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Netflix gets competition as Hooq enters Singapore market

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MUMBAI: Team Netflix, please take note. Video streaming service Hooq is now available in Singapore. It launched in the Philippines early last year, and has since expanded to Thailand, India and Indonesia. In India, Hooq plans to invest $2 million on home-grown content.

Hooq is a joint venture by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The platform has a catalogue of over 20,000 movies and television shows, comprising both Hollywood and regional content. Apart from Hollywood content, Hooq has presently sourced Indian films and shows from studios like Rajshri Productions, Reliance Entertainment, Shemaroo Entertainment, Balaji Telefilms and Whacked Out Studios. With the cost of making original English language shows high, the platform is considering Hindi and other Indian language content.

It gives users access to Hollywood, Filipino, Indonesian and Indian content but there are plans to add Korean, Malay and Chinese content within the next 90 days.

In Singapore, a subscription costs from $8.98 a month, to $78.98 for 360 days ($6.58 a month). Discounts are available for longer subscriptions. Hooq has also partnered with Singtel to offer prepaid streaming data bundles starting at $7 for 1 GB of streaming. More bundles will be available for the customers in the next few months.

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