The Filipino Channel

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The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel.png
Launched 24 September 1994
Owned by ABS-CBN Corporation
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan 20 Years of TFC: Galing ng Filipino, Ituloy Mo!
Language Filipino, English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters 150 Shoreline Drive Redwood City, California 94065-1400
Sister channel(s) ANC Global, Bro, Cinema One Global, Myx TV
Website tfc.tv
Availability
Satellite
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 358
DirecTV (US) Channel 2060
Free-to-air (US) Galaxy 19 12022 V[1]
SKY PerfecTV! (Japan) Channel 787
yes (Israel) Channel 150
Cable
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 871
Telus (Canada) Channel 513
Shaw Cable (Canada) Channel 509
MCV Broadband
(Guam, Northern Marianas Islands)
Channel 22
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 150
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 259
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 144
Cablevision (US) Channel 1161
Time Warner Cable (US) Channel 680
Comcast Channel 367
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 734
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) Channel 859
AT&T U-verse (US) Channel 3682
FiOS TV (US) Channel 1755
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 121
Optik TV (Canada) Channel 2602
HKBN bbTV (Hong Kong) Channel 753

The Filipino Channel (officially abbreviated as TFC) is a global brand of premium television network based in Redwood City, California. It is owned by ABS-CBN Global Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Filipino media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation and is targeted towards Filipino expatriates and their families. It broadcasts a 24-hour line-up of shows imported from ABS-CBN, a national television network in the Philippines as well as some originally produced programming. The Filipino Channel is also backed by several other international direct-to-home services like Filipino on Demand and online on TFC.tv. Today, The Filipino Channel has over two million subscribers worldwide accounting to over 8 million viewership.[2]

History[edit]

Jing Reyes, substituting for Gel Santos-Relos in Balitang America.

On 24 September 1994, then ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (now ABS-CBN Corporation) through its newly established subsidiary ABS-CBN International signed a historic deal with the PanAmSat to bring the first trans-Pacific Asian programming service to some two million Filipino immigrants in the United States using the then-newly launched PAS 2 satellite.[3] In turn, The Filipino Channel was launched. The first headquarters of TFC was built inside a garage in California with only eight employees doing all the tasks from managing the phones, the computers, and the like.[4]

Adobo Nation, an original program taping from Studio TFC.

By 1995, TFC has grown to 25,000 subscribers in the United States. In 1998, TFC Direct! was launched, an independently operated direct-to-home service that incorporates the TV channels ABS-CBN News Channel, Cinema One, Pinoy Central (then Kapamilya Channel now Bro), and the radio channels DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and MOR 101.9.[5] By 2004, TFC had grown to 250,000 subscribers in the United States. This growth led to the expansion of TFC to other territories in the world.[6] In 2005, ABS-CBN International signed an affiliation agreement with DirecTV, one of the leading DTH providers in the United States. Under the deal, DirecTV has the exclusive right to distribute the TFC package on its DTH platform. In return, DirecTV will pay license fees to ABS-CBN and to ABS-CBN International.[7] Later that year, the internet television service TFC Now! was launched. In 2008, a new state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, studio, and office in Redwood City, California named Studio TFC[8] was inaugurated. As of 2011, TFC had over 2.47 million subscribers worldwide.[2]

Programming[edit]

Main article: List of programs broadcast by The Filipino Channel

The old logo of The Filipino Channel.

The programming of The Filipino Channel consists mostly of imports from a national television network ABS-CBN. The line-up include delayed telecast of shows from the Philippines as well as previously aired shows, films, and live sports events from the Philippines. Original programming is also produced by ABS-CBN International – mostly news and talk shows.

Soap Opera/Dramas[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

News programs[edit]

Current affairs[edit]

Weekend Drama anthologies[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Talk shows[edit]

Game shows[edit]

Religious programming[edit]

  • The Healing Eucharist" (2007 – present)
  • El Shaddai (2007 – present)

Sitcoms/Comedy shows[edit]

Infotainment[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TFC on Lyngsat". 
  2. ^ a b Valisno, Jeffrey (14 June 2012). "Pinoy TV goes international". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Jessel, Harry; Taishoff, Lawrence (2010). "Television and Radio". Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 
  4. ^ "A Journey of Triumph of the Filipino Spirit". ABS-CBN International. 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Filipino Channel: Bringing overseas Pinoys closer to home". The Philippine Star. 24 March 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Katigbak, Antonio (11 April 2004). "ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel marks a decade of steady growth". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Villanueva, Paul Michael (31 December 2011), ABS-CBN 17-A 2011, Scribd.com, p. 8, retrieved 9 August 2012 
  8. ^ "StudioTFC". ABS-CBN International. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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