TV Patrol: 30 years on and the need for ABS-CBN News to shift to high definition

30 years ago, a new news program premiered on Philippine television which forever changed the way news was delivered, witnessing important events shaping the history of our country, changes in technology, and being the primary source of information for Filipinos.  TV Patrol was conceived as a counterpart to ABS-CBN’s Radyo Patrol, and was intended toContinue reading “TV Patrol: 30 years on and the need for ABS-CBN News to shift to high definition”

Digital TV transition at a glance

With Light Network making history starting today as the first free-to-air television station to completely abandon analog transmissions, we’ll see how individual stations are faring well in this new technology. (Note: We have not included 1seg channels in the total number of subchannels.) ABS-CBN At present, ABS-CBN has been leading the charge in the transition,Continue reading “Digital TV transition at a glance”

Light Network makes the shift to digital

(Photo credit: Light Network’s official FB page) In a historic first and coming from an unexpected player, Jesus is Lord Church-owned Zoe Broadcasting’s Light Network will join the rest of the Manila-based television stations to make the shift from analog to digital broadcasting, and will be the first to cease analog broadcasts for good. ItContinue reading “Light Network makes the shift to digital”

PTV’s digitization efforts and FM2 Philippines, Chavit eyes IBC 13

Three major developments on the state-owned media entities have emerged recently. After the inking of a deal with NEC Philippines, it has been reported PTV will roll out its digital television transmissions in Metro Manila (which will be improved), as well as in Baguio, Naga, Guimaras, Cebu, and Davao. It is a major step towardsContinue reading “PTV’s digitization efforts and FM2 Philippines, Chavit eyes IBC 13”

What I would do if I were GMA boss

Last week, this blog and Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube discussed and enumerated GMA Network’s present and persistent problems which aims to debunk their never-ending claims to the leadership of the ratings game in Philippine broadcast television. (to fantards reading this thinking na may pinapanigan kami, sorry na lang kayo.) This time I would likeContinue reading “What I would do if I were GMA boss”

GMA needs rehab (#NumberOnePaMore)

Towards the end of the previous year I promised that I will make a piece on the present state of GMA Network, with their incessant claims to leadership despite the opposite. (Only in Mega Manila. You have a major problem in the provinces. Di kami may sabi nyan.) (Please lang GMA, tigilan niyo ito.) RalphContinue reading “GMA needs rehab (#NumberOnePaMore)”

ARC still a work in progress

It’s about six months since the ABS-CBN Regional Channel hit the airwaves with a promise of bringing viewers closer to home. It was heavily promoted on its regional programs, and even has livestreaming access on Sky On Demand and iWanTV. But has it lived up to the expectations? No, not yet.  One would expect itContinue reading “ARC still a work in progress”

GNTV should have had regional news

With the ABS-CBN Regional Channel still in its infancy, let’s take a look back at the time when GMA News TV should have had the opportunity to expose its regional newscasts to a larger nationwide audience. In early 2014, GNTV began hinting that its four primary regional newscasts (Balitang Amianan, Ratsada, Balitang Bisdak, and Testigo)Continue reading “GNTV should have had regional news”

ABS-CBN Regional Channel launches today

Viewers will now be able to catch a glimpse of the best of the country’s sights, cuisine, and people as ABS-CBN Regional Channel (ARC) starts its initial telecasts today. Programming consists of the content ABS-CBN produces for its regional audiences, such as local TV Patrol editions, Mag TV Na, Saturday public affairs shows, Kapamilya MasContinue reading “ABS-CBN Regional Channel launches today”

The People’s Broadcasting Corporation under the Duterte administration

(Excerpt from the State of the Nation Address. Credits: Presidential Communications) One of the key points of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) is the creation of a new public broadcasting company which shall adhere to, among other things, modern international standards, and a truly independent broadcasting network. We have discussedContinue reading “The People’s Broadcasting Corporation under the Duterte administration”