Thursday, October 29, 2009

How to watch BBC TV etc in the Philippines.

The Free VHF Philippines TV Channels, only have a limited amount of English Movies.

We subscribe to 'SkyCable
', which is a direct-to-home cable TV subscription service, established by the ''Lopez Group of Companies'' and ''Central CATV Group Of Companies''.

'SkyCABLE' is the leading cable TV company in the
Philippines; they serve almost all major cities in Metro Manila and have affiliates almost all-around the Philippines.
SkyCable should not be confused with British Sky Broadcasting in the UK -- neither they nor its parent, News Corporation, own any interest in SkyCable even as Star TV channels are carried by the said cable company.

MoonSat was bought out by SkyCable, on
'July 1, 2005', so is now a 'monopoly', for those not able to get Unicable 'Destiny' service (Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu only).

Here in Lawa-an, Talisay City,SkyCable is provided by
SunCable Cebu. which is the new name of subsidiary MoonSat, that was bought out my SkyCable.
SkyCable Cebu coverage areas include Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Minglanilla, City of Naga, Talisay City and Consolacion.

The product offering by
SunCable Cebu is different in many ways to that of the parent SkyCable, not only in the Channels offered, the Subscription charge, but in the Channel No. also for a given program.

We can get BBC News (21), National Geographic (18), Discovery Channel (34), Star Sports (22), AXN (24), MAXXX (25), Star Movies (27), HBO (29), Cinemax (30), Hallmark
(31), ESPN (32), Balls (33), Star World (38), FX (39), MYX (46), MTV (47), FoxCrime (49), CNN (50),
(53), Australia Network (59), Fashion TV (69
), Cartoon Network (19), Nickelodeon (5), Knowledge (16), GMA (8), ABS-CBN (10), , ANC (20), Cinema One (26),
and some others...

Compare with the Channel Line up of the main SkyCable

NBN ABS-CBN 2 TV 5 GMA 7 Crime/Suspense IBC 13 ETC Studio 23
Net 252nd Avenue UnTVMYX Qtv CNN ESPN Star Sports
Sci Fi Balls AXN Beyond Cinemax Hallmark Channel Discovery Channel National Geographic
Cartoon NetworkHero TV Nickelodeon Star World AXN FoxCrime Maxxx
Lifestyle Network Velvet HBO Star MoviesCinema One MTV Philippines EWTN Fox News

'DREAM' Satellite TV, is the alternative for some.

Are there any alternatives - like Internet TV?
Yes - very much so, and practical with increasing Broadband speeds becoming available at reasonable prices.

The country’s top broadband company PLDT MyDSL, in its continuing tradition of introducing excellent innovations to its clientele, aims to enrich and enliven DSL experience with the launch of Watchpad, a new value-added service offered free to all PLDT MyDSL subscribers.

Watch Pad, an exciting new service that allows PLDT MyDSL subscribers to watch their favorite television channels for free and in real time over the internet is the latest innovation to be launched this month.

Guaranteed to redefine the overall broadband service in the country by enriching the DSL experience, Watchpad has secured the partnership of at least 13 channels MTV, Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, CNBC, Solar Sports, Pinoy Box Office (PBO), Go Channel, Crime and Investigation Network, 2nd Avenue, GMA Network, History Channel, Bio Channel and ETC to be viewed on-line.

The UKTelly Toolbar

The UKTelly Toolbar for IE enables you to view UK television anywhere in the world via your PC. So if you´re about to go on holiday or travel for business and you´re panicking about missing your favourite UK TV programmes, worry no more!

I can confirm that it works, and does so well, and is extremely easy to use.

My 48 Hours of FREE usage of that UKTelly Toolbar for FREE is over.

So do I now pay for this Service, or compare with others first?

  • The UKTelly Toolbar only available for Internet Explorer
  • It is only good for the UK TV Programs.

Encouraged by a British friend of mine, confirming this IdentityCloaker works, I may well cancel SkyCable subscription, install an Antennae for the local TV programs, and use this to watch British TV on my PC. v.

The big advantage of
this IdentityCloaker over UKtelly however, is the fact they have Secure Servers in several Counties, as determined by using their Software on 'Demo' login, as well as their Website stating this. It is the encryption of the Link Data, that I see of value, giving peace of mind for security, also.

This means you should be able to use the
IdentityCloaker USA Server to access content from

If you can't, access such content, even using their VPN Service, then they offer a Money Back Guarantee, for the 1st 14 days, which seems a fair deal

What is Identity Cloaker *NOT* ?

