Kapamilya Channel is a 24-hour Philippine pay television network operated by ABS-CBN Corporation, a company under Lopez Holdings Corporation owned by the López family. The network is headquartered at ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. A separate high definition 1080i resolution channel began broadcasting the same day.

Kapamilya Channel
TypePay television network
CountryPhilippines
NetworkABS-CBN
HeadquartersABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Diliman, Quezon City
Programming
Language(s)
  • Filipino (main)
  • English (secondary)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerABS-CBN Corporation
Sister channelsUnder ABS-CBN
History
LaunchedJune 13, 2020; 4 years ago (2020-06-13)
ReplacedABS-CBN
Links
Websitekapamilyachannel.com
Availability
Streaming media
iWantTFCWatch live

The network serves as the replacement of the main terrestrial ABS-CBN network after ceasing its free-to-air broadcast operations due to the loss of its legislative broadcast franchise in 2020. It carries most of the programs that ABS-CBN aired prior to the shutdown.[1]

Overview

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The channel is available through most cable providers who are members of the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association (PCTA) (including ABS-CBN's Sky Cable) and through direct broadcast satellite television service providers Sky Direct (until June 30, 2020), G Sat, and since October 21, 2020, through Cignal and SatLite.[2] This allowed ABS-CBN Corporation to continue producing and distributing content while the outcome of their congressional franchise application was still pending at that time since the NTC's cease and desist order for the network only covers the company's free-to-air television and radio stations.[3][4][5] The network's franchise renewal was rejected by the House of Representatives on July 10, 2020, after a 70-11 vote.[6] The network also streams live and makes most of its shows available on the streaming service iWant (now iWantTFC).[7] On August 1, 2020, the network officially launched the Kapamilya Online Live service, which live streams some of the content from Kapamilya Channel and Jeepney TV on the online video-sharing platforms Facebook and YouTube.[8] Although the network itself is available only in the Philippines, most of its local programs are available on ABS-CBN's international subscription service The Filipino Channel via cable, satellite, online and IPTV.

Like the terrestrial ABS-CBN network, Kapamilya Channel operates 24/7 with Movie Central Presents shown during its overnight slots; between Maundy Thursday and Black Saturday, during the Paschal Triduum as part of Holy Week observance customs in the Philippines, the channel signs off from 12:00 m.n. to 6:00 a.m.[5]

The channel, along with TeleRadyo Serbisyo, broadcasts the daily Three O'Clock Prayer (Filipino: Panalangin sa Ikatlo ng Hapon) similar to the main terrestrial ABS-CBN.

On July 1, 2024, Kapamilya Channel (along with its free TV counterpart, A2Z) began broadcasting using the anamorphic 16:9 screen ratio format on their standard definition (SD) feed; the said move was done in order to provide viewers with optimized viewing experience. As the channel uses the same playout as the defunct ABS-CBN terrestrial network, the move effectively decommissioned the 4:3 playout system used by ABS-CBN for 58 years since its launch on television in October 23, 1953 (although the network discontinued producing broadcasting contents in 4:3 aspect ratio 6 years earlier on April 2, 2018 when ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programs became 16:9 or high-definition (HD)).

Programming

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Kapamilya Channel features programs that have aired or were slated to air on ABS-CBN whose productions were suspended due to the Luzon enhanced community quarantine in March 2020 as well as the ensuing uncertainty following the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN.[9] These include the variety shows It's Showtime (with new segments)[10] and ASAP Natin 'To; drama series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, Love Thy Woman and A Soldier's Heart;[1] and morning talk show Magandang Buhay.[1] Two new public service programs made their debut on Kapamilya Channel: Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan? hosted by Judy Ann Santos, and Iba 'Yan hosted by Angel Locsin.[9]

Contrary to earlier news reports,[1] ABS-CBN's primary news program, TV Patrol, as well as several news and current affairs programs, were not initially aired on the Kapamilya Channel (as it did through the free-to-air channel) until after July 24, 2020; the program did air exclusively on TeleRadyo, ANC, and Cine Mo! and streamed through the ABS-CBN News' Facebook page and YouTube channel until the said date. The delayed telecast of ANC's The World Tonight also began to air at 10:00 p.m. on the following Monday, July 27, 2020, making the two longest-running Filipino and English language evening newscasts in the country airing on the same channel once again since 1999. The morning simulcast of TeleRadyo's programming (which was also aired on ABS-CBN as a provisionary morning program prior to the shutdown) on the schedule remained the same. An evening 30-minute News Patrol program was aired on the Kapamilya Channel until July 24, 2020.[5]

On September 12, 2020, the network launched Just Love Kids, a children's programming block focusing on educational programs and animated series that have previously aired on ABS-CBN, Knowledge Channel and the now-defunct Yey! channel.[11] The children's show Team Yey! premiered its new fifth season for the first time on Kapamilya Channel.

On August 17, 2020, Ang sa Iyo ay Akin was the first original drama series broadcast on Kapamilya Channel and Kapamilya Online Live during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the scenes were shot in the ABS-CBN Soundstage inside the Horizon IT Park in Bulacan.[12]

On October 10, 2020, ABS-CBN programs began broadcasting on A2Z Channel 11, a free-to-air television channel joint venture between ABS-CBN and ZOE Broadcasting Network under airtime lease.

On October 21, 2020, Kapamilya Channel became available on Cignal owned by MediaQuest Holdings, the owner of ABS-CBN's rival TV5, to expand more viewers of the said channel.[2] From January 24, 2021, selected Kapamilya Channel programming have also started simulcasting on TV5 as part of an agreement between the network, Cignal TV and ABS-CBN.

