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2014 Net Income Target of ABS-CBN To Reach More Than 2 Billion Pesos?

February 26, 2014

In spite of recent typhoon-struck areas in Eastern Visayas in November 2013 resulting a slow recovery of both free-to-air and cable TV broadcasting, there were a prediction that ABS-CBN would intend to reach more than 2 billion peso net income target for the year 2014 following the successful two respective “300 million peso gross income per movie title” of January to February 2014 produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema such as Bride For Rent and Starting Over Again for a total of 600 million pesos. The affiliated movie company of the network would try their best to earn more movie gross sales in the coming months of March to December 2014, if and only if the quality of their upcoming future movie titles should always be perfect fitted for most meticulous movie audiences. The current cost of modernized movie theater establishment to enter is 150 to 180 pesos per person.

According to my own respective casual analysis and prediction, the following two graphical text presentation, though my draft may not based from actual reliable sources from business news, shows that (1) ABS-CBN have had recently reached a total of more or less 3 billion peso net income of 2013 (of combined 2013 mid-term national and local election TV ads, TV and radio broadcasting spending thru regular advertisement and stock market, Internet videostream service iWanTV and, and recent various 2013 Star Cinema movie titles); and (2) the network would generate a projected hundreds of millions of pesos of movie gross sales of future Star Cinema movie titles for the month of March to December 2014, in addition from the recent 600 million peso total movie gross sales of two movie titles of January to February 2014 and of the projected 1.2 to 1.4 billion peso net income (including a new mobile videostream app service iWanTV of second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM launched in November 2013) for the next twelve months of 2014.

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Even without national and local election campaign period TV ad, the projected 2 billion peso net income target of 2014 may be compared from previous 2 billion pesos net income of 2011, about one billion peso down from 3.1 billion pesos of net income after the 2010 presidential election campaign.

If the prediction would be possibly true, ABS-CBN should not always be confident on that matter, so therefore the network—through the monitoring and enforcement from the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)—should practice prudence, modest, decent, and respect to entertain and inform to loyal TV viewers without any form of abuse in order to attract various media advertisers. Even loyal TV viewers of its main competitor GMA Network, which is a non-KBP member, may not welcome to admit to watch ABS-CBN free-to-air VHF TV channel and future Star Cinema movie titles due to their own criticisms against ABS-CBN and content-wise and fanfare to watch GMA-7 TV shows. (GMA Network has reached 2 billion pesos of net income of 2013 of combined election advertisement and regular advertisement for radio and TV show airing.)

In the meantime, ABS-CBN, in the recent Retail Bonds Listing ceremony at the Philippine Stock Exchange in January 2014, has recently announced a proposed 6 billion peso budget (effective by the end of 2014) for future expansion of ABS-CBN TV broadcasting facility, such as (1) 4 billion peso state-of-the-art sound-proof large-area-highly-elevated concert stage type TV studio; (2) 1 billion peso digitized TV broadcasting equipment upgrade in full HD content as well as possible expansion of cable TV provider Sky Cable; and (3) 1 billion peso installation of Japanese DTTV platform ISDB-T transmitter at ABS-CBN Mega Manila TV tower facility and all ABS-CBN regional TV tower facilities that will launch by 2015 before the December 31, 2015 deadline of digital TV switch-over.



Top Quality Content Daytime And Primetime Philippine TV Soaps Of 2013

January 6, 2014

Year 2013 was the most challenging year: the time on recent pork barrel scam; the time of tragic marine event such as corral reef collision in Tubataha Reef and collision between cargo ship of Sulpicio Lines and 2GO passenger ship; the time of recent natural calamities such as earthquake in Bohol and strong typhoon in Eastern Visayas; the time of horrifying bus accident along major roads; and the time of victorious world-class Philippine talent such as various international beauty contest and even boxing match. And aside from this, we often experienced to watch the hottest and the most satisfying Philippine TV soaps of 2013 on conventional free-to-air terrestrial analog TV for most middle to lower class households, while an upcoming roll-out of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV) using Japanese platform Integrated Services for Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) was not present until 2015.

But before we wrap up the recent 2013 event and welcoming the year 2014, here are the recent highlights of competing Philippine TV soaps of 2013:

