Heads up, parents! Cable TV just lost another educational channel option. The National Geographic channel, along with sister channels Baby TV, National Geographic Wild, Star Chinese Movies, and Star Chinese Channel, will cease airing on cable TV starting October 1.
SKYCable released an advisory that the Walt Disney Company has decided to cease these Disney channels in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. This means that all pay TV operators, including SkyCable will no longer be able to offer these channels to their subscribers. SkyCable has also stopped offering these channels for new Select subscriptions starting from last September 11.
National Geographic is a popular science and adventure channel that features non-fiction and documentary shows involving nature, culture, and history. Some of its popular titles include: Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, Doomsday Preppers, Wicked Tuna, Explorer, and Life Below Zero. National Geographic Wild on the other hand, focuses on animal-related shows. National Geographic Partners, LLC is a joint venture between the Walt Disney Company, which owns 73% of shares, and the namesake non-profit scientific organization National Geographic Society, which owns 27%.
BabyTV is a multilingual channel targeted for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, featuring content built around nine developmental topics that cover all early learning skills and developmental milestones for babies and toddlers.
Where to watch
Fans can still watch the said channels on Walt Disney’s paid app, Disney +. Subscriptions are as follows:
Monthly Payments: P159 for Mobile, P369 for Premium
Annual Payments: P1,150 for Mobile, P2,950 for Premium
*Mobile is good for one screen, streaming on phones or tablets.Premium can stream on four screens via phones, tablets, laptops, and TV.
What to watch
Pay TV services such as SkyCable also offer alternative channels that carry similar content: kids-centric, documentaries, Chinese movies and news. These include ZooMoo, Cartoonito, History, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Love Nature, CCM (previously known as Celestial Classic Movies),CGTN, CGTN Documentary, CCTV 4, and KIX.
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