Two new reasons to be HOOQed!

Published July 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

HOOQ executives, along with Nadine Lustre, Dr. Margie Holmes, and Christian Bables, celebrate the launch of HOOQ FREE and HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival.
HOOQ executives, along with Nadine Lustre, Dr. Margie Holmes, and Christian Bables, celebrate the launch of HOOQ FREE and HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival.

Broadening its array of freemium offerings, HOOQ has recently announced the launch of HOOQ FREE. Apart from delivering the best in regional and Hollywood content, HOOQ FREE is also celebrating the essence of Filipino pride by enabling direct access to high-quality local content without having the need to register. 

“HOOQ is attuned to the evolving needs of the social, convenience-driven and digital-savvy Filipino,” said Sheila Paul, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager. “We understand local nuances and most importantly, we get our audience – so we’re introducing HOOQ FREE and the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival in response to their wants and needs as VOD consumers.”

HOOQ FREE is a major enhancement to the user-experience from HOOQ, providing Filipinos access to a wide array of popular on-demand local films, programs, live channels, and short-form content without the need to register. The revamped platform, which can be accessed via the web, mobile app, select TV models, and set-top boxes, has been designed to give viewers immediate access to some of the nation’s most popular films and series, so they can browse and access authentic, unique, and locally relevant stories that they want to watch. 

Aside from bringing exciting local stories at the forefront, HOOQ FREE also bolsters the HOOQ live TV experience, adding two new channels: CNN Philippines and PTV. With the addition of these new channels, HOOQ increases the total number of live and feature TV channels to 20. 

“We are giving Filipinos the freedom to view over 1,000 titles for free!” Jennifer Batty, HOOQ’s Chief Content Officer. There will be no sign-ups, no registration for a trial or paid subscription needed. Based on our data and insights, and our deep connection to the local audience, we know that video entertainment delight is all about instant enjoyment, consumption that’s mobile, and the power of bite-size and binge-worthy content with local relevance.”


As part of the HOOQ FREE launch, HOOQ has also introduced the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival, an innovative streaming festival that will bring a variety of local content from HOOQ’s vast library onto the freemium layer every quarter. 

For the first-ever festival, HOOQ will shift over 1,000 local titles from HOOQ VIP, HOOQ’s SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) layer onto HOOQ FREE for the duration of one month, from June 21 to July 20, 2019. 

At the launch of the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival, new originals like the recent smash-hit ULAN, co-produced with Viva Films, starring Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino, will be introduced onto HOOQ FREE. 


There will also be an all-new HOOQ Original titled, Sex Talks with Dr. Holmes. The 10-episode series is a helpline for those who have questions and concerns about sex and how it figures in their daily lives. There will be a dramatization of the letter senders’ situations but the approach is light with a bit of humor. 

For those who want complete access HOOQ’s vast catalogue of the hottest Hollywood and regional series and movies including Krypton, John Wick, La La Land, and Marvel’s The Avengers, as well as the latest HOOQ Originals, plus Korean dramas like Jewel in the Palace and Winter Sonata, they can sign up to a HOOQ VIP plan on 

HOOQ VIP Plans are available for as low as P59/week with multiple payment options via credit card, debit card, and telco partners such as Globe, Smart, and Sun. In addition, HOOQ can now be enjoyed on more devices like Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV, Apple TV, Globe Streamwatch powered by Roku, and the new Globe Streamwatch Xtreme Prepaid.