  • The hit daytime family drama Be Careful With My Heart continues to soar top-notch formula of gigling love scenes such as junior-senior (JS) prom night, intentional good kissing couple, marriage engagement, and even grand wedding day. The controversial guy-to-gay relationship primetime drama My Husband’s Lover had often applaused by many lesbian-gays-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) communities and even some loyal GMA-7 TV viewers around Metro Manila and even key major provincial cities, regarding about the sensitive issue of same sex couple in reality as well as the legality of same sex marriage in some key rich countries, in spite of strong scrutiny of many conservative family Christian Catholics in the Philippines that often opposed such explicit practice.
  • The creation of critically acclaimed and highly praised hit teen-romance drama Got To Believe—the title inspired from the lyrics of classic love slow pop song performed by Canadian singer David Pomeranz—has changed the landscape of entertaining many young audiences about the sensitive issue of teen couple in reality that must be controlled by parental consent. The Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo tandem TV tandem of the show was much better than the original movie version of Claudine Barreto and the late Rico Yan. GMA-7 had often tried to detrone the said TV show of ABS-CBN side in terms of viewership as it introduced the shows such as Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko and Kahit Nasaan Ka Man for most loyal teen to young-adult GMA-7 TV viewers, but although they got a few highly ranked TV household share the quality of the two aforementioned TV shows were not enough. The “Kath-Niel” fans camp, on one hand, had often criticized Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko as an imitation of Got To Believe.
  • GMA-7 had often promised to their loyal TV viewers being requested to the network to produce their own TV soaps claiming to succeed Ina Kapatid Anak on ABS-CBN. It introduced Mundo Mo’y Akin relatively based on the past televised Carlo J. Caparas comic creation Bakekang, but although the show got good high TV household share in Metro Manila and nearby suburbs while waiting to watch the airing of My Husband’s Lover most Philippine entertainment critics often slapped the show as low quality on every content of the story and acting stint.
  • The world of fantasy TV soaps have had gradually progressing in terms of good story. On ABS-CBN side it introduced Juan de la Cruz showing the story of young heroic swordsman against vampire wolves. TV5 introduced Kidlat as a heroic lightning man and Cassandra Warrior Angel as a heroine angel. GMA-7, the only network behind successful mainstream fantasy soap Mulawin in mid-decade 2000s, introduced horror drama Ang Aso Ni San Roque, epic action fantasy drama Indio, mystic-action romance drama Genesis, and Mulawin-based fantasy drama Adarna, but the four mentioned TV shows got only low TV household share even though the network gradually increased TV household share on drama shows such as Mundo Mo’y Akin and My Husband’s Lover.
  • While the show With A Smile failed to detrone Be Careful With My Heart on daytime morning block, GMA-7 continues a strong offensive move against current ABS-CBN afternoon drama block to maintain its daytime afternoon dominance on the majority of only tens of thousands of TV households and even thousands of out-of-home (OOH) free-to-air analog TV units in Metro Manila and its nearby provinces. Among the afternoon drama shows with gradual quality were Mga Basang Sisiw, Maghihintay Pa Rin, Unforgettable, Pyra, and Bukod Kang Pinagpala. Before the hit horror-fantasy comics creation TV show Galema on ABS-CBN was introduced, GMA-7 introduced Kakambal Ni Eliana; both of these were about a person with a snake creature. And aside from Be Careful With My Heart and Got To Believe as a highest grade quality drama programming, GMA-7 runs up with a applausible mature-audience-only drama program Magkano Ang Pag-Ibig?.
  • ABS-CBN took their own pressure to re-adjust their strategy to produce an instant formula of high quality daytime afternoon soaps to give delight of their loyal ABS-CBN TV viewers in spite of low TV household survey in daytime during the absence of controversial variety-game TV show host Wille Revillame in 2010. Among the shows were children musical drama May Isang Pangarap, hit primetime horror-fantasy Juan de la Cruz prequel series My Little Juan, and action drama Dugong Buhay.
  • ABS-CBN TV drama shows such as revival classic TV show Annaliza and Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, although they got a gradual high quality story and acting stint with some episodes committed an SPG logo advisory from MTRCB due to the depicting scenes of a form of violence, got only low TV household share in Metro Manila and nearby suburbs due to a majority of TV households and OOH watching GMA-7 shows such as Binoy Henyo, Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko, and My Husband’s Lover.
  • TV5 often took an “experiment” to produce their own TV soap a bit gradual quality content with a gradual formula in spite of low TV household survey due to a majority of two major giant local TV networks such as ABS-CBN and GMA-7. Among the feature TV5 soap of 2013 were Misibis Bay, Undercover, and Madam Chairman.
  • GMA-7 introduced a back-to-back revival of past TV soaps in the 90s based on the creation of GMA-7 classic TV drama scriptwriter RJ Nueva. On primetime block it was Annakarerina competing with Juan de la Cruz on the same time slot, and on daytime block it was Villa Quintana.
  • There were a typical fantasy TV soaps of GMA-7 about a mysterious abandoned old house surrounding a secret zone to enter a mystic fairy land. The title of the TV show was entitled Home Sweet Home. In the end, bad luck for the show as it was committed a low quality storytelling. Oh well, ABS-CBN has momentarily substitute such aforementioned junky show and introduced an even better concept: a typical light family sitcom entitled Home Sweetie Home to be aired every Sunday night starting first week of January 2014.
  • As game show segment Pinoy Henyo on Eat Bulaga became a hit, there were a typical family drama that often use and substitute a title called Binoy Henyo, a story about a little boy having an intellectual mind. Sometimes the show may be either a typical mini daily children sitcom or rather a simple fantasy melodrama. However, the show had no serious impact of the content of the story and acting stint to the audience. Not until the ABS-CBN side introduced Honesto relatively based on a fairytale story of Pinocchio.

If you want to know what feature Philippine TV soaps of 2013 got a highest grade of quality content standing on the top rank and what worst feature Philippine TV soaps of 2013 got a lowest grade of quality content, click here in PDF format.

What Target Audience Would Gain On Various Philippine Movies Of 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 Entries?

December 18, 2013

Whether or not most Filipino citizens would support various 39th Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Philippine movie entries in order to gain a target gross income of about Php 800 million to be used for a relief effort of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at about 10% share (or estimately Php 80 million), here are the list of target Filipino audiences of various movie titles of the said festival, a possible number of movie theaters per feature movie titles per establishment, and a projected rankings in terms of gross earnings:

Identity of Target Audience For Feature Movie Title

  • For the fans of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla of hit teen romance primetime drama Got To Believe, ABS-CBN Star Cinema together with Regal Films introduces Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay.
  • For the fans of loyal televiewers of longest-running noontime show Eat Bulaga, M-Zet Films, an entertainment production company behind Enteng Kabisote (a set-back of hit fantasy sitcom TV series Okey Ka, Fairy Ko) film franchise partially owned by Vic Sotto, My Little Bossing starring Ryzza Mae Dizon and James “Bimby” Yap-Aquino.
  • For several TV viewers of ABS-CBN watching a hit TV talk sitcom Gandang Gabi Vice hosted by Vice Ganda who also appeared on daytime interactive talent show Showtime, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema and Viva Films.
  • For most adult male folks who wanted to watch Pinoy action movies even though they (and even many rich-class Filipino citizens who only support Hollywood movies) may not welcome to support Pinoy Movie junkies (including a possible top-grossing MMFF 2013 movie entries as shown above earlier), Boy Golden (starring ER Ejercito) and 10,000 Hours (starring Robin Padilla), both produced by Viva Films.
  • For a fellow Visayan (and even other Filipino folks around the Philippines) Catholic followers in the Philippines, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir starring Rocco Nacino.
  • For some ABS-CBN, GMA-7, or TV5 TV viewers that often support stage-comedian veteran actress Eugene Domingo, Kimmy Dora: The Prequel of Kiyeme.
  • For some loyal GMA-7 TV viewers, young or old, Kaleidoscope World starring Yassi Pressman and Sef Cadayona produced by iACT Productions and MEDIAKOM and released thru GMA Films.

