Millions of Filipinos today enjoy a clearer television viewing with better sound via the ABS-CBN TVplus, which was rolled out in response to the government’s mandate to shift from analog to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
ABS-CBN TVplus rollout follows gov’t mandate
“The sale of the TVplus boxes is in compliance with the directive of NTC to migrate our broadcast to digital,” said ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak at the House of Representatives’ panel hearing on the network’s franchise renewal last Thursday (June 11).
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released the country’s framework for the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTT) Migration Plan in the Digital TV Summit 2017, enjoining broadcasters like ABS-CBN to have expedient migration from analog to digital broadcasting by 2023.
TVplus has partnered with government agencies such as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to disseminate relevant information to the public via its INFOplus feature. Just by pressing the red button on the TVplus remote, viewers get to see real-time updates on traffic, weather, or disasters flashed on the screen without the need for an internet connection.
TVplus viewers also have access to the built-in emergency warning broadcast system (EWBS) that will show warning messages and safety alerts during times of disasters. This service was used during the MMDA earthquake drill in 2015.
About ABS-CBN TVplus
ABS-CBN TVplus is the country’s first digital television service, developed by ABS-CBN Corporation to provide Filipinos with superior television experience through clear pictures and sound. Among its channel lineup are the free TV channels ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Sports + Action as well as four premium channels including CineMo!, the first all-day movie channel on free digital TV, Yey!, the first all-day children’s entertainment channel, Knowledge Channel, the only TV Channel with curriculum-based programs; and DZMM Teleradyo, which airs live news, information, commentary, and public service programs of the country’s leading AM radio station DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.
In 2016, it began to expand its content through an original program in CineMo! and launched the Kapamilya Box Office Channel, a for-subscription channel that offers all-Filipino movies in various genres.
Launched in Mega Manila in 2015, it was also rolled out in Cebu, Davao, Ilo-Ilo, Bacolod, and Cagayan de Oro.