1. Identity Cloaker is not a "Free Proxy Server Service".

Identity Cloaker is not some rubbish free proxy service that hands you a huge list of so called free proxy servers, that are either overloaded, not working, or even infected by viruses and other nasty stuff. We do not rely on rubbish and neither should you! Instead, operates its own growing network of private servers around the world.

It's also important to note that free proxy servers are not usually free at all. In most situations the administrators of the physical server computers do not even know they are running a proxy server. They simply either misconfigured some proxy server software they intended to install for their own needs, or their server had been compromised by a hacker who then installed such a proxy server software and probably caused some more evil along the way.

There are also reports of some free proxy servers being directly owned by the bad guys. They may be owned by hackers operating on their own, and sometimes even in organized gangs. They use such free proxy servers as a lure that helps them in phishing attacks, gather your web surfing habits, steal your sensitive information sent through such servers etc. The risk is too high!

2. Identity Cloaker is not a "Web Based Proxy Service".

Web based proxy services (those websites you visit and enter the URL address you want to access into a form field provided on such a website), are usually Perl or PHP scripts that hide your IP address. To use them, you must change your surfing habits and they do not work in every situation because they have to rewrite the source html code - for example to change image paths. This very often results in problems.

Not every page is displayed, or is displayed incorrectly. SSL protected websites (those whose address in the URL bar starts with https://) and websites needing authentication, such as membership websites, work rarely. Web proxies can easily be blocked by network administrators. And even if their domain is not blocked (yet), the transferred data is unencrypted and it's easy for the network admin to recognize what you do with such a service.

Imagine a situation when you want to visit a website that's normally blocked. You use web proxy and visit the blocked web through it. However, the network administrator (or your Internet Service Provider, boss, spouse or hacker...) can see you visited the web proxy website - but they can also see what you were doing when using it! They can find out the visited websites and see the transferred data. The consequences could be dire. Web based proxy services offer a very low level of safety. They hide your IP address and allow you to access *some* websites you normally could not. But that's about it.

3. Identity Cloaker is not "volunteer dependent".

Some anonymity networks and privacy protection services, including the popular TOR, rely on volunteers which results in unpredictable quality of service, usually resulting in very low data transfer speeds and temporal malfunction. Although such services can very often offer a great level of security, they are intended mostly for transferring relatively small amount of data.

By design, such services are generally unsuitable for everyday use and for any services with high bandwidth requirements such as streaming radio or video etc. They are also mostly intended for power-users only, their complexity makes it difficult to use for the average computer user.

How does Identity Cloaker work?

You simply download a small PC software application (no installation necessary), run it, and choose one of our private proxy servers which you would like to be connected through - or simply hit the Connect button if you want to have one selected automatically.

When you click the Connect button, a secure data tunnel encrypted with a military class encryption cipher will be created to the selected proxy server. This technique is commonly called SSH tunneling. If you use Windows Internet Explorer, there is nothing more you have to do, it will be automatically set to use the new secure tunnel for all of your web browsing.

If you use Mozilla Firefox, you install a small Extension by simply clicking an icon found in the main application window. Then when you restart Firefox, the secured connection will be chosen automatically whenever you are connected to one of the private Identity Cloaker proxy servers. Identity Cloaker works with any Internet browser you prefer, including Opera and Safari.

Enough talking, let's take a look at the most common situations in pictures:

Situation 1 - Browsing the web without Identity Cloaker:

Direct connection with a hacker...

You visit a website - let's call it from your computer, your computer sends a request to and retrieves the data sent back from it. This is actually an oversimplification but generally, it's how it works. The data on the whole path of the communication between you and is normally unencrypted (unless secure https/ssl connection is used). can easily discover your physical location by reading your IP address. And the part of the communication between you and your Internet Service Provider is vulnerable to data eavesdropping.

Situation 2 - Browsing the web with Identity Cloaker:

Using Identity Cloaker

You visit a website - again, let's call it The request is sent through the established encrypted secure tunnel to the chosen Identity Cloaker proxy server. This is done in the background - you do not even have to know about it. The proxy server then sends the request to on your behalf, receives the answer and forwards it back to you - again through the encrypted secure tunnel. At all time, was communicating with the proxy server and does not even know about you! The proxy server works as the middleman.

For more examples, please take a look at our illustrations at the How it works page.

How large is the network of secured proxy servers?

