Karib Cable Launches Digital Cable Service
On June 7th, 2010 local cable, internet and landline provider Karib Cable launched its Digital Television (DTV) services at ‘Flow’ on James Street, Kingstown.
The introduction of DTV in St. Vincent now gives cable customers, apart from better picture quality, over 116 channels to choose from and ten free radio stations.
Explaining DTV, Country Manager at Karib Cable Ian Mulhern said, “Digital Television provides improved picture quality, better sound and more TV and radio channels as well as enhanced information services such as onscreen programme guides and high definition TV”.
He said that persons with a basic/premium/choice package will get 67 channels and 10 free radio stations for EC$89.99. One of the new channels is a local based channel called the Faith Broadcasting Network while HOT 97.1 FM has a signed on to be broadcasted over the DTV set-up.
Apart from the basic package, there are eight additional packages that can be paid for separately. These separate packages are the Sports Package, Movie Package, Entertainment Package, Family Package, International Package and the Adult Package. There is also a Pay Per View Package. All of these packages cost an additional EC$25 each except for the Adult package which will run a customer EC$35.
The DTV Services cannot work without a box. Customers are asked to go to Karib Cable’s offices at Frenches Gate and take along a form of ID to collect their boxes. Additional boxes must be paid for.
Speaking about the future, Mulherm said that this first box is the first evolution of the new improved devices. He added that other boxes slated to be released in the future will turn your TV into a computer connected to the world-wide-web with the ability to access websites, download content and send emails. He added that soon, High Definition Television (HDTV) will also be an option, along with the possibility of having video on demand and internet protocol television which allows for internet channels being downloaded to your TV for a cost.