Number of Movie Theaters Per Title And Movie Rankings

  • About two or three movie theater rooms per establishment, such as major malls or any form of amusement centers, would be possibly assigned among the “big three” movie titles because of strong charismatic popularity to the audience, namely My Little Bossing, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, and Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy.
  • Only one movie theater rooms per establishment would be assigned on the remaining five feature movie title entries under the “big three”, namely Boy Golden, 10,000 Hours, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, Kimmy Dora: The Prequel of Kiyeme, and Kaleidoscope World.
  • Of the eight qualified feature movie title entries, a possible projected standing in terms of movie grossing according to my own prediction would be My Little Bossing at first rank, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay and Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy at a wrestling second to third rank, and the rest would be fourth to eighth rank.

Oh, by the way, the suggested movie ticket price of various commercial Philippine movie theaters (if and only if about more than 100 to 200 available legitimate movie theaters) would be about projectedly Php 150.00 to Php 190.00 per audience fitted for most average to lower-income families. Even though all feature movie titles are already produced in full 16:9 widescreen compatible to 720p, 1080p, 4K, or 8K digital video format on future digital TV broadcast, some feature Philippine movies offer Dolby Digital audio track, some conventional (voice-dubbed) analog mono audio track.

Twitter Hashtag Trending of ABS-CBN vs GMA-7 TV Shows An Alternative of TV Survey in the Philippines?

November 29, 2013
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A graphical re-enactment of Twitter hashtag Philippine trend table, showing that Twitter users who were loyal ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV viewers create various form of hashtags containing the title of their favorite TV show to post on Twitter message.

If you are a Twitter user living in the Philippines, and once you open Twitter web graphic interface, by surprise or shock you often saw numerous Twitter messages being loyal and supporter of various competing ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows: some appraised, some distracted. The secret? There was a system as part of a major feature of Twitter: to show which “tagged title messages” become the greatest and the lowest. A recent development was about the “greatest and lowest tagged Philippine TV show title Twitter post messages”, reflecting a possible fact about the most popular and most watched Philippine TV shows in reality.

Benefits And Use of Twitter Hashtags

Even though if you use your registered Twitter account and ever refuse to contact and send your short message to another Twitter account via “@Twitterusernameaccount” with a maximum of 140 characters, you might post your short statement with the inclusion of hashtag—in which its purpose is to serve as an instant reference of an important name of event or identity that can be easily search by using a Twitter seach text box on its web interface—by typing a number sign (#) sign followed by a title such as:

  • #nameofevent
  • #nameofperson
  • #nameofplace
  • #nameofmotiveortime
  • #titleofpresentation

There are a variation of hashtag titles being posted on Twitter at present that can be found on the left portion of its web graphical interface. You can note the respective highest to lowest hashtag Twitter post in particular order from first to tenth row, known as trending. When you left-click the hashtag title, you can see that various Twitter messages citing their full praises or distraction in a particular event have include a hashtag.

The Case of Twitter Hashtags of Various Philippine TV Shows

GMA-7 Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, in the recent 2012 Philippine Ad Congress with the theme “Change The Game”, was open to fully aware the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as an alternative tool to monitor the respective number of “likes” and particular top trend hashtag as an actual TV audience count from a loyal GMA-7 TV viewers who were often wise to support various GMA-7 TV shows to watch over conventional CRT analog TV sets from middle-to-lower-class households in the Philippines. ABS-CBN and TV5 were also open to use both Facebook and Twitter aside from their current official website of TV network whose purpose is to post only their latest development of TV show projects, news events, and event caravan; same with the current activity of GMA-7 official website.

Currently, various Philippine TV audience camps of the supporter of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 that often use Twitter have had found many ways to post various forms of Twitter hashtags over Twitter post that reflect the support of competing various TV artists and TV shows in reality. Of course, such activity may often regarded as a “blockbuster popularity level” in terms of TV viewership. The format of posting hashtags based on recent Twitter post under “Philippine trends” category list were as follows:

  • #titleofTVshowepisodeorevent
  • #nameofartistorcasttandem
  • #nameofindividualartist

If you wanted to see a variety of hashtag titles being Twitter posted in the Philippines, simply click “Change” over Twitter hashtag trend table while in “Worldwide Trends” or “US Trends” default and click “Philippines” in order to shift to “Philippine Trends” category. Some hashtag titles under “Philippine Trends” category may have a separate “name of TV shows”, “name of personalities”, and “name of motive or event”.

Featured TV Shows Posted on Trending Twitter Hashtags (2012 to 2013)

ABS-CBN (with lots of trending hashtag): Be Careful With My Heart, Got To Believe, Juan de la Cruz, Showtime, ASAP, The X Factor Philppines, Pilipinas Got Talent, The Voice Philippines

GMA-7 (may or may not have trending hastag): My Husband’s Lover, Protegé Artista, Sunday All Stars

Others: Eat Bulaga* Super Sireyna 2013 Finals (*Note: The TV show is only a blocktimer to GMA-7.)

Visit Google search website and type a search keyword syntaxtitle of TV show Twitter trending topic hashtag” to show the recent image grab taken from Twitpic, Facebook, or various blog page.

Attractive To Media Advertisers?

The criticisms of various media advertising practitioners thought that the trending Twitter hashtags of various ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows do not replace the current operation of competing TV survey agencies such as AGB Nielsen and Kantar TNS, and do not guarantee that the commercial-run TV networks would carry more commission financial gains from the sponsors of various TV ads the growing number of TV households or audience would able to buy feature product items. Another concern—thru the supervision of various entertainment news press being accredited by Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC)—is that the advertisers not only monitor the quality and moral values of various TV shows being controlled by Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and Movie And Television Review And Classification Board (MTRCB) but also an actual transparency of TV audience count on every [current roll-out of free-to-air analog] TV unit in homes and out-of-home (OOH).

