With the rising popularity of the internet TV streaming services today it's hard to tell if which are worth it and has good amount of contents for what you are paying for. Just recently Netflix, an American multinational provider of on-demand internet streaming media and having 69.17 million subscribers around the world since 2015, has launched its streaming services globally.

Netflix vs iflix

Just months ago internet streaming TV services like iflix and HOOQ were ones of the first to make names here in the Philippines and would like to conquer the market but just a few days ago a new competitor has appeared. So now it's hard to choose on which service would we subscribe into, so here's a gathered information from the iflix content team as of January 11, 2015, through an independent, in-depth studies:

Netflix PH
Actual screenshot at the Netflix website

Currently, here are Netflix PH’s offerings and features:
  • Over 3,000 hours of content (as of Jan 11)
  • 201 TV shows (including 71 original titles and TV documentaries) 
  • 354 movies (including kids movies and feature documentaries) 
  • Few box sets (only ones of note were Weeds, That 70s Show, others like Heartland, Trailer Park Boys)
  • Various price points from P370 (Basic), P460 (Standard), to P550 (Premium) per month (higher prices offers HD & Ultra HD streaming and multiple devices option)
  • One Month Free Trial
  • Credit Card Required to register (VISA, MasterCard, American Express)

While Netflix may seem exciting and promising, but it's missing a lot of contents from the US service. According to finder.com, about 93% of titles available on Netflix in the US are still not yet available in the Philippines. Missing from their PH library are popular titles like House of Cards, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Once Upon a Time. 

Netflix requires internet speed to view the shows smoothly at SD quality: 3.0 Megabits per second, HD quality: 5.0 Megabits per second and Ultra HD quality: 25 Megabits per second.

If you want to know more about Netflix's list of movie content go here and if you want to see the list of TV shows, go here.

iflix PH
Actual screenshot on the iflix website

To share more about iflix’s offers and features: 
  • Over 30,000 hours of content
  • 500+ Hollywood movies and over 600 seasons of TV 
  • Local and regional Asian content (including independent films) 
  • Download & Watch Offline feature specifically accommodates users without a steady internet connection 24/7
  • SD and HD contents (Automatic streaming resolution)
  • Budget Friendly Pricing for (P129/month)
  • 30 days Free Trial
  • Credit Card or via Smart Promo (VISA, MasterCard)

While our local streaming service may lack direct show / series contents from the US, iflix has a couple of US shows and movies they also include local films and series. The Notable titles on iflix (which are not available on Netflix) include Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Vampire Diaries, Friends, The Flash, Lost, Scandal, Family Guy, Once Upon a Time, and award-winning exclusives like Mr. Robot and Fargo. iflix automatically adjusts the streaming video depending in the internet speed you have.

Final Thoughts
For prices comparison, iflix is the lowest in the subscriptions with only P129/month versus Netflix's lowest pricing at P370/month. While iflix leads the best option for now for pricing & content availability, we cannot say the overall winner yet as I think it will depend on the subscribers' budget and choice of content on the said services.

As for me, I personally prefer iflix for now, it offers most top series from the US like The Arrow, The Flash, Mr. Robot, Big Bang Theory and local films and series. The shows I'm expecting from Netflix from the US that should be available here are not to be found yet in their list. I have both subscriptions on both services and I like iflix's offering for the budget friendly pricing and available content. 

Netflix PH is pretty good if you like watching most of the US shows but lacks major titles like The Walking Dead, The Flash and some expected in the Netflix US contents which I think is not yet worth the pricing for now, although I'll give credit to some good shows like Daredevil & Jessica Jones and other exclusives they have. Also, I'd like to give a credit to Netflix for their offering of super HD videos but I don't think we can really much enjoy that since majority of Internet subscriptions here are not fast enough. Both services are fast & good enough to play movies and shows in a 3Mbps connection smoothly on an SD resolution and sometimes on HD on off-peak hours.

You can check out the complete details of each services on their respective websites: Netflix PH, iflix PH

Sources: Tech Crunch, Finder

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