We’re all familiar with paid video-on-demand subscription services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime, but if you’re a fan of Asian dramas – from Korean romance dramas to Thai BL dramas – then you have more options to watch them on these new streaming sites popping up from Asian providers. Not only do they stream the latest titles, the best part is that they’re all free and legal to watch!
Because these providers are free, you’re going to encounter ads, but they all have subscription options that allow you to watch ad-free (and in HD format). Also you can find some popular titles appearing on more than one platform, and they’re are all subbed in English.
Viu is a Hong Kong-based platform that has a lot of the latest Korean dramas (usually hours after the Korean broadcast) and variety shows, in addition to dramas from Thailand, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. You’ll find current Kdrama titles like The Penthouse, Mr. Queen, and True Beauty airing 4-12 hours after Korea. Some drama and movie titles are for subscribers only. Ad level: high
Gagaoolala is a unique platform that caters specifically to LGBTQ+ content, and has a ton of series from many countries. It also funds and produces some original content. They’re established in Taiwan, so they have plenty of Taiwanese content, but also an increasing number of Asian BL dramas from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Similar to other platforms, it has a lot of free content, as well as subsrcription-only titles. Ad level: medium
iQIYI is a Chinese platform that’s currently one of the largest online video sites in the world, with a big collection of dramas, movies, anime, and TV shows from China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia. Their latest Thai project is a collection of BL & GL stories called 7Project. They also have VIP titles and episodes that are only available to subscribers. Ad level: low
Rakuten Viki is headquartered in California with offices in Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. They have a wide range of Korean dramas, as well as bingeworthy titles from China and Taiwan. Some recent titles you can watch from Korea include More Than Friends, When the Weather is Fine, and Best Mistake 2, and while most titles are free, some require a subscription. Sadly, not many BL dramas make their way to Singapore’s Viki. Ad level: high
WeTV is the international version of Tencent Video so you’re going to find a lot of production from China, including dramas and anime. Popular Cdrama titles include Douluo Continent, Romance of Tiger and Rose, and The Untamed, as well as a small selection of Asian BL dramas like Manner of Death from Thailand, We Best Love from Taiwan, and Light on Me from South Korea. They also have VIP titles and episodes that are only available to subscribers. Ad level: low
MangoTV is another China-based web TV platform that offers plenty of titles from China, whether it’s dramas, reality shows, movies or documentaries. Like WeTV, it also produces its own dramas and network shows for streaming exclusively on its platform, like Hand in Hand, Workplace Newcomers, Begin Again, and more. They also have shows exclusive for VIP members. Ad level: low
Line TV showcases plenty of Thai dramas and reality shows, including a pretty heavy BL drama content. Sadly, the channel ceased to exist as of Dec 31, 2021 – all existing Line TV originals are currently being redirected to other streaming sites.
There are many other video-on-demand streaming platforms out there, with more being made available in the near future. You can also find English movies and series on platforms like W4Free, Tubi, Plex, and many more.
While there are thousands of titles available to watch free on all these platforms, there may be times when titles aren’t available in Singapore due to licensing issues. However, since these platforms have a large number of titles, chances are you’ll probably find something else to watch. Best part is, they’re all free to watch and you don’t have to dig around for bootleg links!