So, shall we trust the claimed result of Twitter hashtag trend of competing ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows at present? Whether it is a positive or negative effect in terms of fair competition, and even without using Twitter, what was most important to the Philippine TV audience is to become meticulous on every content of TV shows.

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Mobile Videostreaming On A Second Generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM 2013

November 24, 2013
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A second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM package, released November 18, 2013, not only affordable GSM-based calls, SMS, and mobile Internet but also mobile video streaming via IWanTV. The first generation ABS-CBN SIM, being collaborated by Globe Telecom, was introduced in mid-decade 2000s.

When multimedia messaging service (MMS) was adopted in the Philippines in mid-decade 2000s following a roll-out of 3rd generation GSM-based unit with full graphical color, still image capture, video streaming, and mobile Internet streaming capability, TV networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 went a joint venture with either Smart or Globe to introduce an experimental roll-out of first generation mobile video streaming of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows with limited quality using an older H.261 video codec with a resolution of 128 x 96 pixels, a frame rate of 12 fps, and a bit rate of 28 kbps. The service was short-lived and discontinued, as most Pinoy Netizens would opt an alternative video streaming service to watch an uploaded videos of either ABS-CBN or GMA-7 TV shows such as YouTube on broadband Internet., on one hand, introduced an online premium monthly subscription video streaming service in 2003. Various ABS-CBN TV shows being recorded from local TV broadcast feed use Windows Media Video 9 video codec and encoded with digital rights management (DRM) that can be played on Windows Media Player 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 only by online payment basis to the Internet users. Firstly was ABS-CBN Now!, then TFC Now! by late mid-decade 2000s, and finally the service was seperated between local video streaming service (exclusively for Sky Broadband and Bayan DSL subscribers) in 2012 and international video streaming service in 2012. Both IWanTV and use DRM-encoded H.264 video codec under Adobe Flash graphics web interface.

Back in mid-decade 2000s (about 2004, 2005, or 2006, I don’t know the exact year it was released) ABS-CBN went a joint venture with Globe Telecom to create a first generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM, dubbed “Kapamilya” SIM addressing a further affordable GSM-based mobile call and short messaging service (SMS) service rates, but that offer was discontinued due to lower number of subscriptions and because of full majority of competing popular mobile network services. In the second quarter of 2013 ABS-CBN and Globe Telecom collaborate together again a second time to create a second generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM, not only on affordable GSM mobile call, unlimited SMS, and 4G mobile Internet streaming access but also a mobile video streaming. Yes, that move would attract for most loyal ABS-CBN TV viewers that often miss to watch their favorite TV shows without sacrificing to reach through their traditional TV sets—whether (near defunct) CRT or widescreen LCD/LED/Plasma—at home.

The second generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM was officially released November 18, 2013 two days after a beneficiary concert for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan in international code name) victims that hit in Eastern Visayas region, following an official TV ad (featuring various ABS-CBN artists) of a new SIM service version exclusively aired on ABS-CBN main local TV channel. Available in the market at selected stalls, it claimed a bonus service fee at about 1-peso GSM call rates for ABS-CBN SIM-to-ABS-CBN SIM subscribers.

Smartphone And Tablet PC Unit And Mobile Broadband Internet Requirements

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A second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM is comparable to Globe Tatoo mobile Internet Stick SIM.

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In order to access mobile video streaming aside from call, SMS, and Internet browsing, ABS-CBN SIM requires Apple iPhone/iPad, Android OS capable smartphone or tablet PC, Windows Phone OS smartphone, and many other smartphone or tablet PC unit with different OS.

As current fixed broadband Internet such as PLDT myDSL requires desktop PC and even current mobile broadband Internet stick such as Globe, Smart, and Sun require laptop PC, so as second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM requires the following list of smartphone and tablet PC units available in the market today:

  • Apple iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S or higher version)
  • Apple iPad (3, 4 or higher version)
  • Android OS capable mobile smartphone or tablet PC with latest mobile dual-core or quad-core CPU (MyPhone, Cherry, Torque, Coby, Polaroid, O Plus, StarMobile, Skyworth, etc.)
  • Windows Phone (7 or higher) capable mobile phone (such as Nokia)
  • Other leading consumer electronics brand of mobile smartphone and tablet PC with other OS system (Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Acer, etc.)

The above mentioned smartphone and tablet PC units must have a built-in HSPDA (3 Mbps or 7.5 Mbps) internal mobile broadband Intenet 4G network modem as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (100 Mbps or higher) capable to receive mobile video and Internet streaming. However, use of older version of Apple iPhone or iPad or older Android OS capable or other OS smartphone or tablet PC unit without 4G network—even conventional GSM-based mobile phone unit of the past—was not accessible.

Promo Access Mobile Video And Broadband Internet Streaming

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Want to enjoy promo rates on mobile video streaming and Internet surfing, as shown on poster on some stalls that avail ABS-CBN Mobile SIM? LEFT CLICK THE SCREEN TO ENLARGE FOR DETAILS. (From left of the poster: characters from daytime family drama “Be Careful With My Heart”, used with permission of ABS-CBN.)

Just as most present mobile phone networks in the Philippines such as Smart, Talk n Text, Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun that offer SMS registration-based promo call, SMS, and mobile Internet services at affordable service fee, various smartphone or tablet PC users that use 2nd generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM may key in the following SMS syntax with respective feature promo Internet and video streaming access service fee and send to 2135:

  • For 15 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL15 (30 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 1-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)
  • For 20 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL20 (45 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 1-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)
  • For 50 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL50 (120 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 5-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)

If they did not use promo access system by SMS registration, then they would opt 1 peso per 1 MB mobile video or Internet streaming service fee, free from 800 MB Internet streaming promo service limit that would disable Internet access for 1 day mainly because it was Globe-powered service just like Globe Tatoo mobile Internet promo rates.

