July TV treats from Blue Ant Media Channels

Well, here comes the rain again.

If the onset of wet weather got you feeling down in the dumps, don’t fret. You can always entertain yourself with these shows premiering on Blue Ant Media channels this July.

On Blue Ant Entertainment (SKYcable ch 196 HD | ch 53 SD in Metro Manila), guess the identity of the celebrities competing anonymously dressed in full-body costumes in third season of The Masked Singer. Past winners include comedian Wayne Brady and rapper T-Pain. It premieres on July 6, Monday, at 7.50pm.

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On Blue Ant Extreme (SKYcable ch 209 HD | ch 104 SD in Metro Manila), you can let your inner geek out to play to celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day on July 13, Monday.  Stand tall and proud and geek out with this geek-ified lineup of shows which start at 7pm.

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Kids can learn about our slithering serpentine friends on July 16, Thurday, which happens to be World Snake Day. Tune in to ZooMoo (SKYcable ch 120 SD in Metro Manila) with the kiddos at 12pm and learn together about these mysterious reptiles.

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Blue Ant Media is an international content producer, distributor and channel operator. Among its channels are: Blue Ant Entertainment, the destination for the best mix of reality, drama, comedy and daily entertainment; Blue Ant Extreme, the destination for extreme and action-packed content; and ZooMoo, a collaboration between some of the world’s foremost wildlife filmmakers, early childhood educationalists and technology developers, with programming that engages and entertains children with the wonders of animals, to stimulate and develop their innate emotional connection with the natural world.

To subscribe to SKYcable or to add these channels and more to your cable TV plan, fill up this form.

SKYcable subscribers who already have Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme in their channel line-ups may also view these channels using any mobile device at no additional cost via SKY On Demand.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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Father’s Day TV treats on Blue Ant channels

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so what have you got planned for Dad?  Aside from cooking is favorite dishes, what else is in your scheme to give him the royal treatment?

How about treating him to an all-day TV fest? On Father’s Day, June 21, Blue Ant Channels have a power-packed line-up of shows for him to enjoy.

On Blue Ant Entertainment (SKYcable ch 196 HD | ch 53 SD in Metro Manila), Dad can just sit back, relax and watch his favorite flicks. From 1.25pm, he can binge on action movies Gladiator and Fast & Furious and rip-roaring comedies Bean The Movie and Neighbors.

Blue Ant Entertainment Father's Day

On Blue Ant Extreme (SKYcable ch 209 HD | ch 104 SD in Metro Manila), Dad can get his fill of high-octane and action-packed shows. From 12.10pm, celebrate it with his idols – Bruce Lee, Johnny Cash, Dale Earnhardt and more – or laugh it out with The Fail Army.

Blue Ant Extreme Father's Day

So get Daddy’s reclining chair and snacks ready for Father’s Day!

To subscribe to SKYcable or to add these channels and more to your cable TV plan, fill up this form.

SKYcable subscribers who already have Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme in their channel line-ups may also view these channels using any mobile device at no additional cost via SKY On Demand.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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Catch-up JaDine’s “Revolution” Concert on SKYcable PPV

JaDine fans are in for a nostalgic treat as the love team’s much-talked about major concert last year, “Revolution: The Jadine Concert” held at the Araneta Coliseum airs on SKYcable VIP Access Pay-Per-View this month.

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Catch James Reid and Nadine Lustre in an explosive show that also featured performances by the G-Force Dancers, the duo’s squad made up of Brett Jackson, Sam Concepcion, and Kiana Valenciano, and Sarah Geronimo, whom James starred with in last year’s “Miss Granny”.

JaDine fans will also be delighted to catch the couple’s hit romance drama “Never Not Love You” where Nadine Lustre won her best actress award from Gawad Urian for her role in this movie. A fateful meeting between the probinsyana lass Joanne and carefree graphic artist Gio that leads to romance and a deep relationship. But as reality begins to kick in, the two are forced to make life choices and sacrifices.

Subscribers can catch JaDine’s concert and movies plus two other bonus movies: “Man and Wife” and “Exit Point” in high definition on TV or on any device via SKY On Demand. To subscribe, SKY Fiber and SKYcable subscribers may call 4180000, text PPV <Account No.> to 23662 or visit mysky.com.ph/vipaccess. SKYdirect subscribers may visit their nearest dealers.

