Real-time is the name of the game these days as internet users consume data on the road with their mobile devices. Instant messaging apps, news apps, social media accounts make NOW the standard against which a service will be benchmarked.
Now, even movies can be viewed on demand from mobile devices with the coming of iflix to the Philippines.
As Southeast Asia’s leading internet TV service, iflix offers subscribers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment. As of this writing, people can subscribe to a 14-day free trial that grants FULL access to iflix’s features without having to submit any credit card or payment details.
* Unlimited access to iflix’s library of over 10,000 hours of Western, Asian and local content;
* Access to iflix on up to 5 devices (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, connected TV or other connected device);
* Share an iflix subscription and simultaneously watch up to 2 different movie streams on different devices.
I’ve actually been testing iflix for some time already at home. So far, it has been smooth (of course, I only watch when not too many people are on our wifi, otherwise it could be choppy). Kung Fu Panda, for example, was quite a joy to watch because the colors were vibrant.
I’ve used our wifi at home as well as a data plan on the road and wifi networks wherever I could. I would strongly suggest that you use wifi networks as much as possible as a movie may use up your data plan sooner than you’d like it to. A feature I like is their Resume feature. iflix remembers where you left off so you need not finish an entire movie in one go.
|Start from where you left off or restart the movie|
Here are a few things one needs to know before diving in to subscribe:
1. What are the tech requirements to be able to use iflix?
iflix works on iOS and Android devices (laptops, tablets, mobile phones, smart TVs). However, for Android, support is currently limited to the high-end devices. iflix said they are slowly working on support for other Android devices so I hope that issue is resolved soon.
2. How much is an iflix subscription?
Pricing is surprisingly quite affordable. Monthly subscriptions go for PhP 129/month (that is the price of a premium account on Spotify!) while annual subscriptions go at a discount of 15% on the monthly rate or an annual price of PhP 1,300. iflix says there are no hidden catches, hidden contracts on all subscriptions.
3. What kind of movies can I find on iflix?
iflix Country Manager, Sherwin dela Cruz, told us that they will keep on adding new movies and TV shows but for now, I already see some good titles in there across different genres. At the moment, here are the categories for both movies and TV.
iflix recently announced content deals with Hollywood and international studios, including Warner Bros, BBC Worldwide, and Twentieth Century Fox. Check out these titles: The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Sherlock, Arrow, American Horror Story, Adventure Time, Transformers, Lord of the Rings, Batman Begins, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. Emmy-nominated US TV series, Black Sails, a pirate adventure, can also be found exclusively on iflix.
(Update, June 23, 2015: iflix just announced entering into a landmark content distribution agreement with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. The deal covers The Walt Disney Company’s raft of content across the Marvel Studios, ABC Studios, Buena Vista International and Touchstone Pictures, brands, including blockbuster hits Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man II, Real Steel and The Help along with classics like The Sixth Sense, Armageddon and Pretty Woman. The addition of ABC On Demand will give unlimited access to full-season box sets of hit dramas like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Revenge, Devious Maids, Once Upon A Time and Scandal. It also includes Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Cougar Town, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds and every episode of Lost).
I’ve been watching iflix movies during my unwinding time. At the moment, iflix is installed on my tablet and mobile phone. I’ve seen Kung Fu Panda and the Legally Blonde series. My girl has been watching all The Big Bang Theory episodes. Next on my list – Star Trek!
Get iflix from the Apple Store or Google Play. Take advantage of the 14-day FREE trial to find out what watching movies on the go is like.
iflix is a partnership between highly successful, disruptive local entrepreneurs and Hollywood heavyweights. The Company recently announced the successful completion of a $30 million round of funding led by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, the largest integrated telecommunications company in the Philippines and leading international investment firm, Catcha Group. Catcha Group and Evolution Media Capital have joined together to create an Internet TV service for Southeast Asia that provides access to thousands of hours of top TV shows and movies from all over the world.