Philippines DTH subs up 161,000

CignalTV, a Philippines-based DTH broadcaster, saw its subscribers jump 161,000 last year, and helping push its total homes served rise from 441,000 at the end of 2012 to 602,000 at December 31st 2013.

Cignal is backed by MediaScape, part of the MediaQuest conglomerate, and transmits from the SES-7 satellite. It launched in February 2009. Current monthly ARPU is about $7, and most subscribers are on pre-pay pricing packages.

MediaQuest is itself owned by the Beneficial Trust Fund of the Phillipines, which is also involved in Nation Broadcasting Corp (NBC), and has a 70 per cent stake in BusinessWorld Publishing, as well as other key media-related and film businesses.

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