Pinoy Digital Originals Gearing Up for a Fight

One of the reasons Netflix is so successful is their lineup of original series. Dare Devil, Stranger Things and Narcos are just some of their many titles. It looks like local subscription video on demand services are catching on to this trend and are gearing up for a fight as they curate content and tell stories that are close to the hearts of the locals.


HOOQ confirmed that they will be doing a part 2 of On the Job (OTJ), a local crime thriller movie that made waves when it hit the big screen in 2013. While it won’t necessarily be a sequel to the movie, it will expand the plotline and make it more interesting. To be clear, the part 2 will be another movie and will then be followed by a 6-part mini-series. Both the movie and the mini-series will be available in the HOOQ app within the same month.  They recently had an open casting call.  If you missed it, there will surely be others in the near future.  Who knows, this might be the big break you’ve been waiting for. 😉

Just last week, iFlix, the leading subscription video on demand service for emerging markets announced their new ambassador who is none another than the Philippines’ Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino. While there are no details yet as to the storyline, we do know that she will be a part of an iFlix original series.

While the app is still under development and will be released later this year, Cignal TV has already introduced original Filipino programs such as Tukhang and Tabi Po. Tukhang is a 4-part crime drama about the controversial war on drugs, the social factors involved and the human elements that surround it. Very relevant, don’t you think?

This is only the beginning. We can expect more original content that hits close to home and tells our stories. If things work out as planned, it looks like Netflix will be in for one big fight.

Lea Cruz

A hardcore Star Wars fan, we’ve been calling Lea the Philippines’ Princess of Tech. She serves as the Lifestyle Editor at Unbox and the host for some of our YouTube videos.

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