Jack TV (stylised as JACK TV) is an online web portal owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation and based in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. It was known as a Philippine pay television network mainly offering multi-genre programming from the United States from 2005 until 2020.
|Launched||April 6, 2005 (test broadcast)|
July 12, 2005 (launch)
|Closed||April 1, 2020|
|Owned by||Solar Entertainment Corporation|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Headquarters||Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Replaced by||Front Row Channel|
Type of site
|Social media |
|Available in||English, Filipino|
|Headquarters||Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila,|
|Area served||Worldwide (Internet)|
|Owner||Solar Entertainment Corporation|
|Key people||Cesar Emaas, Jr.|
|Launched||April 1, 2020|
The network was formed as part a split of the former Solar USA into two differing networks. Scripted and reality programming moved to Jack TV, with the rest of the network's programming moving to C/S (now Solar TV). Jack TV eventually took back some of C/S's programming as it adjusted its schedule. On October 20, 2012, Solar Entertainment launched its secondary channel Jack CITY on BEAM TV, replacing CHASE. The channel was later re-branded as CT, which later left the air in 2017.
On April 10, 2017, Jack TV was dropped by Sky Cable & Destiny Cable, along with Basketball TV, CT, Solar Sports & NBA Premium TV (now defunct) allegedly due to Sky Cable's unpaid carriage fees. It was restored to those systems on April 1, 2019.
Closure on pay TV and the transition to digital mediaEdit
Solar Entertainment announced in late March 2020 that Jack TV would be discontinued due to lack of advertising and redundant programming. Much of its former programming moved to ETC and Solar Sports. The Jack TV website then was maintained as a limited web portal with automated entertainment news to maintain existing trademarks. On most providers, Front Row Channel, an automated network made up of content and original programming from the GMA Network program, replaced Jack TV.
- "NBA Premium and BTV are back in SKYcable's channel lineup". Spin.ph.
- Ratziel San Juan (March 25, 2020). "Jack TV, which carried 'Survivor' shot in Philippines, to go off-air starting April 1". Philippine Star.
- "Jack TV Cease Broadcast". Sky Cable. March 26, 2020.
- "Jack TV Your Online Playground". Solar Entertainment Corporation. April 1, 2020.