This movie bundle is available until Aug 25 for only P30 for a 5-day access.

SKY subscribers can also catch the tenth edition of Mr. World pageant live this August 23 at the Araneta Coliseum and cheer for JB Saliba as he represents the Philippines in the international male pageant.

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SKYcable and SKYdirect subscribers can access Mr. World 2019 pageant via SKY VIP Access Pay-Per-View and watch the event live and in high definition this August 23 at 8PM for only P449 with replays until September 1. To subscribe, SKY Fiber and SKYcable subscribers may call 4180000, text PPV <Account No.> to 23662 or visit mysky.com.ph/mrworld2019. SKYdirect subscribers may visit their nearest dealers.

To subscribe to any SKY service, fill up this form.

Show details and images provided by SKYcable in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

CinemaWorld bring stories of love in transit on SKY on Demand this February

This February, Cinemaworld presents two stories of love in exotic places. Both titles will be in their original language with English subtitles and will be accessible online for free to SKYcable via SKY On Demand.

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Love in Jaipur

Anne and Francois plan to get hitched in Jaipur. She is tasked with bringing his mother’s urn of ashes to India but loses it along the way. Lost and desperate, she meets Ravi, a Franco-Indian, who helps her search for it but feelings develop between them.

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Love in Bora Bora

Valentine is secretly in love with Jerome, her best friend and colleague. She plans to confess on a work trip but this is foiled when Celeste, Jerome’s girlfriend, tags along. However, as the days go by, she realises she might’ve been wrong all along.

SKY On Demand is the video streaming service available to SKYcable subscribers that lets them watch their favorite channels live or on demand, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

To use SKY On Demand, register at skyondemand.com.ph. You can watch the movie and more using your computer’s browser or by downloading the SKY On Demand app from the Google Playstore or the Apple App Store.

CinemaWorld is a 24-hour, movie channel that premieres the world’s best and award-winning movies, box-office successes, critics’ favorites from all around the world. In the Philippines, SKYcable and One SKY subscribers can add it to their channel line-up for only Php150/month.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Header photo by Charlie Hang on Unsplash.

Exciting shows on Discovery Channel premiering in January 2019

Discovery Channel kicks off the new year with two great shows that takes viewers away from the ordinary.  From the petroheads’ ultimate dream machines to survivalists’ greatest challenges, you’ll definitely have something new to explore and learn.

Speed is the New Black Season 2

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Meet Noah Alexander, auto prodigy and owner of Classic Car Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. At any given time, Noah and his talented team have dozens of projects underway in his 40,000 square foot garage, where he crafts finely tuned pieces of precision engineering.  This is a great show for car enthusiasts.  Catch it Wednesdays at 9.55pm beginning January 3.

Ed Stafford: First Man Out

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Discovery Channel pits Survivalist and Explorer Ed Stafford against the planet’s top 6 survivalists in raw and real-life race to get out of Asia’s most hostile environments. Who will be the First Man Out?  If you want to learn how to rough it in Asia, watch this show Tuesdays at 9.55pm starting January 29.

Discovery Channel, the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality entertainment in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. It offers viewers an engaging line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment from blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history, adventure, cultural and topical documentaries.

Discovery Channel is available on channel 39SD and 180HD to SKYcable subscribers in Metro Manila. It can also be streamed live or on catch-up via SKY On Demand.

UPDATE:

I’m giving away a Discovery Festival Gift Bag through an Instagram contest.  If you want limited edition premium items from Discovery Networks, check out the mechanics in the IG post below and join!

