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Timow’s Turf Opening Salvo for 2020: New Decade, New Uncertainty in PH Traditional Media


[WARNING: This outlook post contains visceral and offensive insights from the author’s perspective. We called a spade a spade and read at your own risk.]

THEY SAY the hindsight is 2020, yet, we are just getting started with the New Year.

While we transition into the new decade (rolling over to the year ending in zero), it must, therefore, sense a new chapter, a new paradigm, a new mindset, a new phase.

In this special opening salvo, we focus on the outlook of the traditional media not just for the head of the decade but for the next 10.

Television

In three years, the National Telecommunications Commissions directs that all TV networks must be fully digital transmitted. In other words, it’s not a “sana all” but a “dapat all” by 2023.

This is the latest deadline set in all of Southeast Asia. Brunei already shut their analog transmission in 2017, Singapore and Malaysia recently shut their analog transmission last year, Indonesia will have their analog system switched off completely by 2022. While Thailand has no clear deadline set, they will be certainly ahead of us.

The truth is: This challenge can be done easier on national television networks than regional ones like CLTV 36.

Hence, this year should mean serious business or they might have to adjust to another 10 years.

March 30: Mother Ignacia’s “Day of Reckoning”

Media professionals and enthusiasts are going to be vigilant leading to this particular date of the year. It may sound like a random calendar date but this is the day when ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise to operate their telecommunications facilities from Congress expires.

Throughout the years, there are constant objections of non-renewal with a litany of both valid and false reasoning made by the die-hard supporters of the current Duterte administration and non-supporter skeptics.

Influential names in business are sprouting to invest to ensure a renewal of this embattled media conglomerate such as Dennis Uy, the Villar family and reportedly, Manny V. Pangilinan (from neighboring TV5) — though his media empire will not be involved. They are trying anything that forces the Lopezes to divest and/or to lose control in the boardroom.

By this time, many are imagining the landscape of our media industry without ABS-CBN for the second time. How will the 8.9 million sets of their TVplus function? Will their broadcast properties — including the Soundstage in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan — be willing to lease or rent to any entity (including their rivals)?

Sure, there will be lessons to be learned before their competitors and all these and more will be tackled on a separate, comprehensive, upcoming post.

 

GMA at 70

This year, the Timog Avenue Network will celebrate its 70th corporate anniversary.

Among the programs offered this year is the return of Sen. Bong Revilla with Agimat ng Agila — the potential replacement for Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko due to Gloria Romero’s compromising health or Dingdong Dantes’ Amazing Earth.

However, Revilla’s return to the small screen happened last September when his movies were pitted against FPJ on ABS-CBN on Sunday afternoons.

This news drew ire of the netizens and rightfully so, especially for fellow Kapuso talent, Janine Gutierrez.

The bottom line is this: It is a reflection of our collective soft, forgiving and forgetful culture (that leads to the combined damaged culture) when it comes to politicians — especially who is an exclusive actor by day job — with a tainted track record of corruption. In other words, the network cares about money over the implied consequences of morality and common sense.

Meanwhile, another series to watch out for in 2020 is the local remake of Voltes V.

In fairness to the terms of digital television testing, they are reportedly stable and clear in moving objects like a bus but it remains unclear for the stationary areas. The supposed encrypted apparatus as a response to TVplus is yet to be released in the market, despite the trademark registration. While the analog signal remains good, not all programs that air there are Full HD compatible.

 

The 5 Network

With Jane Basas steering on the ship, she pledges to return with entertainment programming this year.

While Cignal’s exclusive channels will get an improvement — particularly with the launch of the Buhay Komedya “BuKo” channel (under a partnership with APT Entertainment) this Q1 — their plan on the main free-to-air channel remains vague (i.e. no specific programs or genres).

Such vagueness is nothing new since it tends to be broken because they prioritize sports, due to the influence of her predecessor (Chot Reyes) and her superior (Manny V. Pangilinan). It will happen when the Tokyo Olympics in July when Dentsu, the exclusive rights holder of the Games in the Asian continent, taps this network as our country’s official exclusive carrier.

