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G Sat (Global Satellite) is a subscription-based direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television service commercially available in the Philippines. G Sat is owned by Global Satellite Technologies Services, Inc. (GSTS), a subsidiary of First United Broadcasting Corporation, registered in the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).[1]

G Sat
TypeSatellite television
Country
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
SloganThe biggest and widest satellite TV in Asia
OwnerGlobal Satellite Technologies Services, Inc.
ParentFirst United Broadcasting Corporation
(First Global Conglomerates)
Official website
gsat.asia

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]

In August 2016, G Sat was moved to SES-9 from their former satellite broadcaster NSS 11 due on its system upgrade.

Technical informationEdit

G Sat broadcasts in DVB-S (for standard definition channels and audio channels) and DVB-S2 (for HD channels) on SES-9 satellite at 108.2°E. Originally, prior to its system upgrade on August 2016, a loophole has been discovered that half of G Sat's channels were free-to-air, which can be received using an existing free-to-air satellite receiver, this allowed viewers to watch some half of the channels without any existing subscription (in a way to United Kingdom's Freesat service). However, as of August 2016, due to its system upgrade and migration to SES-9, all of the channels are now encrypted (except Global News Network), which now requires subscription.

In January 2017, G Sat announced to their subscribers to rescan their subscriber's receivers for the channel line-up's change.

Status of competition and controversyEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

In-house channelsEdit

CurrentEdit

Currently, G Sat owns its in-house channels:

  • One Media Network - news, current affairs and lifestyle channel
  • Global Pinoy Cinema - Filipino movie channel

Former channelsEdit

  • Global News Network
  • Global Theater - Mandarin movie channel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b G Sat About Us
  2. ^ Dream TV operator seeks regulator help over satellite TV dispute retrieved via abs-cbnnews.com 01-19-2009
  3. ^ SkyCable sues DTH competitor[permanent dead link] retrieved via yehey.com 01-19-2009