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). 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. Sky Cable plans to get 49,500 subscribers in the first year of operations and increase it to 864,600 subscribers in 10 years. NTC approved the application of Sky Cable to offer DBS services despite opposition from 14 companies from the cable and television industry.
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.
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||No||Yes||Yes|
|2||ABS-CBN HD||Free TV||No||Yes||Yes|
|4||Cine Mo!||Free TV||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|6||DZMM Teleradyo||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|
|21||Tagalized Movie Channel||Movies||No||Yes||Yes|
|25||NBA Premium HD**||Sports||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|28||SKYdirect Freeview||In-House Channel||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|30||Jeepney TV||General Entertainment||Yes||Yes||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|
|43||KBO Channel||General Entertainment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|45||Star Cinema PPV||Music||Yes||Yes||Yes|