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Published in SunStar Davao on October 13, 2016
Launched on September 26 at Makati Shangri-La, PLDT’s Smart Home is an innovative and futuristic move built on these key pillars: connectivity, peace of mind, entertainment, and convergence and automation.
“This is a new era in digital as we make Filipino homes stronger, safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable via PLDT’s Smart Home which has powerful connectivity and an integrated suite of innovative, reliable and family-friendly products and services,” PLDT FVP and Head of Home Operations Oscar A. Reyes Jr. said. “This is made possible with several local and global partnerships that we entered into recently which are aimed at enhancing and enriching the lives of millions of digitally connected Filipinos powered by PLDT Home and Smart Communications for mobile services.”
Leading telco and digital services provider PLDT through its consumer business unit PLDT HOME is bringing the Smart Home suite of services to Filipino families with a string of partnerships with leaders in retail and entertainment.
By continuously pursuing strategic and global partnerships to stay ahead of the game, the company announced key alliances with new partners including U.S.-leading video streaming platform from Roku Inc. for Internet TV; global internet television network Netflix for an extensive library of award-winning TV and movie titles; e-commerce giant Amazon for online shopping; and iWant TV, the leading player in the over-the-top (OTT) content platform in the Philippines.
The Roku streaming platform, with Philippines as the first country to join the ranks of its international markets, allows users to easily stream their favorite TV shows and movies on their TV screens.
iWant TV lets users stream their favorite ABS-CBN shows, both past and presently airing. Popular teleseryes are easily accessible on-demand so avid followers can catch up on the latest drama twists, while news and current affairs shows are also available for streaming.
Netflix continually adds new TV programs and films to the service, bringing the joy of entertainment to over 81 million members in 190 countries. Users can watch today’s top original Netflix series while profiles allow different members of the household to have their own personalized Netflix experience. There are also parental control settings and child-friendly films to ensure a safe-viewing experience for kids.
Peace of mind is a commitment to help parents feel more secure about the safety of their children when they are away, manifested through PLDT Home’s products and services. These products and services include the home monitoring system Fam Cam; the multi-functional kid-friendly gadget Smart Watch; and the cyber safety solution Family Zone, all best used with the Telpad.
“PLDT’s Smart Home is a home where digital innovations advance the security, safety, convenience and entertainment experiences at home and beyond. It is a home where communication and connection are made easier by digital technology,” Reyes pointed out.
The connectivity that binds the Smart Home is enabled by the country’s most powerful broadband, PLDT Home Fibr, which delivers the Philippines’ first and fastest Internet of up to 1 Gbps. This allows for high-speed browsing of multiple websites and the country’s first symmetrical speed service which provides equal upload and download speeds.
PLDT HOME has pioneered the convergence of wired and wireless connections through the data sharing feature which allows subscribers to seamlessly share data to pre-connected mobile accounts with leading wireless service provider Smart Communications, thus revolutionizing the way families share and enjoy their high-speed connection.
When it comes to world-class entertainment, PLDT HOME has always been at the forefront of providing subscribers with diverse and compelling content—from well-loved kid-friendly content like games and e-books (Disney through Telpad) and sports (Fox Sports, NBA Premium HD via Cignal) to gaming (Steam) and video-on-demand (iflix). Subscribers also enjoy the benefits of compact access to information and entertainment through the most powerful PC in a stick—the TVolution Stick. Adding to this entertainment suite are the partnerships with Netflix, iWantTV and Roku.
At the press conference before the launch event, PLDT and Smart Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan announced that this is just the beginning. Partnering with a powerhouse cast of global providers will help reach their goal of providing the best experience for the Filipino families. Soon e-commerce partnerships with Amazon, PayMaya, and other tie-ups with Microsoft, Huawei, Intel and Sony will be available to PLDT Home and Smart subscribers.
“PLDT’s Smart Home evolved from our pioneering concept of the Connected Home,” Reyes said.
“The connected home was our vision of the modern Filipino home wherein families are connected, entertained and secured with the help of digital innovations powered by PLDT HOME. It was the starting point of our journey. In response to the fast-changing digital needs of Filipino families, we are fortifying that vision with the launch of PLDT’s Smart Home. It is a more integrated version of the connected home, where each product or service interacts with each other to perform harmonized tasks meant to ease and enrich the lives of our subscribers. It’s a Home that cares; it listens, protects, interacts and simplifies our lives.”
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