For the record, I was one of the earliest person to surf the internet in Malaysia way back before the new millennium. Immediately after Jaring‘s dial-up internet were introduced, I signed up and started to hook to the internet until today. Surfing the internet back then is totally different from today. The annoying sound of the modem is still very much clear in my mind. On top of that, waiting for the page to upload is like waiting for my daughter to finish her make up when we go out, especially when there are plenty of images on the website.
Nowadays the speed of the internet is so much improved allowing us to stream movies and watch TV online. Certain internet plan would allow up to 20 – 30 devices to stream online without buffering at the same time. How things have changed.
Since I love watching movies and drama, I subscribe to several online streaming service providers. Well, there are free pirate sites and apps but I don’t wish to take the risk and expose my device to malwares etc. Furthermore, they can be slow and suddenly shut down. I also don’t like to commit to a long 12 – 24 months contract like Astro or Unifi TV since my mood can change time to time. I may want to watch MCU movies for 1 or two months straight but on the following month, I might want to do Games of Thrones marathon for example. Therefore, short subscriptions suit me better. Whenever I feel like a change, I just pause the subscription and use other apps for streaming.
Well, enough of the intro, let’s see what apps you can download and watch online in the comfort of your home.
Everyone should subscribe. The best out there, at least for me. Good selections of movies and drama. Apps interface is user friendly and loading is super fast compared to the others. If you read my articles of Top 10 Korean Drama list, you will find a lot from Netflix are listed. They also have their own movie and drama production which are quite good and exclusive only on Netflix.
Netflix is founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. As of September 2022, Netflix had 222 million subscribers worldwide, including 34.8 million in the Asia-Pacific region.
You can choose from 4 types of streaming plans based on your usage. Mobile plan is the cheapest with quite good video quality (480p) at RM17 per month. If you watch it on your TV, you may want to upgrade to standard or premium plan. For mobile and basic plan, you can only use 1 device at the same time. Standard plan which is at RM45, you can use up to 2 devices, whereas for premium you can use up to 4 devices at the same time.
HBO Go Asia
Since Games of Thrones (GOT) is only playing at HBO, then you have to subscribe to HBO to watch it. GOT prequel ‘House of the Dragon‘ has just finished its season 1 on HBO and now the fans are waiting for season 2. Additionally, there’s DC movies for DC fans, and HBO’s own production. Huge selection of good movie and nice user interface. The only set back is loading is a bit slow at the start. Or, perhaps I’m using a slow phone or TV Box 😀
Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium television network, which is the flagship property of namesake parent subsidiary Home Box Office, Inc., itself a unit owned by Warner Bros. Discovery. It is the oldest and longest continuously operating subscription television service in the United States. HBO pioneered modern pay television upon its launch on November 8, 1972.
HBO offers two subscription plans, i.e. 1-month subscription at RM34.90 or 3-months at RM69.90. HBO Go allows up to 5 registered devices, however, you can only stream your favourite shows from two different devices at the same time. Their 3 months subscription is definitely cheaper than Netflix.
Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia
If you a Marvel (MCU) fan, you will be tempted to go for Disney+ Hotstar. The world of MCU is in here plus, of course, so many Disney’s own productions. You can also watch Star Wars franchise and Pixar movies. Good selection of Korean movies and K-Drama, including one of my favourite ‘Snowdrop‘ featering the lovely Kim Jisoo of Blackpink. The interface is good & user friendly. Slower loading than Netflix but quicker than HBO.
Disney+ is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned and operated by the Media and Entertainment Distribution division of The Walt Disney Company. It was launched on November 12, 2019, in the United States before it expanded to the rest of the world. We got our Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia last year (2021).
There’s only one subscription plan available for Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia, i.e 3-months plan at RM54.90. You can have two devices streaming at the same time. So, it is cheaper than Netflix or HBO.
If members of your family is like mine (love watching K-Drama), then you might want to consider subscribing to Viu. There’s a huge collection of K-Drama and K-Movie here. Song Joong-ki‘s Reborn Rich is currently playing on Viu. Plus, many other Asian productions (Chinese, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia). Interface is quite ok and loading time is fast.
