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SkyCable is a direct-to-home cable TV subscription service and the largest cable company in the Philippines. It is established by the Lopez and Central CATV group of companies, and one of ABS-CBN Corporation subsidiaries. It should not be confused as another service of British Sky Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, neither it nor its parent company, News Corporation, owns interest in SkyCable even the latter carries STAR TV and Fox International Channels. On January 1990, SkyCable was founded and started its CATV operation on January 26, 1992 and rolled out 8,500 miles of fiber optic cables. In 1995, SkyCable grew its subscriber base to 20,000 subscribers.<ref>SkyCable website under Corporate, subcategory Company history</ref> In 2006, it launched Silver Prepaid, the first prepaid cable TV service in the Philippines and expanded its business by venturing into Internet and VoIP services in 2008.<ref>SkyCable History Data retrieved via 10-22-2010</ref> Today, it has over half a million subscribers.<ref></ref><ref></ref>



Since it started community antenna television system operation in the Philippines on January 26, 1992, SkyCable provides cable Internet, VoIP services and digital cable TV service.

Company timeline





  • SkyCable launched The "i" channel and Sky Movies (its first local movie channel) replacing HBO Asia.
  • SkyCable launched its own shopping channel, Sky Mall replacing Sky Shop.<ref name=""/><ref></ref>
  • January 1, 1994 – SkyCable launched Asia Business News.
  • June 12, 1994 – SkyCable launched Sky1: The Filipino Channel (later renamed to Pinoy Blockbuster Channel then to Cinema One.











  • May 7, 2004 – SkyCable launched ETC and Sports Plus (now a defunct channel).
  • July 1, 2004 – SkyCable changed their hotline number to 631-0000.




  • April 12, 2007 – SkyCable launched DZMM TeleRadyo on channel 22,<ref>DZMM Milestone,</ref> moving MTV Philippines (now a defunct channel) on channel 57 and Channel News Asia to channel 79.
  • June 26, 2007 – SkyCable reformatted SkySked on channel 11.
  • August 13, 2007 – Channel realignment: DZMM TeleRadyo to channel 26, Zpdee to channel 61, Iglesia Ni Cristo TV to channel 22, and NHK World Premium to channel 78.
  • August 15, 2007 – SkyCable launched Makisig Network (formerly Karera Channel) on channel 76.<ref>CASBAA Official Website,</ref>
  • September 1, 2007 – Balls conducted test broadcast, aired the 2007 US Open.
  • September 15, 2007 – MySky conducted test broadcast on channel 33.
  • November 7, 2007 – Channel realignment: Velvet on channel 25, Balls on channel 33 and Maxxx (now a defunct channel) on channel 61 (test broadcast), while CUBEiTV to channel 67.





Channel line-up

Below is the current programming lineup of SkyCable channels in Metropolitan Manila excluding its Edge lineup and service areas in CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) and Rizal. The following lists are lifted from its digital platform.<ref name="" />