Our network of secured private proxy servers is growing all the time. Currently, we have our servers located in Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and USA. If there is interest, we may also add servers in other countries and parts of the world too. Our system is very flexible and has been designed to be able to increase its capacity easily, without sacrificing quality of the service offered to our valued customers.

At this time, there are 9 servers with 78 IPs in 7 countries in the Identity Cloaker network!

We should mention one thing. When we talk about "proxy servers" we mean our own secured private proxy servers. Those are either physical computers or Virtual Dedicated Servers we have rented in several data centers throughout the world. We pay a monthly fee for all of them. They all have 100Mbit+ ports with monthly traffic allowance usually in the terabytes.

If you have no idea what that means, it means that we have enough capacity to offer any customer more than reasonable broadband speed of data transfer. We do not rely on some low quality free proxy servers that are almost always oversaturated, overloaded, and may be even infected by malevolent software threatening - not helping, your privacy!

Another important characteristic of the system is that the data transmitted between you and our private proxy servers is encrypted using a military class encryption technique! This is an extremely important feature, not offered even by premium services offering access to private proxy servers.

What is necessary to be able to use Identity Cloaker?

As long as you can view this page and are using a Microsoft Windows XP or Vista computer or run MS Windows XP or Vista in a virtualized environment, you should be able to use Identity Cloaker. There are no special requirements, really.

Identity Cloaker will work even if you have to access the Internet through an "internal" or company proxy server which is a common situation in some companies and institutions. However, if Identity Cloaker does not work for you for any reason and our technical support is not able to help you solve the problem, we will refund your order without delay. Please see the "Fair Deal Guarantee" info box below. There is absolutely no risk for you!

By the way, there is one thing we should mention but it's somewhat controversial... Identity Cloaker does use an extremely powerful technique that allows you to override any web browsing restrictions set on the company firewall level by its administrator. This technique is sometimes colloquially called "punching holes in firewalls".

Identity Cloaker creates a secure tunnel connection between your PC and one of the Identity Cloaker proxy servers. Once it is established (through the company firewall), you gain the same web access rights as the Identity Cloaker proxy server itself. And since the proxy server can access just about any website, so can you...and without anyone knowing!

For more details about how this all works, please take a look at the How it works page.

Identity Cloaker is a very powerful tool, please use it responsibly and with caution!

It all sounds a bit complicated, how easy is it to use?

Identity Cloaker is a complex and sophisticated system, no doubt about it. However, from the very beginning, it has been designed to be very easy to use even for the average computer user. You do not really need to care about what's going on in the background, you do not need to worry about the technical stuff at all. All you need to do is to download a small Windows PC application, follow a few easy to understand on-screen instructions (normally just hitting the Enter button a few times) to "install" it and click the "Connect" button. How easy is that ;)

Of course, if you do want to know what is going on in the background, or you just love the technical stuff, we have no problem with that either. Just take a look at the How it works page, the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us through our helpdesk. We will be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

UPDATE: Mostly intended for the demanding power users, we now offer also OpenVPN access to all of our (proxy) servers beside of our standard service! The OpenVPN access is currently being offered as a part of the standard subscription service, with no additional fee.

How much is your privacy worth?

We believe that privacy and safety should not be luxury. While it would be great if we could offer our services for free, this is, unfortunately, not possible. And in fact, this is the good news for you! By charging a small fee we are able to deliver a high quality service, and we can keep improving it. Identity Cloaker is a premium service, but don't worry, our prices are not premium :)

So how much does it cost to get access to our broadband secured private proxy servers, super safe surfing through SSH tunneling and OpenVPN backed by 256-bit military class encryption, our own custom-coded Microsoft Windows XP/Vista compatible client software and our exclusive private membership website?

Just €6.66 a month! Yes, that's six Euros and sixty six Cents - you can use our currency conversion tool to see the amount in your local currency.

So again, what are the main benefits of Identity Cloaker?

check Protect your sensitive data sent over the Internet
check Access websites that would be normally inaccessible to you
check Hide your physical location when surfing the Internet
check Make it look as if you were from a different country
check Make it impossible to eavesdrop your Internet communication
check Unban yourself from Internet forums and discussion boards
check A small PC client application - no installation necessary
check The client application can run from a USB flash drive
check Per user license - use on any and all computers you operate
check Can be used on Windows accounts with no admin rights
check Servers in 6 countries = fast access from almost anywhere
check Broadband speed = good for everyday and frequent use
check OpenVPN access for the demanding power users (see FAQ)
check Avoid Internet censorship

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