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Janella Salvador’s Concept TV Show “Oh My G”, A Typical Crossover Adoption of Her Favorite Expression

January 6, 2015
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A billboard for promoting the concept teen-oriented daytime TV soap “Oh My G” based from Janella Salvador’s (as Sophie Cepeda on her show) popular tagline “Oh my gee!” from her former portrayal as Nikki Grace-Lim of hit daytime TV family drama Be Careful With My Heart. (Uploaded image from Twitter courtesy of ABS-CBN.)

The hit daytime family drama Be Careful With My Heart has ended. In order to succeed the former one being aired every pre-noontime, the creative team of ABS-CBN Entertainment Group has attempted to produce a concept TV show not only delight the fans of loyal adult TV viewers of the said former show but also some young viewers in a modest, positive reception of storytelling. The working title was “O.M.G.”, and after a few months of voluntary brainstorming session to create a story done by various scripwriters and even casting, they revealed a typical concept TV novel show Oh My G, based from Janella Salvador’s popular expression “Oh my gee!” from her previous portrayal as Nikki Grace-Lim of Be Careful With My Heart.

Partly seem original, though, isn’t it? That was the only way to offer for this 16-year old teen actress as part of being a member of ABS-CBN Star Magic Glee since she was joined in mid-decade 2000s (following after her TV guessings with her mother Jenine Desiderio on Contrapelo Sa Pula Sa Puti segment of top-rated and longest-running noontime variety TV stage show Eat Bulaga) before she was appeared on the said daytime family drama on ABS-CBN in 2012, having with her current physical height of 5 feet and 6 or 7 inches tall. Last late October 2014 in an interview on the show Aquino And Abunda Tonight a few hour after a presscon of the last 46th-episode series finale of Be Careful With My Heart and few nights before Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 finals night, Janella revealed that she was ready to work the said concept teen-oriented daily TV show, in spite of the fact that the creative team of the TV network did not have a serious offer of original acting portrayal craft for her who had only a current limited quality of her acting stint.

With this concept TV novel show, the staff of Oh My G would be confident to give delight for the TV viewers as they promised that they would try their best to improve and enhance her acting skills from her acting workshop session and even the content of the story as much as possible, depending on the reception of various critics of Philippine entertainment press. As other ABS-CBN teen female artists such as Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Barreto, and Liza Soberano (as part of “ASAP It Girls” member of noontime variety musical TV show A.S.A.P. [“All Star Afternoon Party”] on its current 20th-year season) were competedly supported by the majority of teenage fans, Janella Salvador’s current personal figure as a simple yet delightful teenage actress in the history of Philippine entertainment industry may be likely dedicated to veteran actress Gloria Romero who was now a few decades of her experience.

But this is not the first concept TV show that uses a near-crossover female teen portrayal of the former one with her favorite expression as mentioned above. Even various Hollywood feature 3D animation movie introduced an upcoming release of crossover co-cast portrayal, such as Talking Penguins from Madagascar (already released in TV series on Nickelodeon) and the yellow-skinned Minions of Despicable Me (see illustration below). And even a concept classic feature 3D animation PC action game in late mid-90s Serious Sam was slightly imitated the characters with its different settings from the controversial violent yet popular classic early mid-90s MS-DOS-based PC action game Doom Trilogy and its classic successor Wolfenstein.

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The Trailer, Her Popular Expression, And The Plot

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Janella Salvador on shooting of her upcoming concept TV show Oh My G. (Courtesy of Facebook page/ABS-CBN)

Janella Salvador’s popular expression “Oh my gee!” had stated several times on her former portrayal as Nikki Grace-Lim of the entire episodes of Be Careful With My Heart. The word “gee” alone may not just indicate “Lord Holy God of Heavens Above” or “Saviour Jesus Christ”, but rather indicate and implies only her fictional, personal gesture and emotional cuteness. The adult TV viewers of the show had often curious her simple yet effective portrayal as a possible sign of an intentional loyalty to her aside from the main cast Jodi Sta. Maria as Maya and Richard Yap as Ricardo “Ser chief” Lim and even its various supporting cast.

