For the longest time, Roku has been the gold standard for streaming media boxes. Unfortunately, the US-based company hasn’t officially made its products available in the Philippines or even the rest of Asia. Alas, those who wanted a Roku box in the Philippines had to find gray market units and modify their geo-locked boxes.
Thankfully, that’s changed. The newest iteration of the PLDT TVolution will now be powered by Roku so for just Php199 a month, subscribers will be able to get a Roku-powered PLDT TVolution that has been designed specifically for the Philippine market. For a minimal subscription, you can enjoy Netflix, iFlix, Cignal and YouTube and a hundred or so streaming channels from a single media center that plugs seamlessly into your HDMI-enabled TV. Not only that, but you get a year’s free subscription to iFlix, as well as 30 day trials for Netflix and Cignal.
Of course, as soon as it was announced I was eager to get one for myself. Luckily, the folks at PLDT lent me one of the new Roku-powered PLDT TVolution set top boxes for me to review. Feel free to check it out and decide if it’s for you!