ETC (TV channel)

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Type Broadcast commercial television network
Branding ETC Channel 21
Country Philippines
Availability Nationwide
Founded August 23, 2004
Headquarters Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Broadcast area
Owner Solar Entertainment Corporation
(Under the Wilson, William and Willy Tieng family)
Key people
Ramon S. Ang (Apart owner of Solar Entertainment Corporation)
Lucio Co (Chairman, Southern Broadcasting Network)
Teofilo Henson (President & CEO, Southern Broadcasting Network)
Katrina Holigores (Network Development Head)
Launch date
August 23, 2004
Former names
Entertainment Central
22 (UHF) (Digital test broadcast)
21 (UHF)
Picture format
NTSC 480i (SDTV)
Sister channels
2nd Avenue
Affiliation Southern Broadcasting Network
Official website
ETC Facebook Page
ETC on Solar Entertainment site
Language English (main)
Filipino (Tagalog) (secondary)

ETC (stylized as etc, formerly Entertainment Central) is a major commercial television network in the Philippines owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation and operated by Southern Broadcasting Network with an airtime agreement. It is broadcast on SBN's flagship station DWCP-TV UHF channel 21 in Mega Manila. The network can also be seen in other regional originating and relay stations in the Philippines.

Broadcasting 19 hours for weekdays from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM and 18 hours for weekends from 6:00 AM to 12:00 MN on free TV, while 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on cable, satellite and internet TV providers. Except Holy Week of each year where it signs-off at 1 AM from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday and resume programs until 6 AM on Easter Sunday.

Its broadcast facilities are located at the Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Epifanio de los Santos corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, while its transmitter is located at Strata 2000 Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


On August 23, 2004, ETC was launched on various cable and satellite providers as "Entertainment Central".

On January 1, 2008, ETC ceased to air over SkyCable as a separate channel. As part of the Solar network’s block-time agreements with various terrestrial channels, ETC started airing over SBN 21, a terrestrial UHF TV station in Metro Manila and selected cities in the Philippines.

Then on March 2, 2011, ETC had moved to RPN after the network was privatized, while Talk TV, a news-oriented channel airing local and US news programs, launched on SBN 21.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

However, ETC returned to all SBN stations on November 30, 2013, San Miguel Corporation President and COO Ramon S. Ang personally interest acquired the minority stake of Solar Entertainment Corporation. Tiengs was the majority stockholder then of SEC.[7] after Talk TV, which was renamed Solar News Channel at that time, and later, 9TV on August 23, 2014 (now known as CNN Philippines on March 16, 2015),[8] moved to all RPN stations the following day.[9][10]


Mainly targeting the young adult demographics,[11] ETC's programming currently consists of sitcoms, drama series, reality and entertainment news programs from the U.S. The network also produces and/or airs local programming, including lifestyle infotainment programs Etcetera and Stylized,[12] and reality programs Project Runway Philippines and Mega Fashion Crew, the latter of which is produced by the One Mega Group and TV 100 Production.[13]

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According to Kantar Media/TNS, ETC is the top-ranked local Young adult-oriented television network in the Philippines with ratings combined (January 1 – May 31, 2012) with a 10.33% audience share.[14]

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  1. ^ ETC on RPN-9 starting March 2 retrieved via 02-25-2011
  2. ^ Tiengs move into news Manila Standard Today. 02-25-2011. Retrieved 02-25-2011.
  3. ^ Coloma: Privatization of RPN 9, IBC 13 in the works retrieved March 1, 2011 GMA News Online
  4. ^ ETC Moves To RPN-9 on March 2 retrieved via 02-28-2011
  5. ^ RPN 9 to lay off 200 workers retrieved October 1, 2012
  6. ^ RPN-9 to cut 200 jobs, may stop airing 'Newswatch' retrieved October 2, 2012 Rappler
  7. ^ "MVP-Ang rivalry set to spill over into television with San Miguel acquisition of Solar stake". February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Solar News Channel turns into 9TV retrieved via 11-26-2014
  9. ^ Solar News Channel - Expect wider reach and a richer viewing experience retrieved November 5, 2013
  10. ^ ETC MOVES TO SBN-21 STARTING NOVEMBER 30 retrieved 11-26-2014
  11. ^ ETC moves to channel 21
  12. ^ Liz, Laureen Uy have own TV show retrieved September 1, 2014 via
  13. ^ AUDITION FOR MEGA FASHION CREW RELOADED THIS JUNE 29 – 30! retrieved via 11-26-2014
  14. ^ "ETC is the #1 Female Channel in the Philippines!". etc. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 

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