Our entertainment habits are changing these days – where once we were beholden to TV programmes offered by free TV stations and then paid satellite TV, we now have on-demand web streaming services.
Streaming services are actually relatively new in Malaysia and are very data hungry which is why U Mobile is offering free data specifically for streaming services.
U Mobile’s Video Onz service is particularly interesting – the telco is currently offering free unlimited streaming for up to 21 popular video providers for its top-end plans, namely the Hero P98, i130, Ultimate Device 135 and MB128 plans.
For all other prepaid, postpaid or broadband plans, U Mobile is offering free data, ranging from 500MB to 9GB depending on the plan.
One of the main advantages of having lots of data is that you are no longer tied to the couch when you want to watch your favourite shows. Instead you can binge watch your favourite shows while you’re waiting in line at the post office, sipping coffee at your favourite joint or when you’re in the bus or train on your daily commute to work.
Here are 10 current and upcoming shows you can only find on Netflix.
One of the darlings of the current crop of Netflix original productions, Stranger Things can best be described as an homage to 1980s John Carpenter science fiction horror movies and Stephen King’s/Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me.
We won’t spoil the show for you, so all we’ll say is that it involves kids, friendship, science experiments gone wrong and alternate worlds – all very common themes for movies in the 1980s in fact.
The thing about Stranger Things is that it does it all so well – the relationships between the kids are believable and the story is well-paced and exciting.
The show has made stars of the young actors and it has even revived Winona Ryder’s career.
The eight-episode show has been so popular that Netflix has officially announced that a second season of the show has already been commissioned.
If you haven’t yet watched Daredevil, you really owe yourself a binge watching session with the excellent show.
While Marvel’s main superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America have seen great success in the cinema, its second tier heroes have found a home in Netflix.
The Daredevil series has really set the standard for what can be done in the TV format – somehow the producers have managed to give the whole series a very cinematic look while taking advantage of the time and space afforded by a 13-episode show to really develop a complicated character.
Did we also mention that there’s an amazing one-take action sequence in the first season that is one of the grittiest, most painful-looking sequences ever filmed?
Marvel’s? Jessica Jones
Yet another in the list of Marvel superheroes – or supeheroine in this case – that gets the small screen treatment.
While it would have been very easy for Netflix to have made a show in the same vein as Daredevil, Jessica Jones is actually a very different kind of show.
In Jessica Jones, the main character is a person who has given up fighting crime in tights in favour of being an old-fashioned private detective.
However, while Jones herself has the powers to become a super heroine (she’s strong and can almost fly), she’s internally struggling with something that happened to her in the past.
When that past comes back to haunt her, she has to finally face her fears.
If you’re looking for a show that explores what it means to have superpowers and what it means when you meet a villain with an almost unbeatable superpower, then this is the show for you.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Yes we know we are recommending another Marvel superhero but when you’ve shows as good as this and only on Netflix, it will be a crime not to include it in our list.
Again, a second tier hero in the Marvel universe, Luke Cage appears in Jessica Jones as her love interest and at the end of this month (September), Cage is getting his own series on Netflix.
While we’ve only seen the trailers for Luke Cage, it promises to be yet another winner with a different tone than Jessica Jones or Daredevil.
We’re certainly looking forward to this one coming Sept 30.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Yet another superhero show, this one is coming in early 2017 but we’ve definitely got our eye on it.
If you like martial arts, Iron Fist is probably the show to watch out for – in the comics, Iron Fist is Danny Rand, a martial artist who can call upon the power of the Iron Fist.
Produced by (of all people) actor Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame) and voiced by Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, BoJack Horseman is better suited for mature audience.
BoJack Horseman takes place in very strange alternate world where humans live side-by-side with walking, talking animals.
The premise of the show is that BoJack used to be the star of a famous family sitcom called Horsin’ Around but since the end of the show he’s seen some hard times with very little work and spends most of his time wallowing in bouts of self-loathing.
When he has a chance at work and true friendships, he tends to sabotage it himself through his insecurities and obsessive behaviour.
The show has won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Animated Series and is already in its third season. Well worth checking out if you like adult cartoons.
F is for Family
Yet another animated sitcom, F is for Family has a more conventional premise centring around a couple and their kids.
The story deals with Frank Murphy, a Korean War veteran who now works as a baggage handler at the local airline and his dysfunctional family made up of his wife Sue and his kids Kevin and Maureen.
The story takes place in the 1970s and although it follows the usual sitcom themes, it’s dealt with in a more adult manner and often extremely funny.
Voice talents include Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Juston Long and Sam Rockwell.
The show is only six episodes long and word is that a second season has already been ordered by Netflix.
Sure this isn’t a Netflix production per se, but the reason it’s here is that Netflix has signed an agreement to be the exclusive distributor (outside of the United States) for the upcoming 2017 Star Trek: Discovery TV series.
Being Trekkies, we’re quite excited that we’re going to get to watch the first new Trek series in over 10 years, but meanwhile, as part of the agreement, you can watch every Star Trek series ever made on Netflix.
We’re talking about everything here – Star Trek: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
Considering the spotty record of our local free-to-air TV stations with regards to Trek, there’s surely some episodes of at least one of the series that even the most dedicated Trekkies may have missed which you can now watch.
Most notably the 1960s TV series features all-new digital special effects which have only previously been seen in the Blu-ray special editions of the show.
Note: The two TV series that follows are only suitable for mature audiences.
House Of Cards
If you’re tired of all that sci-fi and superhero stuff, may we suggest House of Cards?
Now in its fourth season, this is an adaptation of a British series of the same name is the show to watch if you’re into political dramas.
Starring the fantastic Kevin Spacey, House of Cards follows Democrat Frank Underwood as he wheels and deals his way into power in Washington D.C.
Orange Is The New Black
A comedy-drama about inmates of an all-female prison? Yep, that’s what this show is about.
Based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, this show follows the lives of the female inmates of a minimum-security women’s federal prison in the United States.
The show has received much critical acclaim and is already in its fourth season and has been reportedly renewed for up to seven seasons.
Well worth a try if you want something different.
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