The name of the cable TV company in Olongapo City is Colorview CATV, Inc. It’s the only cable company in the city. Along with cable TV, they’re the carrier for Click Broadband. I left the Philippines in July of 2013 and within two months, Colorview started upgrading the old analog boxes in our neighborhood to digital.
Cable Subscription Prices and Installation Fees
A sister-in-law (Darlene) recently told me that Colorview now offers Click Broadband as well. According to the technician who installed our analog cable TV, digital cable TV and cable Internet services were supposed to be available back in 2007. That didn’t happen, obviously. Better late than never, right?
My wife and I will be returning to the Philippines sometime in 2014. Despite everything negative I’ve heard and read about Click Broadband, I’m planning to give it a shot. It’s got to be better than the Wi-Fi connection I’ve suffered with for the past few months.
For the last year or so before disconnecting from DSL, I was paying PLDT 3875 pesos per month for a download speed of 3 Mbps, along with a land line I didn’t need or want. At today’s exchange rate, that’s around $90 USD. My cable TV cost me 750 pesos per month for one box. My combined cost was 4625 pesos per month, or around $107 USD.
Darlene told me that digital cable TV plus cable Internet costs 3000 pesos per month. Before I can say it’s cheaper overall, I’m sure I’ll be getting it at a 2 Mbps download speed (1 Mbps less than PLDT DSL). The Click page lists the “Starter Bundle” for my neck of the woods. I’m sure an upgrade to 4 Mbps would probably drive it back up to 4000 pesos overall, but I’ll have to be sure I’m really getting 2 Mbps before thinking about an upgrade.
Back when Darlene first told me that Colorview was upgrading from analog to digital, she told me the installation fee plus the first month was 2000 pesos. That’s what I understood unless I heard it wrong. English isn’t her first language and Tagalog isn’t mine, so something could have gotten lost in translation. I guess I’ll find out when I get there.
There’s Always a Plan B
Plan A is getting cable Internet. Plan B is going back to PLDT DSL. I won’t have to worry about plan B if I’m satisfied with plan A. Either way, I’m getting cable TV. My wife watches Filipino dramas every day when she’s there.
If I have to fall back to plan B, I don’t think I’m going to get it at 3 Mbps. 2 Mbps is all I need so that Skype video works well, and I’ll only need that for seeing my older son’s family in England. I know that 1 Mbps is not enough because Darlene’s video calls are always blurry.
I’m not getting anything better than 512 Kbps with my Wi-Fi connection now, when I have a connection. The management doesn’t seem to care that their routers don’t work right. I consider anything at all, regardless of the type of connection, to be a step up.