The Filipino Channel

The Filipino Channel, commonly known as TFC, is a global subscription television network based in Daly City, California with studio in Redwood City, California and offices in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, UAE, Ethiopia, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. It is owned and operated by the Filipino media conglomerate ABS-CBN. Its programming is composed primarily of imported programs from the ABS-CBN television network.[1]

TFC is available globally on direct-to-home satellite, cable, IPTV, online streaming, video on demand and on other over-the-top content platforms. TFC is targeted to the Filipino diaspora, and was launched on September 24, 1994, becoming the world's first trans-Pacific Asian broadcaster.

As of 2016, The Filipino Channel has over three million subscribers worldwide in over 40 countries across 4 continents, most of whom are in the United States, Middle East, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan.[2]

The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel 2011 logo
LaunchedSeptember 24, 1994
Owned byABS-CBN Global Ltd.
Picture format480i/576i (SDTV)
Slogan"In the service of Filipino, worldwide."
CountryUnited States
LanguageFilipino, English
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersABS-CBN International, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd, Suite 200, Daly City, CA 94014
Sister channel(s)ANC, S+A, Cinema One, Lifestyle, Myx TV


The Filipino Channel Old
The old logo of The Filipino Channel (2000s-2011).

While TFC traces its origins to 1994, the idea of broadcasting television programming via satellite to the millions of the Filipino diaspora everywhere in the world was an innovative idea that the then ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (now ABS-CBN Corporation) took in the late 1980s, just as it began its road of reconstuction after the brutal and infamous years of Martial Law and the post-Martial Law era. As the network in 1989 began to become once more the Philippines' leading television network, the network finally made the bold step to begin satellite transmissions to Filipinos abroad when in the fall of that very year, ABS-CBN programs were broadcast via satellite to the Northern Mariana Islands, especially to the Filipino families living in Guam and Saipan, making it the first ever Philippine television network to broadcast to viewers outside the country via satellite.

On September 24, 1994, ABS-CBN, through its newly established subsidiary ABS-CBN International, signed a historic deal with the PanAmSat to bring the first trans-Pacific Asian programming service to some two million Filipino immigrants in the United States using the then-newly launched PAS 2 satellite.[3]

The first headquarters of TFC was built in a garage in Daly City, California with only eight employees doing all the tasks from managing the phones, the computers, and the like.[4] By 1995, TFC has grown to 25,000 subscribers in the United States. Airings of Mara Clara and other programming aired during the daytime and night in 1997 Esperanza and Mula Sa Puso where the biggest programs on TFC

In 1996, TFC Direct! was launched, an independently operated direct-to-home television service that incorporates the TV channels Sarimanok News Network (now ABS-CBN News Channel), Pinoy Blockbuster Channel (now Cinema One), Pinoy Central (later renamed as Kapamilya Channel, then it was replaced by Bro, and now it was replaced again by ABS-CBN Sports + Action (S+A)), and the radio channels DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and WRR 101.9 For Life! (now MOR 101.9).[5]

By 2004, TFC has grown to 250,000 subscribers in the United States. This growth led to the expansion of TFC to other territories in the world.[6]

In 2005, ABS-CBN International signed an affiliation agreement with DirecTV, one of the leading DTH providers in the United States. Under the deal, DirecTV has the exclusive right to distribute the TFC package on its DTH platform. In return, DirecTV will pay license fees to ABS-CBN and to ABS-CBN International.[7] Later that year, the now defunct and award-winning internet television service TFC Now! was launched. This was later replaced by video streaming website. In this year, ABS-CBN International acquired San Francisco International Gateway from Loral Space & Communications. SFIG is a telecommunications port company based in Richmond, California. SFIG provides satellite communications services through its 2.5 acre (1 hectare) facility consisting of 19 satellite dish antennas and 9 modular equipment buildings. ABS-CBN International received Federal Communications Commission licensing approval in April 2006. Also in this year, ABS-CBN International opened its state-of-the-art studio and office in Redwood City, California.[8] In 2006, SFIG successfully handled the pay per view distribution to In Demand and DirecTV for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar Larios super featherweight championship title fight. SFIG's customers include Discovery Communications, CBS, ESPN, Playboy among others. SFIG is a member of the World Teleport Association.[9]

In 2007, ABS-CBN International launched Myx (now Myx TV), the first and only television channel in the United States that is targeted to the Asian-American youth audience.[10] As of 2011, TFC has over 2.47 million subscribers worldwide, Same Year, TFC Was Change 2nd New Logo.[1] As of 2015, The Filipino Channel has over three million subscribers worldwide most of which are in United States, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, Africa, Canada and Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan).


