Just got a letter last night from Sky Cable informing us that they would be switching the signal in our area from analog to digital. This means we are forced to use a Digibox to watch cable. Sucks.
This Digibox allows our TV to receive digital signals which is much clearer than analog ones. The box also eliminates illegal cable connections. One Digibox can only accommodate one TV. If you split the cable to another TV, both TV will get the same channel as that in the Digibox. The Digibox has its own remote control and it consumes additional electricity albeit minimal.
The letter stated that we need to have the Digibox installed before April 28 when they will stop using the analog lines. The Digibox and the installation would be free of charge for the number of TV’s declared in the account (maximum of three).
PROBLEMS WITH THIS SETUP
We have two TV’s but only one is declared to the cable company (which was OK previously in Home Cable). To allow cable for the other TV, we have to pay Php350 for the installation fee, deposit Php1,500 for the Digibox and add an additional Php150 per month for the 2nd connection. That would bring our monthly cable due to Php680 + Php150 = Php830.
Now imagine if you have 4 TV’s. That would be Php1130 per month and Php4500 deposit for the boxes. Not to mention 4 additional remote controls for your TV’s and the cumulative power consumption of the boxes.
SWITCHING TO DESTINY
I guess I would then be switching to Destiny. Sky Cable’s monthly due is too much for 2 TV’s and 3 people. Destiny Cable TV’s monthly subscription is only Php450 (Php500 in some areas) and Php50 for each additional TV.
Destiny is ok but they don’t have 24 hour call support and their website doesn’t seem to be updated that much.
CHANNELS THAT I WOULD BE MISSING
- Star World (Luckily American Idol is also shown in QTV)
- AXN (No more Amazing Race for me)
- Star Movies
- Lifestyle Network (Now where can I watch those fabulous cooking shows)
- Animax and Hero (No more anime)
- National Geographic
- CinemaOne (My wife watches this)
CHANNELS THAT I WOULD BE GAINING
- Basketball TV (Woohoo NBA Playoffs and the Olympics)
- JackTV (Better than Maxxx)
- Animal Planet
- Discovery Channel (will replace my Nat Geo)
- Discovery Travel and Living
- MGM Movies (Bleh)
- Hallmark Channel (Bleh)
- Pinoy Box Office (Will replace CinemaOne)
Oh well. Can’t help it, I have to sacrifice those channels to save some bucks. I just hope that when Star’s contract with Sky Cable will expire this May, they would negotiate with Destiny.
It’s a good thing that Solar Entertainment decided to broadcast ETC, 2nd Ave, and Crime/Suspense on the free channels.
How ’bout you? Would you switch when it’s time to get a Digibox?
Filed under: Grrrrr