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——— CONTEST CLOSED ——- #GIVEAWAYALERT!!! When cable TV became available in the metro in the 1990s, Discovery Channel was among the first channels to bring us non-stop factual entertainment 24/7. A few weeks ago, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific held the Discovery Festival, an immersive event in BGC that highlighted Discovery Channel and its sister channels: TLC, HGTV, AFC, Food Network and Animal Planet. Missed the event? Here’s how you can score a bag of goodies from Discovery Networks: 1. FOLLOW @beingjellybeans and @discovery_seasia on IG and FB 2. LIKE this giveaway post on IG , then TAG a friend in the comments. You can tag multiple friends for more entries. One tagged friend per comment please. 3. Leave a COMMENT on what you like to watch on Discovery Channel at this blog post https://beingjellybeans.com/2018/12/27/exciting-shows-on-discovery-channel-premiering-in-january-2019/ (Please include your IG handle for easy identification.) I will double check if you followed the rules! 🙂 This giveaway contest will run from December 27, 2018 to January 11, 2019, and is open to Metro Manila residents only. The winner will be randomly drawn among the entries and announced on January 12 on IG via @beingjellybeans. Prize includes: – Discovery Channel Blanket-Pillow – Food Network Oven Mitt, Pot-Holder and Kitchen Towel – Animal Planet Keychain – Asian Food Channel Notebook – HGTV Burlap Bag and Cap – Travel Channel Burlap Bag This contest is not administered nor affiliated with Discovery Networks or Instagram. #contestph #contestphilippines #giveawayph #giveawayphilippines #tvshows #tvseries #tvseriesaddict #seriesaddict #tvtime #whattowatch #greattv #factualentertainment #beingjellybeans

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Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

4 Things I love about the New SKY On Demand Box

When I joined the company over a decade ago, SKY has just introduced digital cable TV. For almost all of its subscribers, cable TV means a coaxial cable is connected directly to one’s TV. Since the signal is analog, the TV reception is sometimes grainy and, compared to today, the channels available were limited.

Fast forward to today, and digital TV is the norm. It is now common to see set-top boxes attached to the TVs; these process the digital from the cable and produce clearer pictures on the screen. And because the channel capacity on the digital network has expanded, more channels and shows are available, some are even in high definition.

Coinciding with the technological developments in cable TV is the growth of over-the-top or what we sometimes call video-on-demand streaming services.  Online services such as Youtube and Netflix expand our content choices in ways unimaginable ten years ago.  However, these are mostly viewed using mobile devices (and therefore in smaller screens), and oftentimes can’t be enjoyed by more than one person at a time.

Enter the new SKY on Demand Box.

I’ve been excited about this new product development since I first heard about it and I’ve been anticipating its launch for some time now.

So please allow me to sing a few of my praises for the new SKY on Demand Box. 🙂

It lets you watch cable TV channels, Netflix and Youtube, all in one device.

Since the new SKY on Demand Box can connect to the internet and includes Netflix and Youtube among its launch apps, your TV viewing choices now cover all of your favorite cable channels, all the shows and movies available on Netflix in your area and all the clips uploaded on Youtube.

Want to catch the premiere of a new episode of Asian horror anthology Folklore on HBO? Check! Want to binge-watch the much-raved-about Outlander series on Netflix? Check! Want to learn makeup application from an online tutorial on Youtube? Check!

It basically turns your TV into a smart TV, helping you get more of the shows you love.

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It lets you catch up on the shows you missed.

Couldn’t make it home in time to catch a show as it airs?  Or is someone else hogging the TV when your favorite show comes on?

No worries: if the show is one of the titles available on SKY on Demand, you can watch the latest three episodes using the SKY on Demand app, which is included among the box’s launch apps.

Or you can also set your box to record the show even when you’re not at home as the box has a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) function. And guess what: even while someone else is watching another show on the TV, the SKY on Demand Box is recording the show you’re not watching so you can view it at your leisure.  No need to fight with hubby or the kids over the remote, yeah?

It comes with a companion app that extends the box’s functionalities even further.

By downloading its companion app (available on the App Store and Google Play) you can use your phone as your TV’s remote control, privately listen to the audio of the show you’re watching using your phone’s headset (no need to settle for almost-mute audio levels just because someone in the room is studying or sleeping), or watch cable channels on your phone.

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It’s now available in Metro Manila.

New subscribers of the One SKY Unli Fiber Broadband + HD Cable TV plans only need to pay a one-time installation fee of Php1,999.  New subscribers of selected SKYcable plans, on the other hand, need to pay a one-time installation fee of Php2,999.

Existing SKY subscribers can call the Customer Service hotline +63 2 381 0000 or visit any of the SKYzones or SKY offices in the metro.

