One thing I hear from a lot of foreigners who want to live here is that they are interested in knowing about what options there are for Cable TV, Satellite TV and such.
Basically, in most any City in the Philippines, you should be able to get Cable TV. The quality varies, though. Here in our location in Davao City, the picture quality of the Cable TV is not very good, but it does vary. Most of the time there are lines going across the picture, a fuzzy picture, etc. It is worse when it rains. There are times, though, when we will go a day or more with a near perfect picture. On Cable, there are around maybe 50 channels or so. A lot of religious channels, and home shopping type channels. For news there is CNN International, Asia News Network and ANC (a Filipino version of CNN). Personally, I am a news junkie, and I feel that news coverage is not good on the TV here. I used to like watching Fox News, but they took that off the air a couple months ago. Our cable costs us about P600 per month or so.
For satellite TV, the only real option that I am aware of is Dream TV. We had Dream TV for several years and were happy with it. But, they started dropping a lot of channels off of the service. It was getting where religious channels, music videos and home shopping were the majority of what was on the Satellite. When it got like that, we dropped our subscription. There just was not much that we cared to watch. For the best subscription with the most shows, the price is P890 per month.
One thing that we really missed was getting many American TV shows. When we did get shows from the States, they were usually several years behind. Recently, I set up a Bittorrent client on my computer and I use Mininova to download current TV shows from the States (and other countries too). This is a real great thing for us, as we can watch TV shows that are current, and it’s a nice form of entertainment that we didn’t have before. The bittorrent client that I recommend for use is Azureus.