Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know how much streaming has impacted the video, audio and gaming ‎industries. We are now using streaming technology to conduct video conferences, hold live virtual streaming events, and ‎even to visit virtual galleries and museums from around the world!‎

Streaming has really revolutionised the way we live our lives, making a huge impact on the business world and the way ‎we consume content. But why is streaming such an appealing way to watch TV shows and movies? And, just as ‎importantly, what are some movies and series you wouldn’t want to miss in Singapore offered by streaming services such ‎as Netflix, TVBAnywhere+ and Viu Premium? ‎

What Makes Streaming the Ideal Video Content Solution?‎

‎1. Instant viewing‎

When you click on a video you want to watch, it’ll begin pretty much straight away. No more having to wait for the file to ‎download— as long as you have a fast, reliable internet connection, you can watch whatever you want immediately.‎

‎2. No storage space needed

Streaming media, whether audio or video, means that there’s no downloads involved. As such, you don’t need to think ‎about how much space you have left on your hard disk, nor will you have as many large files clogging up your disk and ‎reducing your device’s performance.‎

‎3. More cost-effective with monthly subscription plans

‎‘Cutting the cord’ on your cable TV subscription and opting for one or even a few streaming services is going to save you ‎quite a bit of money every month. And because most, if not all, streaming services out there offer monthly subscriptions ‎as opposed to 1 to 2-year cable TV contracts, you have the freedom to cancel a service as you see fit and keep only the ‎one(s) you find yourself frequently using.‎

‎4. Fantastic picture and audio quality‎

Searching high and low for that new release movie or TV show episode as soon as it drops often means sacrificing quality, ‎both in terms of picture and audio. However, when you subscribe to the service that releases it almost immediately, ‎you’ll be able to watch these blockbusters in better quality.‎

‎5. Services may offer downloads

There are many streaming services that allow you to download TV series and movies onto your device. This means that ‎you’ll be able to watch things on the go without having to use any of your monthly data allowance.‎

‎6. Limited to no advertisements at all‎

Unlike network or cable TV, if you’re paying a subscription fee for a specific streaming service, you’ll get either very few ‎or no advertisements whatsoever. So say goodbye to those annoying 30-sec ads that you so frequently wish you could ‎click away.‎

‎7. An abundance of choice‎

There is a seemingly endless list of movies and TV shows to choose from across the heavyweights. Singapore’s streaming ‎services include powerhouse platforms such as Netflix, which is known for its range of international shows and movies, ‎Viu Premium for K-dramas, movies and variety shows, and the relatively new TVBAnywhere+ for Hong Kong dramas, ‎variety shows and more.‎

What to Watch on Netflix This Year

Top 5 TV series

‎1.‎ Cobra Kai

Whether you’re a fan of the original Karate Kid movies or not, you’ll love this series that pits the 1984 rivals ‎Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence against each other as they run their own karate dojos. With 3 seasons of ‎action-packed comedy, this is a must-watch action. ‎

‎2.‎ Lupin

Protagonist Assane Diop puts his plan into action under the guise of famous master thief Arsene Lupin to seek ‎revenge against a wealthy man who accused his father of theft and landed him in prison. With season 2 just ‎released in early June 2021, fans of money heist dramas are sure to enjoy the mystery and cleverly plotted cliff-‎hangers.‎

‎3.‎ Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Are you a fan of unsolved mysteries? A short docu-series that delves into the sinister history of the Cecil Hotel, ‎the “Crime Scene'' series investigates facts and theories surrounding the disappearance of Elisa Lam, who was ‎once a guest at the hotel.‎

‎4.‎ The Serpent

Based on a shockingly true story, The Serpent is a Netflix original limited series. Set in the 1970s about murderer ‎and thief Charles Sobhraj, it will have you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning — an absolute MUST ‎for murder mystery fans.‎

‎5.‎ Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Calling all fans of American sitcoms. Light-hearted and a delight to watch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy ‎television series that follows New York Detective Jake Peralta as he and his squad solve crimes and get into ‎some hilarious situations. With its final 8th season set to be released in August 2021, you can take your time to ‎binge the previous 7 seasons on Netflix!‎

Top 5 movies

‎1.‎ We Can Be Heroes

A follow-up to 2005’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, this is a fantastic family-friendly flick that ‎everyone will surely enjoy from start to finish. With a stellar cast that includes Pedro Pascal from the Game of ‎Throne series, this is one film not to miss. ‎

‎2.‎ ‎John Wick

If you loved Keanu Reeves in the Matrix franchise, this is another neo-noir action thriller to catch. A surprisingly ‎good-natured film that covers the ups and downs of John Wick, its dazzling action choreography will have you ‎reminiscing about scenes from the Matrix — or not. And guess what? John Wick: Chapter 2 is also available for ‎viewing!‎

‎3.‎ ‎Saving Private Ryan

A classic story about a group of soldiers from the USA who have to go behind enemy lines during WWII to find ‎and rescue one of their own. Starring Matt Damon, a true masterpiece.‎

