Smart launches myTV

Smart launches myTV

Just came back from the official launch of Smart myTV, the new mobile TV service in partnership with 360media (and MediaQuest). They designed the NBC Tent at the Fort with picturesque booths representing situations/locations where myTV could be enjoyed — on the beach, the golf course, at the bus stop, coffee shop, living room, and inside the car (which I think is a potential road hazard).

Smart Mobile TV

I earlier posted about MediaQuest’s announcement of mobile TV and even doubted whether the mass market is ready for it (only around 17% of Filipino homes are on cable). Some of my obvious questions before where now answered — Php488 a month for both post-paid and prepaid subscribers (pre-paid will need to have a Php489 load to activate). Available channels include CNN, MTV Philippines, Cartoon Network, National Geographic, Pinoy Box Office, The History Channel, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, ETC and Jack TV.

Smart myTV


Area coverage includes Mega Manila (from North to South Luzon Expressway), Cebu, Davao, Tagaytay, Batangas, and Baguio City which will be followed by Boracay and Cagayan de Oro soon. The only available handset that’s DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) capable is that bulky Nokia N92 but the N77 will be coming out soon.

If you have an N92 now and on the Smart network, you can try myTV for free until August 30, 2007.

Also bumped into tech journos and fellow bloggers Erwin and Max with whom I jokingly challenged on a first-to-publish race.

[tags]smart mytv, pldt, 360media, mediaquest[/tags]

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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30 Responses

  1. Ederic says:

    Isn’t it as expensive as home cable TV? Sa bahay na lang ako, malaki pang screen. Hehe.

    On the other hand, kaya nga mobile TV eh. :p

  2. jayvee f. says:

    yay, my NDA has lifted!

  3. Miguel says:

    What Smart probably didn’t say – DVB-H is a different network from GSM/UMTS. Your DVB-H handset can pick up signals from any broadcaster, not just Smart’s own TV station. In fact, Dream TV has made some announcements re: their DVB-H offering.

    But yeah, this really sounds like a toy for the rich (and flashy.)

  4. Jeffrey says:

    Looks like i need this since i dont have a tv and a cable at home. I will get one 5 years from now. Hahaha.

  5. What, no Wowowee?

    If ABS-CBN and GMA7 are available on myTV, then the corporate crowd will use myTV (since there’s usually no TV in the office during lunchbreak).

    Or think of those teleseryes office people might miss because they won’t be able to go home in time for the show.

    How about PhP 244.00 a month for local TV? Office people will bite. :-)

  6. yuga says:

    MV – they said they weren’t able to close the deal with GMA and ABS-CBN in time for the official launching but they continue to discuss it. Once, they’re on board, the two channels will be added for free. I was also hoping ANC will be there too.

  7. ALAXZ says:

    Mobile TV, it’s nice technology viewing via cellphone. What mobile unit will work with Smart MyTV?

  8. Miguel says:

    Look for handsets with DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) support.

    If I understand it correctly – ABS can go ahead and transmit their own DVB-H signal on their own, then any celphone user with the proper handset can pick it up, regardless of their mobile operator.

  9. Abe, I thought that was a serious challenge ;-)

    Smart should think YouTube.

  10. SELaplana says:

    i am not really intersted with myTV because i can’t afford to buy that…. just interested with the ladies promoting the technology.

  11. Red-VR-6-Along-StarBucks-MegaMall-Remember? says:

    how about CECT D2000 mobile phone (China @ PHP 12,000) mobile phone, I saw from LifeStyle Check segment of ABC 5’s news Sentro na its capable of TV viewing…

  12. yuga says:

    Migs, they’ve encrypted the signal so you can only watch the channels if you’re on a Smart network.

    Red, I think this phone’s TV tuner is analog while myTV is digital.

    Erwin, yeah, I’ve been asking them about their HSDPA upgrade for that as well.

  13. John says:

    Doesn’t sound like this will fly.
    Just a new way for Smart to charge its customers

  14. ciudadista says:

    i guess i am not the market of smart, but with the cost of the mobile phone and cost of subscription i can already buy a decent tv and cable tv subscription and have access to more channels.

  15. jico says:

    what other phone models it support?

  16. DCRJ says:

    I would avail of their subscription if only GMA and ABS-CBN are included, believe me, I’ll be one of the first in line if they have both local networks, with the Disney Channel and HBO as well.

  17. Janronel says:

    its great!!! hehehe but its quite expensive to have one.. n92 lng po b pwede dun? pero astig tlga!!!

  18. vance says:

    i just notice medyo hawig sa youtube ang logo ng mytv.

  19. souji says:

    So far only N92 and N77 works for myTV. There’s one model from Samsung but it still hasn’t been tested.

  20. Warren says:

    Hi, this is another clever idea of Smart to take away your money.

  21. jnash says:

    yah i have this one since myTV started now when i am on open area or outside my house it has great quality ang signal but when im inside my house i cant find any place around to find signal for them…

  22. karen says:

    hope maging mura cia.. and sana… magkaron din ng my TV and lahat ng N series na phone! para naman lahat kami nakakapanood… d lang kayo..>!

  23. migs says:

    THE FIRST commercial mobile TV service in the Philippines, myTV, may run into trouble with regulators.

    Officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said companies planning to broadcast digital programs to TV sets or mobile devices cannot yet go commercial because the commission has yet to issue guidelines on digital TV programming.


  24. mist says:

    The TV channels are very limited. Can’t even watch GMA network. What kind of TV is that? Just to say that smart is offering TV on a phone, the tv channels are futile.

  25. Apple says:

    may I follow up if GMA and ABS-CBN were finally on board now to MyTV? this is what i’m waiting. :)

    yuga replied on Jul 25th, 2007 at 8:14 am (6)

    MV – they said they weren’t able to close the deal with GMA and ABS-CBN in time for the official launching but they continue to discuss it. Once, they’re on board, the two channels will be added for free. I was also hoping ANC will be there too.

  26. john says:

    sana naman bumaba ang price subscription ng mytv, mahal kasi…wish ko lng php250 to php300 okey na yun,masaya na ako sa price na yan…pls.

  27. Jerry Porza says:

    MyTv server 30344, 1224 and others are always in error. How can we enjoy watching our Tv news and other programs? I’ve been repeating to connect all the tv channels in my CP for almost two months but no live tv available due to server error. Please take action not to continue this failure of service to your customers.

  28. milagros solidarios says:

    smart will terminate the mytv service starting april 1, 2010

  29. milk says:

    haha. may smart phone na.

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