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G Sat is a subscription-based Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite television service commercially available in the Philippinesmarker. G Sat is owned by the Global Broadcasting and Multimedia Inc. (GBMI), a multinational corporation based in Samoamarker, duly registered in the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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. Channel content is received from program providers, compressed and broadcast via SES New Skies NSS 11 in DVB and NTSC color format exclusively to its subscribers using the Integrated Receiver-Decoder.

To receive DTH broadcast signals, subscribers must acquire a 60 cm, a satellite dish antenna, an Integrated Receiver-Decoder (IRD) and a Smart Card. IRD is the digital recorder 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. G Sat will be equipped with a conditional access system, employing Conax technology, to secure and protect its broadcast content from signal piracy.

As of 2008, GBMI is currently on the test phase of satellite signal and planned dealership.

Channel Lineup

The following channel line-up as of November 25, 2009.

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Local/Service Channels Movies Channels Gen. Ent./Variety Channels Documentary/Educational Channels Kids Channels
News/Info Channels Sports Channels Music Channels Foreign Channels Religious Channels


Ch. # Network Minimum Package Notes
1 NBN marker Basic Package
2 ABS-CBN marker Basic Package
3 GMA marker Basic Package
4 RPN marker / Solar TV Basic Package
5 Neo Sports Basic Package
6 RJTV /
2nd Avenue
Basic Package
7 Philippine Horse Racing Basic Package
8 Global Pinoy Cinema Basic Package
9 Discovery Channel Philippines Basic Package
10 History Asia Basic Package
11 Nickelodeon Philippines Basic Package
12 TVE Internacional Basic Package
13 TV5Monde Asie Western Package
14 Al Jazeera English News Channel Basic Pacakge
15 BBC World News Western Package
16 Daystar TV Basic Package
17 MGM Channel Western Package
18 Solar Sports Basic Package
19 Jack TV Western Package
20 Basketball TV Special Sports Package
21 AXN Philippines Western Package
22 National Geographic Channel Philippines Western Package
23 Bloomberg Television Western Package
24 SBN / ETC Basic Package
25 Formosa TV Asian Package
26 CTi International Asian Package
27 Phoenix Chinese Channel Asian Package
28 NHK World Asian Package audio with news ticker during major newscasts
29 ETTV Movies Asian Package Mandarin/Cantonese audio with and subtitle
30 STAR Movies Basic Package
31 TVN Asia Western Package programming with and subtitle.
32 NEO Cricket Basic Package
33 Animax Philippines Western Package


Status of Competition and Controversy

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 .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.

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