Cignal TV, Inc. (formerly known as GV Broadcasting System), also known by its legal trading name Mediascape Inc., is a Filipino media and telecommunications firm in the Philippines. A wholly owned subsidiary of the media conglomerate MediaQuest Holdings under the PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund, the firm operates its pay television services (Cignal and SatLite), subscription television networks (One News, One Sports+, One Screen, Colours, Sari-Sari Channel, NBA TV Philippines and PBA Rush), television and film entertainment production (Cignal Entertainment), and fiber broadband internet (Red Fiber).
|Formerly||GV Broadcasting System (1983–2008)|
|Founder||Emmanuel "Manoling" A. Galang|
|Manuel V. Pangilinan (Chairman)|
Robert P. Galang (President & CEO)
Oscar Reyes, Jr. (COO)
Sienna Olasco (Vice President; Head of Channels and Content)
Vitto Angelo P. Lazatin (Vice President; Head of Content Management and Acquisition)
Engr. Erwin V. Galang (Head, Regulatory and Industry Relations)
Engr. Edward Benedict V. Galang (Network Engineering Operations)
|Products||Cignal, Cignal Play, SatLite, Pay television networks|
NBA TV Philippines
|Services||Direct-broadcast satellite, IPTV, radio and pay television, pay per view, video on demand, film production, Fiber-optic broadband|
|Parent||MediaQuest Holdings (PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund)|
|Subsidiaries||Apollo Broadcast Investors (50%; non-controlling stake)|
Cignal TV also operates free television channels TV5 (with its main frequencies owned by its sister company of the same name), One Sports (with its main frequency owned by sister network Nation Broadcasting Corporation) and One PH (currently under test broadcast via DWET-TV's digital subchannel 5.3). In addition, under the Mediascape name, it operates UHF 51 via DTT in Manila and a majority of regional TV stations affiliated with TV5 Network, and owns provincial radio stations associated with Apollo Broadcast Investors/GV Radios Network Corporation.
The firm was founded in 1983 as GV Broadcasting System by the Galang family. GV then operated its radio stations in Pampanga and later expanded in Batangas. GV's broadcast franchise was granted in 1995, and was later amended in 1998 allowing the inclusion of establishing its pay-TV business.
In 2007, MediaQuest Holdings acquired a majority stake in GV and its parent Satventures, making the Galangs being part of MediaQuest. The Galangs would spun-off its broadcast radio assets. Smart Communications executive Orlando Vea was then appointed as the new executive of GV.
Expansion and the birth of Cignal TVEdit
In 2008, after its stake in the Sky Cable business was sold to the Lopez Group of Companies, PLDT announced its intention of entering the direct-to-home satellite service industry using the franchise of GV (which in turn, was renamed to Mediascape, Inc.), with the result forming a new DTH satellite brand called Cignal which was launched a year later in 2009.
In 2012, Cignal TV launched its first satellite television networks: lifestyle channel Colours, sports channel Hyper, and Weather Information Network (now defunct). The channels were launched on April 14, 2012.
On March 25, 2015, TV5 Network and Cignal TV announced its partnership with Bloomberg L.P. to establish a local Bloomberg service in the Philippines. It will provide up-to-date business information to aid in their decision-making in an aim to place the country as the "next financial capital of Southeast Asia." The service was formally unveiled on August 13, and it started airing on October 5, 2015.
On August 3, 2015, TV5 Network through its sister company Cignal, ties up with Viva Communications to form an entertainment network the Sari-Sari Channel that will air programs and movies from both the Viva portfolio and TV5. SSN will also handle the production of all the entertainment programs of TV5. Instead of this, the network has appointed Viva head honcho Vic del Rosario, Jr. as its chief entertainment strategist in October 2015.
In 2018, Cignal TV formally launched One News, an English-language news and public channel which features content from the news divisions of the MediaQuest group (News5, The Philippine Star and BusinessWorld).
