In 2018, ABS-CBN made an historic switch from the analog format to digital terrestrial television to relay a new experience in TV viewing. Since there is a growing number of non-cable homes that have shifted to digital TV, they introduced ABS-CBN TV plus.
It has already attracted over 1.2 Million TV plus subscribers who register to watch Filipino movies as it has become very accessible, with the registration now open to all cellular networks.
It has been noted that ABS-CBN TV plus already hit 7-million in sales because of the bulk of non-cabled homes that have already switched to digital TV. According to Kantar Media, last August 2018, based on their survey, 72% of non-cabled homes in Metro Manila have an ABS-CBN TV plus box, versus 55% of last year.
The same is true with the number of non-cabled homes with a TVplus box in Mega Manila, which increased to 65% from 44%; while those in the suburbs grew to 57% from 33% in the same period last year.
Last November 2018, ABS-CBN TVplus expanded their signal coverage in Batangas as its 16th signal coverage area, with the aim of accelerating their mission before the government mandated a deadline for all broadcasting companies to switch to digital broadcasting in 2023.
And they continuously expanded signal coverage areas in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Metro Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Davao.
GMA Network is already doing an upgrade
Last January 09, GMA Network and PLDT-Smart signed a partnership contract that will integrate the full implementation of the network’s digitization project.
During its partnership kick-off, GMA Network’s and PLDT-Smart’s top executives were present.
To maintain their position as a leading broadcasting station, GMA Network had to do an upgrade to cater to the viewing preferences of TV audiences better.
“For GMA, we have to recognize that for us to maintain our position as the leading, I will repeat, leading broadcast station in the country, we must evolve in accordance with the shifting habits and preferences of our audience.”
Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan expressed his gratitude to Atty. Gozon for trusting PLDT-Smart with the project.
“We thank you, Chairman Gozon, for the trust and we are quite eager to start working on this project and of course in making it successful both for GMA and PLDT.”
It has been going around that the Kapuso network is planning to release their own Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) device sometime next year.
The DTT is currently under “final testing” and they are targeting a first quarter of 2019 release.
As details are still confidential, it is said that it will be mobile friendly and will offer other exclusive channels.
Another addition to the device is high definition content for all their viewers.
The network has been planning to release a DTT device since 2016 and GMA New Media, Inc. (NMI) has presented a prototype during the IMMAP Digicon on October 2016.
GMA Network’s main competitor, ABS-CBN, released their own version of the DTT device under the TV+ brand in 2011 in provincial areas. They have released the ABS-CBN TVplus brand four years later.
What does Sarah Geronimo exactly mean when she sings “magbabago ang tingin niyo sa TV niyo” in ABS-CBN TVplus’ ubiquitous TV commercial?
ABS-CBN TVplus, more popularly known as the ‘mahiwagang black box,’ has officially ushered in the digital era of digital terrestrial television, yet another innovation introduced by the Philippines’ largest multimedia conglomerate. If you’re not yet convinced to buy one, here are seven reasons to finally ditch your analog TV, get your own ‘mahiwagang black box,’ and see how it will transform your TV viewing experience:
1) Crystal clear picture and sound
Having trouble watching your favorite Kapamilya shows because of poor analog signal? You don’t need to worry about that anymore because ABS-CBN TVplus promises crystal clear picture and sound that will make you feel as if you’re watching cable TV. You have to see it to believe it.
2) Four free exclusive channels
Free TV has never been this exciting. Aside from ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, and all the other channels broadcast on digital, ABS-CBN TVplus also offers four free exclusive channels CineMo, DZMM TeleRadyo, Knowledge Channel, and Yey! to offer viewers more choices and cater to every member of the family.
3) Affordable one-time fee
Want clear TV viewing with extra channels but don’t want to shell out for monthly fees? No problem. ABS-CBN TVplus is offered at an affordable one-time payment price of P2,500 only, with no additional fees. For a limited time, each box comes with an ABS-CBNmobile prepaid SIM card with P50 load that can be used to call, text, surf the Internet, or watch Kapamilya programs through the iWantv! app.
Free digital TV’s first-ever all-day movie channel is for the household’s father and kuya who can’t get enough of action, comedy, and blockbuster movies. These movies range from those that star favorite Pinoy idols such as Fernando Poe Jr., Dolphy, and Robin Padilla, to the likes of Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, and Charles Bronson, and even Asian martial arts movies starring Jackie Chan.
5) DZMM TeleRadyo
The family’s news junkies can get their daily dose of news, news, information, commentary, and public service from no less than DZMM TeleRadyo, which airs the live TV broadcast of programs from the leading AM radio station DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta.
