9 TV Streaming Services in Singapore: Netflix, Disney Plus & More

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I’m at that stage in life when everyone around me is getting married and moving into new homes, and I can safely say that TV streaming services have officially taken over cable television.

But while it is the most popular, Netflix isn’t the only competitive paid TV streaming service available in Singapore. There’s also Disney Plus, which just launched, and other players like HBO Go, Viu and more

Here’s a helpful comparison of what’s available, for your viewing pleasure.

Comparison of TV streaming subscription fees in Singapore

TV streaming service  Subscription fee 
Netflix $11.98 to $19.98 a month
Disney Plus $11.98 a month / $119.98 a year
Apple TV+ Free with device / $6.98 a month
Amazon Prime Video $2.99 per month
HBO Go $13.98 a month / $119.98 a year
Viu Free / $7.98 a month for Premium
meWATCH Free with paid add-ons available
Singtel TV Go  $6.90 / $9.90 a month
StarHub Go $9.90 to $29.80 a month

1. Netflix — from $11.98 monthly

Price  Things to note 
Netflix free trial  $0 Valid for 30 days only
Netflix Basic $11.98 monthly  No HD. 1 user only. 
Netflix Standard $15.98 monthly  Watch in HD, but not Ultra HD. Up to 2 users.  
Netflix Premium  $19.98 monthly  Watch in HD or Ultra HD. Up to 4 users. 

Netflix needs little introduction — Netflix is literally the American streaming service that disrupted the TV scene. It’s popular for having a wide, diverse catalogue of movies and dramas, including Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Money Heist, Lupin and more.

There’s a 30-day free trial for new users, so if the show you want to watch has been fully released, you can get the free trial and binge-watch it before your time’s up.

If you decide to continue with the service, the cheapest plan is $11.98 per month. But you can only use it on 1 screen at a time and it won’t be on HD.

You can also pool a few buddies together for Netflix Premium, which supports 4 devices concurrently, so you pay only $5 a month. However, Netflix appears to be cracking down on this practice.

2. Disney Plus — $11.98 per month or $119.98 per year

Price  Things to note 
Disney+ (monthly) $11.98 a month
Disney+ (annual) $119.98 a year Works out to about $10 a month
Disney+ Premier Access $38.98 Early unlimited access to Raya and the Last Dragon

The much-anticipated Disney Plus launched on 23 Feb 2021 to a great deal of fanfare, especially among stressed parents running out of kid entertainment ideas.

With shows like Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian and Marvel TV series such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wandavision, and Loki, it’s got enough content to entertain probably everyone under the age of 40.

Each Disney+ subscription allows up to 4 concurrent streams (and plenty of parental control options, of course). There’s no free trial for Disney+ but we doubt that’s a dealbreaker for most.

If you’re super excited about Raya and the Last Dragon, you can also sign up for Disney+ Premier Access at $38.98 to watch it as many times as you want. Otherwise, the movie will be available to Disney+ subscribers only on 4 June.

3. Apple TV+ — free with device or $6.98 per month

Price  Things to note 
Apple TV+ (with device) Free Valid for a year; pnly with eligible Apple devices
Apple TV+ free trial Free Valid for 7 days
Apple TV+  $6.98 a month

Just bought a new iPhone, iPad or Mac? You can get a year’s worth of free entertainment with Apple TV+, Apple’s attempt to jump on the video streaming bandwagon.

If you don’t qualify for free Apple TV+, there’s a 7-day free trial, after which you can pay $6.98 a month to subscribe.

The shows aren’t terribly exciting, though. The biggest hits seem to be a Billie Eilish documentary and M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant TV series. It’s such a snoozefest that Apple TV+ even comes with a sleep timer — it’s like they expect you to fall asleep.

4. Amazon Prime Video — free or $2.99 a month

Price  Things to note 
Amazon Prime (includes Prime Video access)  $2.99 monthly  All-in-one subscription with Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video is the cheapest paid subscription in this list. It is part of the Amazon Prime subscription, which is only $2.99 per month.

