvel and newly acquired 20th Century Fox. It intends to take on video subscription services like Amazon and Netflix with Disney Plus, its own version of video streaming.

Disney Plus has not been released yet but there have been announcements on the type of shows it will deliver which include a few Marvel titles. Disney also recently acquired Hulu, another US only video-on-demand service which shows it isn’t playing around. You can expect it to launch in November 2019.


We hope this has helped you reach an informed decision. Enjoy binging shows on the weekend!

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