If you like watching television or movies, or just want to improve your Spanish, TVCable cable TV offers what you're looking for.
You have a choice of three plans with TVCable (pronounced tay-bay-cob-lay).
If your house or condo isn't already wired for cable, you'll end up with cable wiring running along the floor or wall, or perhaps coming down from the ceiling.
If that doesn't appeal to you, and you have access to the western sky, DirecTV television service may be a better option for you.
For $12.99 a month (plus tax), you can have 34 channels, including several Ecuadorian channels and many international ones (some in Spanish and some in English).
You can add a Movie Pack for $8 a month (plus tax). This will give you three City movie channels.
You can also add HBO Digiplex, which gives you three HBO channels and 2 Max channels for $10 a month (plus tax).
Playboy Channel is available for $9 per month (not including tax).
The Premium package, at $21.50 a month (plus tax), includes all the channels from the Familiar plan plus another 25. The optional packages are also available, although one of the channels in HBO Digiplex is part of the Premium package, so you'd be paying for that channel (Cinemax Oeste) twice.
Super Premium includes all the channels in the Premium package plus the channels from the optional Movie Pack and HBO Digiplex, plus the SciFi channel and two other channels. The monthly cost is $39.50 plus tax.
Don't bother asking for the Triple Pack, as phone service isn't available with TVCable (yet) in Cuenca.
But you can order the Doble Pack (Double Pack), which is cable and TVCable internet service bundled together.
Unfortunately, the fastest internet they provide with the Doble Pack, which comes with the Super Premium Plan, is 1.1 Mbits/sec, which isn't very fast. If you can put up with that slow speed (you only need the internet for email and web surfing), then you'll receive a 10% discount, reducing the package price to $98.46 a month, not including taxes.
There are several payment methods, including direct debit from an Ecuadorian financial institution, payment at the office, payment at a bank (including online banking at some), and credit cards.
The minimum contract period is six months.
There are several ways to contact TVCable. In a city with so many people who speak English in addition to their Spanish, we're surprised by the number that work at TVCable who don't speak English.
If your home is wired for it, TVCable cable TV service is your best bet if you don't mind watching a lot of Spanish-language stations. The prices are low, and you'll have plenty of movies (in English) to watch.
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