Cignal TV Philippines Enters 2016 with 1.18 Million Subscribers and New Exclusive Channels!

I first became a Cignal TV subscriber back in 2012 and our house was one of the first in our Barangay here in Manila to get that curious-looking 'satellite dish'.

"Para saan yan, Mac?" [What's that for?] our neighbors would often ask me, pointing to it. Most of them still had wired connection to access cable channels.

"Ito po ang future." [This is a future.] I'd reply.

Fast forward to 2016, most of the families in our street have upgraded their TV viewing experience by subscribing to Cignal. "Maganda nga, Mac. Sobrang happy kami." [It's really good, Mac. We're happy with it.], those who signed up for the service as per my recommendation would tell me when they see me washing our car outside the house.

Cignal has truly come so far since its early days. In fact, the country’s number one pay-tv provider, starts 2016 with 1.18 million subscribers – the first and only pay tv provider in the Philippines to pass the one-million mark!

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Launched in 2009, Cignal added 330,000 new subscribers last year, overtaking older, more established industry rivals through the aggressive deployment of its high-quality direct-to-home satellite service and innovative program offerings.

“We would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our customers and to our valued partners for enabling us to achieve this industry milestone in 2015. In 2016, we shall build the business further by offering more innovative program packages that will delight customers all over the country,” said Cignal President Ms. Jane J. Basas.

UAAP Cignal TV, Ateneo Lady Eagles, Ateneo Volleyball
I love watching UAAP games via Cignal TV. If you've been following my social media accounts, you'll know - through my 'TV shots' - that Cignal is my pay-TV provider at home.

Cignal has been a leader in providing its subscribers with what has been dubbed as, “awesome clarity, awesome HD” viewing experience that has revolutionized the Philippine television experience. Basas added that the company will continue to lead the industry in both content diversification and best in class infrastructure given its links with PLDT, the country’s leading telecommunication company.

Basas cited the introduction of exciting exclusive channels like Hyper, Bloomberg TV Philippines, Celestial Movies Pinoy and Sari-Sari.

Hyper has been made even stronger as the exclusive pay-tv channel with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA). This reinforces Cignal’s existing sports programs that cover the tournaments of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Cignal will also provide exclusive coverage of the forthcoming 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC TV

Bloomberg TV Philippines is the local extension of Bloomberg Television, the leading international multi-platform 24-hour business and financial news network that provides continuous coverage of the people, companies and ideas that move global markets. Bloomberg TV Philippines is the first business news channel to air on a 24/7 basis in the country. It is set to be the go-to channel in local and international business information and trends.

Bloomberg Philippines

Celestial Movies Pinoy is a “must-watch” channel for Chinese movie lovers in the Philippines. The channel’s programming is a delightful mix of Tagalized action, romantic comedy, drama, thriller, horror and more. Viewers can also look forward to watching the biggest Asian super stars as well behind-the-scenes specials and interviews.

Celestial TV

Sari-Sari is Cignal’s newest general entertainment channel that combines the best content from VIVA and TV5. Watch your favorite classic Viva hits plus fresh new productions featuring some of the hottest stars, original stories and adaptations, directors and production craftsmen.

Sari Sari TV

According to Mediaquest President and CEO Emmanuel C. Lorenzana, “Viva’s excellent track record of producing quality entertainment content matched with Cignal’s leading pay-tv– service is the winning formula.”

In the line-up for the first quarter of 2016 are new programs such as The Feb. 15 Club, Class 3-C Has A Secret, Barrio Kulimlim, Kuya And Me, Sa Ngalan Ng Anak, Tabi Po – all available in the Sari-Sari channel.

As a long-time Cignal subscriber, I'm happy to see the company doing its best to beef up its services year after year. "Masaya po ako na nagustuhan ninyo. Mas gaganda pa po ang Cignal dahil lagi po silang nagdadagdag ng new channels and innovations," [I'm happy that you like your Cignal connection. It will become even better because they are always adding new channels and innovations.] I often tell my neighbors.

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