DZCE-TV is the flagship non-commercial station of the Philippine television network INC TV (merger of GEM TV and INC Channel on SkyCable). Now on its 6th programming season, INCTV is the flagship UHF television station of Christian Era Broadcasting Service International, a broadcast ministry of the independent Philippine Christian church, the Iglesia ni Cristo. INC TV studios and transmitters are located at Redeemer Street, Milton Hills Subdivision, Brgy. New Era, Quezon City.
|Channels||Analog: 48 (UHF)|
Digital: 49 (UHF) (ISDB-T) (Test broadcast)
|Slogan||"Propagating the True Message of Salvation"|
|Subchannels||See list of subchannels|
|Owner||Christian Era Broadcasting Service International|
|INC Radio DZEM 954|
|Founded||July 21, 2005 as GEM TV|
October 31, 2012 as INC TV
Former channel number(s)
|Analog: 49 (2005–2017)|
Call sign meaning
|Power||30 kW (analog)|
1 kW (digital)
|ERP||246 kW (analog)|
5 kW (digital)
The channel was first launched in 2000 as a cable-only television station under the longer name Iglesia ni Cristo Television, carrying the Church's long line of evangelical television programs that had begun in mid-1983 on the People's Television Network and Radio Philippines Network and later on on other TV networks in the country. The arrival of Net 25 in 1999, joined by the launch of the cable station, unified all the shows into two stations, one on cable and one on FTA television. In mid-2005, the cable station was relaunched as GEM TV (Global Expansion Media Television), with a mix of religious and secular programs, which operated with a power of a minuscule 1 kilowatt.
On October 9, 2012, GEM TV Channel 49 on Free TV began test broadcasts. On October 31, 2012, coinciding with the birthday of Iglesia ni Cristo's Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, GEM TV on cable was soon relaunched once again as INC TV, this time expanding into free-to-air television with 17 hours of broadcasts (24 hours on cable), with an improved programming, and a brand new 30 kilowatt transmitter output. INC TV 49 shows religious programs of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, before its relaunch Deutsche Welle programs were also aired on the channel. During its GEMTV days, it was the first broadcast television network in the Philippines to formally launch in high-definition and in Digital terrestrial television using the ISDB-T system in 2009.
It is broadcast on both Channel 48 on analog terrestrial TV, and on Channel 49 (or LCN 25.01) on digital terrestrial TV in Metro Manila. This station is also carried by major cable operators in the country led by SkyCable, Cablelink, Sky Direct, SatLite, G Sat and Cignal.
INCTV reaches TV audiences on the Eastern and Pacific coasts, United States, Alaska and Hawaii and the whole of Asia including Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau (in Portuguese), Taiwan, China as well as Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Turkey, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the entire continent of Europe.
In time for the INC Centennial Year, new programs were created for the channe. The year 2014, also saw the start of the channel's new tradition - themes for the month, which are also promoted in Net 25 as well since recently.
From 2014, INC TV became the first Filipino religious TV network, and the third television network — following RPN and PTV — to broadcast its floatable digital clock during the course of the network's broadcast. The said move, however, finally abandoned in January 2018, as the network finally transitioned to 16:9 screen ratio.
In 2015, two DZEM radio programs began to be shown on the channel as well.
In 2016, INCTV, the newest member of the Anak TV, bagged the most number of child-friendly television program awards (23 in all) in the Anak TV Seal Awards, the biggest for a young channel as this.
In 2018, the channel's news programming was revamped, and currently several of these are now bilingual to serve the needs of the church's local and international membership.
On April 16, 2020 INCTV was removed from DirecTV with the reason given that the channel had ceased operations.
DZCE broadcasts its digital signal on UHF Channel 49 (683.143 MHz) and is multiplexed into the following subchannels:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming||Note|
|25.1||1080i||16:9||INCTV HD||INC TV||Test Broadcast|
|25.2||NET25 HD||Net 25|
From September 7, 2017, in time for its 8th year since INC's Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo entered office, INCTV was granted a "special authority" from the National Telecommunications Commission to move its analog feed from UHF Channel 49 to Channel 48 (prior to this, the Channel 48 frequency was being used by People's Television Network, Inc. for their trial transmissions in digital TV until 2015) to allow the former channel to simulcast digitally in full-time, which began two days earlier (September 5). The shift was arranged for the station until its management announce its intention to permanently shut down analog broadcasts and go digital-only.
INC TV stationsEdit
INC TV on Free TVEdit
|Branding||Callsign||Ch. #||Power (kW)||Station Type||Location|
|INC TV-48 Manila||DZCE-TV||TV-48||30 kW||Originating||Metro Manila|