Given the film library, I probably wouldn’t sign up for Amazon Prime Video just for the shows. However, it’s okay if you already have an Amazon Prime subscription for your grocery shopping.

Apart from a few oldies but goodies like The Office and Parks and Recreation, the Amazon catalogue is a bit “cui” — largely old B-list movies (that are probably available on FMovies…).

5. HBO Go — $13.98 monthly

Price  Things to note 
HBO Go (monthly) $13.98 a month
HBO Go (annual) $119.98 a year Works out to about $10 a month

HBO Go was the most well known for Game of Thrones, but now that winter is over and all 8 seasons have been concluded, what’s else? Well, there are a few other shows like Westworld, Birds of Prey, and the Crimes of Grindelwald

You can download the app and sign up for HBO Go directly via iTunes or the Google Play store. Pricing is a bit steep for a TV streaming service though.

6. Viu Free / Premium — free version available

  Price  Things to note 
Viu Free  $0 Non-HD, limited shows, not TV-compatible, and only 1 downloaded show at a time 
Viu Premium — free trial $0 Valid for 7 days only, with the full features of Viu Premium
Singtel Viu Premium — no contract  $6.90 First 3 months free 
Viu Premium  $7.98 monthly Full HD, full range of shows, unlimited downloads, and compatible with TV apps and TV casting
Singtel Viu Premium — 1-year contract  $44.10  $4.90 monthly, first 3 months free 

If you’re into Korean shows, you would know about Viu. Viu is one of the most popular Korean drama viewing platforms because they have a free version.

You can watch popular dramas like Hotel De Luna, Doctor John and Shady Mom-in-law, and variety shows like Little Forest, Running Man and the Return of Superman.

Viu Premium is ad-free — yup, that’s hours of uninterrupted k-dramas for you. It also offers the current shows as soon as 8 hours after its original telecast, while the free one requires you wait at least 72 hours more.

Also, Premium streams in HD and is compatible with TV casting. For Viu Free, you can only watch on your phone, tablet or laptop, in 480p.

7. meWATCH — free version with add-ons

Last but not least, there’s MediaCorp’s meWATCH, formerly known as Toggle. Millennials probably think this is the lamest subscription of the list, but older folks who still watch local TV may appreciate it.

You can download meWATCH and watch MediaCorp dramas for free, obviously. But if you want, you can also top up and subscribe to specific types of shows. Here are the paid subscriptions available:

Price  Things to note 
meWATCH Prime $9.98 a month Early access to MediaCorp dramas
beIN SPORTS $9.98 a month For football matches
HBO Go $13.98 a month For HBO shows (see above)
ShemarooMe $5.99 a month Hindi entertainment
Simply South $4.90 a month Tamil entertainment

8. Singtel TV Go — from $6.90 a month

Price Things to note
Singtel TV Go — plan 1 $6.90 monthly 1 device only
Singtel TV Go — plan 2 $9.90 monthly Up to 3 devices

Since these TV streaming services are so popular, does it mean that the telcos are getting phased out? I thought so, but when researching, I realised that they too have some competitive packages aimed at the younger, more tech-savvy crowd.

If you want a good, generic mix of channels for sports, news, entertainment, K-dramas, etc, I think the Singtel TV Go plans are quite value for money. At just $6.90 or $9.90 per month, you get access to 160+ live and catch-up channels including HBO, Fox, KBS World and tvN.

9. StarHub Go — from $6.90 a month

Price Things to note
StarHub Go Sports $9.90 monthly  Sports (but not football)
StarHub Go Select $9.90 monthly  Mostly Asian dramas
StarHub Go Max  $29.80 monthly for first 12 months 80 channels covering sports, news, entertainment, kids, Asian channels and more 

StarHub Go‘s all-in-one plan is not as cheap ($29.80 monthly), but they have some good deals for the standalone channels. For instance, the StarHub Go Select isn’t too bad if you’re looking for Chinese TV shows and Korean dramas.

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