Yet, this network has not given a hint over digital television tests and they aren’t serious in making some of their running programs in Full HD.

 

Other Networks

CNN Philippines’ brand licensing agreement has extended until 2024. While the flagship American company is on the cross-hairs due to the hostile political climate (especially the formalization of the impeachment trial against U.S. President Donald Trump and the presidential election), our domestic counterpart was mainly due to recognition and acceptance by the general public who are tired of sensationalism rendered by major commercial networks. (Albeit, I shouldn’t forget that there are some people can’t be pleased due to the “impure” programming composition.) In terms of digital broadcasting, this channel’s broadcast can be rendered on Full HD.

While government media entities will not change their pro-incumbency and pro-executive editorial orientation, PTV’s DTV tests are low signal but rendering on 1080i.

In the past year, IBC 13 tried to be relevant again with new programming from SMAC Television Production and enhanced by bagging three PMPC Star Awards after a 12-year drought. Yet — with all due respect — the privatization process becomes a running gag. In their recent developments on that issue, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said that it will happen after the tax clearance and “when their franchise is renewed.” Based on their related legislation, their franchise will expire in 2025 (three years after Duterte will no longer be the tenant of the Palace); from that year on, it would mean the process would go back to square one and it won’t get done. In fairness to the terms of digital tests, they are currently on test broadcast, rendering in standard 480i.

 

Radio

While digital television is lurking on the horizon, the same should have been done for radio (HD Radio); unlike TV, no deadline is set for radio. So far, 10 out of 26 FM radio stations in the Metro Manila market has tested this endeavor.

DZIQ 990: Another Target

The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s radio station DZIQ 990 was officially launched on September 9, 2010. Their teleradyo counterpart is aired on May 9, 2016, as a digital subchannel of BEAM TV.

In recent years, it became a high target due to the perceived news angle against the current presidential administration. In retaliation, the government forced to sell the paper’s owners (the Prietos) in Mile Long property in 2017 and Ramon S. Ang would later buy out the paper. But this was far from over, the BIR slapped a complaint against the paper for tax deficiencies with the previous joint venture with GMA on INQ7.net and a few days earlier from that complaint, Victor C. Agustin, a former contributor of this broadsheet and one of the hosts of Cocktales in then-Aksyon TV, files a syndicated estafa against the Prietos.

The losses accumulate due to the complicated episodes surely affect the future operations within and beyond the print. Hence, we go back to their radio operations where it is shortened to 12 hours a day.

Unlike in Mother Ignacia, their franchise expiration is not much in the buzz on online forums and on social media. The Congressional franchise of Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation, the company behind DZIQ, is set to expire this July 6.

Other Radio Stations

For Manila Broadcasting Company’s group of radio stations, this will be a challenging year for recovery after the dreadful fire in Pasay City last October.

Just a few days ago, Crossover 105.1’s signature smooth jazz format was put to a stop around the airwaves after 25 years but they are still playing on their app. It signaled a full move to Internet radio. (It’s a plot twist.)

While the lessons at 105.1 are learned, neighbor DWLA-FM 105.9 MHz (we’re not using their current branding to avoid further jinxes) has to as the previous decade harnessed four (?) R&Rs (rebrandings and reformats). Perhaps, the resolution we can give to them is to stop their indecisiveness and desperation and realize their mistakes and shortcomings. The eyebrow-raising question is: Will they ever learn at all?

 

Conclusion

We don’t know what’s in store for this year and the rest of the 2020s as the timeless adage goes, “The past is history; the future is a mystery; today is a gift and that is why we call it a present.”

To end this opening post, let Princess Elsa sing the sentiment:


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The State of High-Definition Television in the Philippines and Its Future


[REQUESTED by JC Domondon]

SUPPOSED that you joined a raffle at the Christmas party in your office and you happened to win a flat-screen TV. Immediately or at the right time, you decided to install, adjust the indoor-outdoor antenna and scan any available channels.

