TAP Digital Media Ventures Corporation

TAP Digital Media Ventures Corporation (TAP DMV) is a Philippine media and entertainment company which oversees the operations of its 24-hour linear television channels and a digital over-the-top media service. It is founded by Renen and Celinda De Guia (owners of live events company Ovation Productions) and former Solar Entertainment Corporation chief operating officer Peter Chan Liong.[1][2]

TAP Digital Media Ventures Corporation
Company typePrivate
FoundedFebruary 1, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-02-01)
  • Renen De Guia
  • Celinda De Guia
  • Peter Chan Liong
Headquarters777 Katarungan St., Plainview Village, ,
Area served
Asia Pacific
Middle East
Key people
  • Renen De Guia (chairman)
  • Celinda De Guia (president)
  • Peter Chan Liong (chief executive officer)
  • Gonzalo De Guia (chief technology officer)
ProductsTelevision channels
ServicesCable television, Sportscasting, Over-the-top media service
ParentOvation Productions

TAP DMV owns 8 pay television channels and has programming/coverage rights agreement with international broadcasters such as Comcast (NBCUniversal, Peacock, Sky Group), ITV Studios, DAZN Group and Endeavor.[3]

History edit

TAP DMV was founded on February 1, 2018. It launched EDGEsport Philippines on the same year under a branding license agreement from its owner IMG. It aired action-centric and combat sports.[4][5]

In July 2021, TAP DMV signed a licensing rights with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to secure exclusive broadcast rights of his recently concluded bout against Yordenis Ugas via its own cable channels.[6] In August 2021, TAP DMV was awarded the local rights to the 2020 Summer Paralympics games.[7] In August 2023, TAP DMV partnered with Converge ICT, and launched over-the-top (OTT) streaming service named BlastTV.[8]

Assets edit

Channels edit

Current channels edit

  • TAP Edge - Drama-centric entertainment channel. It airs canned shows from the U.S. focusing on action and crime/suspense drama series, and news/current affairs. Formerly a dedicated EDGEsport and other action sports programming channel.
  • TAP TV - Lifestyle and general entertainment channel. It airs canned shows from the U.S. focusing on variety and talk shows, reality drama, and movies.[9][10] The channel was originally a female-centric sports channel known as TAP Sports 2 and later TAP W.
  • TAP Movies - All-movie channel. It airs mainstream Hollywood films from Universal Pictures and other film studios. It was Launched in October 2021.[11]
  • TAP Action Flix - dedicated movie channel which currently airs action, crime and thriller movies. It was launched in October 2021.[12]
  • TAP Sports - 24-hour sports channel. Formerly known as TAP Sports 1, the channel carries a variety of sporting events such as the Euroleague, National Basketball League (Australia), Golden Boy Promotions, and WWE among others.
  • Premier Sports - Complimentary channel of the TAP Sports network. The channel will air top-notching international sport events from UFC, NFL, UEFA and the FIVB among others. It was launched in October 2021.[13]
  • Premier Sports 2 - Counterpart channel to Premier Sports. It broadcasts all of the PGA Tour and WTA tournaments throughout the year, as well as rugby union and athletics. The channel was originally a dedicated tennis channel known as Premier Tennis where it broadcast ATP and WTA tournaments.
  • Premier Football - Dedicated football (soccer) channel. It broadcasts selected coverages of international football leagues, including the UEFA, A-League Men and Bundesliga among others.[3][14]
  • Blast Sports - Free-to-air digital channel enacted as a spillover/overflow of sporting events aired on TAP Sports and Premier Sports. It is only available as subchannel on BEAM TV's digital broadcast on a limited hour basis, and on a 24-hour broadcast via Blast TV streaming service.

Distributed channels edit

  • EDGEsport

Former channels edit

  • EDGEsport Philippines
  • Premier Tennis
  • TAP Sports 1
  • TAP Sports 2
  • TAP W

TAP Go edit

TAP Go is TAP DMV's official over-the-top (OTT) app and browser-based subscription service which allows users to stream Live TV Channels and Video On Demand content over the internet. It contains livestreaming of the company's cable channels and selected live sporting events, restricted to Philippine territory only. In November 2020, TAP Go suspended its operations indefinitely to give way for system maintenance, although its sister site (PremierFootball.ph) continues to operate. The service was resumed on August 14, 2021. The service was relaunched in October 2022 with additional live TV channels from third-party content providers like Warner Bros. Discovery Asia-Pacific, Paramount Global, Rock Entertainment Holdings, and ABS-CBN. In addition, TAP Go has also offers in-house FAST/linear channels through a partnership with Endeavor Streaming, namely: Laff, Crime TV, Comic U, and Game Show Central.[15][16]

The service was discontinued on November 3, 2023 when TAP Go merged its content into BlastTV.

Blast TV edit

Blast TV is a over-the-top (OTT) service in partnership with Converge ICT Solutions Inc. which provided shows and channels with content from NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, MGM Television, and Lionsgate.[8] The service offers TV channels of different genres as well as online Video On Demand and catch up content. [8] The service is also the exclusive home of Studio Universal in the Philippines, which operates both as a linear channel and a VOD content library from NBCUniversal.

The service is available for subscription and is included at no extra cost for Converge FiberX subscribers (including Surf2Sawa and Bida Fiber plans) as well as for Globe At Home broadband subscribers (both Prepaid and Postpaid).

References edit

  1. ^ Carvajal, Dolly Anne (May 25, 2020). "Ovation Productions boss on future of live concert scene, adjusting to the 'new normal'". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ^ Concepcion, Pocholo (November 5, 2020). "New channel, new album and a benefit gig". Daily Tribune.
  3. ^ a b "Premier Football Channel launches 'English Premier League' exclusively in PH this September". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "IMPACT Wrestling Announces New Media Rights Deal with TAP DMV in the Philippines". PRWeb. August 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "New sports, lifestyle channel launched". Manila Standard. March 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Manny Pacquiao licenses TAP DMV as exclusive rights holder for Pacquiao vs Spence in August". Manila Bulletin. July 23, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  7. ^ Terrado, Reuben (August 25, 2021). "How to catch Tokyo Paralympics action via livestream, cable TV". Spin.ph Life.
  8. ^ a b c "Converge & TapDMV Announce the Launch of BlastTV: Collaboration ushers in a new era in streaming experience and entertainment content". Converge ICT. August 9, 2023. Archived from the original on September 11, 2023. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  10. ^ "CATCH THE TODAY SHOW ON TAP TV". PressReader. The Philippine Star. November 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Tap Movies. YouTube. Jeannaline Baoya. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Tap Action Flix. YouTube. Jeannaline Baoya. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "New channels on Cignal starting September 2021". Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "English Premier League games to air on Philippine TV". Rappler. September 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "Stream live TV on the go". Malaya Business Insight. November 30, 2022. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  16. ^ Perry, Joseph (September 16, 2022). "Filipino platform Tap DMV launches expanded service following Endeavor Streaming tie-up". SportBusiness. Retrieved August 1, 2023.