To inquire about the new SKY on Demand Box, call the SKY Telesales hotline +63 2 4180000 or  visit mysky.com.ph/sodbox.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Enchong Dee goes to extremes in Hong Kong in KIX’s new show Extreme Ends

This October, a fresh and unusual side of tourist destination Hong Kong unfolds with KIX original production Extreme Ends.

In this new four-episode reality series, Asian celebrities and their pals experience the diverse aspects of Hong Kong.

Representing the Philippines, actor and sports enthusiast Enchong Dee explores the extreme highs and lows of Asia’s World City. His adventures include playing his first virtual reality game and zip lining. He even compares notes with his friend actress Ria Atayde who explores the opposite ends of Hong Kong’s attractions.

Extreme Ends premieres on KIX (SKYcable ch 63 SD | 242 HD) on October 17 at 9.30pm. It may also be streamed online as it airs on SKY On Demand.

KIX is the ultimate destination for action entertainment in Asia. KIX offers action fans a high-octane blend of programs including sports, blockbuster action movies, hit action series and cutting-edge reality shows.

SKY On Demand is the video streaming service available to SKYcable subscribers that lets them watch their favorite channels live or on demand, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

To use SKY On Demand, register at skyondemand.com.ph and watch this show and more using your computer’s browser or by downloading the SKY On Demand app from the Google Playstore or the Apple App Store.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

CinemaWorld brings two episodes of French TV series “Murder In” on SKY On Demand this October

This October, Cinemaworld presents two episodes of the “Murder In” (“Muertres a“) a French television series wherein each episode features a murder linked to a well-known legend within the famous location in France where the murder took place. Both titles will be in their original French language with English subtitles and will be accessible via SKY On Demand.

MURDERS IN AIGUES-MORTES

Murder in Aigues-Mortes (2015)

Assistant prosecutor Elisabeth Richard and police chief Paul Jansac teams up again to solve the murders of a young lawyer and a realtor in Aigues-Mortes, France. Evidence soon tie the cases to an old unsolved rape and lead the duo to more complications.

MEURTRES À SARLAT

Murder in Sarlat (2017)

The son of a businessman in Sarlat is murdered in a ritual reminiscent of brutal deaths in the 17th century. Police captain Claire returns to her hometown to investigate and has to deal, not only with her family, but also with her ex-lover.

SKY On Demand is the video streaming service available to SKYcable subscribers that lets them watch their favorite channels live or on demand, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

To use SKY On Demand, register at skyondemand.com.ph. You can watch the movie and more using your computer’s browser or by downloading the SKY On Demand app from the Google Playstore or the Apple App Store.

CinemaWorld is a 24-hour, movie channel that premieres the world’s best and award-winning movies, box-office successes, critics’ favorites from all around the world. In the Philippines, SKYcable and One SKY subscribers can add it to their channel line-up for only Php150/month.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Header photo by Tom Parkes on Unsplash.

CinemaWorld brings South African rom-com “For the Birds” for free on SKY On Demand

Simone Nortmann (“Stroomop,” “Wonderlus”) and Francois Jacobs (“Canary,” “Wonderlus”) headline the cast of the 2016 film, For the Birds.  Nortmann stars as Irma Humpell, an independent and stubborn tomboy who finds herself in front of the alter next to Sampie de Klerk, played by Jacobs, an extremely charming rugby player, but not before she teaches him a thing or two.

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CinemaWorld brings this 2016 South African romantic comedy for free on SKY On Demand this September,  allowing registered users of the video streaming service to view the movie online for one month at no additional cost.  The title is available in its original Afrikaans but with English subtitles.

To use SKY On Demand, register at skyondemand.com.ph (service currently available to SKYcable subscribers). You can watch the movie and more using your computer’s browser or by downloading the SKY On Demand app on the Google Playstore or the Apple App Store.

CinemaWorld is a 24-hour, movie channel that premieres the world’s best and award-winning movies, box-office successes, critics’ favorites from all around the world. In the Philippines, SKYcable and One SKY subscribers can add it to their channel line-up for only Php150/month.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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Six indispensable mobile apps for the busy working mom

If there’s one thing that we working moms oftentimes lack, it’s time.  Given our fast-paced lives and the demands of work, family and (gasp!) other obligations, we usually find ourselves pressed for time, looking for a few minutes here and there to squeeze in some errands or to just enjoy some moments to ourselves.