In 2019, Cignal launched two new channels under the "One" brand, namely: One Sports, a sports channel replacing Hyper; and One PH, an all-Filipino language news and public affairs channel featuring a mix of content from Radyo5 and its own produced programming. In November 2019, Cignal TV made a 5-year content partnership with APT Entertainment for BuKo Channel (Buhay Komedya), the first all-local comedy channel to be launched supposedly in the 2nd quarter of 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines until the channel would be pushed through on August 2, 2021.
On July 27, 2020, Cignal TV announced the multi-year partnership deal with the NBA, on the announcement it was also mentioned that the provider will launch an NBA-dedicated pay TV channel, NBA TV Philippines along with the airing of games through its free-to-air channels (TV5 and One Sports).
On August 15, 2020, following the denial of ABS-CBN's franchise by 70 congressmen, sister company, TV5 Network announced its partnership with Cignal TV to become as TV5's main content provider to handle the network's blocktime entertainment programming in order to bring back the glory days of TV5 to compete again with GMA Network, TV5's longtime rival and other TV networks in the Philippines, blocktiming with other production companies such as Viva Television, Brightlight Productions and APT Entertainment to air new programs, mostly featuring stars and retrenched creatives from ABS-CBN.
Cignal is the company's flagship brand operates as a direct-to-home satellite service.
|Type||Direct-broadcast satellite television|
|January 12, 2018|
SatLite is a digital prepaid pay TV service. It offers budget-sized lineup of channels with a similarity of Cignal's channel lineup. SatLite uses Koreasat 7, the satellite transponder previously used by the now-defunct Dream Satellite TV prior to the end of 2017.
Following the launch of its satellite TV service in 2009, Cignal TV has been establishing its own cable television channels, as well as free-to-air channels.
TV5 (formerly known as ABC) is the flagship broadcast asset of TV5 Network, where Cignal TV serves as the main content provider. Founded on June 19, 1960, it is branded as the Kapatid (Sibling) Network.
Its programming includes news and information shows from News5, sports programming produced by One Sports, anime, teleserye, soap operas, foreign dramas and cartoons, movie blocks, comedy and gag shows, game shows, as well as informative, talk shows, musicals, reality, and variety shows.
One Sports is a free television sports channel owned by Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), where Cignal TV serves as its primary content provider. It was launched on March 8, 2020. One Sports serves as a sports channel for TV5 with its programs primarily produced by its sports division of the same name. It was formerly called 5 Plus, when it was launched on January 13, 2019 and AksyonTV, a Filipino-language news and public affairs channel launched by TV5 in 2011–2019.
One PH is a 24-hour Filipino-language news/talk and public affairs channel. The channel predominantly airs simulcasts of Radyo5 programs. This channel replaced AksyonTV's "teleradyo" segment when it rebranded as 5 Plus on January 13, 2019. One PH started its official broadcasting on February 18, 2019. Currently, the channel undergoes test broadcast on digital TV in Mega Manila via TV5's DWET-TV.
Pay TV channelsEdit
One News is a 24-hour English-language news and public affairs channel in partnership with MVP-owned media properties News5, The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, Bloomberg TV Philippines and content provider Probe Productions. It was launched on May 28, 2018.
One Sports+ is a sports and entertainment cable/satellite television channel. It was launched on January 9, 2019. This counterpart of One Sports channel was renamed to One Sports+, as terrestrial television channel of One Sports was launched on March 8, 2020, replacing 5 Plus.
One Screen is an entertainment cable/satellite television channel. It was launched on June 15, 2020. It airs movies from local productions and foreign content from CinemaWorld, as well as reruns from TV5 and third-party productions.
Sari-Sari Channel is a 24-hour all-Filipino general entertainment channel joint-ventured by TV5 Network, Cignal TV and Viva Entertainment. It airs programs and movies from both the Viva portfolio and 5 Network with channel's original productions in partnership with 5 Network's talents. It was launched on January 15, 2016.