Local Movies General Entertainment Documentary Kids
News Sports Music Foreign Religious
Channel Network Minimum Package Group(s) Notes
6 PTV Plan 280
8 ABS-CBN Plan 280
10 TV5 Plan 280
11 Preview Channel Plan 280 Currently airs KidsCo until December 22, 2011.
12 GMA Plan 280
13 Shop TV Plan 280
14 ETC Plan 280
15 IBC Plan 280
16 Talk TV Plan 280
17 Studio 23 Plan 280
18 Net 25 Plan 280
19 2ndavenue Plan 280
20 GEM TV Plan 280
21 Universal Channel Plan 280
22 Asian Food Channel Plan 280
23 MYX Plan 280
24 GMA News TV Plan 280
25 History Plus, Max or Silver
26 DZMM TeleRadyo Plan 280
27 ANC Plus
28 CNN International Plan 280
29 BBC World News Plan 280 Available only on digital platform.
30 Bloomberg Television Silver Available only on digital platform.
31 ESPN Silver
32 STAR Sports Silver
33 Basketball TV Plan 280 Available only on digital platform.
34 Balls Plan 280
35 AXN Beyond Silver
36 MAX Gold
37 Diva Universal Gold
38 Disney Junior Gold
39 Discovery Channel Plus, Max or Gold
40 Animal Planet Plus or Gold
41 National Geographic Channel Plan 280
42 Knowledge Channel Plan 280
43 Cartoon Network Plan 280
44 Hero TV Plan 280
45 Nickelodeon Plan 280
46 Animax Silver
47 Disney Channel Plan 280
48 STAR World Plan 280
49 AXN Plan 280
50 Fox Max
51 Jack TV Plan 280 or Plan 499
52 Lifestyle Network Plan 280 or Silver
53 Velvet Plan 280 or Silver
54 HBO Plan 499
55 STAR Movies Plus or Plan 499
56 Cinema One Plan 280
57 E! Silver
58 UNTV Plan 280 Channel 33 on analog platform.
59 AksyonTV Plan 280
60 TeleNovela Channel Plan 280
61 Fox Family Movies Silver
62 Thrill Plan 499
63 KIX Plan 499
64 Fox Crime Silver
65 Bio Plus, Max or Silver
66 Nat Geo Wild Gold
67 Crime & Investigation Network Premium
68 NBA Premium TV Premium
69 All Sports Network Premium
70 Solar Sports Plan 499
71 MTV Southeast Asia Silver
72 CGE.TV Plan 280
73 SkyCable Season Pass Available only on digital platform.
74 Reserved
75 KBS World Plan 280 (Korean)
76 EWTN Plan 280
77 Saudi 1 Plan 280 (Arabic)
78 NHK World Premium Silver (Japanese)
79 DW-TV Asien Plan 280 (German)
80 TVE Plan 280 (Spanish)
81 TV5MONDE Asie Plan 280 (French)
82 Channel News Asia Silver
83 Chinese Entertainment Channel Plan 280 (Chinese)
84 The Game Channel Plan 280
99 Preview Channel Plan 280 Currently airs KidsCo until December 22, 2011.
100 HBO Hits Platinum (HBO Pak)
101 HBO Signature Platinum (HBO Pak)
102 HBO Family Platinum (HBO Pak)
105 TCM Platinum (Metro Pack)
106 MGM Channel Platinum (Metro Pack)
110 HLN Platinum (Metro Pack)
111 CNBC Plus or Gold
112 Fox News Channel Gold
113 Living Asia Channel Plan 280 Shared programming with San Lazaro Broadcasting Network.
120 TLC Max or Platinum (Metro Pack)
121 Discovery Home & Health Platinum (Metro Pack)
122 Discovery Turbo Plus or Platinum (Metro Pack)
123 Discovery Science Platinum (Metro Pack)
124 Nat Geo Adventure Platinum (Metro Pack)
125 Boomerang Platinum (Kids Pack)
126 CBeebies Platinum (Kids Pack)
130 Australia Network Plan 499 or Silver
131 KidsCo Platinum (Kids Pack)
132 Fashion TV Platinum (Metro Pack)
135 Reserved
136 Iglesia ni Cristo TV Plan 280
140 BabyTV Platinum (Kids Pack)
141 CTS Platinum (Metro Pack) (Korean)
145 CCTV News Platinum (Metro Pack) (Chinese)
146 STAR Plus Platinum (Metro Pack) (Hindi)
147 Arirang TV Plan 280 (Korean)
148 MBC Platinum (MBC Pack) (Korean)
149 SBS Platinum (SBS Pack) (Korean)
150 Voice of America Plan 280 Multilingual
151 Al Jazeera English Silver
152 STAR News Premium (Hindi)
153 Life OK Premium (Hindi)
154 STAR Gold Premium (Hindi)
155 Euronews Plan 280
156 FX Platinum (Metro Pack)
157 Phoenix InfoNews Channel Premium (Chinese)
158 Phoenix Chinese Channel Premium (Chinese)
159 STAR Chinese Movies Premium (Chinese)
160 TV Maria Plan 280
161 Light TV 33 Plan 280 Channel 5 on analog platform.
162 Sonshine Media Network International Plan 280 Channel 95 on analog platform.
163 3ABN International Plan 280 Channel 96 on analog platform
164 Discovery HD World HD Innovation
165 History HD HD Innovation
166 National Geographic Channel HD HD Revolution
167 SkyCable Season Pass PPV HD This channel assignment may vary from time to time.
168 HBO HD HD Innovation
169 HBO Hits HD HBO Premium Pack
170 STAR Movies HD HD Revolution
171 Fox Family Movies HD HD Revolution
172 STAR World HD HD Revolution
173 Fox HD HD Revolution
174 Fox Crime HD HD Revolution
175 NBA Premium TV HD NBA Premium Pack
177 ASN HD ASN Premium Pack
178 Reserved