Once the setup is done, you realize that the picture you receive was not as clear as what you have glimpsed on a window display in the appliance center. In addition, the picture seems to be stretched or zoomed.

You checked the box and the manual and they were consistently labelled. What went wrong? Isn’t what a high-definition television is supposed to be functioned?

A high-definition television (HDTV) is what said in the tin: it’s a TV set that renders a clear, refined widescreen picture and crisper audio than standard definition (those bulky CRT screens that are still rendered as nakikinabang).

Though it does not guarantee a key toward digital broadcasting as it needs digital encoding facilities, it is somehow a must to ensure the best transition.

There are three common formats of HDTV (all under 16:9 aspect ratio): 720p, 1080i (a.k.a Full HD) and 1080p. The number before the letter is frame resolution — the lines scanned from left to right stacked vertically; the but what’s with the i’s and p’s?

They’re interlaced and progressive scans. What’s the difference?

  • An interlaced scan is a technique for doubling the perceived frame rate of a video display without consuming extra bandwidth. This is the most common technique for TV broadcast.
  • A progressive scan is a format of displaying, storing or transmitting moving images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence. This can only be found whenever you watch a Facebook and YouTube video.

Back to the opening situation of expectation vs. reality, what could be the big problem? Probably, the fault of their distinctive responsibilities and lack of cooperation between manufacturers, broadcasters, and the responsible government agency.

Some TV manufacturers defy the standards set by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). For broadcasters, not all of their equipment and inventory used are genuinely Full HD (hence, stuck in 4:3 SDTV) and not all of their transmitters — originating and relay — are  compatible to cover. In all respects, the regulatory authority were deemed not serious in implementation.

This is lamenting and they should be reminded that it is not a “sana all” but a “dapat all” come 2023 when digital television must be the exclusive means of broadcasting transmission.

Due to serious work ethics, most of the UHF networks’ programs have already converted into Full HD. Major ones, not quite; on the Big 3: one is trying but under threat of losing their franchise, one is inconsistent and one has not yet even started as some of the loyalists observe.

The Future

In the early part of the decade, the window displays in mainstream appliance stores  showed high definition TVs (up to 1080p on a 16:9 aspect ratio). As we are about to close, new brands with 4K UHD and curved TVs begin to sprout in the market.

What’s with the 4K and 8K sets? They are both are classified as ultra high definition (UHD) television. The former picture format is now on the mainstream market with very prohibitive pricing. Meanwhile, the latter is on development and field trials in Japan and South Korea; this experiment will be taken during the Tokyo Olympics come July by Japan’s state broadcaster NHK and Italian public broadcaster RAI.

By 2023, 8K-ready devices will account for 3% of UHDTV and their prototype continues working towards a 24K resolution.

With the fast pace of technology, what should be the response for the government and private authorities here?

Broadcasting organizations like the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and in collaboration with the NTC should set a goal to reach all programming at least in Full HD before the transition completion. In other words, intervention is a must.

If I were to set a goalpost, by the end of the first quarter or the first half of 2020, at least three hours per broadcast week must be in Full HD.

Of course, enforcing these things would mean losing competitors (most regional networks can’t afford it and some national ones) because a lot of money is needed and the NTC would have no choice to extend the deadline until God knows when.

 


 

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State of Emergency Broadcasts, Disaster, and Calamity Reportage


[REQUESTED BY JC Domondon]

 

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On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy submerged Metro Manila. Ten years on, have we really learned anything about it?

 

THIS MONTH — on the 26th, to be exact — will be the 10th anniversary of Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) that submerged Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Ever since this storm passed, we tend to show resiliency but some of us shouldn’t be contented with just that.

Geographically speaking, our archipelago is in the unfortunate double whammy in natural phenomena; we are situated both in the Typhoon Belt and in the Pacific Ring of Fire (where we are at prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). Because of that, it is important to be prepared and listen to relevant authorities before, during and after either disaster strikes.

In this post, we address the current state of three related things in our media sphere.

