Netflix and other video streaming services available in Asia
Not long after Netflix launched its service in more than 130 countries globally, Indonesia’s largest telecom, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., has blocked the service.
The Indonesian telecom claims that Netflix does not have a permit to operate in the country and the content may be too violent or adult to meet the country's censorship standards.
Not only Indonesia, other countries like China, North Korea and Syria has also banned Netflix.
While it is quite surprising that Malaysia which has one of the world's strictest forms of media censorship, has allowed the service to be launched in the country, we think that it is only a matter of time before Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) decides to take action against Netflix.
So until they do, let’s take a look at these other alternative streaming services which are also available in Asia.
Dubbed as the Southeast Asian version of Netflix, iflix was founded by Patrick Grove, CEO of Malaysia-based Catcha Group and Evolution Media Capital (EMC). Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the service is also available in the Philippines and Thailand, with plans to expand into other Southeast Asian markets like Vietnam and Indonesia, Tech in Asia reports. According to Media Business Asia, iflix has exclusive rights to global breakout hit shows like “Mr. Robot”, “Fargo”, “Aquarius”, “Muppets” and more.
A joint venture between Warner, Sony and Singtel group, HOOQ has over 10,000 international, regional and local movies and television series. The service is available in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Philippines. However, despite having Singapore’s leading telco Singtel as one of the partners, the service is not available in Singapore – as of yet. But it is expected to launch in the country soon.
Owned by Malaysia-based Media Prima Berhad, TonTon is an internet television which is only available in Malaysia. The service has access to local TV and radio channels owned by Media Prima like TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9, Fly FM, Hot FM and One FM, as well as additional channels such as Gua TV, Tonton Korean, Tonton Filipino, Tonton Bollywood, Bananana and more! In total, TonTon has 22 channels.
4. Astro on the Go
Also a Malaysian streaming service, Astro on the Go lets viewers watch all the channels and contents on Astro, which is a Malaysian direct broadcast satellite (DBS) Pay TV service – via the streaming service. The features available include Live TV Channels, Live Sporting and Entertainment News, TV Shows and also Movies from Astro. Although it is catered mainly for Malaysians, the service is now available in Australia, UK and Singapore too.
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