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Solar Entertainment Corporation
Subsidiary
Traded as Solar Entertainment Corporation
Industry Media company
Predecessor Solar Entertainment Corporation (1976-present)
Founded January 3, 1976 (as a TV moviemaking)
July 15, 1988 (as a film distribution company)
June 17, 2000 (as a cable channels network)
January 1, 2008 (as a broadcast company)
Founder William Y. Tieng
Willy Y. Tieng
Headquarters Ground Floor, Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Area served
Nationwide
Key people
Wilson Y. Tieng (President and CEO)
Mitos Borromeo (COO)
Gregorio Perez (CFO)
Products ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, CT, Basketball TV, Solar Sports, Solar All Access, NBA Premium TV, Shop TV, Solar Films
Services Free-to-air TV and radio broadcasting, cable television, international film distribution, moviemaking, entertainment, news, sports, websites
Revenue PHP 1.3 billion (2011)
PHP 3.3 billion (2014) [1]
Owner Tieng family (under the Tieng brothers)
Number of employees
201 - 500
Parent Tieng family
Divisions ETC Productions
Website solarentertainmentcorp.com

Solar Entertainment Corporation (SEC) is a Filipino media company founded and managed by the Tieng family (by the brothers, Wilson, William & Willy Tieng). It currently operates 2 free-to-air channels, under affiliation deals with SBN and RJTV, 3 digital free-to-air channels and 4 cable channels[2] and a film distribution company (Solar Films). Solar Films is the Philippine affiliate for United International Pictures.

History[edit]

As a TV moviemaking[edit]

Solar Entertainment Corporation (‘Solar’) was founders and established by William Tieng, Wilson Tieng, and Willy Tieng in 1976.

As a film distribution[edit]

Solar Films is formed in 1988, bringing international films (and later, local films since 2009) to the Philippines. Since 2012 Solar has collaborated with Independent film director Brillante Mendoza for a multiple film contract.[3] On March 18, 2015, Solar Entertainment Corporation launches Sinag Maynila film festival is ongoing, and features 5 films from a talented group of directors, each with a different vision and approach. Film reviewer Oggs Cruz takes a look at each one. Check out his reviews as Balut Country, Bambanti, Imbisibol, Ninja Party and Swap The 5 films will be shown in select SM Cinemas on March 18 to 24, 2015. As it came to its conclusion, the first Sinag Maynila Film Festival, which drew five competing indie films, announced the winners at the “Gabi ng Parangal” on Sunday March 22, 2015 at SM Aura Skypark.

As a cable channels network[edit]

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 server technology in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Rizal. 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.[1]

As a broadcast company[edit]

On January 1, 2008, Solar Entertainment Corporation began to lease block airtime with terrestrial networks, RPN, SBN and RJTV. Those three started carrying shows from Solar's, with C/S on RPN, ETC on SBN, and 2nd Avenue on RJTV.

Logo of Solar Sports

On May 22, 2009, the network of Solar Entertainment Corporation and partership with GMA Network, Inc. announced held a victory party for the new IBO (International Boxing Organization) and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City, last Friday, May 22. Solar Sports represented by president (now Solar Entertainment Corporation President and CEO), Wilson Tieng (far left) and chairman William Tieng, signed a contract with GMA Network, represented by president and CEO (now GMA Network Chairman and CEO), Atty. Felipe L. Gozon and executive vice president and COO (now GMA Network President and COO), Mr. Gilberto Duavit Jr. for a partnership in TV coverage of Manny Pacquiao's boxing matches.[4]

Logo of Solar TV as a television channel from November 29, 2009 - February 25, 2011

On November 29, 2009, Solar Entertainment Corporation rebranded C/S9 as Solar TV at 11:00am with a slogan It's A Bright New World on RPN. On October 31, 2010, it changed some of its programming content to English/Tagalog with a new slogan Kung Saan Lahat Panalo!. It ended its broadcast on February 25, 2011

Logo of Basketball TV

On February 11, 2011, the networks of Solar Entertainment Corporation and partnership with ABS-CBN Corporation announced on Friday that it will air National Basketball Association (NBA) games over free TV starting February 19, 2011. As part of a co-production agreement between ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO (now ABS-CBN Chairman), Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III and Solar TV Network (now Solar Entertainment Corporation) Chairman William Y. Tieng, ABS-CBN will air NBA games and related programs, including the Pre-Season, Regular Season, Playoff and Final plus magazine shows such as NBA Action and Real NBA, over the next four years. These games will be aired on Studio 23 (now known as ABS-CBN Sports and Action) and ABS-CBN Channel 2. Solar TV will still air the games daily on BTV. “ABS-CBN Corporation thanks Solar TV Network for entrusting to the Kapamilya Network the free TV telecast of the National Basketball Association games,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.[5]