 

Emergency Broadcasts

As we gear up towards full digital television transition, we already knew which standard and why it is adopted.

We adopted the Japanese-Brazilian ISDB-T International standard back in 2010. This is fitting, according to the National Telecommunications Commission, as this system has a distinctive function of alert broadcast where receivers could notify that there is a storm or an earthquake coming.

However, the materialization is slow and unclear because of the lack of cooperation between the agencies and the networks. Regarding the former, we already have Doppler radar in detecting and tracking storms but we don’t have seismographs that trigger signals to the nearest cell tower and broadcast transmitters. In terms of the latter, well, it’s obvious: commercialization, the area of coverage and unsurprisingly, tribalism.

In the first sub-reason: it’s no wonder ABS-CBN TVplus has just added a new feature: INFOPlus. The new feature contains alerts that ordinary citizens needed (e.g. weather advisory, class suspensions, traffic advisories) “without the need of an Internet connection.”

In the second sub-reason, we already tackled about the incorrigible centralized broadcasting. In the ISDB’s country of origin, Japan, they have some broadcast devolution but early earthquake warnings are projected across the country, they would see which localities are affected and newscasters on standby advise not to panic until the tremor stops.

Imagine if we apply to that over what happened last April 22 at 5:11 p.m. when a 6.1 earthquake struck Luzon, the government television network could have done that excusable regular programming disruption and the stoic newscaster read the script. Commercial broadcasters would superimpose the warnings in the ticker.

The third sub-reason does not need explanation anymore.

Disaster Reportage

This specific chapter is very risky for media professionals but it sure will be memorable to be added in their curriculum vitae.

Anyway, it is usual for newscasts to have live points where the disaster will strike, is currently or about to strike or has just struck.

In all three grammatical tenses, this is good for the fairly predictable phenomenon (e.g. typhoons and floods). This means, PAGASA is on standby. In addition, class suspensions are easily determined and displayed on the screen as effectively as when the newscaster reads the same thing from paper.

This is near — if not — impossible when dealing with the earthquakes since it could emanate in the land, in the seabed or near the volcano. Minutes after the quake, PHIVOLCS will issue the magnitude of the quake, the depth of the quake and the location of the epicenter as Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices observe any damage within their area and determine the intensity.

Calamity Reportage

After the disaster, live reporters usually continue to stay in their position to assess and to report the aftermath from authorities. They relay the declaration of state of calamity issued by the governors and mayors in the affected areas, which mean class and work suspensions would remain displayed until it is stricken off.

 

Conclusion and Digression

However, there will be watchdogs sniffing their move on this topic. For one, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) checks and publishes its journalism review; their conclusions should not be ignored for the room for improvements.

In regard to this topic, isn’t that during times of adversity, public service should not serve to just one network?

 


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Is There a Downtrend of Full Blocktime Agreements with Third-Party Broadcasters?


[Requested by Gian Paolo Dela Cruz]

 

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THE IMBALANCED FIGURE. GMA News TV has resided on VHF Channel 11 in Metro Manila for eight years. By Tuesday, it will be moved to Channel 27.

 

(UPDATED, June 3, 2019)

GMA NEWS TV, for the Metro Manila viewers and its neighboring provinces, will no longer be on Channel 11.

After 14 years (eight, under the current identity), the block time agreement with ZOE Broadcasting Network (the owner of Channel 11) has ended.

Beginning Tuesday (June 4), aside from being the start of classes in public elementary and secondary schools, GMA News TV will move to Channel 27 — a  frequency held by their network’s subsidiary, Citynet Network Marketing and Productions, Inc. for 24 years would be awake from the 18 years of dormancy.

For media enthusiasts and critics, this is “long overdue,” since it was “unfair” and “imbalanced” for a major national network to operate two VHF frequencies. In the perspective of From the Tube, it is perhaps the same sentiment after his publication regarding the holding of that inactive UHF frequency almost four years ago.

However, that is not their primary reason. It had something to do with increasing lease payments for the past three years to ZOE, according to the media entity’s 2018 financial report.