6) Knowledge Channel
Studies show that the use of video materials in learning can make students perform better in school. Armed with this vision, Knowledge Channel brings curriculum-based programs and content that aim to teach kindergarten, primary, and secondary students to enhance their learning experience. Aside from programs that tackle basic subjects approved by DepEd, Knowledge Channel also airs alternative programs such as “Kwentong Kartero,” a series on population education, “Kwentong Pambata,” an animated series based on Adarna House storybooks, “Pamilya Masigasig,” an edutainment series on skills training and entrepreneurship, “Payong Kalusugan,” which tackles tropical diseases, and “Agri-COOL-ture,” a video series about crop production and harvest, poultry raising, and aquaculture and fisheries.
Kids definitely want have to fun. This is where Yey! comes in, with its mix of all-day wholesome action, fun, adventure, and edutainment programs for boys and girls. It airs localized versions of well-loved children’s programs such as “Spongebob Squarepants,” Princess Sarah,” “Marcelino,” Japanese anime such as “Naruto,” “Beyblade,” and “Yo-gi-oh,” live action movies, and edutainment programs in the morning such as “Dora the Explorer,” “Diego,” and “Wonder Pets.”
ABS-CBN TVplus’ selling avenues have expanded due to strong demand and is now being sold via accredited and authorized ABS-CBN TVplus Sales Agents, SM Appliance Centers, 2Go Express, SOLID Service Centers (Sony Authorized Service Centers), Hardware One, selected Puregold branches, Abenson, PC Express, PC Corner, Villman Outlets, Silicon Valley Outlets, selected Hardware and Electronic Shops in Metro Manila and major cities in Luzon and Metro Cebu. You may also purchase it online by visiting www.abs-cbnstore.com and lazada.com.ph, calling (632) 488-8888 and 1800-10-4888888 (outside Metro Manila), or sending a text message to 23661 where orders can be placed. The box will be delivered via LBC and 2G0, free of charge within areas where digital signal transmission is currently available, such as Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Benguet, and Metro Cebu.
A lot of us take TV viewing on cable channels for granted but millions of other Filipinos are still relying on the good old free-to-air channels for their daily entertainment as well as for updates on the latest news.
Today, ABS-CBN TVplus was launched. This is going to be the biggest and latest digital innovations on Philippine TV this year. ABS-CBN TVplus, a digital box more popularly known as the ‘mahiwagang black box,’ brings dramatically clear picture and sound that is comparable to seeing a movie on DVD, a far cry from the prevailing analog system.
So, what is it going to change?
If you are tired with the grainy picture on your TV, then it is time to switch to ABS-CBN TVplus. Thanks to new technology, you will soon be able to view better, clearer pictures on your TV. Aside from that, the sound will be significantly better, so you will surely have a more wonderful time watching your favorite shows.
Many people have specific favorite shows they watch in a day, then go out to find other forms of entertainment because they do not like some of the other shows their favorite TV offers. Thanks to ABS-CBN TVplus, they can now enjoy longer viewing time because they have other options to choose from after or before their favorite shows.
With ABS-CBN TVplus, you get to view 6 awesome channels. Aside from regular programming, you get all day options for sports, news, movies, animations, and useful educational material for the kids.
Regular programming on local TVs does not always cater to everyone. For example, some hours are dedicated for animated shows for the kids [that adults may not like] or some hours are dedicated for talk shows [that the kids do not like]. With ABS-CBN TVplus, there will be more channels to choose from.
Don’t be so haughty about your 100+ channel cable connection because majority of the households in the Philippines still rely on the free-to-air channels rather than paid cable for TV. Thanks to ABS-CBN TVplus, even the masses can now enjoy movies and other awesome channels for just a one-time cost of P2,500, with no monthly service fees.
Considering how some cable providers are charging exorbitant monthly fees for their service, ABS-CBN TVplus would be an awesome option for people who wish to enjoy a great viewing experience sans the huge monthly charges.
Thanks to the Knowledge Channel and Yey from ABS-CBN TVplus, kids will be able to learn new stuff while having fun watching TV. You don’t always have to connect to the web to learn new things anymore.
If you want to enjoy some movies, you don’t have to download them from the internet because ABS-CBN TVplus offers a movie channel, too. You’ll enjoy box-office hits and other awesome options while relaxing in your own home.
With more options on ABS-CBN TVplus, you can enjoy more TV bonding time with your family as you watch your favorite shows and movies or learn together from the station’s informative channels.
Since we’re talking here about possible changes the arrival of digital TV will bring, then we are also saying you might change your old analog TV to a flat-screen to best enjoy ABS-CBN TVplus and this awesome new TV viewing experience.
ABS-CBN has been preparing for the digital switchover since 2007, having conducted test broadcast activities for the past seven years to ensure a smooth transition to DTT. The network has conducted DTT trials in key areas all over the Philippines. The consumer test results have been highly positive, ensuring ABS-CBN’s DTT offering will provide more and better opportunities to deliver content and serve Filipino viewers.