Basic cable packages

In order to be competitive in the cable TV industry, SkyCable adopts an alternative pricing model for its subscribers. It allows its subscribers to select their own packages or channels, comparable to a pay per channel service most generally used in the United States. SkyCable also introduces the package-pricing model typically used by other cable television providers in which channels are classified into packages.


The SkyCable postpaid bundles are categorized into 9 clusters named as Select, 280, Plus, 499, Max, Silver, Gold, Platinum, HD and a separate payment scheme for its Premium/Pay-Per-View.<ref name=""/>


SkyCable also offers prepaid packages to its cable TV service, the Silver Prepaid and Select Plus Prepaid. It is a prepaid cable TV service based on a non-recurring subscription scheme and allows non-postpaid customers to subscribe to selected channels and pay only for the desire duration of viewing and the service requires a digital addressable set-top boxes. The prepaid plans comes in an array of card denomination to choose from that is suitable to its non-postpaid subscribers. Currently, Silver Prepaid and Select Plus Prepaid packages comes in similar denomination: 3, 15 and 30 days.<ref></ref>

Cable services

SkyCable coverage area for analog cable TV is available in selected areas in Metropolitan Manila and its suburb while its digital services covers key cities in the Philippines. It offers basic to premium cable TV services.

Digital system

In an ongoing exertion to battle cable piracy and averting illegitimate connections,<ref></ref> SkyCable through SkyCable Digital adopts digital video broadcasting for cable or DVB-C. It is a standard for transmitting digital television signal over cable. SkyCable uses digital video compression or distribution through its digital addressable box or the Digibox, a digital set-top box that uses the DVB-C broadcast standard to give its subscribers access to its digital infrastructure.<ref name=""></ref>

Set-top box

The Digibox provides an enhanced viewing experience with features such as crystal clear picture quality; allowing its users to customize its viewing preferences by organizing its channels and useful programming information by its real-time onscreen electronic program guide with highlights and synopsis of every program shown; and an in-house mail function for its technical and corporate announcements.<ref></ref> One key feature of the Digibox is the parental control lock that can pre-select channels and set an automatic parental rating level that locks programs or channels. It also has built-in games, the classic Tetris and GoBang.<ref name=""/>

  • First Generation (Black/Silver SD-First Edition): The CDVBC5120 (first edition) is a cable digital receiver used to decode digital program sdistributed by CATV or MMDS. Designed for operators who utilize Irdeto front end, the receiver supports Irdeto CA. The available S/P DIF digital audio output brings users excellent enjoyment. Other features are: powerful single chip LSI SC2005, DVB-C/MPEG2 compliant, multi-QAM demodulation selection over QAM16, QAM32, QAM64, QAM128 and QAM256, mail and message functionality and support for Finger Print Display with aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9 on PAL/NTSC resolution.<ref></ref>
  • Second Generation (Silver SD-Second Edition): The CDVBC5120 (second edition) is a compact standard definition digital receiver. designed for pay TV-terrestrial television operators based on the DVB-C EN300 429 demodulation standard. The product supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Layer 1 and 2 for audio decoding on ISO/IEC 13818-3 while its video decoding uses the ISO/IEC 13818-2, MPEG-2 MP@Ml standard with an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9 on PAL/NTSC resolution. It also uses the ISO/IEC 1381801 demultiplexer standard.<ref></ref>
  • Third Generation (Black SD): The N5166 is a low cost compact SD digital receiver, designed for both free-to-air and pay TV cable services based on the DVB-C EN300 429 demodulation standard. The product is based on ISO/IEC 13818-3 audio standards and supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Layer 1 and 2 audio decoding. Its video decoding uses ISO/IEC 13818-2, MPEG-2 MP@Ml standard with an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9 on PAL/NTSC/Auto resolution. It also uses the ISO/IEC 1381801 demultiplexer standard.<ref></ref>
  • Fourth Generation (White HD): The CDVBC-8750 HDTV provides standard and high definition reception based on the DVB-C EN300 429 demodulation standard using ISO/IEC 13818-1 demultiplexer. Its video decoding uses ISO/IEC 13818-2MP/HL, ISO/IEC 14496 with an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9, and using a 1920x1980 video resolution while its audio uses ISO/IEC 13818-3, AAC, Dolby AC3 on MPEG1 Layer 1 and 2.<ref></ref>
  • Fifth Generation (Silver SD/HD PVR): is an advanced and full-featured SD/HD DVR digital receiver, optimized for pay-TV cable services. The product provides standard and high definition reception based on MPEG4 (H.264)/MPEG2 and DVB-C standards. With full suite of content protection facilities, it enables viewers to download premium, pay-TV content on its hard disk drive to watch at their convenience. It uses HDMI and cable components, with Dolby Digital sound and digital video broadcasting.