Mobile Video Streaming Specifications

The official website of second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM access did not mention an actual specifications of mobile video streaming to play various ABS-CBN TV shows currently in standard definition (SD) format 480i at default, but because of 1 peso per 1 MB and basic promo service charge access giving basic digital video quality content here is my own predicted specification:

  • Video codec: H.264
  • Video resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
  • Video aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Video frame rate: 12 fps
  • Video bit rate: 140 to 180 kbps
  • Audio codec: AAC
  • Audio frequency range: up to 14,000 Hz
  • Audio track: Mono
  • Audio bit rate: 10 to 15 kbps

If ABS-CBN would switch from SD to high definition (HD) format 720p or 1080i once the roll-out of ISDB-T DTTV transmission will fully commercialize, then the mobile video streaming content would possibly change from 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 aspect ratio depending on reconfiguring a given resolution and frame rates and even service fee rates.

Other Mobile Videostreaming Service?

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) had been approved to roll-out the second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM, mainly because its system was stable during test run of mobile video streaming and Internet access except for roaming. No related issue of possible radio interference among other mobile broadband Internet service as well as GSM calls and SMS/MMS.

As of this writing, there were no available, possible speculation via reliable sources that TV networks TV5 and GMA-7 would imitate the concept from ABS-CBN mobile service currently negotiating with Globe Telecom that operates nationwide 4G network service. If ever, for example, both of the two aforementioned TV networks would do this in reality, then they would run on Smart or Sun 4G network, with the same service rate as that of ABS-CBN mobile but with different SIM configuration and different SMS registration on promo mobile Internet and videostreaming.

There seems to be a form of “duopoly” for negotiating between a TV network and a leading mobile network in the Philippines, depending on a possible impact to offer for many people who have had on their side of favorite local TV channel in the Philippines. The Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) will keep monitoring the behavior of competing local TV channels together with their own mobile videostreaming service aside from conventional analog TV broadcast, in spite of deferment of KBP-member by GMA-7.

Mobile Analog TV And ISDB-T One-Seg DTV Stream Service

And if ever the roll-out of second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM and even possible speculation of future roll-out of a SIM made by GMA-7 and TV5 offering mobile videostreaming would not be successful, there were an alternative to watch various local TV channels such as the use of built-in analog TV tuner on most Philippine-made dual-SIM mobile phone models such as MyPhone, Cherry Mobile, Torque, Star Mobile, etc. Secondly, various local TV networks would expect an upcoming roll-out of combined full-segment and one-segment ISDB-T transmission compatible for built-in ISDB-T tuner on most portable digital devices such as smartphones, tablet PC, and portable gaming consoles, to be launched by 2014 or 2015 before the switch-over from analog TV broadcast to DTV service on December 31, 2015.

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A Tidbits of Recent Trends About GMA-7 (August to September 2013)

September 11, 2013
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Ryzza Mae Dizon (left) and Vice Ganda (right). Possible speculation for competing for Best Variety Comedy Talk Show for upcoming season of PMPC Star Awards For Television 2013.

A New Category of PMPC For TV 2013? According to my own prediction based on possible speculation this fall 2013, the management of Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) would try to create a new category called Best Variety Comedy Talk Show for the upcoming season of PMPC Star Awards For Television by early 4th quarter of 2013. Among the nominated two shows were Gandang Gabi Vice of ABS-CBN and The Ryzza Mae Show of blocktimer Eat Bulaga on GMA-7. The panel judge of PMPC who were responsible to scrutinize the quality of the TV show may be carefully propitiate and not take a pressure to treat between the two respective competing humorous hosting stint of Vice Ganda (real name Jose Marie Borja Viceral) and Ryzza Mae Dizon due to a moral conduct and mental capacity reasons, giving a full respect for each other. Recently, The Ryzza Mae Show was already awarded as Best Female Talk Show Host category of the 3rd EdukCircle Awards in September 2, 2013. Are you agree the PMPC may include a new category as mentioned above? Answer this poll question as shown below.

The 30% Mark of GMA-7 In Mega Manila Households Strike Back! In spite of the fact that the current and even the recent GMA-7 soaps of 2013, including the hit controversial guy-to-gay relationship telenovela My Husband’s Lover, had lost their entertainment quality, GMA Network had even got more offensive move against ABS-CBN and its loyal TV viewers thanks to the majority of loyal GMA-7 TV viewers and even some TV viewers of TV5 in Mega Manila households. As the claims from and various Pinoy-based bloggers that were loyal GMA-7 viewers via AGB Nielsen TV Household Survey stating that various primetime GMA-7 shows got more than 30% of households from July to September 2013, ABS-CBN may worry that such camps and even many lower-class households that still use an older analog TV unit may no longer trusted nor fully aware to access analog TV channel 2 in spite on the delay of future roll-out of over-the-air DTV transmission and set-top-box. In order to verify such claims, ABS-CBN and Kantar TNS use a specialized accu-radar-TV-detection mapping survey system (as opposed of conventional TV metering panel from AGB that only applies on urban and suburban communities) that detects the number of analog TV units being tuned on designated free-to-air analog TV channels. Accordingly—not mentioning the number of cable and satellite TV subscribers in Mega Manila for fairness—the proprietary analog TV channel 7 (174 to 180 MHz) of GMA got a total of over 800,000 analog TV units in households (including more or less 30,000 analog TV units on buses, business establishments, stalls, mobile devices, transport terminals, and Japan Surplus) all over Metro Manila and combined suburban and rural communities of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, versus ABS-CBN free-to-air analog TV channel 2 (54 to 60 MHz) with estimately 600,000 analog TV units in households and ABS-CBN analog TV channel alternatives (TV-10 in Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal; TV-32, TV-34, and TV-46 in some portion of Bulacan) with 40,000 analog TV units.

