You probably already know just how obsessed I am with streaming media at home. I spend a good chunk of my downtime kicking back in bed while enjoying a number of shows on my UHD (4K) TV using my smartphone and Google Chromecast.
Google Chromecast has always been my “go to” device when it comes to streaming entertainment content. So much so that every TV at home is equipped with its very own Google Chromecast.
But it seems that there is a new device that is slowly taking Chromecast’s place in my heart. This, my dear readers, is the Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV.
It’s really amazing how the internet has revolutionized our way of life in every way possible, wouldn’t you agree?
Apart from the ways our connected world has changed the way we work, play, learn and socialize, it has even incredibly altered our viewing habits.
I remember back when I was a kid, we only had 5 television channels (2, 4, 7, 9 and 13). 24-hour programming, let alone cable television were remotely even figments of one’s imagination. Apart from that, cartoon programs were only shown every 4PM in the afternoon and during Saturday mornings. Bummer, right?
Today, not only has 24-hour cable programming become common even to the regular joe, it is actually slowly losing its market all thanks to the way high-speed broadband internet connections have changed the way we consume entertainment content.
In our household, our family hardly watches regular television programs on cable television anymore. We don’t find ourselves rushing home, trying to catch the start of a particular show anymore. That’s because everyone in our house has gone the way of STREAMING content — all thanks to our recently installed Globe at Home high-speed broadband internet connection.
We are a family of five in our household – me, my wife, our two kids, and my father.
One of the usual challenges of being in a family with different tastes is reaching a compromise in the kind of television shows or movies each of us would want to watch together.
Just imagine… sharing one TV over dinner (or lunch) would mean all of us having to agree on a common show. If there were any other good shows airing at the same time, well, tough luck.
Same goes for movies.
More often than not, It gets quite difficult trying to reach a compromise on what flick to watch. I love scary films, my wife hates it. My daughter enjoys girly flicks and kiddie animated features, my son doesn’t.
And because we have work while the kids have school and other activities, finding the right time to catch our favorite shows becomes futile – either our schedules get in the way or we are already too tired to stay awake to catch what’s on TV.
I’m sure some of you, especially those with families of their own can relate.
Thankfully, now I found a way to keep everyone happy by giving them the opportunity to watch their favorite local and international television shows and movies anytime, anywhere.
All thanks to a nifty service I recently discovered called “HOOQ” (pronounced “hook”).
I’m really excited to share this with all of you because you might find yourselves in the same boat as I am. And if you share the same concerns and frustrations as I do, you will most likely consider this a godsend.
In a nutshell, HOOQ is an online entertainment service that gives my family access to an incredibly vast selection of television shows and movies – local and international. That’s more than 10,000 videos right in the palm of our hands for as low as P199. Yes, you read that right – P199!
I love watching movies and television shows whenever I’ve got free time on my hands. It’s something I look forward to whenever I want to kick back and relax. Only problem is… sometimes work doesn’t permit me to catch my favorite series episodes and movies in time. That can be a real bummer for people who passionately follow certain TV series like their lives counted on it.
Thankfully, HOOQ has finally arrived here in the Philippines in partnership with Globe Telecom.
For those who aren’t aware, HOOQ is a start-up joint venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment. This awesome service will enable customers of Globe Telecom to enjoy unlimited online streaming access and an offline viewing option to awesome Hollywood and Filipino movie and television content. Customers can access HOOQ using any device including computers, smartphones and tablets. It’s really exciting!
Ever heard of Blink? Whether you have or have not, allow me tell you about how it has changed my viewing habits for the better…
Watching movies and television shows have always been my passion. I enjoy the feeling of immersion and the relaxation this wonderful activity gives.
I would normally collect a ton of DVDs and box sets of TV series then spend the wee hours of the morning every single day in front of my television screen for long stretches with speakers blaring and the lights turned off.
Unfortunately, working in the entertainment industry makes for some very erratic schedules. Some days (and also nights) aren’t as slow as others. There are times when I cannot catch live telecasts of certain shows because I’m on location doing tapings and shootings for my own shows.
As much as I’d like to upload a ton of movies and episodes to my iPhone so I can carry them along during work, I hate eating up significant storage space on my device.
Geez! What’s a movie/television freak gotta do to satisfy his viewing addiction? Back then, you’d just have to deal with it. Fortunately, nowadays… not anymore!
Thankfully, there is now an awesome solution to this particular problem!
Blink is a “video-on-demand” service that allows you to stream movies and television shows online instantly! That means you can watch your favorite TV series and movies (old and new) whenever, wherever and however you want it! You know what makes it extra sweet? You can access Blink using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or through your handy smartphone.
I recently signed up for Blink’s service and I’ve never looked back! It’s absofrickinlutely amazing! In fact, I kinda wondered why I never signed up for it long ago in the first place.