The Philippines' SkyCable Corp, the cable and broadband division of broadcaster ABS-CBN, is to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service in March.
The Sky On-Demand streaming service will initially offer a selection of programmes from the 12 channels also provided by the iWanTV portal. They contain a range of both international and local shows, in addition to films.
"With Sky On-Demand, you don't have to rush home, you know that when you get home at your own time, you know you can still catch your favourite cable programme," Rodrigo Montinola, COO, SkyCable, told reporters.
A further 11 channels will be added to the video streaming platform, the operator said, to ensure the key genres of family entertainment, lifestyle channels and sporting events are covered. In addition movies from five studios – Paramount Pictures, NBC-Universal, Star Cinema, Regal Films and Viva Films – will be available on demand.
Shows from RTL-CBS, History, Asian Food Channel, Food Network Asia, E!, Lifetime, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, ANC, and ABS-CBN are already available using the iWanTV library.
To access the VOD service, existing SkyCable subscribers will have to upgrade their current SD or HD digibox to the On-Demand set-top box from March. The subscription-based service is also available for new subscribers from PHP2,199 for installation costs.
SkyCable, which claimed 800,000 subscribers nationwide as of January 2015, plans to reach one million subscribers by 2017.