Program-wise, there will be a major cleanup of their offerings after they realize that they aired non-essential programs (such as Wagas), movie blocks and home shopping.

On that day, DZBB will launch new programs for the extension of days and hours of Dobol B sa News TV (from weekday morning to daily morning and noon).

Nonetheless, this case is not new. Well, under the standpoint of viewers (fawning fans or independently thinking).

Almost exactly a year ago almost this date, Solar Entertainment’s 2nd Avenue ended their free-to-air broadcast on RJTV Channel 29. When it expired, RJTV ended its analog broadcast and resume their airing of their own programs according to their own time.

Another deal involving Solar Entertainment is RPN 9. In 2007, the network entity announced the partnership with the local cable operator and by next week, it was christened as C/S 9. In 2011, they became ETC (a specialty feminine channel) but two years later, it switched places with Solar News Channel. The deal of RPN and Solar ended in 2014.

Back to the main question: Is there really a downtrend of full block time deals with third-party broadcasters?

Well, there is.

It is based on business decisions of both parties, which in turn are based on external and internal environments (in addition to the aforementioned finances):

For one, the market segment veers away from the traditional television to video-on-demand services (e.g. Netflix, iFlix and HOOQ). Another one is the sense of urgency from respected authorities. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has set the mandate that the digital television transition across the country must be completed by 2023.

In the current case with GMA, this should have happened and formulated their master plan a long time ago if they did not smug over their ratings and looked on the constant problem of the video output of pan-and-scan 4:3 glory.

Follow-up, though: What would happen to Channel 11 afterward?

Some say it will be rendered obsolete as GMA’s digital television broadcast will have to broadcast on UHF Channel 15 (479.143) — now under testing phase. Other reports say that the frequency will simulcast the first digital TV network, Light TV, but it was deemed one step backward.

We are not sure but we’ll see about it on Tuesday. In the meantime, rescan your devices and the TV sets.


 

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?: Why Didn’t We Use Channels 14-20 and 52-69 for Analog Transmissions?


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Transmitter Row of Antipolo City, captured last May 19 and uploaded to the author’s Instagram

[Requested by Guian Viviano Surbona for the first time]

IF YOU receive on analog antenna in the Mega Manila, everyone is familiar with the sequence received when you turned on the knob (if you still owned an old TV set with knobs): ABS-CBN 2, PTV 4, TV5, GMA 7, RPN (CNN Philippines) 9, GMA News TV 11, IBC 13, ETC 21, S+A (formerly Studio) 23, NET 25, RJTV 29, BEAM 31, Light Network 33, UNTV 37, SMNI 39, AksyonTV 41, 3ABN 45 and INC-TV 48 (formerly 49).

Within the sequence, there are other channels not received but are registered:

If you haven’t realized, Channels 14 to 20 and 52 to 69 are not used. Why is that? Why didn’t other aspiring broadcasters took the opportunity of the gap?

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If you are kilometers away from the optimal reach from the emanated effective radiated power (ERP) on VHF, you’re watching with snowy interference. This is why some UHF frequency relay transmitters are to the rescue.

Okay, the Turf admits that Channels 14 and 20 are still in use, especially to affiliated or relay stations of major networks in faraway places, especially on The 5 Network (TV5).

In brief, two common reasons why other stations don’t use the shortest band of vacated UHF frequency: first, the possible interference between two transmitters and second, the capital and fees required to set up and to run a legitimate TV station over the said frequency.

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The requester mentioned the Far East Network (FEN) that served American servicemen in Clark and Subic on then-Channel 17 and 14, respectively. Here is the sign-off notice of FEN Philippines in the 1980s (during the final years of Marcos presidency or dictatorship) containing the said channel frequencies:

When Mt. Pinatubo erupted and flattened both installations on June 1991, it indirectly triggered the Senate’s rejection of the treaty on the renewal of American bases 27 years ago this month, which they had no choice but to clean up and leave by November the following year.

After they had left, the said channel frequencies were never used again.