The creative team had decided they would adapt her popular expression to become a mainstream series, and claimed it would be a better successor of Be Careful With My Heart. Before, the concept TV show “O.M.G.”—previously petitioned to define as, say for example, “Oh My Giselle”, “Owesome Misty Girl”, or “Only Me Gracious”—was previously available only for iWanTV app on prepaid mobile smartphone service SIM card ABS-CBN Mobile as a typical 5-minute mini series skit, according to the presscon last early December 2014 after the final airing of Be Careful With My Heart, but because of the request of the majority of many fans of Janella Salvador, ABS-CBN management had granted to do this.

In the official trailer of the show seen on ABS-CBN VHF Channel 2 at the end of 2014 until present and even on YouTube in HD 1080p format, Janella Salvador portrays as 16-year old Sophie Cepeda. Sad and alone at home that often missed her parents, she took on her laptop personal computer in color LED-backlit LCD display with Internet to access various social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. As she was accidentally typed “#GODISNOWHERE”, an annonymous FB user account under “Friend Request” icon that often called “GOD” had contacted, realizing she was often said “God is no-where”. Though “GOD” may likely said “God is now here” as seemed so confusing with the same text “#GODISNOWHERE” rather than “#GodIsNowHere”, Sophie was shocked on the monitor, and she said softly on her mind, “Ooohhhh—-mmyyyyy—-geeeee?!?!”

Before the official release of an official trailer on TV, the “prequel” teaser trailer that uploaded and released two months ago on YouTube showed that Sophie was trapped in her dream after a blackout on her home, as while she was holding her mobile smartphone finding a way to trace a strong cellphone signal in a clear grassy mountainous area she fell on the bottom and her arms was held by an unknown man. When she looked at him as “GOD”, she was surprisingly said, “Oh my gee!”

And here is the latest trailer of the show:

The behind-the-scene of the show states about its concept, claiming it was dedicated from being a devotee of Saint Teresa of Avila for Janella and her mother Jenine Desiderio and ABS-CBN president Ms. Charo Santos-Concio:

TV vievers, and even the the loyal viewers of Be Careful With My Heart, should try to admit to watch the main female 16-year old teen characters of the concept TV show as she enters the scene as a 4th-level high school student, according to the behind-the-scene photo clips of official Facebook page of the show. The two teenage boys at the age of 17-years old, namely Gabby (Marlo Mortel) and Harry (Manolo Pedrosa), often compete each other to meet and have an affair with Sophie.

Such typical plot of teen love triangle of the TV show may be marked a possible strategy to attract for many young fans on which two male artists would be compatible to form as a love-team for Janella Salvador in real life. Marlo Mortel—who was portrayed as Niccolo of Be Careful With My Heart as Nikki’s boyfriend—was the first, and later Manolo Pedrosa; both of which were seperately appeared on separate episode guessings of longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya with Janella Salvador. Previously, ABS-CBN had conceptualized a typical modern-day epic drama Princess And I in 2012 when the show had set up three male actors Enrique Gil, Khalil Ramos, and Daniel Padilla, claiming on which of these three would be capable for Kathryn Bernardo (portrayed as Mikay as a lost princess in Bhutan), but in the end the show chose Daniel.

The Shooting Scene Format

Just as in the past and present ABS-CBN TV soaps such as Be Careful With My Heart, Dugong Buhay, Juan de la Cruz, Got to Believe, The Legal Wife, Bagito, Dream Dad, Forevermore, and many others, the show will still use a true 24-image-direct-capture-set-frames-per-second digital movie in high definition 1080p widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio Motion JPEG 2000 format. Though the original format may be downscaled to letterbox 4:3 480i/p scene compatible to current 525-line NTSC-M analog TV broadcast, the full HD content may be either re-broadcast using future roll-out of ISDB-T or may be streamed on broadband Internet via iWanTV or But for more exciting viewing experience, the original 1080p resolution may be easily remaster using a near native 4K detail upscaling digital video graphics hardware found on most 4K UHD resolution LED-backlit LCD TV displays such as Sony and Samsung to become 4K resolution 2160p scene.

