Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television have joined forces with Singapore’s Singtel to bring streaming media to the Southeast of Asia with HOOQ.
10,000+ Hollywood movies and television shows: that, plus plenty of local content, is what the new streaming service HOOQ is offering to would-be streaming media viewers in Southeast Asia.
HOOQ has already launched in the Philippines, but will make its way to India, Indonesia, and Thailand very soon. Considering how limited the streaming options have been in this section of the globe, HOOQ could very well have exclusive access to a shockingly untapped market.
It certainly doesn’t hurt to have Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television on their side, as that connection allows HOOQ to offer internationally popular franchise movies like the Spiderman and Harry Potter series, as well as popular shows like Gossip Girl and Friends. That’s just the sort of legitimacy that a burgeoning streaming media service needs to gain some fans and fast.
Stream HOOQ From Anywhere With A VPN
Of course, while HOOQ does sound like it would fill a large gap in terms of what streaming services offer stateside, HOOQ will not be available in the US (at least for the foreseeable future).
But don’t fret, all you need to do to enjoy HOOQ from the US (or anywhere in the world) is subscribe to a VPN.
A VPN service (or Virtual Private Network service) is a subscription-based service designed to ensure the security of your online information. When you log in to a VPN, all of your data is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world. This keeps your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card numbers) out of the hands of identity thieves, hackers, and other online threats.
Which is all well and good in and of itself, but it gets even better. Using a VPN, you can access geographically restricted websites. Whenever you log in to your VPN, you’re allowed to choose your server in any part of the world. If you choose a server in, say, the Philippines, your internet-capable device is assigned an IP address from the Philippines, thus allowing you to access sites that are only available in the Philippines.
Voila! It’s that simple. You’ll be watching HOOQ from the comfort of your living room before you know it.
Any and all VPN services on our official supported provider list are highly recommended, but popular VPNs for IP addresses in Southeast Asia include HideMyAss VPN – a leader in the number of available IP addresses, the great speeds of IPVanish VPN or the versatility of Overplay VPN + SmartDNS.
Best Routers for Streaming Video on HOOQ
Getting yourself subscribed to a VPN service is the single most important thing you can do to ensure that you can watch HOOQ from anywhere in the world. That said, your streaming experience is only as good as your router, and that’s where FlashRouters comes in.
As the brief video above explains, a FlashRouter is an all-in-one networking solution to whatever ails your wireless network. Our DD-WRT & TomatoUSB-flashed devices are tested, re-tested, and ready to transform your streaming experience, eliminating annoying skips, freezes, and stalls with lethal force.
Aside from all of the benefits that comes with owning a DD-WRT or Tomato-flashed FlashRouter (such as being able to control your bandwidth allocation, which is an invaluable resource for people who stream a lot of media), our routers make your VPN experience that much easier. If you subscribe to any VPN service on our official supported provider list, we’ll send you your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN right out of the box!
Better yet, hold on to your old router, and use it in conjunction with your new router to create our popular dual router set-up. This allows you to have one dedicated VPN router, and one for easy, day-to-day use. Saves you the trouble involved in constantly switching up networks by letting you toggle easily between them.
Choosing just the right FlashRouter can be a bit daunting, so we recommend taking a look at our recent best-sellers list to give you an idea of what some of our more popular options are (though, really, you can’t go wrong with a FlashRouter, best-seller or not).
There you’ll find devices of all ranges of utility, from sleek, affordable mid-range devices like the recently added Asus RT-AC56U TomatoUSB Router, to the world-shattering, networking-monstrosities like the Netgear R8000 DD-WRT Router which is showing router performance the likes of which we’ve never seen.