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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DO YOU have the so-called HDTV (High Definition Television) set but has poor signal of local and international programs?

Chances are, your signal input or source is not HD. Thus, you seem to regret buying your HDTV, which is either an LCD (including those thin screen called LED TV) or Plasma, which may not be projecting crystal clear and crisp images when it comes to TV programming.

Maybe you even wonder why the quality of movies from either a DVD or Blueray discs is so different from watching your favorite TV program. Wonder no more as that huge gap in terms of quality can now be narrowed through ACCTN HD.


Yes, ACCTN (Angeles City Cable Television Network) will be rolling out its HD channels to its thousands of subscribers in Angeles City, Mabalacat, Magalang and nearby towns.

As I fancy myself to be a techie, I have long awaited for the advent of HD signals in our homes here in Pampanga. I have envied to no end homes I visited in my travels abroad that have HD signals. In the US for example, ordinary TV programming like news, sports and drama series are broadcast in HD quality. I could watch Blake Griffin dunk, Anderson Cooper talk and Dr. Gregory House limp as if watching from DVDs.

That same kind of crystal clear quality will soon be provided by ACCTN, which, according to its dashing and debonair top honcho Dennis Uy will be initially coming up with nine HD channels.

While this man (together with his brother Jack) started humbly with video rental shops in the 1980s, there is no stopping now the growth of his techie empire which is now a byword in the IT industry and a household name.

Dennis, the brain behind Comclark's success, is apprehensive though with his mulitimillion peso investments in going HD as a great number of their subscribers still either do not have HDTV or would not know of the real advantages of HD signals.

But let us give it to the man who has to risk some galactic investments just to be able to provide the best services (including internet) to the common tao, to the masses. Otherwise, Metro Clark and a sizable chunk of TV viewing public in Central Luzon would have to contend with primitive and low resolution analog signals.

Take a bow Dennis (Jack). You have brought the world closer to tens of thousands of households through cable television and internet. And soon, on radio broadcast, I heard.

For those who want to level up in their TV program viewing, the best way to go is get HDTV signal from ACCTN. They could also opt to upgrade their television sets with a variety of low, medium and high end models available at Savers Appliance Depot in Balibago, Angeles City.


Going back to HD signal, while I could delve on technical matters (say what is the difference between Standard and HD signal or explain 1080 resolution), I would rather be more descriptive in defining what the technology is.

HD signal, usually transmitted via HDMI cables from inputs (Blueray, DVD, Set Top Boxes from either satellite feed or cable TV provider), is simply viewing images in crystal clear resolution.

Say, if it were a sporting event, images from HDTV would enable viewers to see droplets of sweat or perspirations coming off from athletes or players on either a medium or close shot especially when viewed from an LCD or plasma TV screen.

The sound or audio too is high quality, usually in 5.1 channel decoding (5 there stands for 2 front, 2 right and 1 center speaker while the .1 represents the bass usually coming from a woofer). In some cases the 5.1 channel is also made available on TV programming, depending on your cable TV provider. In the US for example, watching NBA games on HDTV brings a 5.1 channel decoding to viewing rooms (of course if viewer has the surround speaker set-up).


ACCTN will give the Metro Pacific and PLDT subsidiary Cignal a run for its money. The latter may have been the first satellite-based TV signal provider in Angeles City with HD channels. It is also expanding or offering more HD channels, probably because of the competition being put up by ACCTN.

Cignal may either want to consider dropping its subscription rates given the competition in HD market or simply offer more and better HD channels under its current pricing. Not being able to do so will enable ACCTN to overtake it in the HD market as the latter has better and bigger subscriber base not only in Metro Clark area but also Central Luzon where Comclark has captured majority of cable TV subscriptions through its subsidiaries.

Cignal's executives (or any other competition for that matter) must remember that the Uy brothers have grown their empire from a mere video rental not so long ago. Their professionalism, enterprising spirit, determination and wizardry had made them a force to reckon with in commerce and IT industry.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 15, 2012.


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