However, I only expect to wish that ABS-CBN—even other competing local terrestrial TV networks such as GMA, TV5, PTV, etc.—should try to purchase 4K UHD resolution digital video camera unit and broadcast on trial ISDB-T transmission using a newer HEVC video codec that’s 30% less data than a standard H.264 video codec, even on possible production of 4K UHD resolution content on future brand new ABS-CBN TV soaps.

The Official Theme Song?

On the trailer of the show, there claims its theme song performed by Janella Salvador often uses a typical concept song music tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. However, due to a possible infringement, the TV show now uses a Janella Salvador version official theme song I Can originally performed by Donna Cruz from ’80s classic movie Do Re Mi.

Closing And Announcement

Although I was open to support the concept TV show of 2015 as being a fan of Janella Salvador and even Sarah Geronimo, and as being the owner and author of this blog and remain unemployed, I was often disappointed for heeding my own lone petition to—but I am not reflected as an employee of—ABS-CBN to try to adapt Kimberly Joy Villanueva’s (iluvrbooks) Wattpad novel The Bet on TV to be possibly portrayed by Marlo Mortel and Janella Salvador as Drake and Sophia instead, from the originally planned 2015 movie version portrayed by successful primetime soap Forevermore stars Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, now currently on-going as claimed. I was often so proud to both Enrique and Liza for offering such TV soap as director Cathy Garcia Molina had a way to enhance their acting skills as a result of intentional increase of their charisma thru the viewers, as well as the surprising increase of visitors visiting the shooting location—called “La Preza” farm—in Benguet as a typical tourism spot in reality.

So, what’s next with my own Plan B petition? If the supposed release of Philippine movie adaptation version of Wattpad novel The Bet under ABS-CBN Star Cinema (under the ongoing negotiation with Summit Media Publishing that produces Wattpad-adapted story Pop Fiction pocketbooks) might fail, I wish to author Kimberly Joy Villanueva that her novel should try to adapt on U.S. movies instead, just as Paramount Pictures had successfully planned to adapt Anna Todd’s (imaginator1D) Wattpad novel After now released on books only on U.S. under Simon & Schuster publication. Oh well, the possible negotiation might take a few long years to grant Kim’s wish, seriously. If so, then her novel may be with slight changes regarding re-enhancing original story plot and surnaming of main characters Drake and Sophia (for example, “Steiffer” for Drake and “Tyndrall” for Sophia).

The second Plan B? I also wish to Kimberly Joy Villanueva (as being a fan of Taylor Swift) to try to adapt her partly finished Wattpad novel My Imaginary Boyfriend to be featured on TV fantasy drama anthology Wansapanataym on ABS-CBN. My own suggested casting—although remain unofficial in real life—would be Miles Ocampo as Annalisse from the novel with two male stars to be announced, one human and another imaginary.

The third Plan B? Watch out for my own original drafted Wattpad story to be released soon as I was already created my user account on the said online novel creation. Problem is, I was currently alone at home as of now, so I was not able to have a workshop with Pandayan Bookstore out of home to show my sample story craft but I’ll give my best as much as I can.

Oh, by the way, the upcoming concept youth-oriented TV soap Oh My G would likely dedicate to all feature Filipino-based Wattpad novels such as She’s Dating With A Gangster, The Bet, Hopeless Romantic, and many others written by various amateur online novelists featured on Summit Media Pop Fiction pocketbooks as I often loyal to them. I thought that the quality of the story of the show would be likely optimized to become realistic compared to various Wattpad-based online Filipino novels.

Also, I also dedicate for being loyal of reading 13-year old Canadian author Natali Kim’s (likely child portral story) Wattpad novel Infinity.Dream that may be possibly adapted in local Philippine TV only with full consent and approval. (The possible casting as I suggest if approved would be Mutya Orquia as Maira.)

