iWant, formerly known as iWanTV! and iWant TV, is a Philippine over-the-top content platform and production company owned and operated by ABS-CBN. It allows users who registered to the service to watch live video streaming or on-demand contents of ABS-CBN on any screen and device. iWant users can watch the live video streamings of Kapamilya Channel, ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), TeleRadyo, O Shopping, and Pinoy Big Brother, as well as on-demand contents from ABS-CBN, ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), ABS-CBN Regional Channel, ABS-CBN Sports (S+A), KBO (Kapamilya Box Office), Pinoy Big Brother, selected local films and TV series, specials, and other exclusive and premium contents including exclusive behind-the-scenes video clips, interviews, documentaries, bloopers, and Pinoy Big Brother 360° videos. The original name iWanTV! is a portmanteau of either the sentence I want TV!, or the Tagalog word iwan (English: to leave behind) and TV, pertaining to the service helping viewers being able to catch up show episodes they had left behind.[citation needed]

iWant
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Type of site
OTT platform
Available inFilipino, English
Predecessor(s)iWant TV (2010–2018)
Area servedPhilippines
Services
ParentABS-CBN Corporation
URLiwant.ph
AdvertisingYes
CommercialYes
RegistrationRequired; subscription is needed for premium content.
Users13 million (July 2019)[1]
LaunchedJanuary 2010; 10 years ago (January 2010) (as iWantv)
November 16, 2018; 20 months ago (November 16, 2018) (as iWant)
Current statusActive

Users can access the contents of iWant through either the website interface or through the iWant app available in iOS, Android, Windows and LG Smart TV.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

From its launch until 2015, iWant TV had foreign contents from many pan-regional television channels such as NatGeo, the Food Network, E!, CNN, and Cartoon Network. These particular contents are now diverted into a new service called Sky On Demand which is exclusive to Sky subscribers. On August 31, 2015, iWant TV, together with StarFlix (a division of Star Cinema) and Wattpad, released Must Date the Playboy, starring Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and directed by Mae Cruz Alviar, the first movie to be released exclusively through iWant TV and ABS-CBN Mobile service.[4]

On September 26, 2016, a partnership with PLDT and its subsidiary Smart Communications was announced during a signing ceremony attended by Eugenio Lopez III (Chairman of ABS-CBN), Carlo Katigbak (President and CEO of ABS-CBN), Manny Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT) and other ABS-CBN, PLDT and Smart executives. The partnership will enable PLDT and Smart customers to access the iWant TV website and mobile apps.[5]

In 2018, iWant TV began streaming Filipino-dubbed Japanese animé programs that aired on ABS-CBN's main channel, starting with the hit animé movie Your Name.[6]

On November 16, 2018, the service officially relaunched as iWant, which now emphasizes on adding original content similar to Netflix and Iflix,[7] featuring Spirits: Reawaken (a reboot version of the original 2004–2005 TV series), Quezon's Game, and Alamat ng Ano.[8] Glorious and MA were the first two iWant original movies. In May 2019, the service adds the 2005 version of the Japanese animé series Doraemon (which airs on Yey!, an exclusive channel of ABS-CBN TV Plus), becoming the second animé title to be streamed on iWant.[9]

A television special called iWant Originals premiered on ABS-CBN's Yes Weekend! Sunday evening block on August 11, 2019, replacing the 14-year-old comedy gag show Goin' Bulilit. Some scenes were edited for the TV version due to strict guidelines of the MTRCB. On August 18, Call Me Tita was the first original series to premiere simultaneously on both iWant and ABS-CBN. iWant Originals was cancelled on September 22, 2019 to give way for the Kapamilya Super Blockbusters movie block.

On March 16, 2020, iWant Originals returned on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida as part of the special TV programming due to the Enhanced community quarantine in Luzon caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. iWant Originals showcased some of their fresh, most-watched programs. In the list are; Julia Barretto's mystery-thriller I Am U, making it the lead miniseries, followed by Jodi Sta. Maria's My Single Lady and Joseph Marco's Uncoupling.[10]

