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BEAM Channel 31 (DWKC-TV) is the flagship television station of Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media, Inc. in the Philippines. Its transmitter is located at Palos Verdes Subdivision, Brgy Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, province of Rizal.[1]

DWKC-TV
BEAM31PH Logo.jpg
Metro Manila
CityAntipolo City
BrandingBEAM Channel 31 Manila
ChannelsAnalog: 31 (UHF)
Digital: 32 (UHF) (ISDB-T)
Virtual: 31.01 (LCN)
SubchannelsSee list of subchannels
AffiliationsSee list
OwnerBroadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media, Inc.
FoundedOctober 31, 1993 (RMN TV)
July 3, 2011 (BEAM)
Former affiliationsCinema Television (1993-2000)
E! Philippines (2000-2003)
Silent (2003-2011)
The Game Channel (2011-2012)
CHASE (2011-2012)
Jack City (2012-2014)
Transmitter powerAnalog: 50 kW TPO/4,050 kW ERP
Digital: 5 kW TPO
Websitewww.beam.com.ph

Contents

HistoryEdit

As CTV-31Edit

On October 31, 1993, Radio Mindanao Network became the second radio-based network to launch a TV station called Cinema Television 31 (CTV-31) through its flagship station, DWKC-TV. An all-movie channel, its programming included a presentation of Filipino and Hollywood movies respectively, and programs from E!, an American cable channel. It is the first UHF station to be inspired by the format of a cable movie channel. The station once clinched a top spot for its TV ratings in all UHF stations.[2]

However, because of the broadcasting rules assigned by National Telecommunications Commission and the matter that they acquired the broadcast rights from E!, CTV-31 stopped its broadcast in September 2000.

E! Philippines 31 and ceased transmissionEdit

 
E! Philippines 31 logo from 2000-2003

In October 2000, E! and RMN announced its partnership to relaunch CTV into E! Philippines 31, with its broadcasting extended into 24 hours.[3] But in 2001, it reduced its broadcasts into 6 primetime-hours, from 6:00 PM to 12:00 MN. Some of E!'s programs were brought to the Philippines and remade in a local version, one of which was Wild On! Philippines. However on June 1, 2003, RMN decided to cease their operations on TV due to financial constraints and poor television ratings, and somehow to focus only on their 2 radio networks (RMN and iFM). There were several religious groups who had wished to acquire block programming of E! Philippines, but RMN refused to accept their offers. Some programs of E! were broadcast later to QTV via E! on Q, ETC (aired over SBN), Solar News Channel (aired over RPN), and Velvet (now defunct).

Since July 2011, E! has been available on most major cable/satellite systems in the Philippines distributed by Universal Networks International (a subsidiary of NBCUniversal).[4]

As BEAM Channel 31Edit

Initial Broadcast and The Game ChannelEdit

 
Logo of The Game Channel from August 15, 2011-February 15, 2012. The logo was continually used until August 13, 2012 on the cable network.

After almost eight years of inactivity on television service, on July 3, 2011, UHF 31 returned its operations as a test broadcast.[5] The station (along with some RMN-owned UHF stations nationwide) was occupied by Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media, after the latter bought up the acquisition by Bethlehem Holdings, Inc. (funded by Globe Telecom's Group Retirement Fund) from RMN.[6][7] Under new ownership, BEAM began its affiliation partnership with Solar Entertainment Corporation.

The network was branded on July 13 as BEAM Channel 31. On August 15, 2011, it started its initial broadcast carrying The Game Channel.[8]

As CHASEEdit

On December 24, 2011, The Game Channel limited its broadcast on daytime sharing with a new programming service called CHASE which takes over the evening block. In February 2012, both services aired a promotion, announcing the split of CHASE and TGC to form themselves as separate channels, which entitled "CHASE goes 24". The changes took effect on February 15, 2012, when The Game Channel bade goodbye to the viewers after its 7-month run on free TV and became a cable-only channel; while CHASE leased and took its entire BEAM airtime on free TV.

As Jack CityEdit

On September 7, 2012, Jack TV plugged their announcement thru CHASE programs bearing the title "Another Jack TV is rising, coming soon on this channel" (BEAM Channel 31). This indicated that CHASE was being replaced; finally, on October 20, 2012, Jack City was then launched, marking October 19 as the end of CHASE's broadcasts. Jack City still does carry some of CHASE's programs however.[9][10] The full broadcast was initiated on November 11, 2012. On June 28, 2013, Jack City was forced to reduce its Free TV broadcast to 18 hours a day on BEAM in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission's guidelines. However, it still continues to air as a cable channel 24 hours a day.

On July 16, 2014, the day that Metro Manila was crippled by "Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun)", the station became inactive. It was later found out that the transmitter located in Palos Verdes in Antipolo City, Rizal received a total damage to some of its facilities done by the said typhoon. As a result, the station shuts down temporarily for another maintenance, and continued its telecast on cable networks. Somehow it resumed telecast on August 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM, but still under observation.

Digital television broadcastEdit

On September 1, 2014, Jack City ceased its affiliation status on BEAM Channel 31 and its provincial affiliates, as BEAM prepares its ISDB-T digital television. However, Jack City continues to broadcast on pay TV networks until March 21, 2015, when the channel was rebranded as CT a day later on March 22, 2015.

At the same day, it began using blocktime programs from O Shopping (of ABS-CBN Corporation and CJ Group of Korea) and several programs from TBN Asia (including The 700 Club Asia and Praise the Lord) along with religious programming produced by the Essential Broadcasting Network under the leadership of Bro. Greg Durante of Greg Durante Ministries.

