Monopoly in cable provider industry

I read in Yugatech.com a while back that SkyCable, the leading cable TV provider here in the Philippines bought Global Destiny Cable TV and one other cable provider. Truth be told, I don’t care if SkyCable would want to buy every cable provider there is in the country. All others except Destiny. It is our cable provider at home and we were happy with their service before SkyCable bought the company. These days, cable reception is very poor and their customer service has become so-so. Before the buy out, Destiny’s customer service was great. They would act on any complaint as soon as possible. Sometimes in a matter of two to three hours after your call or text message. They used to act that fast! But these days… and I can understand why the company’s gone that way. I do believe the employees left are demoralized by the buy out.

And I have no one to blame but SkyCable. The cable provider who charges way higher than any other cable service in the country. They charge around 700pesos up, I am not sure of the exact amount. But I knew from my aunt that it’s higher than Destiny’s 500 pesos a month. Destiny doesn’t have the Lifestyle Network, AXN, Starworld, Velvel and some other channels. But Destiny has TLC, FOX Channel, Chase, BIO, Warner Channel, 2ndAvenue and TalkTV. I love the channels we have in our cable network. But SkyCable, wanting to monopolize the cable business industry I am sure, just up and messed with our cable provider.

Ugh!

Truth is that we are already anticipating a higher charge with our cable subscription. Now that SkyCable owns Destiny, I am sure there will be new rules and all that. I just wish they won’t take away the channels that we love.

2 comments

  • Ay sis, I think same thing happens in this country. Everything is monopolized and as consumers, we can only pray that they don’t mess everything up and we don’t have a choice. The only choice we have is the option to NOT avail of their service. That’s a thought…

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  • Roger

    Now let’s see who is really to blame here. It is the fault of the S.E.C. for allowing Sky to have a virtual monopoly on cable service. If you see how the U.S. SEC protects its consumers, you’ll wonder why masyadong clueless mga tao natin dyan sa SEC natin. When ATT wanted to buy TMobile in the States last year, they were blocked by their SEC because they believed a lack of competition is bad for consumers.(and they probably have at least 4 other providers there, for competition) Dito sa atin sige lang ng sige. Nobody cares or the people at our SEC are just plain shortsighted or worse…looking the other way. Ngayon, Sky can charge whatever they like and give you only what they feel you deserve. Parang Meralco ba? Same owners? Hay Nakoooo! Kawawa talaga ang Pilipino. Ginagago lang tayo ng mga yan because nobody complains loud enough. Let them hear your voice by complaining to them at all available sites or ways that you can.