Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cable TV: SKYcable vs. Cebu Cable vs. Cignal vs. Dream

Previously, I have posted the complete channel listings of both SKYcable and Cebu Cable. This time, let's compare the various offerings from the different cable companies in Metro Cebu. Let's find out which is the most sulit between SKYcable Silver 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal Plan 790 and Dream Star 650.


Here is the comparative table of channel availability for the selected cable packages:

FREE TVSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
ABS-CBN (VHF 2)YESYESYESYES
PTV (VHF 4)YESYESYES
TV5 (VHF 5)YESYESYESYES
GMA Cebu (VHF 7)YESYESYESYES
GMA Manila (VHF 7)YES
Solar News Channel (VHF 9)YESYESYES
GMA News TV (VHF 11)YESYESYESYES
IBC (VHF 13)YESYESYESYES
ETC (UHF 21)YESYESYESYES
Studio 23 (UHF 23)YESYESYESYES
Net 25 (UHF 25)YESYESYES
2nd Avenue (UHF 29)YESYESYES
Jack City (UHF 31)YESYES
Light TV 33 (UHF 33)YES
UNTV (UHF 37)YESYESYES
ACQ-KBN (UHF 39)YES
Aksyon TV (UHF 41)YESYESYES
3ABN (UHF 45)YES
INC TV (UHF 49)YESYESYES
RHTV (UHF 43 Cebu)YES
CCTN (UHF 47 Cebu)YESYES
GNN (UHF 44 Pampanga)YES
KIDSSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
AnimaxPLAN 1050YESYES
Cartoon NetworkYESYESYESYES
Disney ChannelYESYESYES
Disney JuniorADD 100YESYES
NickelodeonYESYESYESYES
ToonamiADD 20YESYES
HeroYES
INFOSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Animal PlanetADD 50YES
Biography ChannelYESYESYES
Discovery ChannelYESYESYESYES
Discovery Home & HealthADD 20YES
Discovery KidsADD 50YES
Discovery ScienceADD 20YES
Discovery TurboADD 20YESPLAN 1290
History ChannelYESYESYES (in HD)YES
Knowledge ChannelYESYES
Nat Geo AdventureADD 20YESYES (in HD)
Nat Geo WildADD 20YESYES
National Geographic ChannelYESYESYESYES
ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLESKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Asian Food ChannelYESYESYES
AXNYESYESYESYES
BeTVYESYESYES
ColoursYES
(in SD & HD)
Crime & InvestigationADD 20YESYES
Diva UniversalYESPLAN 990
E! EntertainmentYESYESPLAN 990
Fashion TVYESYESYES (in HD)
Food NetworkYES
FoxYESYESYES (in HD)YES
Fox CrimeYESYESPLAN 990
(in HD)
Fox FilipinoYESYES
FXADD 20YES
Jack TVYESYES
Jeepney TVYES
Lifestyle NetworkYES
LifetimeYES
Living AsiaYESYESYES
Outdoor ChannelYESYES (in HD)
RLT-CBSYES
Star WorldYESYESYES
(in SD & HD)
YES
TeleAsia ChineseYES
TeleAsia FilipinoYES
TelenovelaYESYES
TLCYESYESYES
Tru TVYESYES
Universal ChannelYES
Warner Channel (WBTV)YESYESPLAN 1290
SPORTSSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
BallsYES
Basketball TVYESYESYESYES
Fox SportsYESYESYES
(in SD & HD)
YES
Fox Sports NewsYES
HyperYES
KixYES
NBA PremiumADD 200YES (in HD)
Pinoy Extreme SportsYES
Solar SportsYESYESYES
Star SportsYESYESYESYES
MOVIESSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Cinema OneYES
CinemaxYESYESYES
Fox Family MoviesYESPLAN 990
Fox Movies PremiumPLAN 499
(in HD)
YESYES (in HD)
HBOYESYESYES
(in SD & HD)
YES
Lotus MoviesYES
Pinoy Box OfficeYESYESYESYES
Screen RedADD 50YESPLAN 1290
Star MoviesYESYESYESYES
Turner Classic MoviesADD 20YES
Viva CinemaYESYESYES
NEWSSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Al JazeeraYESYESYES
ANCYES
BBCYESYESYES
BloombergYESYESPLAN 1590
Channel News AsiaYESYESYES
CNNYESYESYES
(in SD & HD)
YES
CNN Headline NewsADD 20YES
DYAB TeleradyoYES
DZMM TeleradyoYES
Fox NewsADD 20YES
Weather InformationYES
MUSICSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Channel VYESYESYES
MTVPLAN 499,
ADD 50 (in HD)
YESYES
MYXYES
Videoke ChannelYES
FOREIGNSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Arab Digital DistributionYES
ArirangYESYESYES
Australia NetworkYESYESYESYES
CCTV 4YESYES
CCTV 9YESYES
CCTV NewsADD 199
(Chinese Pack)
YES
Channel MADD 199
(Korean Pack 1)
YES
Da Ai Tzu ChiYES
Deutsch WelleYES
DWTV (Germany)YESYES
France 24YES
KBS WorldYESYES
MBC KoreaADD 800YES
Motor VisionYES
NHK WorldYESYESYES
Now TVYES
PhoenixADD 150YES
Rai ItaliaYESYES
REDYES
Russia TodayYES
Star Chinese Channel (Xing Kong)ADD 199
(Chinese Pack)
YESYES
TV5 Monde (France)YESYES
TVe (EspaƱol)ADD 20YES
Voice of AmericaYESYES
ZBTVYES
SHOPPINGSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
EZ ShopYES
O ShoppingYES
Shop TVYES
RELIGIOUSSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
EWTNYESYESYES
Hope TVYES
Smile of a Child TVYES
TV MariaYES
LOCALSKYcable 780Cebu Cable 675Cignal 790Dream 650
Cebu Living ChannelYES
Community ChannelYESYESYES
My SkyYES
My TVYES
Preview ChannelYES
Sky Channel 32YES
Sky Channel 34YES
Sky OneYES

Observations

  • For channels on free TV, all major local channels are covered, so any of the four options are okay. But if you have some favorite channels on the UHF band, you'd have to check if it's available to make sure you can watch them.
  • For kids channels, Cebu Cable and Cignal get the upper-hand as they have six channels on the get-go.
  • For information channels, Cebu Cable wins via landslide.
  • For entertainment and lifestyle, SKYcable has the most channels.
  • If you are a sports fan, especially if you are an NBA fan, Cignal is your best friend, as it has the most number of sports channels, plus you get NBA Premium TV without paying extra.
  • For news, SKYcable has the slight advantage. But if you can live without the ABS-CBN bundle (ANC, DYAB and DZMM), Cebu Cable or Cignal would definitely suffice.

Overall, the most sulit would really depend on your preferences. If you are a channel surfer, then the number of channels on the line-up might matter. But if you're a fan of a particular genre or have favorite channels that are only offered on one provider, then that might be the deciding factor for you. It would also depend on the availability or signal strength of the cable provider in your area. In the end, what matters is that you enjoy what you are watching and make the most out of your cable TV subscription.

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