On March 18, 2021, ABS-CBN and WeTV iflix announced a partnership to bring primetime programs, including FPJ's Ang Probinsyano to the two streaming platforms starting March 20, with early access for subscribed users. Episodes of ABS-CBN shows are made available on WeTV and iflix VIP two days before it airs on local TV.[13]

Online streaming on their channel's official website (until November 13, 2020) and Kapamilya Online Live (with the exception of iWantTFC) does not include contents such as acquired programming, movie blocks and overnight programming, as the live streaming itself only airs original programming due to copyright restrictions.

Facebook and YouTube

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Kapamilya Online Live
 
Type of site
Web-based channel
Available in
HeadquartersABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue corner Mother Ignacia Street, Diliman, Quezon City
Country of originPhilippines
Area servedAsia, Europe, Australia & New Zealand
OwnerABS-CBN Corporation
Key people
ParentABS-CBN Digital Media
URLyoutube.com/abscbnentertainment/live
AdvertisingYes
RegistrationRequired
LaunchedAugust 1, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-08-01)
Current statusActive

Kapamilya Online Live is a web-based channel owned and operated by ABS-CBN Digital Media, a division of ABS-CBN Corporation. The service was launched on August 1, 2020, and livestreams on Facebook and YouTube. On Facebook, the shows are streamed on regular timeslots with some scheduled commentary breaks between timeblocks. On YouTube, it streams throughout the day from 6:00 a.m. to midnight (except during TV special events) and streaming 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (since May 6, 2024). Livestreaming of shows on both platforms are available exclusively in the Philippines (also in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore since June 19, 2023, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, Vietnam, China and Indonesia since July 17, 2023, also in rest of Europe, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Israel and all over Asia since September 25, 2023 both Livestreaming and on-demand with all shows, soon available in Middle East and Africa.) and it airs a variety of ABS-CBN's classic shows from Jeepney TV and other exclusive online shows. On July 26, 2023, some of replay programming streams, (except on Saturday morning for replay late night newscast, It's Showtime & TV Patrol) during midnight hours. On December 1, 2023 now available in Canada for all shows on-demand only (soon available in United States for all shows on-demand only).

On August 1, 2021, Kapamilya Online Live became accessible worldwide and streams 24-hours with classic series (weekdays), Star Cinema movies and specials (weekends) aired throughout the midnight programming. Kapamilya Online Live Global is streaming 24/7 exclusively available in Middle East, Africa, Guam, Hawaii, Canada, United States and all over South America. It was previously streams in Northeast Asia & Southeast Asia from August 1, 2021 until June 19, 2023 for Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong & Singapore, until July 17, 2023 for South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, Vietnam, China and Indonesia, and until September 24, 2023 rest of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and all over Asia. It stream daily from 12:00 m.n. to 8:00 a.m. for exclusively in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Indonesia and Macau only.[14] On April 1, 2024 (for Pacific & USA) & April 2, 2024 (for Middle East & Africa) Kapamilya Online Live Global was ceased streaming exactly at midnight (also in rest of Asia until 8:00 a.m.) due to poor viewers and loss of advertisers' support and to shift its focus on TFC available in worldwide.

Streams

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On February 22, 2021, Kapamilya Online Live began offering a video on demand service of its shows accessible for fourteen (formerly 7) days after their original streaming date.[15][16]

References

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  1. ^ a b c d Hallare, Katrina (June 4, 2020). "'Ang Probinsyano,' other ABS-CBN programs to return as new channel set to emerge". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Kapamilya Channel is now available on Cignal". ABS-CBN News. October 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Which ABS-CBN businesses can still operate after NTC's cease and desist order?". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (June 7, 2020). "Top ABS-CBN shows returning on new channel". The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Guide: Everything airing on Kapamilya Channel starting June 13". ABS-CBN News. June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Cervantes, Filane Mikee (July 10, 2020). "Several issues led to denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid: House body". Philippine News Agency. Archived from the original on July 10, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "It's Showtime returns to provide entertainment, relief, and livelihood opportunities to Filipinos". ABS-CBN. June 11, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020. Livestreaming of the Kapamilya Channel and on-demand viewing of its programs are available on the then-iWant app and iwant.ph (now iWantTFC and iwanttfc.com
  8. ^ "Kapamilya Online Live: ABS-CBN programs to stream on YouTube, Facebook starting August 1". ABS-CBN News. July 29, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Ang Probinsyano, KimXi teleserye to return to TV via Kapamilya channel". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 4, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "'New normal? New saya!': 'It's Showtime' to return with new segments". ABS-CBN News. June 6, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "ABS-CBN rolls out new children's TV block, online portal Just Love Kids". ABS-CBN News. September 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "ABS-CBN director biglang naiyak sa online presscon: Hindi madali na pasanin 'tong krus na ito…". INQUIRER.net. August 9, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  13. ^ "ABS-CBN, WeTV iflix team up to bring 'Primetime Bida' early to Kapamilya fans". news.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "Kapamilya Online Live goes 24/7 on YouTube, now available in over 180 countries". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 2, 2021. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Kapamilya Online Live programs now available to re-watch for 7 days". ABS-CBN News. February 23, 2021.
  16. ^ "Kapamilya Online Live now available in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand". ABS-CBN. September 25, 2023. Retrieved December 29, 2023.
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