Monday, December 11, 2023

DOST, Converge ICT sign streaming deal

The Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-STII), Converge ICT Solutions, and Pacific Kabelnet (PKN) Group announced a collaboration to make DOSTv programs accessible separately via Converge’s forthcoming free streaming service and through PKN Group’s services, Vision and Fiber TV, in Metro Manila and across other regions in the country.

DOST secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. articulated his confidence in the partnership as one of the department’s milestones in taking the extra mile in promoting science, technology, and innovation in the country.

“To Converge and PKN Group, thank you very much for helping us spread the good news, for collaborating with us under one mission and one goal of building a culture of science, technology, and innovation — a vision that is deeply rooted in our shared commitment to push for socio-economic development for the benefit of our people and for our country.”

For his part, DOST-STII director Richard P. Burgos expressed his excitement in the newfound partnership with Converge and PKN, always believing that science communication will benefit more from the use of digital technology where the Filipinos will reap the benefits.

“We hope that every day it’s the Filipino people who will benefit, as they learn more from science and technology,” Burgos said. “With Converge and the PKN Group, we are poised to further our commitment to bring science closer to the people.”

DOST-STII will be launching four of its programs targeted toward a wide range of viewing demographics to create a culture of science within the Philippines.

The department aims to educate and raise awareness about science and technology (S&T) through its Video on Demand (VOD) streaming cooperation with Converge and the services of the PKN Group.

To be part of the offering to the viewing public are the flagship programs of the DOST-STII that make science stories more popular and relatable.

One program is “Siyensikat: Pinoy Popular Science Para sa Lahat” which is a 30-minute science telemagazine show that highlights the fulfillment of aspirations and gratitude from ordinary people seeking science and technology solutions.

Seeking to expand its audience and encourage viewers to see S&T as an aspirational career, the “ExperTalk” show is another 30-minute science program that features interviews and engagement with Filipino scientists and science and technology experts that chronicle their personal experiences as scientists and their contributions to the field of S&T that offer solution to everyday problems of the people.

To further show the benefits of science and technology in the lives of the Filipino people, a mini-documentary show called “Sinesiyensya” will feature real-life stories of Filipinos whose dreams and perseverance paid off with the help of science, technology, and innovation.

Likewise, to capture the interest and entertain the young and young-at-heart audiences, “Animagham” will feature short, animated clips intended to make science attractive, educational, informative, and entertaining.

Converge CEO and co-founder, Dennis Anthony H. Uy, said, “Technology has the power to reshape societies. We are glad that we can be used as an avenue for learning and development, especially of younger viewers.

“As I’ve always said, there is no lack of talent among Filipinos. We’re very gifted in Science and Technology, but we just need the proper ecosystem to develop science-minded individuals. Programs such as DOSTv are one concrete way of creating this ecosystem.”

Converge has been making a major play in promoting digital democracy in the Philippines through streaming and VOD. Last month, the ICT company announced its collaboration with TapDMV by launching BlastTV, a complimentary streaming value-added service for its subscribers under the first in the market “Watch Now, Pay Zero” initiative.

Frank Abalos, CEO of the PKN Group, added, “This collaboration enriches the offerings for our subscribers, especially in Luzon. With DOSTv’s addition, our audience will enjoy an even broader spectrum of on-demand  content.”


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