We all love a good TV show. It’s relaxing and can make us forget the stresses we all encounter everyday as long as they’re fun, comes with an unexpected twist and they always keeps us coming back for more. Lately, there’s been a following of US TV shows and series in the country especially for AMC’s the Walking Dead, HBO’s the Game of Thrones and Glee by Fox.
Don’t get me wrong, as lot of people are still crazy for local teleseryes. But these days, the plots of local teleseryes tend to be more predictable. I guess local writers are very much fond of playing around a plot where a guy falls in love with a girl but then they find out they’re either siblings or they’re related to each other but the truth is, someone switched them at birth or a parent had an extra marital affair making their love for each other possible after all the drama.
As much as people get hooked with these US TV shows via local and cable TV, what we all hate is not being able to catch them due to schedule conflicts, forgetting what time they go on air and sometimes, even forgetting what channel they are on. We end up either searching for the episode online–and experience all the pop ups and broken links that go with the search–or download them via torrent, when they get upload. It is such a hassle.
Unlike in some other countries, they have Netflix and BBC iPlayer that lets you watch on demand shows whenever you want them. Some other TV networks abroad also puts the whole episode on their website free to be streamed right after they go on air. To make them work here in the Philippines, you’d need a VPN subscription and God knows how much would that cost.
But just very recently, I discovered about Blink. It’s a new, local video-on-demand service that brings not only TV shows, but also Hollywood movies available for streaming legally. What’s amazing is that with US TV shows, you can watch them the same day they are aired in the US, at your convenience, where ever you are. Currently, TV shows and Blink Movie titles can be streamed only in the Philippines.
Registration for a Blink account is free. For just Php 450 a month, you’ll get a whole month worth of unlimited viewing of all the TV shows and series they have on the site like Carrie Diaries, Breaking Bad, Blue Bloods, Ravenswood, CSI and a whole lot more (Php 275 for 14 days, Php 150 for 7 days and just a mere Php 50 for a 2 day subscription).
For movies they have on the site, it will set you back just Php 170 per title, that comes with a 48 hour unlimited viewing, and expires automatically after 7 days of purchase, cheaper than most movies for rent available on iTunes. Currently, they have The Conjuring, Insidious 2, The Hangover part 3, World War Z among others. Payment channels are PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.
Blink is compatible with Windows and Mac both with Microsoft Silverlight 5.1 installed for the streaming to work. Internet Explorer 9 and above, Firefox, Chrome and Safari 5 are the supported browsers. They are also currently working on Android and non-jailbroken iOS devices, to be made available soon. Lastly, Blink also offers live TV streaming of channels such as Basketball TV, ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack City and HSN.
For sure, in the coming months Blink will change the way we watch TV—like what Netflix did in the US, especially when they implement HD streaming soon as they currently have SD qualities for the TV shows and movie titles they have on the site. The service is very affordable, flexible and sounds really promising. So what do yo think? Check out Blink now and hit us up via the comments section below. [via]
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