Kapamilya Channel (lit. 'Family Channel', stylized as Kapamilya channel) is a 24-hour Philippine pay television network owned and operated by ABS-CBN Corporation, a company under the Lopez Group. The network is headquartered at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City where it started broadcasting on June 13, 2020 at 5:30 a.m. with Kapamilya Daily Mass as its first program also marking its parent company's 74th anniversary. A separate high definition 1080i resolution channel began broadcasting the same day. The network serves as the replacement of the main terrestrial ABS-CBN network after ceasing its free-to-air broadcast operations as ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on May 5, 2020 due to the expiration of its legislative franchise. It carries most of programs that ABS-CBN aired prior to the shutdown. Its studios and transmitter are located at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City.
|Type||Pay television network|
|Slogan||Kahit kailan, kahit saan pa! Forever Kapamilya! (transl. Anytime, anywhere! Family forever!)|
|Headquarters||ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Diliman, Quezon City|
English (secondary and primary for The World Tonight and Movie Central Presents)
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Launched||June 13, 2020|
|Sky Cable / Destiny Cable|
|Channel 8 (SD)|
Channel 167 (HD)
|Channel 2 (SD)|
Channel 700 (HD)
|Available on most cable providers in the Philippines||Check local listings for channel assignments|
|G Sat||Channel 22|
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. 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 ABS-CBN only covers Channel 2 and all of its free-to-air television and radio stations. The network's franchise renewal has since rejected by the House of Representatives on July 10, 2020, voted 70–11 to deny. The network also streams live and makes most of its shows available on the streaming service iWantTFC. On August 1, 2020, the network officially launched the Kapamilya Online Live, which livestreams some of contents from Kapamilya Channel and Jeepney TV on the online video-sharing platforms Facebook and YouTube. 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.
Unlike the main terrestrial ABS-CBN that signs off during the overnight hours, Kapamilya Channel operates 24/7 with Movie Central Presents shown during the overnight slots except during the overnight hours of the Paschal Triduum courtesy of the Holy Week in the Philippines wherein it signs off at Good Friday and Black Saturday from 12:00 mn to 6:00 am. Its sign-off is not the same as the main terrestrial ABS-CBN, which only shows the bumper of the said channel instead of airing a station notice and the playing of the Philippine national anthem.
Kapamilya Channel features shows 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. These include the variety shows It's Showtime (with three new segments) and ASAP Natin 'To; the second season of singing competition The Voice Teens; teleseryes Ang Probinsyano, A Soldier's Heart, and Love Thy Woman; and morning talk show Magandang Buhay. Three new locally-produced programs, Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan? hosted by Judy Ann Santos, Iba 'Yan hosted by Angel Locsin and The World of a Married Couple, the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history made their debut in the Kapamilya Channel.
Contrary to earlier news reports, ABS-CBN's primary news program, TV Patrol, as well as several news and current affairs programs, was not initially aired on the Kapamilya Channel (as it did through the free-to-air channel) until after July 24; 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, 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.
New offerings such as the Thai hit 2gether: The Series premiered on July 27, 2020. It is the first Thai boy's love series to be acquired by ABS-CBN; this comes after a partnership of Dreamscape Entertainment and GMMTV. Still 2gether, the sequel of the said show, will start airing on August 15, 2020 with a one-day delayed telecast from Thailand. Other upcoming shows such as the Thai dramas Come To Me and I'm Tee, Me Too are also expected to air as part of the acquired foreign programs. On September 12, 2020, the network launched the 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. The children's show Team Yey! premiered its new fifth season for the first time on Kapamilya Channel.
On August 17, 2020, the series Ang sa Iyo ay Akin was the first original digital teleserye to be broadcast on Kapamilya Channel and Kapamilya Online Live during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the scenes were shot in the ABS-CBN Soundstage inside the Horizon IT Park in Bulacan.
On October 10, 2020, selected programs from Kapamilya Channel will be also aired on A2Z Channel 11, a free-to-air television channel joint-venture between ABS-CBN and ZOE Broadcasting Network through a blocktime agreement.
On October 21, 2020, Kapamilya Channel became available on Cignal which was owned by MediaQuest Holdings, the owner of ABS-CBN's rival TV5 to expand more viewers of the said channel. From January 24, 2021, selected Kapamilya Channel programming have also started simulcasted 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 landmark partnership that brings the Kapamilya network’s primetime programs, including FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano to the two streaming platforms starting March 20, with early access for subscribed users. Viewers can watch brand new series first as it premieres on WeTV and iflix VIP 46 hours before it airs on local TV. 
Online streaming on their channel's official website (until November 13) 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.
Kapamilya Online LiveEdit
|Network||Kapamilya Channel |
|Slogan||Watch mo, Kapamilya Online Live! (transl. You Watch, Kapamilya Online Live!)|
|Headquarters||ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Diliman, Quezon City|
|Launched||August 1, 2020|
Kapamilya Online Live is a web-based channel that exclusively livestream some of its contents on two online video-sharing platforms, Facebook and YouTube. On YouTube, it continuously stream throughout the day from as early as 7:40 am to not as late as 12:00 mn (except during special events like the ABS-CBN Christmas Special and the finale of Pinoy Big Brother: Connect), while on Facebook, shows are live-streamed on regular timeslots with some scheduled commentary breaks between timeblocks. Livestreaming of shows on both platforms are available exclusively in the Philippines and it airs a variety of ABS-CBN old shows from Jeepney TV and other exclusive online shows. It launched on August 1, 2020.
On March 15, 2021, Count Your Lucky Stars premiered as the first Asianovela to be shown on Kapamilya Online Live. It was available for streaming online first via iWantTFC in February 22, 2021, before making its debut on Philippine television via Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z and TV5.
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Livestreaming of the Kapamilya Channel and on-demand viewing of its programs are available on the iWant app and on iwant.ph
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