Logo of Solar TV as a television network

On March 2, 2011,[6] After SEC acquired 34 percent of RPN from the Philippine government as part of RPN/IBC privatization in 2011, Solar TV finally ventured into news at the end of 2011. On March 2, 2011, ETC moved to RPN while TalkTV launched over SBN. TalkTV is formed by Solar Television Network (now Nine Media Corporation), then owned by Solar Entertainment after the latter lead the privatization of RPN. The first programs that aired on the channel are Dateline NBC, Today Show, Today's Talk, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

On April 8, 2011 Solar Entertainment Corporation launches of The Game Channel on Destiny Cable. It conducted its initial test broadcast from April 8, 2011 until September 29. Recently, it had launched its initial broadcast on BEAM Channel 31 on August 15, 2011. It had its official broadcast together with its former affiliated free TV network BEAM Channel 31 on September 30, 2011. On October 1, 2011, The Game Channel was formerly launched on SkyCable via channel 84 and it was available through its digital platform.

On May 31, 2011, ETC launched the slogan "Young and Loving It". It also saw new programs such as the reality series The Rachel Zoe Project and Bachelor Pad, drama series Nikita, and The Secret Circle, US hit reality series The Glee Project, comedy shows like New Girl and 2 Broke Girls, and local lifestyle show Etcetera. In 2012, ETC includes the reality show American Idol, local programs like Project Runway Philippines (season 3), drama series The Lying Game, Emily Owens MD and Beauty and the Beast, and local infotainment show ETC HQ. In 2013, ETC aired comedy-drama series The Carrie Diaries, sitcom series Super Fun Night, supernatural drama series Ravenswood, horror fantasy drama series The Originals and among others.

Logo as the Solar News and Current Affairs from 2011 until August 22, 2014

Solar News, known for its back-to-basics and unbiased journalism was formed in January 2012 during the coverage of the Impeachment Trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Post-EDSA revolution ABS-CBN newsmen Pal Marquez, Jing Magsaysay and Pia Hontiveros together with former ANC anchors Claire Celdran, Mai Rodriguez and Nancy Irlanda known as the pillars of Solar News. Most of its news reporters are from ABS-CBN and ANC, as well as from RPN NewsWatch, the sole and longest running English newscast of Radio Philippines Network, which was stopped airing in 2012 as an effect of RPN's privatization.[8][9]

On December 24, 2011, The network, The Game Channel limited its broadcast on daytime sharing with a new channel CHASE (now Jack City later knows as CT) which takes over the evening block. In the middle of February 2012, while CHASE started its broadcast, there is an investigator note appeared on every show of Chase (which is located on the lower-left side on the TV screens). Noted that CHASE goes 24. After that event, on February 15, 2012, The Game Channel bid farewell to the Free-TV Viewers. Chase took all over its permanent blocktime broadcast. This network was broadcast on Destiny Cable (channel 89) on the same day.

In July 16, 2012, Solar News launches its first local newscast Solar Network News (now known as CNN Philippines Network News) followed by Solar Nightly News (now known as CNN Philippines Nightly News), An hourly news update called Solar News Update (now known as CNN Philippines Updates), Solar Daybreak (now known as CNN Philippines Headline News), and Solar Newsday (now known as CNN Philippines News Room).

On the later part of February 2012, all programs of CHASE were marked by an investigator note, located at the lower-left side of the TV screens, where it was written that CHASE goes 24. After that event, The Game Channel then bid goodbye to viewers of BEAM Channel 31 after 7 months of broadcasting on free TV, and decided to move its operations on cable. CHASE then remained on BEAMtv 31 and took its 24-hour broadcast on free TV. Some programs of CHASE are partly seen from its sister TV network on cable, Jack TV. On September 7, 2012, Jack TV plugged their announcement thru CHASE programs bearing the title "Another Jack TV is rising, coming soon on this channel" (BEAM Channel 31). This indicated that CHASE was being replaced; finally, on October 20, 2012, Jack City was then launched, marking October 19 as the end of CHASE's broadcasts. Jack City still does carry some of CHASE's programs however.

On October 29, 2012, the network. However, due to privatization, RPN is forced to retrench 200 employees and stopping the production of RPN NewsWatch, its last RPN-produced program, as Solar TV takes over the entire RPN's airtime.

A Toyota HiAce van used by Solar News parked at the Office of the Ombudsman.

On October 30, 2012, at 5:45 am, TalkTV was replaced as Solar News Channel on Channel 21 via SBN. The channel saw the relaunch of sports news program Solar Sports Desk (now known as CNN Philippines Sports Desk), as well as the initial telecast of the Solar News and Current affairs block in November 2012 composing of 5 public affairs programs (namely Legal HD, MedTalk, News.PH, Opposing Views, Elections 2013 and News Cafe), 60 Minutes, Top Gear, Undercover Boss and the "Stories" Documentaries block. When SNC moved to RPN, it launched its own mobile application for smartphone users, consisting of features such as live streaming, catch-up episodes (newscasts and Stories) and latest news from the network's news website. In January 2013, Solar News Cebuano (now known as CNN Philippines Cebuano News) made history as the first National newscast delivered in a local dialect.

