While we are still waiting for Netflix to launch right across Southeast Asia, there are many other companies that are getting in on the action beforehand. One such service, Hooq, is an Internet-based video streaming and download service run by Singaporean mobile operator Singtel, in conjunction with Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. The new service offers unlimited streaming and downloading for a subscription, and aims to launch in Thailand next month.
Hooq to launch in Thailand next month
Thai viewers will be able to sign up and watch local films and TV programmes thanks to deals with various Thai-based studios – such as GTH, Five Star, TIGA and more. The service claims it will offer more than 10,000 films and TV programmes from the US too, mainly from companies such as Disney, Sony, Warner Bros and Dreamworks.
Hooq is also aiming to make it convenient to watch the service on any device – that includes not only desktop PCs, but also mobile phones and tablets. The service, when launched in Thailand, will support the AIS Playbox, which is an Android-based set-top-box provided by Advanced Info Services (AIS).
Hooq is one of the very first type of subscription streaming services to launch in Thailand, but will soon be one of many as iFlix is also intending to launch in the region in 2015, and has just raised more than $30 million in funding.