‎‎4.‎ Madagascar

Another one for the family, join Alex, Glorio, Melman, and Marty on their wild adventure as they escape from ‎the New York Central Zoo joined by 4 fugitive penguins. Their hilarious antics will get you in stitches!‎

‎‎5.‎ Blade: Trinity

A work of art in terms of the cinematography, a vampire known as ‘Blade’ joins forces with the Nightstalkers as ‎he faces his opponent - Dracula. ‎

M1’s Netflix subscription offers

Now you know what to watch on Netflix, it’s time to subscribe! And when you’re with M1, you can simply add your ‎Netflix deal to your monthly bill. ‎

Starting from just $11.98/mth for a basic Netflix subscription plan, you can sign up for Netflix plans easily and quickly. If ‎you have any questions at all about the M1 Netflix deals, be sure to check out our list of FAQs.‎ ‎

What to Watch on TVBAnywhere+ This Year‎

With a subscription to TVB, Hong Kong drama and variety shows are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a huge selection ‎of fantastic movies available for streaming on TVBAnywhere+ too! But whether you already have a subscription or ‎you’d like to sign up for TVB shows now, be sure to check out these 5 amazing Hong Kong TVB dramas:‎ ‎

‎1.‎ Wonder Women

When fashionable housewife Lan Fei’s husband cheats on her and moves out of their apartment, she rents out ‎one of the rooms to Wing Ho-Tin to help make ends meet. A tall, rich and handsome man, you’ll have to find out ‎for yourselves what happens next!‎

‎2.‎ ‎Square Pegs

A mixture of drama, romance, and mystery, spiteful stepmother Mrs Ling orchestrates a swap so Choi Fong ends ‎up married to the village idiot. As she plots to escape her marriage, plenty of drama ensues and you can already ‎imagine the adventure this award-winning show will take you on.‎

‎3. Forensic Heroes

Follow the lives of forensic investigators and police officers in the Hong Kong police force as they use their ‎specialist skill sets to solve complex and intricate crimes. Produced by TVB themselves, watch as the characters ‎fight for the side of justice. ‎

‎‎‎4.‎ The Greed of Man

A heart-wrenching story about a family stripped of their fortune from poor investment decisions and the ‎shocking tribulations one of the financiers puts the already-destitute family through. First broadcast in 1992, it ‎gives viewers a glimpse into what corruption looks like.‎

‎5.‎ Love is Beautiful

Ling Wan and Cho Cho, two friends who grew up together, are mocked for being ugly in, ironically, a village ‎called "Mei Yun Chuen" (Village of Beautiful People). As the emperor falls for Ling Wan’s kindness, watch the ‎story unfold as Cho Cho is fuelled by jealousy. ‎

What to Watch on Viu Premium This Year

Krazy for Korean Kontent? You’ll surely enjoy a Viu Premium plan which gives you all the K-dramas, variety shows and ‎movies you could ever want! If you don’t have a Viu Premium plan yet, M1 offers up to 12 months free when you sign up ‎‎(or re-contract) on any 2-year mobile or Fibre Broadband 1Gbps plan — check out the M1 Viu Premium deals here.‎

In the meantime, let’s get into what we reckon are the 5 best in Viu shows and movies you just have to watch:‎

‎1.‎ Mr. Queen

A delightful combination of comedy, fantasy, and romance, Mr. Queen is about a chef from our time who ‎somehow finds himself waking up in the body of a queen (Queen Cheorin) from the Joseon dynasty era. As you ‎can imagine, there are many hilarious moments which take place in this show!‎

‎2. Parasite

There is a good reason why Parasite won four Academy Awards. It’s an incredibly well-written film based ‎around two families: one poor and struggling, the other incredibly well-off. A social commentary on the wealth ‎divide in Korea - and arguably around the world – this is one film you don’t want to miss.‎

‎‎3. Goblin

What do you get when a military general from the Goryeo dynasty, cursed with immortality, becomes ‎roommates with the grim reaper by accident? This fantastic drama series, with elements of romance and ‎comedy called Goblin, that’s what! Also known as “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God,” it became a cultural ‎phenomenon when it was first released in Korea. Covering the story of an immortal man searching for his one ‎true love to lift his curse, this one is a definite tear-jerker.‎

‎‎‎‎4. Taxi Driver

An action-packed vigilante series, Taxi Driver is the new kid on the block, released in April 2021. The plot ‎revolves around Kim Do-Ki, who becomes a driver for Rainbow Taxi Company, offering luxury “revenge-call” ‎services. Feeling wronged and broken by his mother’s murder, he works as a vigilante to avenge those whom the ‎law neglected. This show also touches on taboo topics that plague modern Korean society.‎

‎‎5.‎ When the Weather is Fine

A quaint and quiet bookstore in Bookhyun Village, part of the South Korean countryside, is the centrepiece in a ‎story about love, forgiveness, and healing. Refreshingly different from other K-dramas, this is one to add to your ‎list if you like slow and thoughtful dramas.‎

Please note: There are licensing agreements for each region where each of the streaming services is available, which limits ‎access to specific content in that region. As such, availability of each of the aforementioned TV shows and movies may differ ‎depending on where you are located.‎