The Filipino Channel
|The Filipino Channel|
|Launched||24 September 1994|
|Owned by||ABS-CBN Corporation|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||20 Years of TFC: Galing ng Filipino, Ituloy Mo!|
|Headquarters||150 Shoreline Drive Redwood City, California 94065-1400|
|Sister channel(s)||ANC, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Cinema One, Lifestyle Network, Myx TV|
The Filipino Channel (or TFC) is a global brand of premium cable/satellite/iptv/mobile/digital/video on demand television network based in Redwood City, California. It is owned by 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 TFC Direct!, Filipino on Demand and online on TFC.tv. Today, The Filipino Channel has over two million subscribers worldwide accounting to over 8 million viewership. As of 2014, TFC has over 2.8 million subscribers worldwide most of which are in United States, Middle East, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan.
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. 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. 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 (known at that time as Sarimanok News Network), Cinema One, Pinoy Central (then Kapamilya Channel and Bro now ABS-CBN Sports+Action), and the radio channels DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and WRR 101.9 For Life! (now MOR 101.9). 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. 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. 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 had 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.[original research?]
A show for Myx TV in Studio TFC.
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