The program line-up of The Filipino Channel is composed primarily of programs from ABS-CBN, a national television network in the Philippines. Programming ranging from news, documentaries, public service, reality shows, soap operas, teleseryes, talk shows, sitcoms, gag shows, live events, and other formats and genres are shown on TFC in a slightly delayed basis and are synchronized automatically depending on the location of the broadcast. TFC also airs some programs produced abroad by ABS-CBN's foreign subsidiaries in United States, Middle East, and Europe. These are generally not aired on ABS-CBN's main domestic channel but some are shown on ANC several hours or days after their original airing.

In 2007 the short lived Hero TV on TFC aired in April 2007-August 2007.

TFC Video On Demand

TFC Video On Demand is an IPTV service distributed around the world under the brand of The Filipino Channel. To avail of the service, users must acquire the TFC IPTV set-top box, connect the box to a TV set (HDMI for HDTVs, composite for SDTVs) and broadband internet through WiFi or Ethernet (requires 2 Mbps minimum speed), and subscribe to monthly subscription. The channel line up will depend on the subscription package availed and may include the live-streaming of TV channels The Filipino Channel, Myx TV, the international feeds of ABS-CBN Sports+Action, ABS-CBN News Channel, Cinema One, Lifestyle, as well as radio channels DZMM and My Only Radio (Manila station), and an in-house interactive Karaoke channel. Aside from the live-streaming of ABS-CBN channels, the service also includes a video on demand feature that allow users to watch, pause, rewind, fast-forward select programs of the channels anytime for a period of one month and in high-definition format (for select programs and internet speed). The service also offers a wide selection of fresh movies from the Philippines and other pay per view contents like concerts and sporting events also in high-definition format.

Studio TFC

Balitang Amerika

Jing Reyes, substituting for Gel Santos-Relos in Balitang America.

Studio TFC

Adobo Nation, an original program taping from Studio TFC.

Myx tv

A show for Myx TV in Studio TFC.

See also


  1. ^ a b Valisno, Jeffrey (14 June 2012). "Pinoy TV goes international". BusinessWorld. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ P. Valdueza, Rolando (24 April 2015). 2014 Annual Report (17-A) (Report). Philippine Stock Exchange. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ Jessel, Harry; Taishoff, Lawrence (2010). "Television and Radio". Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
  4. ^ "A Journey of Triumph of the Filipino Spirit" (PDF). ABS-CBN International. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  5. ^ "The Filipino Channel: Bringing overseas Pinoys closer to home". The Philippine Star. 24 March 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  6. ^ Katigbak, Antonio (11 April 2004). "ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel marks a decade of steady growth". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  7. ^ Villanueva, Paul Michael (31 December 2011), ABS-CBN 17-A 2011,, p. 8, retrieved 9 August 2012
  8. ^ "Customer Showcase: ABS-CBN". Advanced Systems Group.
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN International". World Teleport Association. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  10. ^ "StudioTFC". ABS-CBN International. Archived from the original on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2012.

External links

ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs

ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, known on-air as ABS-CBN News (formerly known as ABS-CBN News and Public Affairs) is the news and current affairs programming division of ABS-CBN. The organization is responsible for the daily news and information gathering of its news programs.

It serves the main ABS-CBN, the Regional Network Group, the UHF sports channel S+A, the cable channels ANC and DZMM TeleRadyo, the international channel TFC, the flagship radio station DZMM and the regional radio networks DYAP 765 Palawan, DYAB 1512 Cebu and DXAB 1296 Davao and news websites and

ABS-CBN Regional Channel

ABS-CBN Regional Channel was a Philippine pay television channel which aired programming from the regional television and radio stations owned by ABS-CBN.The channel was launched as a test broadcast on 1 August 2016, and was officially launched on 15 March 2017.

ARC was the network's second attempt to have a subscription-television channel solely dedicated to regional programming. In 1996, when the then-Sarimanok Channel 37 (now ABS-CBN News Channel) was launched, 80% of its programming were produced in the network's regional operations centers located in Baguio, Bacolod, Cagayán de Oro, Cebú, Davao, Naga, Zamboanga, among others. The programming consists of newscasts which is aired live via satellite, public affairs shows such as Banat Visayas, Sulong Mindanao, drama, comedy and musical programs.On 10 January 2018, Creative Programs announced that the channel would closedown on 15 January 2018 alongside Tag. Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Regional Channel on Sky Direct was rebranded as Liga, a sports channel that complements the programming of S+A with international football and local sports events, which was silently launched earlier on January 1.

