Online streaming services kicked off as a plus to DVD and direct download offerings with a drizzle of movies and TV shows. These online services were considered an option for programs telecasted on cable TV. However, cable TV cannot keep up with the internet when it comes to speedy connections and a variety of choices for viewers to pick. Hence, the number of viewers cutting the cables to stream movies and TV shows online is increasing.

According to the latest survey on Internet Users by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC), about 71% of Malaysian internet users are streaming videos and watching online TV as their preferred past-time activity. This rapid change to the media landscape is creating more opportunities for tech and entertainment companies. The difference results in a hike in the number of streaming sites in Malaysia.

Malaysians are now spoilt with various options and alternatives to choose and watch their favourite movies and shows. Besides, this quarantine phase has welcomed some streaming services to offer a free 30 days trial, including leading streaming services like Netflix and Youtube. Nevertheless, not all streaming channels are the same, which requires audiences to compare and choose the best offers according to their preferences.

We at Augustman have compiled some of the best streaming apps to guide you through while at home this movement control phase.

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Netflix

The leading streaming service in Malaysia produces movies and series of its production. Netflix also offers top Hollywood TV shows and movies. Besides that, this leading app also features Asian programs for viewers to watch. Users can watch their favourite movies and show anywhere as Netflix is compatible with most devices from Smart TV to smartphones. Enjoy a month of free service when you sign up as a fresh Netflix subscriber.

Price: (Premium @ RM 55, Standard @ RM42, Basic @ RM 33)

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Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video focuses on providing high-quality shows like Catastrophe, The Grand Tour, One Mississippi. This site also offers programs from HBO, CBS, and Cinemax. Amazon also includes popular movies with no extra cost. Streaming up to three titles is possible on this site but only on two devices at the same time.

Price: ( RM 27/Month )

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YouTube TV

Unlike others, Youtube allows viewers to stream live sports and channels along with other entertainment choices. The streaming service includes top networks ESPN, Fox, and CNN. Youtube TV is the first live TV service to be available online. Besides that, this streaming service allows viewers to save their favourite movies and shows with cloud DVR storage. One account of Youtube TV includes six accounts for subscribers to share with family and friends. This service is now also available on PlayStation 4.

Price: ( RM200/Month )

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Disney Plus

Disney is known as one of the tycoons of the broadcasting companies. This channel by the Disney provides contents from Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic. Viewers can also watch originals like The Mandalorian, Marvel’s Hero Project, and the upcoming production Loki. Viewers can also consume movies and series of 21st Century Fox with a Disney Plus subscriptions.

Price: ( RM 29/Month )

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IFlix

IFlix is a Malaysian grown streaming app that offers various shows from local to international. Viewers are showered with varieties of Malaysian movies and series that other sites do not offer. What’s better, Unifi and Streamyx users can enjoy a year of free streaming upon a new subscription. Netflix is compatible with all devices except for Apple TV and gaming consoles.

Price: ( Basic @ RM 10/Year, Premium @ RM 96/Year )

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Viu

As of December 2019, Viu is providing its active service to over 45 million subscribers. Think of Viu as an Asian version of Prime Video as it offers original content such as the iconic soap drama Jibril and the classic Kopitiam. Also, this service provides other Asian TV shows and movies. Viu is now offering 30 days free subscription for all viewers in Malaysia.

Price: ( Gold membership @ RM 10/Month )

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Tonton

Tonton is a homegrown streaming service owned by Media Prime Sdn. Bhd. Viewers can watch many different local TV series and movies in Malay and Chinese languages. Viewers have the option of watching live cable TV programs from channels like TV3, NTV7, and others. UMobile users can get a free service of this streaming channel.

Price: ( Basic @ RM 10/Year, Premium @ RM 96/Year )

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HBO Now

HBO Now packages an outstanding service for viewers all over the world, including original contents Chernobyl and Westworld. Additionally, HBO’s on-demand includes a wide range of genres including action, drama, comedy, and romance. HBO Now is available on all android devices, Apple TV, and gaming consoles. Watch the latest collection of movies and series on HBO Now.

Price: ( RM 199 for the first time installment, inclusive of a decoder and RM 99 for 24 months contract )

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