The Filipino Channel (TFC) in the UK, Direct TV
Thursday 14 Jun 2007 20:27
Direct TV Channels (UK)
Top-rating sitcoms, variety
News and talk shows.
Drama, comedy and action
Philippine sights, sports
Radio News & Commetary
Direct TV seems the best (and only) way to get Filipino TV channels in the UK. Having just returned from the Philippines and now courting the wonderful girl I went to meet, I've naturally got a lot of interest in Filipino news and culture. The best way to stay in touch is to receive Filipino TV channels in the UK. If only I could just add another channel to my Sky package, but its not so easy.
Google led me to just two distributors both offering a similar service at a similar price. note: PhilMedia are no longer distributors for TFC:
I'm posting these links because they were not particularly easy to find. I'm sure there are more Direct TV distributors in the UK. Maybe many don't have websites.
Both the above companies offer 6 channels, but two channels are radio. The typical price is around £270 a year. Direct TV is a satellite service. You need an 80cm satellite dish and set-top-box to receive it. A typical Sky mini-dish is about 53cm wide and does not have the right orientation to receive Direct TV.
A big consideration for me is where to put another set-top-box amongst all my equipment. Even after I replaced my DVD player with my Xbox 360 (also plays DVDs) and finally getting rid of my old VCR, its still pretty cramped (and hot) under my TV already.
I'm still undecided as what I want to do. 4 TV Channels (and 2 radio) for £270 a year seems pretty expensive to me, especially compared to what I pay for several hundred Sky channels. Its also more than half the price of a return ticket to the Philippines. But this is about more than entertainment. For Filipinos and Pinoys at heart who want to keep in touch with the Philippines I can see this is a tempting offer.
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