When the servicemen come home and possibly relieved of their duties to adapt to their civilian lives, they watched television after their own hard day’s work. In some cities, the channel frequencies from Channel 14-20 can be used in one media market away from another as obviously, the country is very broad. For example, WXIX-TV, a Fox-affiliated station based in Cincinnati, Ohio used Channel 19 since 1968 before becoming a virtual channel when it became fully digital (using UHF channel 29) since 2009.

In the middle 2000s, when flatscreen TVs sprouted and penetrated in the mainstream market, the US government decided to push towards formal transition to digital television.

As part of their sheer, ambitious plan, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered channels of the UHF spectrum from Channel 52 to 69 were required to vacate from low-powered, community stations and reassigned them for cellular purposes. This is where the broader vacated part is also not used.

As the adopted North American band allocation would certainly stay since its inception in 1953, it would likely follow for the Philippines, despite a different standard — the USA is on ATSC, we are on ISDB-T.

Those things need an iron will and a concrete plan, regardless of their political color, from our National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), which currently places the Turf in doubt.

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In the shortest of the unused spectrum gap, Channel 19 is currently a testing ground for CNN Philippines and Channel 16 is currently used as a second channel for ABS-CBN for their trial of currently selected Sky Cable-exclusive channels (awaiting judgment after the rest of the year) for their encrypted TVPlus’ channels.

As the said tests are ongoing, they have 2023 to finalize its lineup.


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The Decline of Actual Children’s Programming


[Requested by Albert Brian Gimao, originally requested by Diego Cordero]

Think of the Children

All right, I know what you can hear from this image. Especially to Tristan Marco San Andres.

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN done last month when classes in schools began but then, others (and this author) wanted other topics but they wanted to give in. However, given the bigger chance of class suspensions during the rainy season, especially during this closing month; well they got their wish.

Evolution of Children’s Programming and Current Challenges

In the early days, one can associate children’s programming with a live studio audience, puppetry, live-action segments (which can be entertaining, educational or both) and Western cartoons that are catered to that specific audience. As preferences evolved over time, they include anime.

Back then, it was aired on the morning and afternoon on weekdays and much more on weekends when kids are not in school.

Considering the bloated number of young students and the slow construction of school facilities that force its classes to schedule in shifts, this should be a normal response for all networks but not much displayed in 2018.

Programming prioritization is also part of the network’s business decision. Remember what happened to ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing in 2016? They were planned to air a basketball anime, Kuroko’s Basketball, but then Game 7 of the NBA Finals called up and they had no choice but to air the latter to satiate the fans who have no cable.

The day after, Magandang Buhay extended by half an hour and aired Kapamilya Blockbusters afterward, effectively shelving and ending the block.

TV5 had AniMEGA but went into a two full calendar year hiatuses in 2014 and 2016; they had dealt with AniPlus but their programming grid is still not a smooth sailing due to sports cravings, which eventually lead to their deal with ESPN last year. Currently, they still have Dreamworks, Marvel and Disney block but in reruns fearing for more in their core passion.

Thus, only GMA survived but From the Tube mulled to end the Astig Authority block. Loyal fans would consider it “blasphemy” but he defended the proposal as it was considered repetitive and perverted as, suggestively, the block of programs cut very important and supporting scenes and at the same time, it pushes more ad loads as the network is not part of — pessimistically and realistically, will never return to — KBP since the network’s defection in 2003.

If one was not happy with the Big 3 or its digital counterparts, then, they should subscribe to cable but then, cable television is not immune to this decline as the first half of this year witnessed the end of Hero and Toonami Southeast Asia.

What’s the motive of the pullout behind these preceding paragraphs? It’s all about their psychological culture of business and its players. The rights licensing and holding period for a season hindered one’s aspiring shows to be aired. In addition, they need to scout dubbers to understand the viewers.

Mobile Migration

Of course, the primary culprit behind the fall would be the preferential platform of entertainment has been shifted to mobile and the rise of streaming services (such as Netflix) aside from pirated sites.