Though it ceased broadcasting locally, ABS-CBN Regional Channel continue its international broadcast via The Filipino Channel.

ABS-CBN Sports and Action

ABS-CBN Sports and Action (stylized as ABS-CBN Sports+Action or simply S+A or S and A), is a Philippine Filipino-language free-to-air television network based in Quezon City. It is owned by ABS-CBN Corporation with some of its programs produced and licensed by ABS-CBN Sports. In Metro Manila, Sports + Action is being broadcast terrestrially and thru DTT through DWAC-TV (UHF channel 23), the frequency once used by the defunct national television network Studio 23 until its closure on January 16, 2014. It began its operations on January 18, 2014, yet it did not became the company's sole channel for sports until the shutdown of subscription-based counterpart Balls by the end of 2015. Its simulcast high-definition channel is exclusively available on Sky Cable, Destiny Cable and Sky Direct since 2016 while its international feed (carried with the same channel name) is being carried worldwide through The Filipino Channel. Sports + Action's programming is composed primarily of sports coverage such as NBA, WNBA, MPBL, ABL, UAAP, NCAA, Pinoy Pride fights, BVR, PVL and ONE Championship. The program line up of Sports + Action also includes other sports-related programming, news coverages and blocktimers. S+A operates Monday to Saturday from 5:00 AM to 12:00 MN and Sunday from 5:30 AM to 1:00 AM.

Araw Gabi

Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi (International title: The Secrets of El Paraiso / transl. Day Night) is a 2018 Philippine drama television series under Precious Hearts Romances based on the Filipino pocket book novel El Paraiso by Martha Cecilia, starring JM de Guzman and Barbie Imperial. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold afternoon block and worldwide via The Filipino Channel from April 30, 2018 to October 12, 2018, replacing Hanggang Saan.

It is the 18th installment of the Precious Hearts Romances Presents series, six years after Paraiso in 2012. The network decided to reboot the franchise under RSB Unit.

The drama is JM de Guzman's fifth appearance and his first lead role in the Precious Hearts Romances Presents after having played supporting roles in The Substitute Bride, Midnight Phantom, Kristine, and Alyna. The drama is also Barbie Imperial's first lead role; she previously appeared with de Guzman on All of Me in 2015.

Balitang America

Balitang America is the franchise news program of ABS-CBN International's TFC.

Balitang America (News America) is a 30-minute daily newscast with a nationwide scope, airing via satellite subscription on The Filipino Channel and its local affiliate station in the San Francisco Bay Area, KTSF. This makes Balitang America the first-ever Filipino American news program to be broadcast throughout North America. The Filipino Channel targets this newscast to air over its other nationwide station affiliates as well as worldwide, via satellite.

Through its army of reporters and correspondents all over the United States, Balitang America will broadcast news that matters to every Filipino American. National headlines and issues of significance to the community will be delivered in a round-up style from all over the nation.

Community features, profiles, and special reports will also be an integral part of the show's lineup, giving Filipinos all over the United States a voice and face on television.

Community updates, events, and public service announcements will be available via Balitang America's very own community calendar, Pinoy Datebook, and postings called Pinoy Panawagan. Highlight events for the week will also be featured. Balitang America stopped its airing on ABS-CBN's sister channel, ABS-CBN News Channel.

Citizen Pinoy

Citizen Pinoy airs every Sunday on The Filipino Channel (TFC). It is hosted by immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel and Filipino TV personality Gel Santos-Relos. The program specializes in helping the Filipino community deal with immigration problems from here in North America all the way back to the Philippines. The show has featured many people who have dealt with problems in becoming an American citizen from the common and Filipino celebrities.

DZMM TeleRadyo

DZMM TeleRadyo is a Philippine pay television channel that broadcasts ABS-CBN's flagship AM radio station DZMM 630. The channel is owned by the ABS-CBN Corporation under the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs brand, and is available on cable providers throughout the Philippines. DZMM Teleradyo is also included as an exclusive (freemium) digital subchannel on digital terrestrial television via the ABS-CBN TVplus service. DZMM TeleRadyo is also simulcast via The Filipino Channel (TFC) and it can be heard online via DZMM's YouTube Channel.

