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Philippine multi-play operator PLDT is introducing the next generation of its TVolution streaming box for its customers. PLDT worked with streaming pioneer Roku to deliver to its customers a fully-proven solution that is easy to use and loaded with “great” content.
“Filipinos will be the first in Asia to stream the best in entertainment using the proven Roku streaming platform,” said Oscar Reyes Jr., PLDT FVP and Head of HOME Business. “PLDT HOME subscribers will be able to enjoy the Roku Powered™ TVolution boxes in combination with our fast and reliable fibre broadband connections with speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second,” he added.
The new TVolution streaming box will come with over 50 streaming channels including popular services such as the Philippines’ biggest pay TV provider Cignal, Southeast Asia’s biggest video-on-demand provider iflix, the world’s leading Internet television service Netflix, and largest video sharing website YouTube.
“More Filipinos are streaming their favourite TV shows at home. By combining the best of the Roku Channel Store with leading local streaming services, PLDT will offer the most compelling video portfolio in the Philippines,” said Reyes. “PLDT aims to add more channels to build the most superior entertainment offer in the country.”
The Roku Powered TVolution box and service is available to all PLDT HOME Fibre, DSL, and Ultera customers starting from May for an additional monthly service fee of P299 (€5.52). Subscribers can choose from billions of hours of free content or purchase paid content from different providers with minimal additional charges and no contract.
The new TVolution streaming box remote control includes quick access buttons to the following services:
“With so much great content available from global and local streaming services in the Philippines, PLDT’s Roku Powered TVolution box is a simple, cost-effective way for customers to watch the best TV shows and movies right on their televisions,” said Andrew Ferrone, Vice President Pay TV at Roku.
PLDT has been continuously improving its broadband services by expanding aggressively its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities that can provide ultra-fast Internet speeds for families. The FTTH lines are expected to pass 4.4 million homes by the end of the year.
PLDT is also deploying hybrid fibre technologies such as Huawei Technologies’ G.fast which can boost data speeds up to 600-700 Mbps over existing copper lines. With these initiatives, PLDT envisions that all its subscribers will be in ‘smart homes’ by the end of 2018.