On January 3, 2013, Solar Entertainment Corporation launches of movie channel as Blink Cinema (now My Movie Channel) with the full broadcast taking effect later that month.

On April 14, 2013, the networks Solar Entertainment Corporation and partnership with ABC Development Corporation (now known as TV5 Network, Inc.) announced Filipinos all over the country will have the opportunity to watch every game featuring the Philippine team in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship live. TV5 and Solar Entertainment Corporation have joined forces to broadcast the event on Philippine television. “Every Philippine team game is going to be shown live on TV5,” said Sports5 head Chot Reyes, who also coaches the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team. Games will also be broadcast over Solar’s cable channel Basketball TV. Ang responsibility namin dito is to bring the game to your homes, said Solar chairman Wilson Tieng. “Ang gusto namin ang coverage namin is the best we can do for the Filipino audience.” Reyes said that it’s also an opportunity to show other countries the advances in sports broadcasting in the Philippines. I think we are among the best when it comes to basketball [broadcasting] in Asia,” said Reyes. Ang pag-cover natin dito ay top-notch compared to the other countries in Asia.[10]

On May 22, 2013, Solar Entertainment Corporation appointed two officers to manage its broadcasting and cable businesses - Manuel “Meckoy” Quiogue as Chief Commercial Officer and Maria Theresa “Mitos” Borromeo as Chief Operating Officer.[11] However, a few days after the announcement, Quiogue suddenly died on May 31, 2013, prior to assuming his position.[12]

On June 28, 2013, the network airing hours of Jack City were reduced to 18 hours a day of BEAM Channel 31 on free TV, in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission's guidelines. However, it still continues to air 24 hours a day as a cable channel.

On November 9, 2013, the network News reports during this time also cited the interest that conglomerate of San Miguel Corporation president and COO, Ramon Ang, to explore the possibility of acquiring a controlling stake in Solar Entertainment Corporation in his personal capacity.[13][14] However, no further announcements were made after this and Ang subsequently reached an agreement to acquire the minority stake of SEC. Tiengs was the majority stockholder then of SEC in 2014.[15]

The network of Solar News Channel and its partnership (now CNN Philippines) moved to RPN 9 on December 1, 2014, while ETC returned to Solar Entertainment. RPN's former occupant, ETC, returned to SBN Channel 21 (ETC was aired on SBN-21 on November 30, 2013, from 2008-2011 then to RPN-9 from 2011-2013).[16] as well as the launch of Solar's video-on-demand website Blink. The network was renamed as My Movie Channel.

In 2014, Solar Entertainment's Solar One Boracay happened during the Labor Day weekend to showcase its channels (ETC, 2nd Avenue, JackTV, JackCITY, My Movie Channel, The Game Channel, Solar Sports, BTV and NBA Premium TV) through various summer activities all over the island.[17]

On July 16, 2014, the day that Metro Manila was crippled by "Typhoon Glenda", the station became inactive. It was later found out that the Jack City on BEAM TV transmitter located in Palos Verdes in Antipolo City, Rizal received a total damage to some of its facilities done by the said typhoon. As a result, the station shuts down temporarily for another maintenance, and continued its telecast on cable networks. Somehow it resumed telecast on August 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM, but still under observation.

On August 20, 2014, Solar Entertainment Corporation chief Wilson Tieng announced that he ceded his entire share on Solar TV Network, Inc., including its 34% majority share on RPN, to Antonio Cabangon Chua, owner of business daily BusinessMirror and Aliw Broadcasting Corporation together radio station DWIZ 882 kHz for AM band and RPN AM stations in the Philippines and 97.9 Home Radio for FM band and Home Radio FM stations in the Philippines.[18][19] Tieng sold Solar TV because they are losing money for operations. As a result of this ownership change, STVNI, Solar News Channel and RPN's majority stake were separated from the Tiengs; while ETC, 2nd Avenue, and Jack City were reverted to Solar Entertainment's ownership.

On September 1, 2014, Jack City ended its run on free TV, due to the preparations being made by BEAM 31 for the incoming transition to ISDB-T digital television, though it continues to be broadcast as a separate cable channel. However, Jack City continues to broadcast on cable networks until March 21, 2015. After its closure to free TV, BEAM aired under blocktime programs from O Shopping (of ABS-CBN and CJ Group of Korea) and several programs from TBN Asia plus religious programming produced by the Essential Broadcasting Network under the leadership of Bro. Greg Durante of Greg Durante Ministries. On November 15, 2014, BEAM began being carried on SkyCable and Destiny Cable subscribers (per compliance with NTC's "must-carry" basis). This move resulted of Jack City in a change of its channel assignment for SkyCable and Destiny Cable subscribers, as well as several pay TV companies.