GMA Ready To Use ISDB-T Transmission? In spite of several criticisms from the friends of DTV Pilipinas Facebook page users and even loyal ABS-CBN TV viewers against GMA Network—the only network being a loyal DVB-T2 transmission—that was responsible to have a delaying tactics to freeze out future roll-out of ISDB-T transmission to all TV networks and set-top-boxes for consumers and therefore survive their current full-power analog TV transmission in Metro Manila to their loyal TV viewers living in middle and lower class households, GMA-7 may still open to accept the use of ISDB-T transmission as one of the most stable platform compatible to the current 6 MHz UHF (former analog NTSC) TV broadcast and 60 Hz AC power like U.S., Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Philippines, compared to European DTV counterpart that was stable only on most countries that have 8 MHz UHF analog PAL TV channel bandwidth and 50 Hz AC power. In February 2013 the ISDB-T transmission testing of GMA-7 that ran only 1 week became successful and no problem had been encountered. If DVB-T2 testing—though banned by NTC order but only offer to pass a review from the developer of DVB Group based in Europe—in the Philippines would be available, that might cause a problem of a possible radio interference through analog NTSC TV transmission, 2-way radio, FM/AM radio audio broadcast, and cellphone transmission, due to an incompatible RF and AC power configuration, just as in the case of recent testing of 6 MHz variant of DVB-T2 in U.S. last April 2013 before the development of ATSC 3.0 DTV platform. As of now, the NTC, PTV, and various KBP-member TV networks are still awaiting for the signing of the final draft and official IRR of ISDB-T transmission through Aquino administration later in early 4th quarter of 2013.

An Alternative To DVB-T2 Being Only Favored by GMA Network In The Philippines

July 18, 2013

GMA Network was the only TV station that only favors DVB-T2 based from the recommended order of ASEAN that supports the new European DTTV platform through selected south-east Asian countries currently assigning 7 to 8 MHz TV channel bandwidth and 50 Hz AC power. After a numerous times of having a delaying tactics to further freeze out the rollout of adopted ISDB-T transmission and receivers in the Philippines for a review between the two DTTV standards, GMA failed to force the grant of using the European DTV platform to NTC since it was not tested for 6 MHz TV channel bandwidth and 60 Hz AC power under the current 525-line NTSC analog TV transmission due to a possible interference to all forms of radio service.

So what are the better alternative DTTV platforms that succeed DVB-T2 in order to assign on most countries like the Philippines that have 6 MHz TV channel bandwidth and 60 Hz AC power? Here the two shortlist:

  • Higher-Level QAM on 2nd Generation ISDB-T Variant (ISDB-T2). In 2011 state-run broadcaster NHK introduced a new variant of high-level quadruple amplitude modulation (QAM) such as 1024QAM and 4096QAM and an improved low-cost high performance error correction system such as concatenated low density parity check (LDPC) (developed by various Japanese scientist of NHK Science Labs) with bit rates at about 78 Mbps per 6 MHz RF bandwidth, nearly twice as that of 40 Mbps on conventional 256QAM of DVB-T2. That rate was just enough to accomodate sixteen Full HD (1080p) subchannels at 4.5 Mbps, four UHDTV (4K resolution) subchannels at 18 Mbps, and one SHV (8K resolution) subchannels at 72 Mbps in MPEG-H HEVC video codec format. The actual structure of 2nd generation ISDB-T, though its first prototype consisting of two sets of 6 MHz UHF TV channels was used, was not yet finalized, but probably—if finalized—it would be nearly the same as that of first generation ISDB-T consisting of a segmented 6 MHz “middle-right-middle-left” transmission scan pattern. (CLICK HERE FOR MY BLOG FOR DETAILS OR CHECK OUT FROM NHK SHV DOCUMENTATION.)
  • Reconfigured DVB-T2 Variant For 6 MHz Bandwidth (ATSC 3.0). In February of 2013 the ATSC Group introduced a prototype of reconfigured 256QAM signal based from DVB-T2 in order to make a stable transmission under 6 MHz channel bandwidth and 60 Hz AC power. Before they bagan a 4K video test broadcast using that platform prototype by means of calibration method, the FCC ordered all current first generation ATSC broadcast on every TV networks to shut down for 4 hours (from 12 midnight to 4 a.m.)  in order to prevent interference during testing. The resulting rate was about only 24 Mbps from the targeted 32 Mbps due to an annoying signal noise and even some erring calculating performance. By the end of 3rd quarter of 2013, the group would announce the required configuration of ATSC 3.0 using only an even higher level QAM (rather than using 256QAM, 1024QAM, and 4096QAM) and even an improved error-correction system in order to increase a bit rate at projectedly more than 80 Mbps per 6 MHz band in forward transmission scan. (Source:,

Both of these new DTTV standards succeeding DVB-T2, seperated on designated countries such as Japan for ISDB-T and U.S. for ATSC, would take a few years to develop before rolling out both the transmitter and the receiver in the near future. We would ever wish that GMA Network, of which they often focus to discover an advanced high-end DTTV transmission technology aside from their current full-power analog TV transmission for years, should ever try these two rather than using the European standard to prevent any problem.

As of now, the KBP and the NTC are waiting for signing a final draft of IRR of the use of Philippine variant ISDB-T to president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino later before the end of 2013 or in 2014 as part of the planned official rollout of ISDB-T on the target date of 2014 or 2015 and a planned analog TV broadcast switch-off (ASO) on December 31, 2015. After this, the NTC would start the second assesstment of the two new standard as mentioned above together (aside from the proposed rollout of 5G-based wireless IPTV network on the year 2018), for that would be a part of the proposed 8K broadcast depending of the favor of various TV networks in the Philippines.

A Real Definition of “Urban Luzon” In Philippine TV Survey Seem Very Confusing?