Viu is a Hong Kong-based over-the-top (OTT) video streaming provider from Viu International Ltd, a PCCW Group Company. It is now available in 16 markets across Asia, Africa and the Middle East including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. As of December 2021, Viu has over 58.6 million monthly active users.
Viu has two plans – Free and Premium. With a Premium plan you’ll get access to all Premium videos and features. You will enjoy ad-free viewing, unlimited downloads, full HD resolution, and priority / exclusive access to content. The subscription fee is for 3-months at RM29.90. The best part is that you can access your account up to 5 devices at the same time. One unique thing about Viu’s subscription plan is it allows you to watch all the drama series up to say 2 episodes. The third episode is normally under premium subscription. It’s like enticing you first before letting you decide whether to upgrade or not. Nice marketing strategy.
Amazon Prime Video
If you like American movies/drama, then Amazon Prime Video is for you. Top on the list here to subscribe Amazon Prime Video is to watch The Rings of Power, a prequel of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is an Amazon original production, therefore you won’t be able to stream it elsewhere. Amazingly, Amazon Prime has a lot of good quality movies that they produced themselves. You may be intrested to try out for a month as it has monthly subscription. On the flip side, loading is very slow. Slowest among all that I reviewed in this article.
Amazon Prime Video, also known simply as Prime Video, is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming and rental service of Amazon offered as a standalone service or as part of Amazon’s Prime subscription. It is available worldwide save for Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria. It has 200 million as of September 2022.
Amazon Prime Video offers a monthly subscription at RM25 per month. There’s only one type of account, and it can be used on three multiple devices simultaneously. A 7-day free trial is available too, but you’ll need to enter your credit or debit card details for this too.
I don’t watch anime much but whenever I find the time, I do enjoy them. There are many apps where you can watch anime. One of them is Cruchyroll. Since, I’m not an anime expert, perhaps there are others that are better. But to me this app will do although to be honest the selection is not a lot. Nice user interface and loading time is quite fast.
Crunchyroll is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned by Sony through a joint venture between Sony Pictures and Sony Music Entertainment Japan’s Aniplex. Crunchyroll offers over 1,000 anime shows, more than 200 East Asian dramas to users, and around 80 manga titles as Crunchyroll Manga, although not all programming is available worldwide due to licensing restrictions. It has 120 million user, although only 10 million is paid subscriber.
Crunchyroll has one type of subscription, i.e Free or Premium. Free account of course has limited access to their library, got ads and no access to digital manga. Premium can be divided into three types – Fan, Mega Fan and Annual Mega Fan. The bigger fan you are, the more access you will get. I only try Fan account so far. The fee is RM9 per month. Can cancel anytime.
Vidio is actually exclusive for Indonesian users. But you can still access their contents using VPN (If you have one. Make sure it has Indonesian server/IP and connect to that server). You can watch many Indonesian productions here – Sinetron, Indonesian movies, musical shows etc. Of course, they have international movies too. Plus, you can watch Premier League and other international sports live from this apps. Loading not fast but not too slow either.
Vidio is an Indonesia-based over-the-top video streaming service established on 15 October 2014. Originally owned by Kreatif Media Karya, it is now owned by Surya Citra Media, both of which is a subsidiary of Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek).Popularity is growing and now have millions of users.
They have several plans to suit your needs. Since I use Vidio normally to watch Premier League, let’s just look into two popular plans, i.e Platinum and Diamond plan. Platinum is cheaper but no access to Premier League football. Diamond can be purchased at RM24 per month and can be paused at any time. Like during World Cup 2022.
Depending on your requirements, there are many great apps for streaming online. If you have VPN, you can consider trying out Hulu, HBOMax, etc., and watch contents not available in this country. But then again, even with Netflix, you might find it too much and no time to watch it all. Nonetheless, this article is for those who love movie and dramas and pefer to spend their free time at home rather than doing outings. As I mentioned, I recommend those apps mainly because of their short subscription packages. Subscribe, watch it and cancel when you are done.
ISMAIL N is the Chief Blogger/Blog Owner. An HR practitioner in his normal daily life & a casual blogger in his free time. Addicted to coffee, Man Utd, K-Drama/K-Pop. Semi-retired Pokemon Go trainer (TL50). Most easily accessed via his Twitter account.