Various iWant Originals series airs weekdays on The Filipino Channel owned and operated by ABS-CBN, a global subscription television network. Each series will be replaced by another iWant Originals series. Beginning with “Past, Present, Perfect?” which airs on May 4,2020; “Taiwan That You Love” on May 12,2020; “My Single Lady” on May 20, 2020; “Uncoupling” on May 28,2020; “The End:Balikbayan” on June 5,2020; “Spirits: Reawaken” on June 8,2020; "The End:Accidental Friend" on June 26,2020; "Bagman" on June 29,2020; "Touchscreen:It's A Match"; "Bagman:New Season"; "The End:Third Wheel" on July 30,2020 as part of the special TV programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the weekends, TNT Boys: Journey to the World Stage, a documentary series airing on June 6, 2020. Also, another documentary series "Unlisted," airing July 2020.

iWant also streamed Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: At Home Together Concert on March 22, 2020 together with ABS-CBN, S+A, ANC, Jeepney TV, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, DZMM Teleradyo, Metro Channel, Asianovela Channel, and TFC. The concert was aimed to help the people who were in need because of the community quarantine in Luzon and the COVID-19 pandemic.

List of original programsEdit

 
iWant app logo

MoviesEdit

Title Genre Premiere Length Language
Glorious Drama, Romance November 17, 2018 1 hour, 47 min. Filipino
Ma Horror, Drama November 17, 2018 1 hour, 12 min. Filipino
Everybody Loves Baby Wendy[11] Comedy December 5, 2018 1 hour, 17 min. Filipino
The Gift[12] Romance January 11, 2019 1 hour, 26 min. Filipino
Spark Romance January 11, 2019 1 hour, 58 min. Filipino
Allergy in Love[13] Romance, Comedy January 25, 2019 1 hour, 29 min. Filipino
Apple of My Eye[14][15] Drama, Romance February 14, 2019 1 hour, 21 min. Filipino
MOMOL Nights Romance, Comedy June 29, 2019 1 hour, 26 min. Filipino
Abandoned[16] Horror August 28, 2019 1 hour, 16 min. Filipino
Mga Mata sa Dilim[16] Action, Thriller September 13, 2019 1 hour, 31 min. Filipino
You Have Arrived[16] Thriller October 25, 2019 1 hour, 21 min. Filipino
Barbara Reimagined Horror November 8, 2019 1 hour, 5 min. Filipino
Silly Red Shoes[17] Romance November 23, 2019 1 hour, 27 min. Filipino
Wild Little Love[17] Romance November 27, 2019 1 hour, 33 min. Filipino
Sunday Night Fever Drama, Romance February 19, 2020 1 hour, 17 min. Filipino
Love Lockdown Romance, Thriller May 15, 2020 1 hour, 10 min. Filipino
Malaya Drama, Romance May 28, 2020 1 hour, 47 min. Filipino
Upcoming
ATTY[15] Drama 2020 TBA Filipino
Commuters[15] Drama 2020 TBA Filipino
Glorious 2 Drama, Romance 2020 TBA Filipino

SeriesEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Alamat ng Ano Fantasy, Comedy November 16, 2018 10 episodes 15–20 min. Miniseries
Spirits: Reawaken Thriller, Adventure November 17, 2018 1 season, 14 episodes 30–40 min. Pending
Laureen on a Budget Reality television November 17, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 20 min. Ended
UAAP G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Teams)[18] Sports Documentary December 5, 2018 3 episodes 10 min. Miniseries
Find the Wasabi in Nagoya[19] Reality television December 8, 2018 5 episodes 20–25 min. Miniseries
iWant Retrospektib: The Making of Da King Documentary December 14, 2018 6 episodes 15–20 min. Miniseries
The End Anthology December 21, 2018 1 season, 5 episodes 30–40 min. Ended
HIGH Suspense January 5, 2019 1 season, 8 episodes 30–40 min. Ended
HUSH[13] Erotic, Drama, Anthology January 23, 2019 1 season, 7 episodes 30–40 min. Renewed for second season
ZEKElingMagingSHEILA: The Zeke and Sheila's Almost Love Story Romance, Comedy February 15, 2019 3 episodes 30–40 min. Ended
Project Feb 14[15][20] Drama February 16, 2019 6 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Touch Screen Anthology March 6, 2019 1 season, 3 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Bagman[15] Crime, Drama, Thriller March 20, 2019 2 season, 8 episodes 30–40 min. Running
Jhon en Martian[15] Sci-fi, Romance, Comedy April 14, 2019 1 season, 5 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Mea Culpa: The Hidden Files Crime, Mystery, Thriller May 18, 2019 30 episodes 30–40 min. Ended
Past, Present, Perfect? Romance, Drama May 31, 2019 7 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3: The Real Untold Story of Josephine Bracken[15] Comedy July 17, 2019 7 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Mga Batang Poz[21] Drama July 26, 2019 1 season, 6 episodes 15–20 min. Renewed for a second season
TNT Boys: Journey to the World Stage[22] Documentary August 14, 2019 4 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Call Me Tita[23][24][25] Comedy August 18, 2019 season 1, 8 episodes 20–30 min. Renewed for a second season
Taiwan That You Love[16] Romantic comedy, Drama September 25, 2019 6 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Romance, Drama October 5, 2019 8 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Kargo[26] Crime, Drama October 11, 2019 5 episodes TBA Miniseries
Unlisted Documentary October 23, 2019 4 episodes TBA Miniseries
Dayories Documentary November 19, 2019 3 episodes TBA Miniseries
Manilennials Comedy December 16, 2019 12 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Uncoupling Romance December 20, 2019 6 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Story of My Life[16] Family December 27, 2019 4 episodes 20–30 min. Miniseries
Ampalaya Chronicles Romantic comedy January 17, 2020 TBA 1 hr, 30-min. Running
My Single Lady[27] Romance January 22, 2020 6 episodes TBA Miniseries
The Last Manilaners: A Quezon's Game Documentary[16] Documentary January 27, 2020 4 episodes TBA Miniseries
I Am U[28] Romance, Thriller February 21, 2020 7 episodes TBA Miniseries
Fluid Drama March 13, 2020 4 episodes TBA Miniseries
The Tapes Mystery, Crime, Drama March 18, 2020 6 episodes TBA Miniseries
Jet and the Pet Rangers Animation, Fantasy, Kids April 3, 2020 6 episodes TBA Ended
Wreck Hunters Documentary May 9, 2020 5 episodes TBA Miniseries
Beauty Queens Family drama July 15, 2020 6 episodes TBA Miniseries
Upcoming
Oh, Mando Romantic comedy 2020 TBA TBA Pending
Loving Emily[16] Romance 2020 TBA TBA Pending
Goals With Mond[29] Reality television 2020 TBA TBA Pending
He's Into Her Romantic comedy 2021 TBA TBA Pending
Hotel 6 TBA TBA TBA TBA Pending

LiveEdit

Title Genre Premiere Length Status
IKR (I Know Right?!)[30] Talk show September 28, 2018 1 hour Ongoing
Pinoy Big Brother: Otso Livestream Reality show November 10, 2018 N/A Ended
Camp Star Hunt Livestream Reality show November 10, 2018 N/A Ended
iWant ASAP[31] Musical, Variety December 2, 2018 2 hours Ongoing
UAAP Season 81 Sports February 16, 2019 2 hours Ended
ONE Championship February 16, 2019 3 hours Ongoing
Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference May 26, 2019 2 hours Ended
Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season June 12, 2019 7 hours Ongoing
NCAA Season 95 July 7, 2019 6 hours Ongoing
Premier Volleyball League Open Conference August 11, 2019 6 hours Ended
Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference August 17, 2019 6 hours Ended
UAAP Season 82 September 1, 2019 7 hours, 30 minutes Ongoing
ASEAN Basketball League Season 10 November 16, 2019 2 Hours Ongoing
2019 Southeast Asian Games November 30, 2019 TBA Ended
All Music: Artists at Home Sessions Music April 1, 2020 30–60 minutes Ended
Tawa-Together Comedy April 17, 2020 30 minutes Ongoing
John Denver Trending Know Talk April 25, 2020 60 minutes Ended

Exclusive Philippine DistributionEdit

Dubbed in FilipinoEdit

International title Genre Original network Original region Seasons Original run Language
2gether: The Series Romantic Comedy GMMTV Thailand 13 episodes 2020 Filipino
Upcoming
Come To Me Romantic fantasy
Comedy
Drama
GMMTV Thailand 8 episodes 2019 Filipino

Non-Filipino Language ScriptedEdit

ThaiEdit

International title Genre Original network Original region Seasons Original run
Upcoming
Still 2gether: The Series Romantic Comedy GMMTV Thailand 5 episodes 2020
I'm Tee, Me Too Comedy GMMTV Thailand TBA 2020

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