Solar Entertainment Corporation
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Solar Entertainment Corporation logo
|Founder(s)||William Y. Tieng|
|Headquarters||Solar Media Center, Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines|
|Key people||Wilson Y. Tieng (President and CEO)
Willy Y. Tieng (Vice Chairman)
Mitos Borromeo (COO)
Gregory Perez (CFO)
|Services||TV and radio broadcasting, Cable television, International film distribution, Moviemaking, publishing, news, sports, websites|
|Parent||Tieng Group of Companies
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation
|Subsidiaries||Southern Broadcasting Network (50%)|
Solar Entertainment Corporation is a Filipino-owned media company based in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines with 3 Free-to-air TV Channels (SBN, RJTV, and BEAM TV), 7 cable channels and a film distribution company. The film distribution unit is the local affiliate for United International Pictures.
The company was founded in 1976 when it started as Solar Films.
Out of a passion for movies and movie-making, and an initial venture distributing Jacky Chan films in 1976 Solar Entertainment Corporation (‘Solar’) was established by William Tieng, Wilson Tieng, and Willy Tieng.
Solar has since achieved many milestones, each introducing market-driven innovations that anticipate and cater to the diverse demands of its viewers, each adhering to its mission to provide not only quality entertainment, but to inform, uplift and inspire through select programming.
Solar Films is formed in 1988, bringing international films to the Philippines and working with celebrated Filipino film-makers to elevate Philippine cinema and bring it a broader viewership. Since 2012 Solar has collaborated with Independent film director Brillante Mendoza for a multiple film contract.
In the year 2000, DOMSAT became a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation (Solar). As its subsidiary, DOMSAT’s teleport is being used by Solar to produce, originate, and distribute its various television program services. Its full service digital broadcast teleport features state of the art server technology in Antipolo City. It is built around two encoder platforms, Scientific Atlanta Power Vu Classic (DVB) and Motorola Digicipher II (MPEG-@). Program origination is done on a SeaChange Media Cluster Server System. The facility includes a 500 square meter studio and various linear and non-linear production bays.
Broadcast Television Channels
- 2nd Avenue (owned by Rajah Broadcasting Network)
- ETC (50%, joint venture with Southern Broadcasting Network)
- JackCITY (affiliated with RMN/BEAMtv. The secondary station of Jack TV)
Cable Television Channels
- Basketball TV
- Jack TV
- My Movie Channel
- NBA Premium TV
- Shop TV (HSN)
- Solar All Access
- Solar Sports
- The Game Channel
- C/S Origin (2008–2009)
- C/S 9 (2005–2009)
- Hallmark Channel/Diva Universal Philippines (2009–2013)1
- Chase (2011-2012)
- NBA League Pass
- Playboy TV
- Solar News Channel (34% joint venture with RPN)
- Sports Plus (2004–2006)
- Solar TV (2009-2011)
- Solar USA (2003–2005)
- Talk TV (2011–2012)
- SciFi/Universal Channel Philippines (2009–2012)1
1Joint venture with Universal Networks International
- CBS Television Distribution
- Warner Bros.
- Sony Pictures Television
- 20th Television
From SkyCable to Terrestrial Television
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Solar's channels have ceased airing on SkyCable, the Philippines' largest cable television provider. An insider claims that these troubles with SkyCable started when boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, whose fights Solar Entertainment has the exclusive right to air and distribute to, moved from ABS-CBN, the flagship television network of ABS-CBN Corporation and the primary owner of Sky Cable Corporation, to rival GMA Network. Another insider claims that SkyCable wanted to remove ETC and JackTV to make room for their own channels, Velvet and Maxxx. SkyCable wanted to retain C/S, 2nd Avenue, Solar Sports and Basketball TV, but Solar made a decision that they will only renew their contract if SkyCable carries all six channels. Thus, Solar decided to pull out all their channels rather than remove ETC and Jack TV.
However, Solar has inked a deal with local terrestrial channels TV5, RPN, SBN and RJTV for block-time programming. C/S, ETC and 2nd Avenue programming are seen on terrestrial TV channels RPN, SBN and RJTV, respectively, while NBA and WWE programming were seen on TV5, now moved to RPN.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao's boxing promotion, Top Rank, signed a non-guaranteed contract with ABS-CBN Sports to exclusively air fights promoted by Top Rank, with the exception of Pacquiao fights which are still signed exclusively through Solar Entertainment.
Dream Satellite TV
Dream Satellite TV ceased carrying three (3) Solar Channels namely, Solar Sports, ETC and 2nd Avenue (Except C/S 9) effective 1 February 2009. Dream's carriage contract with Solar Entertainment, which expired on 31 December 2008 was not renewed by Dream, citing financial constraints as its main reason. The three Solar channels were replaced by A&E's The History Channel, Biography Channel and Crime and Investigation Channel.