PLDT launches 'entertainment on demand' device

Posted at 01/31/14 10:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Telco giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has launched a plug and play device that allows subscribers to access the internet through their TV sets.

The TVolution, a product offered through PLDT HOME, transforms HDMI-ready TV sets to an Internet TV that can browse, stream movies, play games and access other multimedia content.

“[TVolution] is this small device that allows you to watch internet content not just from your computer but straight towards your television screen. What it does is, if you have a regular or an ordinary TV, it transforms the ordinary TV into an internet TV,” PLDT vice president and head of HOME broadband Gary Dujali told ABS-CBNnews.com on Thursday.

The TVolution operates on an Android-based platform and connects to any HDMI-ready TV and syncs with a PLDT HOME WiFi connection.

Currently, the TVolution has pre-installed content such as movies and TV series, which Dujali said will be updated in the coming months.

Aside from watching movies and TV shows, the device also allows subscribers to surf the internet and play games using a PLDT HOME Telpad or any Android device as a remote control.

“We are now into multimedia, it’s a different space. Apart from just giving you strong access, connection with fiber or DSL, we give you a host of other features that you can make use of with your broadband access,” Dujali said.

The device includes 4GB of internal data storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI input and output and two USB ports.

PLDT subscribers will have to pay an additional P199 to the monthly Fibr subscriptions to access the content.

Dujali said the device will work with other internet providers, but he noted that lab researches showed that the TVolution “will only be optimal for a certain speed,” particularly with PLDT’s fiber optic technology.

PLDT recently expanded its fiber network to 78,000 kilometers as part of the P19 billion capital expenditure modernization investment of the PLDT Group.

“It’s a way of redefining the whole market, gone are the days that you talk about ‘P900 = 1MB.’ It’s about the whole multimedia package,” said Dujali.

Fibr, PLDT’s fiber optic broadband service that can deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps, was launched in 2013.

From its initial launch of 200 exclusive subdivisions in the country, Dujali said fiber optic technology now caters to about 1,000 villages.