July 10, 2013

For the past few years, leading entertainment website, various blog sites, and several “entertainment section” of Philippine newspaper and tabloid often claimed GMA-7 became number one in Mega Manila in 2004 until present when the network—aside from an improved full power analog TV transmission (525-line NTSC) in 2000 from 240-meter TV tower based on Quezon City, Metro Manila—introduced a heart logo and an eye-popping fantasy shows, some extraordinary soap opera, and hit Korean drama. Aside from this, there was an intentional affiliated category that would give an even more impressive claims for GMA-7, known as Urban Luzon. Accordingly, the result of Urban Luzon TV survey was nearly the same as that of current Mega Manila TV survey. But will such system be affect the nationwide TV household dominance of ABS-CBN in spite of lagging controversial nationwide People Meter TV survey made by AGB Nielsen in 2011 until today, of which it claimed GMA-7 became number one in viewing population per TV set as opposed of an actual number of TV sets per household?

According to the claims of GMA Network as a main client of TV research firm AGB Nielsen, Urban Luzon may be referred to an area being assigned at about 70% of total TV surveying coverage around the Philippines, compared to Mega Manila with the current 55% of total TV surveying coverage. National Urban, on the other hand, may consist of 85% of total Philippine coverage that only include urbanized and suburbanized areas, excluding Muslim provinces of Mindanao. But in spite of a possible intense debate from various proponents of loyal ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV viewers and some entertainment journalists and bloggers about such category that remain disputed, and even many advertisers were often confused such system aside from legitimate National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) TV survey, what are the three possible definition of Urban Luzon as shown below while both GMA and AGB have been declined to give a full detail on that matter?

  • The first possible definition is that Urban Luzon may be referred to as being assigned similar to the current Mega Manila TV survey, but the difference is that it excludes Metro Manila and includes the nearby provinces around the said major Philippine national capital. Technically and formally, it was often called Metropolitan Manila Urban Luzon Beltway mainly because the suburban areas on nearby provinces connect various major roads to and from Metro Manila such as highways and tollways (an example of which are Marcos Highway, McArthur Highway, Quirino Highway, North Luzon Expressway, South Luzon Expressway, Cavite Coastal Road, etc.)
  • The second possible definition is that Urban Luzon may be likely referred a combined urban and suburban areas of Mega Manila, major provincial cities of Luzon, and suburbanized provincial municipalities of Luzon, excluding rural or underdeveloped municipalities of Luzon, in which it was also known as “All-City And All-Suburban-Town Luzon”.
  • The third possible and most fearsome definition of Urban Luzon is that it was likely called as “Luzon-Wide” or All Regional Luzon, with the combined Mega Manila, major provincial cities of Luzon, suburban towns of Luzon, and rural and underdeveloped towns of Luzon. May be also possibly assign in Batanes, Mindoro Province, Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, and Catanduanes.

An Alternative To Urban Luzon TV Survey

In order to reduce confusion for most loyal televiewers of ABS-CBN around Luzon areas, ABS-CBN introduced their own version of TV surveying together with Kantar TNS, a system known as Balanced Luzon where it assigns over the entire northern part of Luzon and the entire part of southern part of Luzon, but excludes Mega Manila. Independent TV survey company Kantar TNS and its client ABS-CBN intricately analyzes the number of TV units in households on every cities and municipalities of every provinces of every region around Luzon areas. Sometimes—according to my thought only—when they often separate their TV surveying data between its Mega Manila panel homes and its Balanced Luzon panel homes, they may even also combine the two and form an intricate and most applausable system known as All Regional Luzon Television Audience Measurement (ARLUZTAM) as opposed to Total Urban Luzon TAM (TULTAM) made by AGB.

But in spite of the claims of GMA-7 and its loyal TV viewers’s blogsite stating that Kantar TNS had only a limited number of sample panel homes (150 in Mega Manila, 1,200 Nationwide) compared to AGB Nielsen with a fewer sample panel homes (200 in Mega Manila, 1,500 Nationwide), the respective independent secondary TV survey company not only analyzes the number of free-to-air analog TV units on households being tuned on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and various ABS-CBN VHF TV channel band (and some alternative VHF TV channel such as Channel 10 in Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal aside from Channel 2) around Luzon but also on ABS-CBN UHF TV channel band around Luzon (such as channels 32, 34, and 46), versus the leading TV survey company that analyzes only the number of free-to-air TV units in households being tuned on various ABS-CBN VHF TV channels in Luzon.

The question now is this: is ARLUZTAM (combined Mega Manila and Balanced Luzon)—according to my thought only—the same or different from current TULTAM (indicating [1] selected urban and suburban centers of Luzon or [2] suburban centers of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal near Metro Manila)? This sample table—based on my thought only and not an actual data from current TV surveying from AGB Nielsen—may be possibly found out that “All Regional Luzon TV Household Ratings” may be 2% higher in favor of ABS-CBN than GMA-7, versus “Urban Luzon TV Household Ratings” with 2% higher in favor of GMA-7 than ABS-CBN.



(AGB Nielsen)

on suburban centers of nearby provinces of Metro Manila? Assigned on major provincial cities and suburban provincial municipalities of Luzon, including Mega Manila?)

All Regional

(Kantar TNS)

TV surveying assignment of Mega Manila, major provincial cities, suburban provincial municipalities, and rural or underdeveloped provincial towns of entire regional areas of Luzon.)













of originating and/or relay ABS-CBN UHF TV channel (and some alternative relay
VHF TV channel) in Luzon aside from major originating regional ABS-CBN VHF TV
channel band?



Such possibility—whether this would be true or not—was still unknown, as either of the two TV surveying companies in the Philippines were declined to give details because in real life their respective different process remain confidential. This blog is open to comment on the following topic from various proponent of loyal ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV viewers (no bash or hate speech, please) and even local mass media experts in the Philippines.

“My Lady Boss” Not Able To Lead “It Takes a Man and a Woman” In 2013?

