Southeast Asia’s leading video-on-demand service has announced new partnerships and content in a regional event held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The new content will be seamlessly integrated into HOOQ’s existing library.
HOOQ will start offering content that’s more geared toward Asians to cater to its subscribers’ changing needs.
Jennifer Batty, HOOQ chief content officer, said, “These are very exciting times for our viewers. HOOQ will offer never-before-seen stories of what makes Asia tick and will give a glimpse of the pulse of the people who live here.”
A supporter of Filipino Creativity
HOOQ subscribers in the Philippines can look forward to more exciting things. In the last six months, HOOQ Philippines has launched four HOOQ Originals, starting with the smash-hit movie ULAN, a co-production with Viva Entertainment.
Another HOOQ Original, co-produced with Ninja Dog, Sex Talks with Dr. Holmes Season 1, launched on the platform in July. Sex Talks is a 10-episode series which dramatizes the ‘taboo’ subject of sex in a provocatively engaging and light-hearted way. In as short as one month, Sex Talks with Dr. Holmes has shot to HOOQ’s top 5 most watched list and reinforced Dr. Margie Holmes’ reputation as the country’s foremost expert on sex.
HOOQ proudly launched two original movies that were critically acclaimed at the Cinemalaya 2019 Festival. The first was ISKA, a co-production with Firestarters Productions under the direction of Theodore Borobol and HOOQ’s official competition. Iska bagged awards in Best Sound Design, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for veteran Ruby Ruiz. Next is the highly-acclaimed finale feature film – MINA ANUD – co- produced with Regal Entertainment and Epic Media, and helmed by Kerwin Go in his directorial debut. Mina Anud is a true-to-life story about drugs and how it ravages lives and corrupts the human spirit. It stars some of today’s hottest talents like Dennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles and Mateo Gudicelli and veteran Lou Veloso in their most offbeat roles to date. Both Iska and Mina Anud are slated to join international competitions this year before they land on the HOOQ platform.
Online is the new TV
HOOQ Philippines has some of the best TV shows for Filipinos to binge on, from Hollywood’s The Flash, Supergirl, The Arrow and Desperate Housewives to classic Tagalog shows like OTWOL, Pangako Sa ‘Yo and Sino Ang May Sala. With wall-to-wall sports and variety shows on broadcast TV, Filipinos fancy a break by following these shows on HOOQ whether on throwback or catch-up mode.
HOOQ has added to this roster new well-rating shows, such as The Good Doctor Seasons 1 & 2 and Emmy-winning Killing Eve Seasons 1 & 2. Killing Eve Season 1 can be streamed on HOOQ FREE without the need to sign up. HOOQ also launched the much-awaited GMA 7 drama series THE GIFT which features Kapuso prime star Alden Richards. The Gift is HOOQ’s latest catch-up show which viewers can watch within 24 hours from its live TV broadcast.
All kinds of entertainment, now made more accessible
HOOQ will also launch celebrity Youtube channels on a wide range of subjects from fashion and beauty to travel, home and food.
October also marks the launch of Google Play and GCash as new payment avenues for subscribers who are unbanked and prefer the flexibility of paying in cash. This will give HOOQ access to over 30 million Android users and 20 million GCash users. Also, to be announced later this year are exciting HOOQ offers for Globe At Home Prepaid Wifi subscribers.
With a region-wide partnership with Grab, HOOQ Philippines tap into the app’s growing subscriber base. According to
Sheila Paul. HOOQ Philippines Country Manager, “This will allow HOOQ subscribers and Grab users to enjoy fully integrated and connected experiences within Grab’s platform. The ambition is to let Grab users enjoy and pay for their HOOQ content from within the app. We see this lighting up early next year.”
HOOQ Philippines has teamed up with market leader 7-Eleven Philippines, Gate Distribution Enterprise, Inc., Shop4Fun and Load Central, to bring HOOQ VIPiso Deals to physical trade level, allowing Filipinos to purchase their HOOQ subscriptions in the same places where they buy personal products, pay for their utilities and purchase pre-paid load–the malls, payment centers, Internet cafes, and neighborhood convenience stores. Under the HOOQ VIPiso Deals are affordable plans that start at daily, weekly, all the way to annual subscriptions. HOOQ VIPiso Deals are now available in over 30,000 Load Central outlets across the country.
HOOQ also introduced 7-day, 30-day, 3-month and 12-month VIPiso Deals in nearly 2,800 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Exclusive to 7-Eleven is the annual subscription plan worth only P500 which gives 7-Eleven buyers a whopping 70% discount.