Oh My G airs January 19, 2015 on ABS-CBN VHF Channel 2 Mega Manila and various terrestrial analog TV channels on ABS-CBN regional stations in letterbox SD format analog TV broadcast, with re-run in Full HD 1080p format on iWanTV (exclusively on Sky Broadband and Bayan DSL subscribers in select Metro Manila areas), iWanTV app on ABS-CBN Mobile, and 


Got To Believe Best Fair Ever 2014 (#G2BBestFairEver)

March 3, 2014

The hit teen-oriented nightly TV drama series of 2013 Got To Believe that started on August 26, 2013 has come to an end on March 7, 2014. But although the scenes of the show—as well as Be Careful With My Heart, Juan de la Cruz, Dugong Buhay, etc.—use a true 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) 24-frames-per-second (fps) Motion JPEG 2000 (MJPEG2) digital movie format made from digital SLR cameras, and while ABS-CBN currently uses full-power analog TV transmission NTSC-M [standard definition (SD) 525-line video scan or 480i in equivalent digital video resolution] that will discontinue on New Year’s Day 2016 giving a way for digital TV switch-over, I wish that the network should try to re-broadcast the said TV show in full high definition (HD) digital video content 1080p in the future over the recent adoption and trial roll-out of Japanese platform ISDB-T UHF DTV transmission. [The DVD release of Got To Believe is now available in the market (in MPEG-2 widescreen video dual resolution synchronized from original master MJPEG2 scenes).]

Before the show would bid goodbye to the TV viewers who—even the majority of the (teen) girl fans of KathNiel (stands for Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as the lead role of the show)—impressed to watch it as well as a good positive reviews from various Philippine entertainment newspaper press, I visited over the Facebook and Twitter fan page of the show <#G2BBestFairEver> about the recent “Best Fair Ever” amusement event at Circuit Makati last March 2, 2014. I wasn’t able to approach the said event because I didn’t have to get a ticket pass, but here are the following images I downloaded from the fan page:g2bbestfairever-001g2bbestfairever-001_2g2bbestfairever-002g2bbestfairever-002_2g2bbestfairever-003g2bbestfairever-003_2g2bbestfairever-003_3g2bbestfairever-004g2bbestfairever-005g2bbestfairever-005_1g2bbestfairever-006g2bbestfairever-007g2bbestfairever-008g2bbestfairever-009g2bbestfairever-010g2bbestfairever-013g2bbestfairever-014_1g2bbestfairever-014_2g2bbestfairever-015g2bbestfairever-016g2bbestfairever-017g2bbestfairever-018g2bbestfairever-019g2bbestfairever-019_2g2bbestfairever-020g2bbestfairever-021g2bbestfairever-021_2g2bbestfairever-022g2bbestfairever-023g2bbestfairever-024g2bbestfairever-024_2g2bbestfairever-024_3

Uploaded images from the users of and with search keyword “#G2BBestFairEver”. Used with permission via

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.


TV5 Philippines TV Tower Reinforcement In Novaliches Quezon City 2014

February 24, 2014
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A TV tower of TV5 in Novaliches, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines having veiled with nets for a reinforcement (and repainting?) steel lattice structure.

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.

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A graphical representation of TV tower reinforcement of TV5 in Novaliches, Quezon City having with UHF panel antenna, as part of terrestrial TV digitalization using ISDB-T.

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.

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.

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.

Fact Or Fallacy? The Main Secret of Digital Video Content of Full Segment 6 MHz UHF TV Channel Bandwith of ISDB-T Transmission

May 18, 2013

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A sample diagram of a possible configuration of second generation ISDB-T in the near future based from the latest 8K SHV encoder developed by Mitsubishi Electric as of May 2013.

Japan was the only country that uses a sole variant of digital terrestrial television (DTTV) platform called Integrated Services for Digital Broadcasting–Terrestrial (ISDB-T). As compared to other platforms such as Digital Video Broadcast–Terrestrial (DVB-T) in Europe, Africa, Australia, and selected Asian countries, Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in North and Central America, including South Korea and Taiwan, and Digital Multimedia Broadcast–Terrestrial (DMB-T) in China and Hong Kong [to be discontinued in the future?], including South Korea and Taiwan, ISDB-T uses a combined action of DVB-T and DVB-H assigned on UHF band, giving more robust and more flexible transmission. The aforementioned Japanese DTV platform was now currently adopted in South America, Philippines, and Maldives.