April 15, 2013


Heads up, my dear GMA-7 viewing fans in Mega Manila! Before I discuss in full, I’ll always respect to enjoy to watch the past Marian Rivera TV shows on your conventional free-to-air analog TV set such as Marimar, Darna, Amaya, and recently the Philippine adaptation of hit Korean drama Temptation of Wife, as GMA network wanted to get more financial income from advertisers everyday because of your support to them. And now this 2013 are you ready to watch Marian Rivera’s upcoming movie together with Richard Gutierrez entitled My Lady Boss just as in their past movie show My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend produced by GMA Films? Did you have enough money to watch it at about present 160 pesos per person?

Although the movie was originally slated in February 2013, various showbiz news reports have had said it was postponed on second time on target date of April 10. Why? Not only about the problems of distributing the processed film rolls through various movie theaters or even a lack of managing a given time frame, but probably it might reflect from the recent dominance of the third installment of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz entitled It Takes A Man And A Woman (after A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life) about projectedly more than Php 280 million in two weeks (source:, causing a possible flop of the number of moviegoers in time the show starts in two weeks, even without your support to them.

Sometimes the successful third sequel of Laida-Miggy franchise of respective Sarah-John Lloyd movie tandem (as compared to the past two sequels mainly because of improved acting stint and flow of story on the content of the third one) may often marked as “mysterious”—not just a word “phenomenal”—not only loyal Sarah Geronimo fans and some loyal various ABS-CBN artist who support the movie but also “most moviegoers who were not loyal of both ABS-CBN and GMA-7” have intentionally intended to watch it aside from watching mainstream Hollywood movies.

And in the case of My Lady Boss, expect that GMA Films, in spite of their postponement in unknown reason, has promised the quality content of their movie show may become very serious in terms of good story and good acting stint for Richard and Marian in order to wow every loyal GMA-7 TV viewers and even every couples wanting a good love story movie. (The theme of the movie is about taking respect of every female boss even when taking an intentional love affair.)

Alright, fine! I was often understand your sympathy and disappointment as you ever wanted to watch My Lady Boss, even though you were often not welcoming to watch a Sarah-John Lloyd movie produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema because of your own mannerisms and favoritism. Whether I would watch My Lady Boss or not, it’s my own decision being authored on this blog, but don’t bash me on that matter. It’s your own decision to support to watch My Lady Boss. You may opt to think by opinion yourself without throwing to bash yourself against loyal fans under ABS-CBN artists camp, even me.

The showing date of My Lady Boss this 2012 will have to be announced by GMA Films, so you may opt to tune-in to GMA-7 on your TV set or visit on Facebook fan web page of the movie for an important announcement in an instant wall post update. Regal Films, the main producer of aforementioned movie together with aforementioned co-production, will pre-empting the Marian-Richard movie show and give way to another drama movie project entitled The Bride & The Lover showing this May 2013. In the meantime, whether you would welcome to watch free-to-air ABS-CBN Channel 2 in Mega Manila or not, click here to download for details in PDF format.

Re-promotion of Awareness of Watching ABS-CBN In Mega Manila This 2013?

March 30, 2013

ALBCOR Household TV CH2 Manila

As ABS-CBN stands only second place in Mega Manila over GMA-7 for the past few years, the network had no plan to “re-educate” to most middle-class and poor-class households on how to tune-in to free-to-air VHF TV Channel 2; or even a live outdoor promo (as being compared on popular TV show segment Juan For All, All For Juan of hit noontime show Eat Bulaga on GMA-7) on searching a household being tuned to Channel 2. Though it had only focus to revitalize the content quality of various TV shows rather than to popularize the show to bitten up the viewing public, ABS-CBN management had feared that their TV station would mark a zero-rate of Mega Manila households due to the majority of tuning-in of free-to-air VHF TV Channel 7 over a variety of reasons: (1) inaccessibe to most Japan Surplus second-hand analog TV set due to a different RF spectrum; and (2) unawareness on buying and installing a standard high-quality outdoor TV antenna.

But now ABS-CBN would open the door a move to re-promote or re-educate to them just as I mentioned above, if and only if they have a funding, effort, and resources, even mostly a respectfulness to the people on informing and entertaining with full of revitalized moral conduct. An example, though currently proposed or being on-hold, is by means of (1) the use of photocopy-printed flyers or (2) downloadable content in PDF format containing an instruction in Tagalog dialect Filipino language of how to tune-in to Channel 2.

Or even a possible special seminar or other form of event aside from a typical meet-and-greet stage-show activities at present times. So here are the following three events about visiting a Mega Manila household being tuned to free-to-air VHF TV Channel 2:

  • Back in the year at about 1996 to 1999 (I can’t yet ever remember the exact date), the now-defunct ABS-CBN noontime show Magandang Tanghali Bayan introduced a special segment about the promotion of many households that already tune to the said noontime show on their TV sets in exchange of cash prizes. I can’t yet remember the title of the segment of that show, but I was often guessed as “MTB Barangay Patrol”.
  • When the fifth season of daytime talent show Showtime in 2012 was introduced on noontime block a second time, then it introduced “Showtime Bida Patrol” that was promoted some households that were tuning to that show.
  • On March of 2013, ABS-CBN introduced a TV show break plug segment entitled “Huli Kapamilya” aired before the break over various ABS-CBN TV soaps. No cash prize have been given to those households that have already tuned to free-to-air VHF TV Channel 2 (excluding various cable TV service like Sky Cable) but only just a simple visit to show that there were loyal to watch that channel.

As the pressure of ABS-CBN and its management continues following an even tougher competition like GMA-7 and even TV5 along Mega Manila, what’s more important is to take a long-term solution on how to revive the awareness to watch Channel 2, even an upcomimg digitalization of free-to-air TV broadcasting such as the recent adoption of ISDB-T that was currently finishing the IRR draft to be roll-out by 2014 or 2015 before the analog TV switch-off on New Years Day of 2016.

To know how to access free-to-air analog TV channel 2 in Metro and Mega Manila, download here in PDF format.