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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, Aubarole, Minecraftia, and Goiky as well. 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 available starting with El Kadsre, next is Mahri in 2000, Sentan in 2002, North El Kadsre in 2003, Vicnora in 2004, and Screencold and Line in 2004 as well. It is the fourth service in El Kadsre to launch after Astra Digital (now ElStar), Interstellar, and Extennel. 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 both DVB-C and DVB-S2 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.

CignalEKDigibox2016

The 2016 Cignal Digibox model.

History

Cignal was founded on January 23, 1992, as MarkSat by Marcus Lane, Diether Kline, and other teams after they working a new pay TV service and satellite for six years it was founded.

Original Marsat 1992 model

The original Marksat pay TV box, released in 1992.

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.

In 2001, internet broadband and radio were introduced after Cignal purchased ThemoNetwork and RadioSat in 2000.

Cignal began offering HD channels on May 31, 2004, starting with HD Entertain, HDEK, Mega Cinema, etc.

In 2007, Unifytel acquired Cignal.

In 2009, Cignal launched Cignal Now, a video-on-demand service.

Cignal began offering 4K channels in 2016 starting with El TV Kadsre 4K, 4KLife and Ent4K.

CignalEKDigibox1999Original

The first Cignal-branded digital tv box, released in 1999.

Models

Pay TV Box models

Image Model Released Notes
Original Marsat 1992 model 1992

Remote models

Image Model Released Notes

Channels & TV Apps

Channel Packages

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.

Controversy

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.

Devices

These are made by the parent of Cignal. They include the Cignal DVR and more.

Market share

Cignal is the leader of pay TV providers in the El Kadsreian Islands.

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