PLDT, Smart beef up digital entertainment content with Fox deal

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Tech titan PLDT and mobile operator Smart Communications bared on Tuesday, July 7, that it has signed up Fox International Channels to fortify its list of digital content partners.


This comes right after their recent partnership with Southeast Asia?s Internet TV service provider iflix that provides a library of movies and TV shows to the PLDT Group?s subscribers.

?This content partnership with Fox gives us unparalleled breadth and depth in our entertainment library. Aside from subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), our subscribers can now further enjoy entertainment everywhere as we also give them live shows and catch-up television on the various Fox channels,? PLDT and Smart EVP and consumer business group head Ariel P. Fermin said.

Jude H. Turcuato, SVP-GM FOX International Channels PH, added, ?With their nationwide reach and advanced multimedia platforms, PLDT Home and Smart are the ideal content partners for us. We look forward to bringing our multi-faceted entertainment offerings to millions of Filipino homes in partnership with these industry leaders.?

Fermin pointed out that the Fox partnership provides PLDT Home and Smart subscribers a complete menu of video content window options. This includes video-on-demand and SVOD services that are now available via Disney, iflix and Fox partnerships; cable TV that is offered through IPTV and Cignal over Fibr/DSL; live TV that is brought through both Fox and Pay Per View; and catch-up TV that is available on Fox.

The partnership will allow PLDT HOME and Smart subscribers access to the top-line video-on-demand content from Fox.

The partnership will also include the Fox top-up service which will allow subscribers to view nine live Fox channels which includes three channels for Fox Sports, National Geographic, NatGeo People, NatGeo Wild, Fox News, Channel M, and Star Chinese Channel.

The VOD service features top-rating TV series Walking Dead among other titles while blockbuster movies available via catch-up TV are the animated space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, the hero comedy-drama Hancock starring Will Smith, Dan Brown bestseller Angels and Demons with Tom Hanks, and last year?s kid?s favorites Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

The catch-up TV and LIVE offers will be headlined by the widely popular and international sports events such as Wimbledon.

Existing users of PLDT Home DSL can enjoy Fox VOD and top-up service as an add-on option on top of their monthly fees for only P99 per month, while Fibr subscribers can enjoy Fox as part of their subscription.

Further, Home customers who will upgrade to a TVolution or Telpad plan will have unlimited access to Fox with no additional monthly fee.

PLDT HOME Triple play subscribers will also get to enjoy Fox VOD and Catch-up TV service of select Fox channels like Fox Play, Fox Movies, and Fox Sports for free.

Smart subscribers, meanwhile, will be able to enjoy entertainment on the go with Fox for free as part of the Smart Life Entertainment Everywhere bundles that start from as low as P50 for three days, or also as an add-on option of P99 per month charged to their prepaid loads or on top of their postpaid accounts.

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