PBA Rush is a 24/7 channel which has been currently airing games of the Philippine Basketball Association. The channel is patterned after NBA TV and it airs live telecast of the PBA games (in English commentary), same day replays of PBA games, games from the PBA D-League, PBA Women's 3x3 and Batang PBA, Sports 360 and behind-the-scenes shows such as Kuwentong Gilas.
NBA TV PhilippinesEdit
NBA TV Philippines is a 24/7 channel which has been currently airing games of the National Basketball Association. The channel is the Philippine counterpart of the league-dedicated channel in United States NBA TV and it airs live telecast of the NBA games.
Apollo Broadcast Investors operates/represents the radio assets of GV/Mediascape (thru GV Radios Network Corporation), which its pay-TV congressional franchise is used to operate Cignal and SatLite. GV 99.1, Mediascape's flagship FM station based in Pampanga (operated by GV Radios), is also heard nationwide via Cignal Channel 306.
While it is owned by the same company (MediaQuest Holdings), Apollo Broadcast Investors/GV Radios is not associated with its sister company Nation Broadcasting Corporation, which also operates television and radio stations that are affiliated with TV5 Network.
Cignal Play is a digital internet protocol television (IPTV) and video on demand (VOD) service of Cignal. Exclusively for Cignal and PLDT subscribers, it allows the user to watch live linear channels offered from Cignal as well as content from third-party providers.
In August 2019, it was announced that Cignal TV will invest P200 million for content production, and is planning to relaunch Cignal Play in October 2019 as a standalone over-the-top (OTT) service with its own original content and shows from third-party productions such as HBO and AXN.
Cignal Play is open to Basic subscribers for free that includes live channels TV5, One Sports, Cignal-exclusive channels (One News, One PH, One Sports+, One Screen and Colours) and other exclusive or free-to-air channels and catch-up episodes from TV5 and Brightlight Productions, and costs P75 per month for Premium subscribers that can access up to 28 channels and access to premium movies and series.
Red Fiber is a broadband internet service of Cignal. It offers ultra high-speed internet with a download speed of up to 400 Mbit/s bundled with Cignal channels and Cignal Play to selected residential areas in Metro Manila using the fiber-optic cable service of Meralco's Radius Telecoms. It is set to commercially launch within 2021.
Cignal Entertainment is Cignal's film and television production unit. It was launched in 2017 with the mini-drama Tukhang, followed by several series and movies they produced such as Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi (2018, for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, co-produced with The IdeaFirst Company and October Train Films), Born Beautiful (2019, co-produced with The IdeaFirst Company and October Train Films), Malecdito (2019, co-produced with Fox Networks Group Philippines), Feelenial (2019, co-produced with DSL Events and Production House, Inc.) and Cara x Jagger (2019, co-produced with APT Entertainment).
Since August 2020, Cignal Entertainment serves as the primary production and content provider unit of Cignal TV for TV5's blocktime airings. It handles entertainment and lifestyle programs co-produced with Archangel Media, Inc., Regal Entertainment and Viva Television, among others, mostly featuring artists from ABS-CBN.