Fortunately, we have our greatest ally right in our pockets.  More than just our means to contact our family or to touch base with old friends through social media, our smartphones can and do allow us to do so much with what little time or space we have.  All we need is to have the right apps for the job.

Banking Apps

Most banks already have their own mobile apps that allow users to check their bank account balances and transaction histories, make fund transfers and even pay bills online.  Imagine not having to line up at the bank or at bayad centers just to make sure the bills are paid.

I helped my new college girl get her own account at the bank that I also have an account in.  Now, I usually just transfer money to her account as her allowance.  This frees me up from having to make sure that I always have cash on my wallet for her allowance and other household expenses.

CamScanner

This app turns our phones into a scanner which allows us to keep copies of important documents with us at all times. We can even use the app to send PDF copies of the scanned documents via email.

I recently used this feature to avail of the birthday promo at Ramen Nagi.  Since we didn’t have a hardcopy of my daughter’s valid ID, I asked the restaurant manager if I could just email her the digital copy I have on CamScanner and she agreed.  It was quite lucky that I kept the scanned copy of her passport on my phone.

Honestbee

Some moms may consider grocery shopping as a form of retail therapy, but for me, it’s a tedious chore.  Just to ensure that our pantry is stocked with all the food and supplies my family needs, I would have to drive to the supermarket, find a place to park (I hate this part), walk around looking for the items I need, only to line up at the checkout lane and lug my groceries back to my car.

Honestbee eliminates all those hassles by enabling me to order my groceries online right on the app which a well-trained shopper bee will get from the nearest grocery store and a delivery bee will deliver to my house.  This gives me additional two or three hours every weekend that I can use to catch up on my reading, get some beauty sleep or spend time at home with the kids.

For moms like me who will appreciate the convenience that Honestbee brings, here’s another perk: sign up for Honestbee using this referral link and get Php500 off your grocery bill.

Plus, Honestbee now delivers food from nearby restaurants. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can just order via the app and a sumptuous meal will be delivered right on your doorstep.

Eatigo

Speaking of food, sometimes you just want to enjoy some good food (that you didn’t have to cook yourself!) or try a new restaurant but you don’t want to overspend. With Eatigo, you can book a table at the featured restaurants and even enjoy up to 50% off on your food bill.

The discounts I’m able to avail of via Eatigo have helped me discover new places to eat and enjoy with friends and family.  Register using this link and get a bonus of Php150 worth of rewards.

Amazon Kindle App

Being a book lover, I used to have shelves and shelves of books.  However, Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) struck and I was forced to leave my beloved tomes behind to be swallowed up by the floodwaters.  For a few months after that disaster, I used to get teary-eyed whenever I find myself near a bookstore.

Fortunately, Amazon.com popularized ebooks and published the Kindle app which allows users to view their Amazon.com ebooks via their mobile devices.  It even allows users to convert their personal documents and books in PDF formats into files that can be read by Kindle.

Now, I carry my entire library with me wherever I go, and when I feel the need to read to relax, I just take out my phone and start reading.

SKY on Demand

There are times when you wish you just can take you TV anywhere with you such as when you’re still on the road and the show you’re following is already airing, or during long road trips and the kids need a distraction from the wait (and you need a break from the constant follow ups of “Are we there yet?”).

With SKY On Demand, you can watch SKYcable channels using any mobile device and any internet provider. Just download the app and register your SKYcable account number. You will be able to view all the channels in your SKYcable plan or any pay-per-view shows you are subscribed to that are available on SKY on Demand.

This app was a God-send to me when my husband and I had to pick up my daughter from her Community Development class on the Sunday when the Pacquiao vs Matthysse bout was going on. I was able to watch the bout while waiting in the car and later while eating lunch in our favorite Korean restaurant. If it weren’t for SKY On Demand, I would have missed the historic moment when Manny Pacquiao scored his first knockout victory in nine years.

Life for us working moms may be hectic and hard but with a little know-how and the help of our trusty smartphones, it can be made easier and more enjoyable for us and our loved ones.

What apps couldn’t you live without?

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The mobile apps mentioned above are available in both iTunes and Google Play.

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Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.