Streaming services are becoming to go-to entertainment of Filipinos, especially this COVID-19 pandemic.
An independent comparison platform reported that the Philippines ranks fourth among countries with the most number of people that have at least one subscription to a streaming service.
Based on a global survey conducted by Finder.com, 62% of Filipino adults have at least one streaming service, which is above the global average of 56%.
New Zealand took the lead in which 65.26% of its population are subscribers of a streaming platform.
Brazil took the second spot at 64.58% while Ireland ranked third at 63.24%.
The Philippines ranked fourth at 61.72%, followed by Canada at 61.24% and then the United States at 58.90%.
Meanwhile, the report said that Netflix is the most popular streaming service among Filipinos as 40% of them have an account.
Next comes YouTube Premium at 17% and then iflix at 5%.
The rest are subscribers of HBO GO at 4% and Amazon Prime Video at 3%.
The report also said that the Philippines has the sixth best access to the top 100 most in-demand series such as “Attack on Titan,” “Stranger Things,” “My Hero Academia” and “The Flash,” among others.
Finder.com streaming editor James Dampney said that streaming services have quickly become a popular form of entertainment in the Southeast Asian country.
“Over the last decade we’ve seen a real boom in streaming services and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have only accelerated the trend. With people spending more time at home during the pandemic, it’s no surprise these providers are so popular in the Philippines,” he said in a release.
“Streaming services are a great way to binge on your favorite TV shows and there’s so much original and classic content out there. But it’s a good idea to weigh up the cost per use and review them often,” Dampney added.
The Philippines has been in community quarantine for more than a year already, a measure imposed by the government to regulate mobility amid the threat of COVID-19.
This has prompted them to stay at home more than the usual, making them seek entertainment that will not compromise their health and safety during the pandemic.
Among the most popular homebound activities are watching series and movies through a streaming platform.