In 2015, Solar Entertainment Corporation launched the #1stonPHTV brand of Solar channels for ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Jack City (now known as CT) and My Movie Channel, with the brand implemented on January 6, 2015. Since then, all SEC channels broadcast first-run foreign television programs with the hashtag #1stonPHTV (First on Philippine TV), which was formerly known as "Match Airing" (ETC), "Playing 1st" (Jack TV), "The Newest in the US" & "FastCast" (2nd Avenue) and "See It First" (Jack City).

The Game Channel, after almost 3 years on broadcasting, announced that they will ceased broadcasting on television effective February 28, 2015 and gave thanks to its viewers before they sign-off for the last time, and replacing into My Movie Channel by March 1.

On March 22, 2015, Jack City was replaced by CT, thus becoming independent from its parent network. Upon launch, the channel broadened its programming focus by adding talk shows, sitcoms and men's lifestyle programs to its roster.

On March 26, 2015, Solar Entertainment announced its broadcast of the Fight Of The Century between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3, 2015.[20] As stated in a press conference that day, it was broadcast on May 3 via delayed broadcast in three major television stations in the Philippines, ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA Network (who waivered its exclusive contract with Solar to allow its multi-network coverage, but maintained its exclusive live broadcast on its radio division), with Solar Sports as its main content provider for this historic event in boxing.[21][22]

Divisions[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Blink
  • Solar Pictures

Notable local films released/distributed by Solar[edit]

Productions company by Solar[edit]

Broadcast Assets[edit]

Terrestrial TV channels[edit]

Former subsidiary, divisions and broadcast Assets[edit]

Cable TV channels[edit]

Digital free TV channels[edit]

Upcoming channels[edit]

Defunct channels[edit]

1Joint venture with Universal Networks International

Pay TV, Broadband, Mobile and Digital TV[edit]

Media Partnership[edit]

From SkyCable to Terrestrial Television[edit]

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.[citation needed] Another insider claims that SkyCable wanted to remove ETC and JackTV to make room for their own channels, Velvet and Maxxx.[citation needed] 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.

Basketball TV, Solar Sports & C/S Origin(Now Solar TV) are now back on SkyCable for no additional fee. Jack TV is also scheduled to return to SkyCable effective October 1, 2010 replacing Maxxx.

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/sm-prime-solar-investing-20-million-in-new-video-on-demand-venture" (Press release). 
  2. ^ Complete Solar Entertainment Channels except Shop TV
  3. ^ http://www.solarentertainmentcorp.com/about/page/solar_today
  4. ^ GMA victory party for Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao
  5. ^ ABS-CBN to air NBA games on free TV
  6. ^ Coloma: Privatization of RPN 9, IBC 13 in the works GMA News Online. 03-01-2011 Retrieved 03-01-2011
  7. ^ Agustin, Victor C. (February 25, 2011). "Tiengs move into news". Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ 200 RPN 9 employees to lose jobs GMA News Online. 10-02-2012 Retrieved 10-02-2012
  9. ^ Ramon Ang says in talks to buy Solar Entertainment ABS-CBNNews.com. 10-04-2012 Retrieved 10-04-2012
  10. ^ TV5, Solar team up for 2013 FIBA Asia Championship coverage
  11. ^ Solar Entertainment Corp. appoints 2 new officers retrieved May 22, 2013 9News
  12. ^ http://www.bworldonline.com/weekender/content.php?id=73221
  13. ^ http://www.rappler.com/business/13606-san-miguel-s-ang-keen-on-solar-tv,-owner-of-rpn-9
  14. ^ 'Meeting of minds' reached in talks with Ramon Ang for investment, says Solar chairman retieved October 30, 2012 InterAksyon.com
  15. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/business/93653/exclusive--businessmirror-owner-acquires-majority-stake-in-rpn9
  16. ^ http://business.inquirer.net/177231/new-investor-vows-to-turn-rpn-9-around
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ EXCLUSIVE | BusinessMirror owner acquires majority stake in RPN9, InterAksyon.com, August 20, 2014
  19. ^ Cabangon-Chua acquires RPN-9, philstar.com, August 21, 2014
  20. ^ ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 join hands to air Pacquiao fight: Networks unite for historic broadcast
  21. ^ Pacquiao vs Mayweather to be televised by GMA, ABS-CBN and TV5
  22. ^ Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to air live over GMA radio stations nationwide
  23. ^ 8 official entries in 2009 MMFF bared Philstar.com.
  24. ^ Ricky Lo. Flames of Love celebrates the Year of Faith Philstar.com.

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