List of current television productions for TV5
- Sing Galing [co-production with Cornerstone/CS Studios; April 5, 2021—present]
- Niña Niño [co-production with Cornerstone/CS Studios; April 5, 2021—present]
- POPinoy [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc.; June 13, 2021-present]
Formerly aired programs
- Bawal na Game Show [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc.; August 15, 2020—March 31, 2021]
- Fill in the Bank [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc.; August 15, 2020—March 31, 2021]
- Chika, Besh! [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc. (also broadcast on Colours); August 17, 2020—January 8, 2021]
- Usapang Real Life [co-production with ContentCows Company, Inc. (also broadcast on Colours); August 15, 2020—January 9, 2021]
- Bangon Talentadong Pinoy [co-production with The IdeaFirst Company; August 15, 2020—March 13, 2021]
- Fit for Life [co-production with Luminus Productions, Inc. (also broadcast on Colours); August 16, 2020—November 1, 2020]
- Paano Ang Pangako? [co-production with The IdeaFirst Company; November 23, 2020 – March 31, 2021]
- Masked Singer Pilipinas [co-production with Viva Television; October 24, 2020—December 26, 2020]
- Ate ng Ate Ko [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc.; November 23, 2020 – February 15, 2021]
- Stay-In Love [co-production with Cornerstone (CS) Studios; November 24, 2020 – February 16, 2021]
- Carpool [co-production with Archangel Media, Inc.; November 26, 2020 – February 18, 2021]
- Gen Z [co-production with Regal Entertainment; February 7, 2021 - May 30, 2021]
List of featured films produced and/or distributed by Cignal Entertainment
|Release Date||Title||Co-production with||Accolades|
|October 15, 2019||Babae at Baril||Epicmedia|
|November 29, 2019||Kalel, 15||The IdeaFirst Company|
Weather Information NetworkEdit
Weather Information Network is the first weather-oriented television channel in the Philippines. It is created in May 2012 as Cignal TV forms a partnership with New Zealand-based Metra Weather. the channel brings projected storm tracks, wind direction, rain volume, water conditions, regional and provincial weather, and seven-day forecasts as well as other information related to weather. The channel ceased airing on December 23, 2013, as TV5 transfers its broadcast facilities from its TV5 Studio Complex in Novaliches, Quezon City to TV5 Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong.
Bloomberg TV PhilippinesEdit
Bloomberg TV Philippines was a Philippine business news channel formed through a partnership of Cignal TV, TV5 Network and Bloomberg L.P.. Launched on October 5, 2015, it includes a variety of locally produced business and complementary programs powered by News5 and foreign news from the main Bloomberg Television. The channel was shut down on May 27, 2018 and it was replaced by ONE News. Although, Bloomberg-produced programs is still carried by One News under the block of the same name of the now defunct channel.
Hyper was a sports and entertainment cable/satellite television channel and one of the first two channels launched by Cignal TV. Launched on April 14, 2012, its programming composed of local and foreign produced sports programs and events, some of them came from now-defunct primetime block AKTV, as well as Jai-Alai and horse racing events. The channel was shut down on January 9, 2019 and it was replaced by ONE Sports.
Mediascape TV stationsEdit
|Callsign||Ch. #||Power kW (ERP)||Affiliation||Location (Transmitter Site)|
|D___-TV||TV-51||5 kW||TV5/One Sports/One PH (digital TV test broadcast)||Metro Manila|
|D___-TV||TV-40||5 kW||One Sports||Naga|
|DYMB-TV||TV-36||10 kW (138.7 kW ERP)||TV5||Iloilo/Jordan, Guimaras|
|DY__-TV||TV-40||10 kW (138.78 kW ERP)||TV5||Tacloban|
|Callsign||Ch. #||Power kW (ERP)||Location (Transmitter Site)|
|DWDI-TV||TV-32||5 kW||Vigan, Ilocos Sur|
|DWDJ-TV||TV-40||10 kW||Dagupan City|
|D___-TV||TV-43||10 kW||Laoag, Ilocos Norte|
|DWDH-TV||TV-25||10 kW||Santiago, Isabela|
|D___-TV||TV-25||10 kW (138.78 kW ERP)||Puerto Princesa|
|D___-TV||TV-34||5 kW||San Jose, Occidental Mindoro|
|D___-TV||TV-41||5 kW||Santa Cruz, Marinduque|
|DWMD-TV||TV-50||5 kW||Calapan City|
|DWLB-TV||TV-45||10 kW (138.78 kW ERP)||Legazpi City|
|DWSS-TV||TV-47||5 kW||Sorsogon City|
|DYCJ-TV||TV-25||5 kW||Boracay, Malay, Aklan|
|DYMD-TV||TV-33||10 kW||Roxas City|
|DXMZ-TV||TV-33||10 kW||Zamboanga City|
|DX__-TV||TV-34||10 kW||Malaybalay, Bukidnon|
|DX__-TV||TV-37||10 kW||Cagayan de Oro|
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