Harapan ng Bise

Harapan ng Bise (lit. Faceoff of the Vice [Presidents]) also known as Harapan ng Bise: The ABS-CBN Vice Presidential Debate was a televised debate organized and broadcast by ABS-CBN in April 17, 2016. The debate is not part of the Commission on Elections-organized PiliPinas Debates 2016. The debate was moderated by ABS-CBN News journalists Alvin Elchico and Lynda Jumilla, with Gretchen Ho as the social media correspondent. Veteran news anchor Tina Monzon-Palma and political analysts Edna Co and Julio Teehankee served as the debate panelists.The debate was simultaneously aired on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN News Channel, DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM 630, The Filipino Channel and, with a replay on the following day on PTV-4 and TV5.

Broadcast of the program took 133 minutes with 43 minutes allotted to advertisements.

Kadenang Ginto

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Kuha Mo!

Kuha Mo! (transl. Get It!) is a Philippine documentary television program broadcast by ABS-CBN, hosted by Anthony Taberna. It premiered on April 27, 2019 and airs worldwide on The Filipino Channel, replacing Pareng Partners and ABS-CBN DocuCentral Presents.

List of programs broadcast by The Filipino Channel

These are the list of programs broadcast by The Filipino Channel.

Maria Mercedes (Philippine TV series)

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Niña Corpuz

Niña Marie Fernando Corpuz (born February 25, 1977) is a broadcast journalist of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. She is a reporter for newscasts TV Patrol and Bandila, The ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Studio 23 and Niña anchors a news program, Balitang Europe, which airs on The Filipino Channel (TFC) and ANC. She also hosts a daily Afternoon program, Good Vibes on the network's flagship AM station, DZMM. She also used to co-host with Ogie Diaz on Magandang Umaga, Bayan.

Norayla Francisco

Norayla María Francisco (born June 30, 1984) is an accountant and beauty pageant titleholder who represented Curaçao in Miss World 2008 in South Africa. She won the right to represent the Caribbean island after winning Miss World Curaçao in March 2008. On December 3, 2008, Francisco placed among the top ten finalists at the Miss World 2008 Top Model competition held in Soweto, South Africa.

She also represented Curaçao in Top Model of The World 2010, where she was placed in the Top 15, getting the 7th place.

Celebrating the 10th edition of the Miss Earth beauty pageant, that was held at Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang, Vietnam on December 4, 2010, Norayla Francisco was selected by Reinilla Productions Developments (ReProD) to represent Curaçao. This time she didn't make a placement.Eighty-four contestants from various countries and territories competed for the Miss Earth 2010 title. At the conclusion of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2009, Larissa Ramos of Brazil crowned her successor Nicole Faria of India. The event was broadcast live by STAR World, VTV, ABS CBN, The Filipino Channel, and other partner networks.

On the Wings of Love (TV series)

On the Wings of Love is a 2015 Philippine romantic comedy television series directed by Antoinette Jadaone and Jojo Saguin and starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre in their first primetime television series. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel on August 10, 2015, replacing Bridges of Love, and was replaced by The Story of Us.

The romantic comedy centers around two different people — Clark, a boy living his American life and Leah, a simple girl with an American dream, who are forced to marry in order to legally stay and continue working in the United States.

The show ended on February 26, 2016 and this episode was divided into two parts: a recorded segment and followed by a live viewing party in Ynares Center, Antipolo City. It was also simulcasted live on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel.

Swak na Swak

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TV Patrol Panay

TV Patrol Panay (formerly TV Patrol Iloilo) is the local news program of the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group in Iloilo City. This tabloid-format news program is aired across the region of Western Visayas (Region VI), except Bacolod and Negros Occidental which is served by TV Patrol Negros, and globally through The Filipino Channel. TV Patrol Panay is broadcast in the local Hiligaynon language. It is aired live from the ABS-CBN News Center Iloilo at 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday, simulcast on ABS-CBN TV-21 Roxas. It also delivers news throughout the day via News Patrol Iloilo bulletins.

The Killer Bride

The Killer Bride is a 2019 Philippine drama television series starring Joshua Garcia, Janella Salvador, Geoff Eigenmann, and Maja Salvador. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel on August 12, 2019, replacing Sino ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa.

Two Wives (2014 TV series)

Two Wives is a 2014 Philippine television series remake based on the 2009 Korean drama of the same title. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from October 13, 2014 to March 13, 2015, replacing Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon.

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