Smart card

SkyCable Digital’s Digibox conveys programming with encryption to alleviate signal piracy. It utilizes ISO/IEC 7816 smart cards, which transmit digital signals to the receiver to decrypt the programming for viewing. To fully consummate the Digibox, it uses Irdeto Access B.V. smart cards, which are ISO/IEC 7816 compliant. It is given to all subscribers with standard and high definition set-top boxes. The smart card stores the subscriber’s information and the plan to which they subscribe.<ref></ref>

High-definition channels

On September 19, 2008, SkyCable initiated the pay-per-view broadcast of the 2008 Ryder Cup<ref></ref> golf tournament in high-definition (HD). It is transmitted in 1080i resolution and paves the way for the Philippines to convey the first HD signal. In July 2009, Skycable also commenced a locally produced HD program through, now the defunct Balls HD, the collegiate basketball tournament—University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.<ref></ref> At present, SkyCable offers nine HD channels accessible through separate payment. Lineup consists of Discovery HD World, History HD, National Geographic Channel HD, HBO HD, NBA Premium TV HD, STAR Movies HD, Fox Crime HD, ESPN HD and the PPV (pay-per-view) HD.<ref name="ReferenceB"/><ref></ref>

Personal video recording

On December 8, 2010, SkyCable announced that it would launch a new service similar to U.S.-based TiVo for its high and standard definition services within the first quarter of 2011.<ref>Inquirer.Net Business News</ref> Initially, the service will be called PVR or personal video recording, which has a 500GB internal hard drive enough to record 135 hours of cable programs in high definition or 217 hours for its standard definition service. Distinct from regular digital video recorders, the PVR uses the built-in electronic program guide that enables its subscribers which programs to be recorded. The new service will also feature Timeshift, a new way of recording programs to be viewed to at a time more opportune to its subscribers, and that would also allow recording of favorite programs on a time delay basis. Timeshift will also allow its subscribers or has the ability to pause live broadcast and in slow motion.<ref>BusinessWorld Online, Business News</ref> On March 21, 2011, SkyCable launches its first personal video recording in the Philippines, the iRecord. It is an enhanced version of its digibox. It allows subscribers to record cable programs up to 145 hours in standard definition or 86 hours in high definition platform. It comes with a 320GB disk space.<ref></ref>

Former services

SkyCard Mastercard/SkyCard-Citibank Mastercard

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The first cable TV branded credit card in the Philippines.

