By Espie Angelica A. de Leon
Globe Telecom has launched the Globe Streamwatch, the first Roku-powered streaming stick in the Philippines made possible by the telco’s partnership with US-based streaming platform Roku.
Unveiled to the public at SM Megamall Fashion Hall on October 24, the device allows users to watch anything they want on demand on their HDMI-ready TV even without cable connection.
Its selection of viewing fare cuts across more than 100 free channels and more than a million shows, videos, and movies. Its free channels come with a variety of content — from games and kiddie shows to food, travel, lifestyle, sports, and educational programs.
Meanwhile, Globe’s partners such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney Channel Apps, and HOOQ make it possible for the viewer to watch their shows, movies, and videos via the Globe Streamwatch.
“It’s an amazing device,” said Globe at Home marketing head Barbie Dapul during the launch. “Everything you ask for is in that little stick.”
To add more convenience and excitement to the viewing experience, the stick comes with a remote control built with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Disney Channel Apps, YouTube, and HOOQ.
It also has a companion app called Streamwatch, downloadable from Google Play Store and App Store. By using this app, the smartphone may function as a remote control, allowing the user to access his Roku powered stick from his mobile device.
Aside from the wide scope of its content, the device is also portable and thus, may be carried around the house to be used on different TVs inside, or be brought to another house or to a hotel. Because it is small, it can be placed behind the television when not in use. It is also easy to install.
The Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered device is available through Globe at Home broadband plans 1299 at an introductory offer of an additional P50 for 24 months or a one-time payment of P999.
Globe at Home has also partnered with Fox Networks Group for its Fox+ video streaming service. Available soon on Globe Streamwatch, Fox+ brings to screens the latest TV and movie chart toppers, live sports competitions, and interesting documentaries such as The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Formula One, and The Long Road Home.