High-definition (HD) television viewing used to be a luxury, an option viewers can choose to enhance the viewing experience. But with the worldwide trend of switching from analog broadcast technology to digital transmission, HD is also slowly but surely becoming the standard for TV technology and viewing.
Unlike in the older analog method where the picture is grainy and transmission is not as clear, digital TV images are sharper and crisper for more intense action whether it’s sports, movies, or wildlife documentaries; audio is sharper, delivering a CD-quality experience. All in all, digital transmission is superior because it converts images and sounds into a richer format.
“Our digital broadcast technology allows us to deliver everything that HD promises to be—clearer, crisper and sharper image and audio quality for a more lifelike viewing experience,” says Annie Naval, chief operating officer and managing director for Cignal Digital TV. “We understand that the future is digital and we are at the forefront of this evolution in the Philippine television industry.”
To date, satellite television service provider Cignal Digital TV gives the Filipino viewing public a diverse range of 15 HD channels which includes: Discovery World HD, ESPN HD, Food Network HD, Fox Movies Premium HD, HBO HD, NBA Premium HD, National Geographic Channel HD, Star World HD, Fox Crime HD, Fashion TV HD, MTV Live HD, Universal HD, Cartoon Network HD, SyFy HD and Outdoor Channel HD.
Food Network HD Asia, one of the more popular culinary channels on US television today, is one HD channel exclusively seen on Cignal. It features the top-rating cooking show Down Home with the Neelys, whose new season launch will be announced during the Manila visit next week of the ‘king and queen of barbecue,’ Pat and Gina Neely.
How to get clear digital broadcast
Subscribers of Cignal will automatically enjoy HD beginning with postpaid Plan 590, as HD channels are already built in together with the standard definition (SD) lineup. All 15 HD channels are available on Plan 1590, along with free-to-air, premium and audio channels.
For more information on Cignal, visit http://www.cignal.tv/.
Launched in 2009, Cignal is the Philippine’s premier direct-to-home satellite television service provider broadcasting to households and commercial venues nationwide using DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) technology.
Transmitting 67 channels to date that includes free-to-air, premium, and HD, Cignal 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, Inc., the media partner of the PLDT, which also owns TV5.
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