In June 1997, SkyCable in partnership with SolidBank Corporation through Solidcard Products Corp. launches the first cable TV branded credit card in the Philippines, the SkyCard Mastercard. A fully-integrated credit card exclusive to its qualified subscribers. At the height of partnership, First Metro Investment Corp., a financing house of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company is in talks with SolidBank Corp. for possible merger and acquisition.<ref name=""/><ref></ref> On June 1, 2000, First Metro Investment Corp. fully acquired the financial and non-real estate resources of SolidBank.<ref></ref> And on September 22, 2000, First Metro Investment Corp. completed its acquisition of SolidBank Corp. and its subsidiaries AB Card and Solidcard Products corporations and launches its own brand, the Metrobank Value Mastercard. At the time of the merger, SkyCable through Sky Vision Corporation turned its financial facilities and transferred its SkyCard Mastercard accounts to Citibank N.A. and rebranded it to SkyCard-Citibank Mastercard. Months after it was launched, the SkyCard-Citibank Mastercard failed to reach its target market and eventually ended the partnership.<ref name=""/>


Alleged GMA Network signal tampering/distortion

In February 2003, Philippine television network, GMA, one of ABS-CBN closest competitor complained about the alleged tampering, distortion of cable signal and unilaterally rechanneling the free-to-air TV channels in Metropolitan Manila without securing an approval from local authorities, the National Telecommunication Commission. Local authorities decided on April 25, 2003 that SkyCable violated the provisions of Memorandum Circular 4-08-88 and ordered to carry the free-to-air television signal on its system except when theoretically impracticable. It also ordered SkyCable to faithfully and strictly conforms with the requirements and to conclude from randomly changing channel assignments without notice and approval from local authorities. As a result, SkyCable filed a motion for reconsideration addressing the rule invalidate the means as it conflicts with a state law on intellectual property but local authorities denied the motion and directed SkyCable to comply with its previous decision. Consequently, the latter filed another appeal through an appellate court but still rejected their request and ordered them to conform to local authorities resolution.<ref></ref>

Solar Entertainment’s channels ousted

Purportedly losing advertising revenue to Solar Entertainment’s channels which favored by advertisers for its cheaper airtime rates, SkyCable decided in January 2008 to dislodge Solar’s six channels namely, Basketball TV, Solar Sports, ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV and Crime/Suspense) in favor for its in-house programming created by its local subsidiary, Creative Programs, Inc.<ref name=""/> SkyCable explicates the changes was an introduction of new channels and part of company’s effort to simplify its service and removing redundant channels. The latter wanted to streamline and strengthen its programming, thus launching six new channels, AXN Beyond, Balls, Fox Crime, KidsCo, Maxxx and Velvet. In July 2010, almost two years after SkyCable ousted Solar Entertainment channels; the cable company ties up again with the content provider.<ref></ref>

STAR TV pulled its plug

Due to programming costs, STAR TV pulled its plug over SkyCable while a negotiation was still in the offing. In May 1999, STAR TV decided to unilaterall ceased its entire channel signal and demanded SkyCable to carry STAR Movies, STAR World, STAR Sports, ESPN, Viva Cinema, Channel V, STAR Movies Mandarin (now STAR Chinese Movies) and the National Geographic Channel (formerly NBC Asia) and asked the cable company to pay twice the amount from its original contract. As a result, SkyCable dropped STAR TV channels and its affiliates and launches Lifestyle Network. After three years of absence, SkyCable and its sister company, Home Cable relaunched the STAR TV lineup.<ref name=""/>

SkyCable axes AXN

On August 1, 1999, SkyCable axes AXN from its programming lineup due to low and poor content, and too much violence on its programming. In addition to various complains from its subscribers, no new programming lineup was offered by AXN. Consequently, SkyCable replaced AXN with a business channel, Bloomberg Television. In October 2000, AXN resumed its broadcast in SkyCable and offered AXN to its programming lineup as one of its exclusive channels.<ref name=""/>

TV5 files complaint

On March 14, 2011 local television network, TV5 through its parent company, Associated Broadcasting Company filed a complaint to the local National Telecommunications Commission against SkyCable. The latter accused SkyCable of unfair practice for refusing to carry its news channel, Aksyon TV. Under NTC Memorandum Circular 4-08-88, all cable and satellite companies in the Philippines must carry all free-to-air local channels on its lineup.<ref></ref><ref></ref> On April 1, 2011, SkyCable announced the inclusion of AksyonTV to its lineup effective May 4 on channel 61 which was being occupied by a religious channel, EWTN. However on April 28, 2011, SkyCable said it would start airing the said news channel on April 30, four days earlier from its original pronouncement and it will only be available through its digital platform.



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