On DTT encryption and the future of DTT in the Philippines

To our readers, you may have noticed that DTV Pilipinas has spoken out against the increasingly widespread practice of conditional access on digital terrestrial television, as it limits viewers’ choices of programming and forcing them to purchase network-branded products for the sake of loyalty and maximizing their bottomline. This practice has been initiated by ABS-CBNContinue reading “On DTT encryption and the future of DTT in the Philippines”

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INCTV and NET25 on digital television

Screengrabs taken from our TVplus box Since the early part of January 2018, INCTV and NET25, the television arms of the Iglesia Ni Cristo through the religious-oriented Christian Era Broadcasting Service International (which also operates DZEM 954) and the more secular-oriented Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, has began broadcasting on full 16:9 in standard definition for bothContinue reading “INCTV and NET25 on digital television”

With 72% of MM homes with DTT, it’s time to expand

A recent ABS-CBN News reports shows that as much as 72% of homes in Metro Manila have digitally-enabled TVs, i.e. those with set-top boxes or built-in tuners. With those figures, maybe it’s time to consider a massive expansion to the regions?  Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/10/04/17/72-in-metro-manila-watch-digitally-enabled-tv In this article published by ABS-CBN News linked above, it shows thatContinue reading “With 72% of MM homes with DTT, it’s time to expand”

PTV 4 begins its new morning lineup

Beginning this week, PTV 4 will have a new morning program lineup. 6:00 am Ulat Bayan Sunday edition replay (Monday)/PTV News Headlines replay (Tuesday-Friday) 7:00 am Bagong Pilipinas 8:00 am Bitag Live 9:00 am Daily Info 9:30 am DOSTv 10:00 am TV Shop It is noticable that Bagong Pilipinas, the successor to both Good MorningContinue reading “PTV 4 begins its new morning lineup”

How about a “Buwan ng mga Wika”?

Once again we will celebrate the “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” which commemorates the decision of the now-Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino to adopt Tagalog as basis for our national language, which will again reignite debates on whether we should keep it as it is or not. The author of this blog is firm in its positionContinue reading “How about a “Buwan ng mga Wika”?”

Do you think the Philippines deserves a Last Week Tonight-esque program? (And an assessment of news satire on Pinoy TV)

(Photo credits: a screengrab of an episode of Last Week Tonight. Copyright 2014 HBO, no copyright infringement intended) Do you think this country deserves a television program which follows in the footsteps of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver? To those unfamiliar, Last Week Tonight is a news satire program which delves into different subjectsContinue reading “Do you think the Philippines deserves a Last Week Tonight-esque program? (And an assessment of news satire on Pinoy TV)”

Thoughts on PTV News’ shakeup

Last June 28, PTV decided to update its on-air identity, reflecting a renewed thrust as a public service station following in the footsteps of foreign counterparts BBC, NHK, CGTN, among others.  Days later, Kathy San Gabriel and other staff were abruptly dismissed from the network and was never given the chance to bid farewell on-air.Continue reading “Thoughts on PTV News’ shakeup”

Some TV Patrol regional editions are still not conforming to the updated graphics

We would like to call the attention of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs and ABS-CBN Regional, as some of the TV Patrol regional editions are still not yet updating their graphics package similar to the mother newscast, as most of the regional editions have already followed suit. These are: TV Patrol Cagayan Valley (produced fromContinue reading “Some TV Patrol regional editions are still not conforming to the updated graphics”

Cancer six times a day

Yung pakiramdam na lahat tayo ay nagsasawa na sa mga teleseryeng may paulit-ulit na storya, walang tigil na gantihan, patayan, landian, at kung ano pa man yan FIVE TIMES A WEEK, well, pati Sabado may teleserye na din. Dahil sa malakas na hatak sa ratings ng Ipaglaban Mo!, ang legal drama anthology ng ABS-CBN saContinue reading “Cancer six times a day”

Regional television in the Phillippines

In a television industry dominated by Manila-based giants with much of their programming seen across the country and much of their relay stations owned by the networks themselves, regional players may be unfamiliar to most of us. But these broadcasters play a huge part in providing news and entertainment to their respective localities and reflectsContinue reading “Regional television in the Phillippines”