G Sat

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G Sat
Type Satellite television
Country Philippines
Founded mid-2009
Slogan The biggest and widest satellite TV in Asia
Owner Global Broadcasting and Multimedia Inc.
Official website
http://gsat.asia

G Sat (Global Satellite) is an hybrid subscription and free to air-based Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite television service commercially available in the Philippines. G Sat is owned by Global Broadcasting and Multimedia Inc. (GBMI) and First United Broadcasting Corporation, registered in the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).[1]

It is operated and managed by international and professional management groups engaged in the business of: satellite wireless transmission, WIMAX transmission, landline transmission, satellite internet data transmission, satellite direct-to-home TV operation, terrestrial television operation, broadband data service, head end in the sky operation, content aggregation, production and distribution, consolidation of telecom and broadcasting management.[1] Channel content is received from program providers, compressed and broadcast via SES New Skies NSS 11 in DVB-S (for SD broadcasts)/DVB-S2 (for HD broadcasts) and NTSC color format exclusively to its subscribers using the Integrated Receiver-Decoder.[2][3]

To receive DTH broadcast signals, subscribers must acquire a 60 cm satellite dish, an Integrated Receiver-Decoder (IRD) and a Smart Card . IRD is the digital decoder or receiver which is a small sized box required to receive DTH signals. IRD receives the signals from the 60 cm mini-dish and then decodes it. There is a remote that comes with the IRD that makes it easy to operate. Smart card performs generation of authorization of EMM and ECM decryption and interpretation to determine whether the consumer shall be granted access to the content.[4] G Sat will be equipped with a conditional access system, employing Conax technology (Channel 40-69 only), to secure and protect its broadcast content from signal piracy.[5]

Unlike any other satellite services in the Philippines, some of the G Sat channels (up to Channel 39 and from Channel 70 to 81) aren't encrypted yet. Those channels can be received using any satellite receivers (either FTA or existing), with the proper configuration. However, no signal piracy have been reported yet in the Philippines.

Status of competition and controversy[edit]

Dream Satellite TV filed a complaint with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against Global Broadcasting and Multimedia, Inc. (G Sat) for offering A DTH service in the Philippines without a franchise and a license from Philippine authorities, namely the Philippine Congress for a broadcast franchise and the NTC for a Certificate of Public Convenience.[6] Aside from Dream, the Lopez group SkyCable an ABS-CBN sister company also filed a similar complaint against GBMI. It argued that GBMI's illegal entry into the industry will result in the unnecessary duplication of an existing service that existing cable TV and DTH-TV service providers already adequately provide.[7]

Channels[edit]

G Sat includes over 81 TV channels and 7 radio channels.

G Pinoy[edit]

G Pinoy is a cheaper version of G Sat with fewer channels, without any kind of conditional access/encryption.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b G Sat About Us at http://www.gsat.asia
  2. ^ G Sat Channel programs sort in Frequency retrieved via lyngsat.com 02-09-2009
  3. ^ G Sat First Channel Line-up retrieved via mysat-tv.com 05-01 2009
  4. ^ MYSATTV Online Store: http://www.mysat-tv.com/v3/products/Global-Broadcasting-&-Multimedia,-Inc..html
  5. ^ G Sat's Conditional Access Partner: http://www.gsat.asia
  6. ^ Dream TV operator seeks regulator help over satellite TV dispute retrieved via abs-cbnnews.com 01-19-2009
  7. ^ SkyCable sues DTH competitor retrieved via yehey.com 01-19-2009