After the successful (1) reinforcement and repainting of the entire structure and (2) replacement of analog TV transmitting antenna of ABS-CBN TV tower from 2008 to 2009, the TV tower of TV5 Philippines (formerly ABC-5 [“ABC” stands for Associated Broadcasting Company]) in Novaliches, Quezon City that was replaced analog TV transmitting antenna in 2007 is now in turn for a reinforcement (and repainting?) of nearly rusted lattice steel structure before constructing an even higher tower mast. Then if it will finish this for a few months, the tower will install and run a new (either Hitachi or Jampro) UHF DTTV transmitting panel antenna [“DTTV” stands for digital terrestrial television] using a Japanese platform Integrated Services for Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) transmission. As part of terrestrial TV digitalization project, TV5 introduced the said platform in 2012, formerly assigned on UHF TV channel 35 (596 to 602 MHz) with a combined HD and SD digital video format.
Even though ABS-CBN TV tower had already install Jampro UHF DTTV panel antenna in 2013 and run it in ISDB-T transmission; and PTV and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation already tried and tested the aforementioned Japanese platform, other terrestrial TV networks such as GMA-7, Solar TV, UNTV, and various religion TV networks may also follow to upgrade from their current full-power NTSC-M analog TV transmission to ISDB-T transmission in accordance from the cooperation and agreement of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that is currently finishing the ISDB-T IRR draft before the end of 3rd quarter of 2013, in order to roll out ISDB-T transmission and receiver by 2014 or 2015 before the target date of December 31, 2015 analog TV switch-off (ASO) or digital TV switch-over.
TV5 Philippines is currently negotiated and controlled by Mediaquest owned by the management of chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan company group that controls PLDT, Smart, and Cignal in 2010. Although the former ABC-5 and then TV5 was originally owned by Tony Boy Conjuanco from the opening date of 1992 until present, the network went a fairly controversial negotiation with Malaysian-based Media Prima Berhard in 2007 in order to have a full rehabilitation and modernization of their facility following the reformat of their TV station ID and TV show concept. Amidst from the criticisms of GMA Network, local company provider Media Prima Philippines—formally known as MPB Primedia—defended TV5, since only Media Prima Berhard from Malaysia may be responsible to create their own selected regional south-east Asian headquarters like Indonesia and Philippines and negotiate low-rated private-run TV networks.