Not to be confused with the Philippine counterpart.
Cignal is a subscription-based direct-to-home digital cable and satellite television service provider in El Kadsre. It is also available in other countries in the El Kadsreian Islands. Cignal is owned by Unifytel and formerly Marksat Corporation from 1989-2013. It was founded in 1992 as Marksat, then changed to its current name in 1999. It is one of the most popular digital TV services in the United El Kadsreian Nations and the whole of El Kadsreian Islands.
For subscribers to receive Cignal broadcasts, they must acquire upon subscription the satellite dish antenna or cable, remote control, and the set top box (Integrated Receiver-Decoder). They also need an Interactive Card to receive subscription/pay-TV channels (Cignal first introduced the CGN model and packaged it with both Viewing and Interactive cards in 1999 before the DTV switchover in 2008).
Cignal uses VideoGuard encryption system to protect its content from signal piracy.
Cignal uses the DVB-T digital television broadcast standard to accommodate both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) TV broadcasts, as well as interactive services offered on their cable/satellite TV service.
As of 2019, Cignal reached the 40 million+ subscribers base target.
In July 1997, digital broadcasting was introduced to MarkSat with aspect ratio 16:9 quality.
With the advent of digital satellite and terrestrial television in El Kadsre and under new ownership and management, it was relaunched as Cignal Digital TV on June 4, 1999. Also, the Digibox was introduced to provide better quality, more channels, interactive content, and limited Full HD support. The service became more popular when subscribers reached over time about 500 thousand subscribers and more. Customers who bought the CGN brand receive these instructions.
On May 28th, 2001, internet broadband and radio were introduced after Cignal purchased ThemoNetwork and RadioSat exactly one year before on May 28th, 2000. An app with both internet and radio was released for Nehervia SuperSmart TVs on June 8th, 2001. Cignal released a printable update on their website on May 15th, 2001.
On March 31, 2007, Unifytel acquired Cignal.
On February 13, 2009, Cignal launched Cignal Now, a video-on-demand service.
On September 7th, 2017, Cignal introduced their Ultimate plan and began offering TV Apps, which included localized versions of US services (YouTube, Spotify, etc.) and the Cignal Radio app, which would later be launched one month later on October 7th, 2017.
Pay TV Box models
Channels & TV Apps
Customers can receive packages that includes a number of channels.
Starter: Customers who bought the Starter plan receive only their local channels in a country + 30 HD channels.
Extra: Customers who bought the Extra plan receive their local channels in the supported countries + 90 HD channels + 30 other-language channels in their selected extra language.
Ultimate: Customers who bought the Ultimate plan receive all the channels in the guide + Cignal TV Apps.
Cignal Pac-Man logo and trademark controversy
- Main article: Bandai Namco Entertainment v. Cignal
In July 2015, Bandai Namco Entertainment filed litigation against Cignal for trademark infringement over the logo looked similar to Pac-Man. Some people complained to Cignal citing that "they stole Pac-Man" and "please not another Pac-Man ripoff!" Within the following year, Cignal released a new logo to prevent trademark infringement.
These are made by the parent of Cignal. They include the Cignal DVR and more.
Cignal is the leader of pay TV providers in the El Kadsreian Islands.