On November 15, 2014, the channel is carried over SkyCable, Destiny Cable and other Pay TV subscribers (per compliance with NTC's "must-carry" basis), displacing Jack City to a different cable channel assignment, which is only available for subscribers residing in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. This also makes BEAM available to cable viewers 24 hours a day once again when it took effect four months later, on March 12, 2015.

On March 1, 2015, TV Shop Philippines (also known as revival of Value Vision) began airing on this channel in the afternoon, followed by selected Tagalog-dubbed telenovelas carried from the Telenovela Channel on nighttime.

On March 9, 2015, the channel also added Shop Japan to its programming during morning hours, and recently they added Shop TV as their newest shopping network partner on February 22, 2016 (Shop TV is owned by BEAM's former blocktime partner Solar Entertainment).

By March 1, 2016, all of BEAM's programs were split into digital television streams. O Shopping, TBN, TV Shop and Shop Japan were relocated as their respective digital subchannel of its own; while BEAM became an affiliate of Shop TV in its analog signal, allowing it to cover most of BEAM's airtime (Tagalog-dubbed telenovelas remained on the analog channel during primetime).

In May 2016, BEAM added the live video streaming service of Philippine Daily Inquirer and Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation's Radyo Inquirer 990 as its new subchannel affiliate, coinciding with the 2016 Philippine elections.[11] Within the same month, Bacolod City-based travel and lifestyle cable channel Island Living (broadcasting its programs through provincial cable operators including some affiliates of SkyCable from Visayas and Mindanao) became BEAM's new subchannel, followed by the replacement of TBN Asia with Taiwan-based Christian pay TV channel GOOD TV (which is in fact aired as a former blocktime program from Light Network (now Light TV) and as a standalone channel on Destiny Cable and Cignal). GOOD TV PH, however, was replaced by infomercial service EZShop weeks later. Its channel space on digital television remains vacant since July 2016, with GCTV returned a few months later.

The channel split of BEAM was finally completed in August 2016 when telenovelas were removed from the network's main/analog feed. Since then, constant changes occur on its digital subchannels from time to time.

On December 31, 2018, BEAM announced that Shop TV will have a channel swap with its fellow home TV shopping channel, TV Shop Philippines, effective January 1, 2019 on both analog and digital feeds. The former, however, remains available on the DTT services of BEAM and Solar.

ProgrammingEdit

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

DWKC-TV currently operates on UHF Channel 32 (581.143 MHz) and is multiplexed into the following subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming Notes
32.1 480i 4:3 TVshop on BEAM Main DWKC-TV programming/ TVShop Philippines
32.2 Test Broadcast (Test pattern: no channel)
32.3 TVshop on BEAM TVShop Philippines (alternate feed)
32.4 Daystar TV on BEAM Daystar TV
32.5 Island Living on BEAM

Island Living Channel (Pilipinas HD from 6:00am to 2:00pm on Monday to Thursday; 2:00 pm to midnight on Friday to Sunday)

32.6 LifeTV on BEAM Life TV (with TBN Asia programming during peak hours)
32.7 16:9 Pop Life TV on BEAM Pop Life TV
32.8 4:3 Inquirer 990 TV on BEAM Inquirer 990 Television (subject to satellite or livestream outages)
32.31 240p BEAM 1 Seg 1 Seg simulcast of DWKC-TV 1Seg test broadcast

With the exception of Inquirer 990 Television, programming for the analog signal and digital subchannels are supplied by BEAM's management. BEAM's digital feed follows the analog feed's broadcasting hours.

Transition to digital televisionEdit

According to BEAM president Steve Macion, the station is expected to replace the 60 kW (4.05 megawatt ERP) analog transmitter with a new, DTT-ready transmitter which is currently under transition and would be completed by the end of 2015. Cebu, Davao and Iloilo stations are also expected to upgrade to digital broadcast.[12][13]

Aside from blocktimers, BEAM is now looking for local and foreign partnerships to allocate and generate content up to six digital free TV channels.[14]

In 2016, DYAR and DXKC, BEAM's stations in Cebu and Davao, respectively, conducted its DTT test transmissions on UHF channel 32. DYRI, BEAM's Iloilo station, conducted its DTT test in 2017.

BEAM TV stations in the PhilippinesEdit

Further information: BEAM TV Stations

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RMN TV Station Networks". Asiawaves. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Gaviola, Gilbert S. (31 October 1994). "A good showing, a strong following, a bright future". Manila Standard. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ Vanzi, Sol Jose (1 October 2000). "RMN JOINT VENTURE FOR E! PHILIPPINES". Philippine Headline News Online. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ The launch of E! Entertainment Television in the Philippines PEP.ph. Retrieved 07-06-2011.
  5. ^ DWKC-TV BEAM Channel 31 Test Broadcast retrieved via www.youtube.com 08-10-2011
  6. ^ Lectura, Lenie. "Globe buys into two broadcast firms". Business Mirror. ABS-CBNnews.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  7. ^ Iglesia, Myla. "NTC favors Japan digital TV". Business Insight. Business Insight. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  8. ^ THE GAME CHANNEL commercials retrieved via www.youtube.com 10-27-2011
  9. ^ Sallan, Edwin. "Solar launches new free channel JackCITY". News5. InterAksyon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  10. ^ Redefining Drama Solar Entertainment Corporation Launches 'JackCity' ClickTheCity.com. Retrieved 12-01-2012.
  11. ^ The Election Coverage with Inquirer 990 TV. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/tech-biz/08/05/14/beam-upgrades-transmitters-support-digital-tv
  13. ^ http://www.globe.com.ph/press-room/beam-supports-ntc
  14. ^ Globe seeks content partnerships for digital TV venture ABS-CBNnews.com. Retrieved 04-22-2015.