Cignal is a subscription-based Direct-To-Home digital cable and satellite television service provider in El Kadsre. It is also available for Mahri, North El Kadsre, Sentan, and Vicnora. Cignal is owned by EK Cignal TV, Inc. and Marksat Corporation. It was founded in 1992 as Marksat and launched on December 29, 1999 as Cignal Digital TV starting with El Kadsre, next is Mahri in January 2001, Sentan in September 2002, North El Kadsre in July 2004, and Vicnora in December 2006. It is not to be confused with the Philippine counterpart. It is the fourth service to launched after Astra Digital (now ElStar), Interstellar, and Extennel.
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).
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 2017, Cignal reached the 3.5 million+ subscribers base target.
In December 1997, digital satellite broadcasting was introduced to MarkSat.
With the advent of digital satellite and terrestrial television in El Kadsre and under new ownership, it was relaunched as Cignal Digital TV. Also, the digibox was introduced to provide better quality, more channels, interactive, and limited HD support. The service became more popular when subscribers reached over time about 500 thousand subscribers and more.
In 2001, internet broadband was introduced after Cignal purchases STNet in 2000.
Cignal began offering HD channels by May 31, 2004 starting HD Entertain, HDEK, Mega Cinema, etc.
Cignal began offering 4K channels by 2016 starting El TV Kadsre 4K, 4KLife and Ent4K.
Cignal Pac-Man logo and trademark controversyEdit
- 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.