PLDT Home offers first Internet TV in PH
Internet television is the newest game-changer in this fast-advancing modern world.
With the use of the Internet, televisions become the “projection” of computers allowing users to live stream and download movies, series and even YouTube videos straight from their TV screens.
It was only in the late 2000s when Internet television was first introduced to the viewing market of first world nations like the United States, Canada and Australia.
This year, Internet television officially arrives in the Philippine shores via PLDT Home’s Tvolution.
First launched in December 2013, the TVolution can now be availed by every Filipino—be it current PLDT subscribers or brand new ones. On Thursday, PLDT Home announced this new milestone as its first offering for 2014.
In an intimate press conference at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, Gary Dujali, PLDT vice president and head for home broadband, expressed that the TVolution is the company’s response to global trends.
Recognizing that the demand for videos on demand (VOD) continues to grow, PLDT Home pioneered their first and very own Internet TV for the Filipino online audience.
“The TVolution is just the first of many technological innovations PLDT Home is pioneering with the aim of making it every Filipino family’s multimedia home,” said Dujali.
By doing this, PLDT also becomes the first telecommunications company to enter the multimedia service category. “This means that we are now in a different space than our competitors. And where we go, I’m sure they will follow,” the PLDT executive added.
The power of TVolution
Tvolution is a tiny television box capable of accessing the Internet and networking with other devices. Powered by quad-core processors, the TVolution operates on an Android-based platform. It connects to any HDMI-ready TV and syncs with a PLDT Home Fibr WiFi connection.
For easy access, PLDT Home’s Telpad or any Android device serves as remote control. Its features include 4GB of internal data storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI input and output and two USB ports. Subscribers only need to make a minimal addition of P199 to their monthly Fibr subscriptions to gain access to a whole new world of content online through their televisions.
“For us price is not an issue so Fibr subscribers can avail of it for only P199 only a month,” Dujali noted.
Equivalent to P6 a day, this price is very cheap compared to the prices of original DVDs—or even pirated ones at that.
And though TVolution’s optimum performance is best experienced with Fibr, Dujali also shared that viewing is still “seamless” with PLDT’s high-speed DSL connection with which TVolution is also compatible.
TVolution’s viewing pleasure starts when users access the pre-installed Clickplay and MyPinoyTV applications.
“At the Clickplay app, there are already 200 movies that subscribers can watch. These are mostly new titles that we get from partner outfits Warner Brothers and Sony. Our films are in time with the newest DVD releases,” shared Bryan Brantzeg, PLDT product specialist.
Insidious 2, Man of Steel and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 are just some of the latest movies that viewers can enjoy. If looking for older films, users can “rent” other titles with prices ranging from P30 to P90 only. The good thing about this is that the rented movie is directly charged to the subscriber’s PLDT billing account.
Over at MyPinoyTV, a wide range of current local and popular TV series is available.
Besides the two viewing apps, TVolution also allows access to more content by downloading apps like Spinnr by SMART Music, and EA Games through PLDT Home’s knaAPPsack.
Finally, multitasking—like folks are used to on their computers—is also possible with TVolution via apps like Kingsoft Office. This gives the ability to use their TVs to surf the Internet, and play games, both online and offline. Think magnified Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.