You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

DTH satellite is a Dream come true

First local firm to offer premium cablers

MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH.

Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month.

Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten four other competitors, including H. Thomas Telesis, GVB and Altimax, to the punch.

Barbara Pardo, marketing services manager, says Dream’s programming resembles cable but “improves” on it: It will be the first locally to offer HBO2, CNN-FN and the Golf Channel, along with others.

“Studies show movies rank a strong No. 1 with the Filipino market,” Pardo notes. Dream will have 11 movie channels, the most among the providers, and plans to add more.

Dream will also carry musical, documentary, news, education, sports, special interest and variety channels. Pay-per-view access is available now and video-on-demand – Impulse Pay Per View – will come later, Pardo says.

Signals will be beamed by an uplink satellite antenna to four Ku-band transponders of the Mabuhay Satellite’s Agila II and bounced back to subscribers’ homes in real time. The PMSI satellites cover the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Hainan in Mainland China.

“We’re targeting people whom cable cannot reach, and these are homes in the provinces. We look at DTH as an enhancement of what cable offers,” Pardo said. Apart from entertainment, PMSI will also offer convergence technology and provide services like high-speed Internet, home shopping and text messaging.

Philippine Long Distance Co., which has recently bought two-thirds of the country’s second biggest network (GMA), is keen on buying a DTH video firm to complete its convergence dream. PMSI is said to be its recurring Dream.

More TV

  • 'Peaky Blinders' Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When

    'Peaky Blinders' Producer Options Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • BBC Ups Stake in ‘The End

    BBC Ups Stake in 'The End of the F***ing World' Producer Clerkenwell (EXCLUSIVE)

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • Rule 'Britannia': HBO Among International Buyers

    Rule 'Britannia': HBO, Other International Buyers Snap Up New Sky Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • Peter Jackson Making Documentary on World

    Peter Jackson Making Documentary on World War I

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • This Is Us cast SAG Awards

    Sterling K. Brown, 'This Is Us' Cast Talk Time's Up at SAG Awards

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • Frances McDormand SAG Awards

    SAG Awards: Actors Fall Hard for 'Three Billboards' but the Oscar Race Is Far From Over

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

  • Veep SAG Awards

    SAG Awards TV Winners: 'Big Little Lies,' 'Veep' Propel HBO Over Netflix, Hulu

    MANILA — After a nightmare economy placed business ventures on hold, the Philippines is finally waking up to DTH. Dream Broadcasting System, the first direct-to-home satellite television service from Philippine Multi-Media Systems, will be inaugurated later this month. Its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility can receive 52 viewable channels and 10 additional audio channels. PMSI has beaten […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content