First generation ISDB-T transmission under a standard 6 MHz UHF TV channel bandwidth consists a total of 13 segments under 16QAM and 64QAM digital modulaton, 12-segment for full HD DTV content and one-segment for mobile DTV transmission. Second generation ISDB-T transmission designed for Super Hi-Vision (SHV) or 8K resolution (7680 x 4320) DTV broadcast, on the other hand, uses higher-level digital modulation such as 1024QAM and 4096QAM, compared to 256QAM used in second generation DVB-T transmission (DVB-T2). An actual structure of second generation ISDB-T transmission under 6 MHz UHF TV channel bandwidth—currently under development after the successful transmission prototype using two UHF channels in Tokyo in 2012—was still unknown.

An additional specific details of the said platform was not publicized in public, but only a known Japanese experts that invented the prototype were responsible to hold confidential development. As I guessed in my thought accordingly on the following illustration but not based on actual reliable sources, each segment of the total 12 segments on first generation ISDB-T may contain a small resolution at about 480 x 360 pixels running on conventional MPEG-2 video codec, forming a full HD content of 1920 x 1080 pixels when combined an entire segments in proper “tagging” of sequence of video image pieces just like solving a jigsaw puzzle.


Diagram of a segmented 6MHz channel bandwidth of a first generation ISDB-T transmission compatible for 480p, 720p, and 1080i format.

The concept of a segmented 720p (6-segment 426 x 360 pixels) or 1080i (12-segment 480 x 360 pixels) digital video structure used in first generation ISDB-T transmission may be based on conventional standard definition (SD) video wall being rolled out in 1980s and 1990s, in which it consists of a specialized digital console in order to divide the original 525-line NTSC (480i) or 625-line PAL (576i) analog video resolution into a separate 16 set of frame details of respective 180 x 120 pixels or 180 x 144 pixels before projecting through a separate 16 sets of SD CRT projectors. That technique was the same with the recent demonstration of displaying 16 sets of 1080p digital video image consisting of an actual 16-set full HD video camera shooting scene to form an 8K resolution format in the middle of decade 2000s, for which it would be possibly reflect on this visionary posted on this blog.

One of the recent development of experimental 8K Super Hi Vision digital video signal as of May 2013 was the 17-row MPEG-H HEVC encoder circuitry board cabinet developed by Mitsubishi Electric together with NHK. (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IN PDF FORMAT FOR DETAILS) Each board from that unit may contain an encoded video with a resolution of 7680 X 256 pixels for rows 1 to 16 and 7680 X 224 pixels for row 17, and then they sandwiched to form an 8K resolution image. If ever the  NHK together with ARIB and DiBEG would develop a final prototype of signal structure of second generation ISDB-T, I wish they should try this latest sample illustration as I thought to speculate as shown above, containing a total of 17 segments for 8K resolution, a 31.1 MHz segment containing AAC stereo audio codec, a 300 KHz one-segment (s0) containing 1080p digital video content, and 600 KHz segment containing (proposed prototype) Dolby 22.1 stereo surround audio codec under 6 MHz UHF TV channel bandwidth. If 8K broadcast would not be used, then second generation ISDB-T may accomodate (1) four subchannel 4K resolution for rows 1 to 16 and 720p resolution for row 17 or (2) sixteen subchannel 1080p resolution for rows 1 to 16 and 720p resolution for row 17.


Speculative possible configuration of 2nd generation ISDB-T under 6 MHz UHF TV channel bandwidth, accomodating one 8K Super Hi Vision subchannel, four 4K UHDTV subchannel, or 16 1080p and one 720p subchannel.

How I wish they would develop an actual, final design of segmented 6 MHz UHF TV channel bandwidth of second generation ISDB-T transmission before the target year of 2020 when 8K broadcast would start. Whether my statement is either a fact or fallacy about first generation ISDB-T, and maybe a possibility about a second generation ISDB-T platform in reality, this blog is open to post their comment for a correction of facts as shown below.

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

March 30, 2013

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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.