TV Streaming Services In Singapore
The content streaming movement has taken off globally. Most people want to watch content on their terms, and nothing suits this approach better than content streaming. This is why there are currently so many TV streaming services in Singapore, but we will have a look so that you get a good idea of which one to choose.
Internet costs have reduced to affordable levels and also improved to levels that can facilitate comfortable streaming. This has encouraged many people to shift to content streaming, thus making cable services less appealing. It has also seen the rise of many TV streaming services in Singapore and other countries.
Netflix is currently the most popular streaming service across the globe, and it is available in Singapore. However, many other TV streaming services in Singapore are available at different price points. Some of the other popular and reliable streaming services that are available in the country include Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Viu, HBO GO, and HOOQ. There are many more streaming services, each with their unique perspective. But how does one select the ideal one for them? Below is a chart that might help based on pricing and content.
Pricing is quite important when it comes to selecting the streaming service that is best suited for you. However, content is king when it comes to entertainment, and so it is important to consider the right balance between the two.
- Netflix– It currently tops the list as the most popular streaming service in Singapore and the rest of the world. It popularized the content on-demand streaming approach. Although this American-based streaming service is popular for a large and diverse content catalog of movies, TV shows and documentaries, the icing on the cake is the variety of original content. Some of its popular original TV shows include Money Heist, Black Mirror and Stranger Things. Below is the pricing structure for Netflix in Singapore.
Note that Netflix does not have a free version, but it does have a free 30-day trial for first-time subscribers. Some streaming services offer free streaming but with ads. They then charge a small monthly fee for the ad-free versions of the app, as well as other additional features.
- HOOQ– This is another streaming platform that is currently gaining traction in Singapore. It works just like Netflix, but it is not as popular. It also has a decent content catalog. However, pricing is where it gets interesting. Subscribers get a one-month free trial, and the base monthly subscription fee is significantly lower at $7.98. However, customers that pay a one-time annual fee get to enjoy a significant discount, and their annual bill add up to $34.98. One can also get the subscription with a data plan for a bundle that costs between $10 and $25.
- Viu– This streaming service makes things interesting by offering a free version of its service. It is ideal especially for anyone that likes Korean content, especially Korean drama. It also has a premium version for which the monthly subscription fee is $6.90. However, it also offers a 7-day free trial, after which customers are required to pay to continue accessing the premium version. The latter also offers a discount in which the first three months are free for customers that opt for the annual subscription.
The free version and the premium version are different in that the latter has content updated faster, usually within 24 hours after the content has aired on TV. It takes longer for content to be updated on the free version, usually 72 hours or more. Note that both versions have ads, but the premium version limits the number of ads.
The premium version offers content in HD while content on the free version is available in 480p.
- Amazon Prime Video– This streaming service was the e-commerce giant’s attempt at competing with Netflix. It has a decent selection of TV shows and movies, but it is nothing to write home about. It makes more sense for those that may also be interested in the Amazon Prime subscription for online shopping.
It has also adopted the idea of original content with interesting offerings such as The Grand Tour, Men In The High Castle, and Good Omens, among others. It has also been working on improving its offering to compete more effectively with rivals in the streaming space, although the movies section is still lacking. As far as pricing is concerned, the Amazon Prime Video streaming service is the cheapest at $2.99. This is, of course, aided by the fact that the streaming service is just a small part of the Amazon Prime umbrella.
- HBO Go– This streaming service is usually offered as an on-the-go service, and that is why it is often tied to service providers in the TV space. In Singapore, HBO Go is available with Toggle, StarHub and Singtel. Its monthly subscription fee is about $13.98, but customers can reduce that by opting in to pay for an entire year’s subscription, which reduces the price to $119.98 annually or about $10 per month. However, the payment has to be made upfront.
- Toggle & Toggle Prime– This is not only a streaming platform but also a platform where consumers can subscribe to other services such as HBO Go. Toggle Prime mainly focuses on Korean dramas, and its main target is the older generation.
Toggle charges a $9.90 monthly subscription, but like many other streaming platforms, it allows users to benefit from discounts when they pay an amount that covers a collective number of months. In this case, users who pay for a six-month subscription pay a discounted price of $5.94. Its annual HBO subscription fee is $10, which is a significant discount from the $13.98 monthly subscription fee.
- Singtel TV Go-This streaming service is best suited to those that are interested in a traditional content mix. It contains sports, drama, news, and entertainment channels. It also offers competitive pricing from as little as $6.90 monthly, and one has access to more than 160 channels. It even contains popular channels such as FOX and HBO, among others.