Cignal Digital HD Pay TV service Available in Smart Wireless Nationwide

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UPDATE (June 28, 2012): Cignal informed me that they have better customer service now. Please check http://cignal.com.ph/ or Visit their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CignalDigitalTv and on twitter. @cignaltv

or call 02- 244-6251 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-10-244-6251 (outside Metro Manila) or text 391-800-8000

Mediascape launches country’s 1st nationwide Digital High Definition pay TV service

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Good news to TV lovers in the Philippines.

A new TV viewing standard has gone High Definition. High-definition television or HDTV is now available to households all over the Philippines via Mediascape’s Cignal.

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“This marks a significant milestone for the Philippine television industry. Cignal with its Cignal HD and Cignal Digital TV is the most aggressive initiative thus far to bring digital television to more Filipinos all over the country,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, Mediascape. “We are once more at the cutting edge of innovation, offering the next generation of advanced services to our people.”

High definition viewing is fast gaining popularity in countries like the U.S with more than 100 HD channels available and in Europe, around 77 HD channels. In Asia, Japan started the trend and is now being followed by Korea, Hong Kong & Singapore. The Philippines is now catching-up with its neighbors.
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“Filipinos are known to be early adopters of technology when services are made easily available and affordable, such as cellular communications and Internet connectivity. Cignal does the same for HDTV – it offers reliable and affordable HD viewing to Filipinos in every corner of the country,” said Orlando B. Vea, President of MediaScape, Inc. “It will also be more accessible to subscribers because they can avail of both Cignal HD and Cignal Digital TV’s competitive packages in all Smart Wireless Centers nationwide.”

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I was quite impressed with the quality of the TV experience even at standard definition that I nearly availed of the discount tonight but I knew I just had to ask permission from my husband. The thing is the favorite channels of my husband are not currently available. NO ANC Channel too! Maybe right now, there are limited channels but he just doesn’t want to give up his cable TV, just yet.

Cignal comes in two packages – Cignal HD and Cignal Digital TV – each boasting of a unique TV viewing experience. Currently, Cignal Digital TV provides 20 SD/standard definition top rating channels including GMA 7, ABS CBN 2, TV5, QTV, Studio 23, NBN, CS9, IBC13, ETC, @nd Avenue, Net 25, HBO, Disney Channel, PBO, and Viva Cinema. It also carries digital radio broadcasts of DZRH Television, 90.7 Love Radio, FM 101.1 Yes FM, Joey 92.3, Magic 89.9, 99.5RT, and NU107. More channels will be added into the roster of entertainment selections in the future.

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Cignal HD offers two exciting channels through its High Definition platform – Voom, a general entertainment channel that broadcasts a wide variety of programming from sports, fashion, concerts, and documentaries; and the History Channel which will show a variety of interesting topics that cover genres of world history – military, contemporary, historical, technology, and natural as well as science, archaeology, and pop culture. Watch out for more HD channels in the near future!

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As an added perk for High Definition subscribers, Cignal HD offers free viewing of top rated shows, such as the recent NBA finals. Cignal Digital TV has also offered the Pacquiao-Hatton fight and Eraserhead’s latest concert. Soon, Studio 23’s UAAP games can be viewed through Cignal HD.

Here are the current promotions

1. Standard definition.

-One time Fee of 2,500 pesos (includes outdoor Unit, set top box, cables and remote control unit, LNB)
-Installation Fee of 1000 pesos
-1 month advance of 390 pesos (21 standard definition channels (20 Channels and 1 PPV channel)

Total Cash out is 3890 pesos

Lock in Period of 24 months

There is also a Prepaid of 6,090 total cash out

2. High Definition (Post Paid) with SD/HD Combo

– One time Fee at 4,800 pesos (IncludesOutdoor unit, Set Top Box, Cables (HDMI, RG6, and RCA) and Remote control unit, LNB)
– Installation Fee at 1,000 pesos
– 1 month advance of 790 pesos (2 HD Channels and 21 SD Channels)

Total Cash out of 6,590 pesos

Lock-in for 24 months

3. High Definition (Post Paid) Basic

– One time Fee at 6,500 pesos (IncludesOutdoor unit, Set Top Box, Cables (HDMI, RG6, and RCA) and Remote control unit, LNB)
– Installation Fee at 1,000 pesos
– 1 month advance of 450 pesos (2 HD Channels)

Total Cash out of 7,950 pesos

Lock-in for 24 months

If you don’t own a HDTV, you might as well get the standard definition promo.

UPDATE (June 28, 2012): Cignal informed me that they have better customer service now. Please check http://cignal.com.ph/ or call 02- 244-6251 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-10-244-6251 (outside Metro Manila) or text 391-800-8000.

Visit their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CignalDigitalTv and on twitter. @cignaltv

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