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 2015, TFC has over 3 million subscribers worldwide most of which are in United States, Middle East, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan.
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.
The first headquarters of TFC was built in a garage in Daly City, 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 television service that incorporates the TV channels Sarimanok News Network (now ABS-CBN News Channel), Pinoy Blockbuster Channel (now Cinema One), Pinoy Central (Renamed as Kapamilya Channel, then replaced by Bro, and now replaced by 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 now defunct internet television service TFC Now! was launched. TFC Now! was later replaced by TFC.tv video streaming website. In this year, ABS-CBN International acquired San Francisco International Gateway from Loral Space & Communications. SFIG is a telecommunications port company based in Richmond, California. SFIG provides satellite communications services through its 2.5 acre (1 hectare) facility consisting of 19 satellite dish antennas and 9 modular equipment buildings. Also in this year, ABS-CBN International opened its state-of-the-art studio and office in Redwood City, California. ABS-CBN International received Federal Communications Commission licensing approval in April 2006. In 2006, SFIG successfully handled the pay per view distribution to In Demand and DirecTV for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar Larios super featherweight championship title fight. SFIG's customers include Discovery Communications, CBS, ESPN, Playboy among others. SFIG is a member of the World Teleport Association.
In 2007, ABS-CBN International launched myx (now Myx TV), the first and only television channel in the United States that is targeted to the Asian-American youth audience. As of 2011, TFC had over 2.47 million subscribers worldwide. As of 2015, The Filipino Channel has over three million subscribers worldwide most of which are in United States, Middle East, Australia, Japan, Europe, and Canada.
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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