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Sky Direct (stylized as SKYdirect) is a direct-broadcast satellite television service in the Philippines based in Quezon City. It is owned and operated by Sky Cable Corporation, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation. Sky Cable has been eyeing for a DBS service for a long time and even considered on acquiring Dream Satellite TV from the Cojuangcos. The acquisition of Dream was reported to have reach an advance stage but for some undisclosed reasons, the deal was not sealed. Sky's entry to the DBS market was hindered by various oppositions from the industry, citing legal issues and the slow growth of pay TV market. On December 23, 2015, Sky was finally granted by the NTC a provisional authority to operate and maintain a DBS service in the country for a period of 18 months

In May 2015, Sky Cable applied with the Philippine National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for the roll-out of its DBS service with plans of spending at least 252 million pesos for the purchase of equipment (₱122 million) and working capital (₱130 million).[1] On December 23, 2015, Sky Cable was granted a provisional authority by the NTC to operate and maintain a DBS service in 251 cities and municipalities for 18 months.[2] Sky Cable plans to get 49,500 subscribers in the first year of operations and increase it to 864,600 subscribers in 10 years.[2] NTC approved the application of Sky Cable to offer DBS services despite opposition from 14 companies from the cable and television industry.[3]

In January 2016, Sky Direct had a soft-launched for its prepaid service in three (3) areas through authorized dealers in Metro Manila, province of Cavite and Quezon.

The Sky Direct prepaid subscription package includes a satellite dish antenna, set top box (Integrated Receiver-Decoder) and remote control. Sky Direct uses the DVB-S2 digital television broadcast standard in the Ku band to provide standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) TV broadcasts. For the conditional access, it uses the Verimatrix encryption system to scramble the data and protect its content from signal piracy.

Channel line-upEdit

Sky Direct prepaid offers 31 standard definition (SD) and 9 high definition (HD) channels.

Ch. No. Channel Name Type Plan 99 Plan 250 Plan 450
1 Barker & Interactive Channel Free TV Yes Yes Yes
2 ABS-CBN HD Free TV Yes Yes Yes
3 Yey! Free TV Yes Yes Yes
4 Cine Mo! Free TV Yes Yes Yes
5 TV5 Free TV Yes Yes Yes
6 DZMM Teleradyo Free TV Yes Yes Yes
7 GMA Free TV Yes Yes Yes
8 S+A Free TV Yes Yes Yes
9 CNN Philippines Free TV Yes Yes Yes
10 GMA News TV Free TV Yes Yes Yes
11 O Shopping Free TV Yes Yes Yes
12 Knowledge Channel Free TV Yes Yes Yes
13 IBC 13 Free TV Yes Yes Yes
14 ABS-CBN Regional Channel Free TV Yes Yes Yes
15 Cartoon Network

 HD

Kids Yes Yes Yes
16 Toonami Kids Yes Yes Yes
17 Nickelodeon Kids No Yes Yes
18 Disney Channel Kids No Yes Yes
19 Cinema One Movies Yes Yes Yes
20 PBO Movies No Yes Yes
21 Tagalized Movie Channel Movies No Yes Yes
22 HBO Asia

 HD

Movies No Yes Yes
23 EWTN Relegious Yes Yes Yes
24 S+A HD Sports Yes* Yes Yes
25 NBA Premium HD** Sports Yes Yes Yes
26 ANC News No Yes Yes
27 CNN News No No Yes
28 SKYdirect Freeview In-House Channel Yes Yes Yes
29 History HD Learning No No Yes
30 Jeepney TV General Entertainment Yes Yes Yes
31 Lifestyle General Entertainment No No Yes
32 TLC General Entertainment No No Yes
33 ETC General Entertainment No No Yes
34 AXN HD General Entertainment No No Yes
35 RTL CBS Entertainment General Entertainment No No Yes
36 Warner TV HD General Entertainment No No Yes
37 Myx Music Yes Yes Yes
38 PTV Free TV Yes Yes Yes
39 INC TV Religious Yes Yes Yes
40 UNTV 37 Religious Yes Yes Yes
41 Light Network Religious Yes Yes Yes
42 Aquarium HD*** Mood Yes Yes Yes
43 KBO Channel General Entertainment Yes Yes Yes
44 Tag General Entertainment Yes Yes Yes
45 Star Cinema PPV Music Yes Yes Yes

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