The Filipino Channel
|The Filipino Channel|
|Launched||September 24, 1994|
|Owned by||ABS-CBN Global Ltd.|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||In the service of the Filipino.|
|Headquarters||150 Shoreline Drive Redwood City, California 94065-1400|
|Sister channel(s)||ANC Global, Bro, Cinema One Global, Myx TV|
|Indovision (Indonesia)||Channel 358|
|DirecTV (USA)||Channel 2060|
|Free-to-air (USA)||Galaxy 19 12022 V|
|SKY PerfecTV! (Japan)||Channel 787|
|Rogers Cable (Canada)||Channel 871|
|Telus (Canada)||Channel 513|
|Shaw Cable (Canada)||Channel 509|
(Guam, Northern Marianas Islands)
|Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)||Channel 150|
|First Media (Indonesia)||Channel 259|
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 144|
|Cablevision (USA)||Channel 1161|
|Time Warner Cable (USA)||Channel 680|
|ABNXcess (Malaysia)||Channel 734|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 859|
|AT&T U-verse (USA)||Channel 3682|
|FiOS TV (USA)||Channel 1755|
|CHT MOD (Taiwan)||Channel 121|
|Optik TV (Canada)||Channel 2602|
|HKBN bbTV (Hong Kong)||Channel 753|
|mio TV (Singapore)||Channel 687 (Coming soon on December 2013)|
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 lineup 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.
On September 24, 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. In turn, The Filipino Channel was launched. The first headquarter 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 likes.
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. By 2004, TFC has grown to 250,000 subscribers in the United States. This growth lead to the expansion of TFC to other territories in the world. In 2005, ABS-CBN International signed an affiliation agreement with DirecTV, one of the leading DTH provider 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. 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 was inaugurated. As of 2011, TFC has over 2.47 million subscribers worldwide.
Main article: List of programs broadcast by 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.
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