Cignal forges on with the most HD channels nationwide, launches original premium offerings

Mediaquest President and CEO Ray C. Espinosa

High-definition (HD) satellite TV provider, Cignal Digital TV, adds more oomph to local TV viewing with the launch of its own living magazine and sports channels, and the addition of new HD channels – making it the premiere pay TV provider with the most HD channels nationwide.

In an exclusive and lavish gathering held last March 6, 2012 at the NBC Tent in The Fort co-hosted by international TV personality Oli Pettigrew, Cignal unveiled two original channels—Colours and Hyper.

Colours is a living magazine channel which will feature top-rating international shows on food, fashion, wellness, home, travel and reality. Meanwhile, Hyper is a 24/7 sports channel which will air highly anticipated sporting events such as the upcoming London Olympics, the ATP World Tour, PXC, La Liga and BundesLiga, among others. Both new channels will be available starting April and will be accessible to all Cignal subscribers.

The star-studded launch featured riveting performances from top local talents such as the FilharmoniKA, The Dawn, and renowned dance groups, Ballet Philippines and Philippine All Stars. In addition to free flowing food and drinks, Cignal raffled off exciting prizes and awarded three pairs of best dressed guests with a free year-long Post-Paid Plan 1590 subscription and a brand new LCD TV.

Plan 1590 is Cignal’s newest and top of the line post-paid plan which carries the complete Cignal line-up that includes 15 HD channels—the most number nationwide in Philippine pay TV today. Cignal’s beefed up HD programming consists of Discovery World HD, ESPN HD, Food Network HD, Fox Movies Premium HD, HBO HD, NBA Premium HD, National Geographic Channel HD, Star World HD, plus the 7 HD newcomers Fox Crime HD, Fashion TV HD, MTV Live HD, Universal HD, Cartoon Network HD, Syfy HD and Outdoor Channel HD.

Aside from these, Cignal also added 14 new standard definition (SD) channels including 2nd Ave., Screen Red, Solar Sports, Nickelodeon, Fox News Channel, Bloomberg, Asian Food Channel, Fox Filipino, Nat Geo Wild, NHK World, Star Chinese Channel, E! Entertainment, TruTV and Warner TV. With the exception of Post-Paid Plan 1590, all 21 new channels will be selectively available to Cignal subscribers. For the updated channel line-up, visit www.cignal.tv.

Cignal is the Philippines’ premier direct-to-home (DTH) satellite provider. Launched in 2009, Cignal broadcasts to households and commercial venues nationwide using direct broadcast satellite (DBS) technology. Come April, Cignal will be transmiting 66 channels, which includes free-to-air, SD, and HD channels. It also offers on-demand service through its pay-per-view channel, and a varied mix of 10 audio channels. Cignal is owned and operated by MediaScape Inc., a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media partner of the PLDT Group of Companies.

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DISCLOSURE: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan is chairman of MediaScape Inc. and  ABC Development Corporation, operator of TV5, for which InterAksyon.com is the online news portal.

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