Long Overdue but Toothless

In July 2012, the long overdue implementing rules and regulations of the Children’s Television Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8370) was certified.

However, five months before that, the red-colored rated SPG in MTRCB is introduced to complete the overhaul of the television rating system from October 2011.

The use (or abuse) of that rating, reviewed per episode basis, rendered ineffective to enforce the minimum requirement of 15% of daily total airtime for children’s programming as provided by law, but that’s not the only factor.

In addition to JC Domondon’s in-depth report, it gave us a loophole on how to comply — under digital television transition (due to complete in 2023) — when they have a specialty channel in their encrypted and exclusive digital boxes.

 

Conclusion?

In conclusion, if you ask which networks now maintain children’s programming? You might answer denominationally-backed VHF channels. It’s no wonder Anak TV Awards perenially bestowed NET 25 constantly and bannered them so proudly.

The end…

Except, what if you are still not getting over? What would have happened if the audience-intended block has been revived in 2018? What would be the consequences?

Back to the introduction, students whose classes are finished or got suspended in the afternoon would be frustrated for arbitrary deviation of the start time of the reinstated kid-friendly block due to one-uppance between Vice Ganda of It’s Showtime and Willie Revillame of Wowowin in terms of shenanigans and losing track of time for others.

Who will lose out? The cast and production staff of afternoon teleseryes. What would happen to the major networks with its reinstatement? They’ll lose advertising revenue; they’ll be worse off.

Would PTV set an example as they are supposed to be a public/state broadcaster where they should emulate the law? They are about to put a stepping stone with Sammy and Jimie premiering on August 12 as part of the China TV Theatre package.


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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 2)


WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

If you missed out Part 1, click on the link before continuing to Part 2.

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COMING BACK: ‘Mr. Oh’ is coming to CLTV 36 tomorrow


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“Here Comes Mr. Oh” will be on the small screens once again but this time on a regional-scale broadcaster.

SOMEONE IS COMING tomorrow to CLTV 36.

You may or may not recognize him but Oh Ja-Ryong is coming.

The Koreanovela “Here Comes Mr. Oh” will be back once again, this time to its new home in Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly known as Olongapo-Gapan Road) in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

For those who are familiar with that show, this is the Koreanovela that premiered on People’s Television (PTV) back in 2014 and re-aired in 2015 as part of their digital TV test broadcast.

While their dubbing from the previous network will carry on to its new yet downsized habitat, their former home ceased airing them due to a very inherent and a very parochial management as they usually giving priority to the President’s activities (which is still practiced even today).

By regional standards, CLTV is very stable and old enough – they are 10 years old, dear readers – to cover their first K-Dramedy. However, unlike Channel 4 that aired at 5:30 p.m., their slated timeslot is definitely ungodly at 1:30 p.m. According to a member of the PHTV Group, this is mainly because of packed primetime of news and features throughout the dedicated region.

Perhaps, the new programming deal proves to the quintessence of the country’s regional broadcasters that it still functions as a spherical laboratory of broadcasting — a place where tinkering and experimenting continue as they are competing with and giving the major national ones some hints.

“Here Comes Mr. Oh” airs Monday to Friday on CLTV 36, available nationwide on Cignal in channel 115.


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Light Network leaves analog TV for good


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DTV UNDERDOG. Who would’ve known that Light Network (channel 33) is an unexpected network to pull the digital lever tonight?

FEBRUARY is not the only thing that will be over tonight, as one network will pull the plug on analog transmission for good.

No, it’s not from the VHF but from a sectarian UHF entity.

No, it’s not from Iglesia ni Cristo — with their two channels (NET 25 and INC TV 49) — that initially test digital television broadcasts in the late 2000s that are still under test broadcasts.

It’s actually Light Network, owned by Jesus is Lord Church founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva, that will be the first to bid farewell to analog reception on Channel 33.

This move occurred in the midst of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Digital TV Summit held two weeks ago in Novotel Manila, Quezon City.

Led by Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the nationwide DTV transition will be completed in 2023 — extending the deadline by three years — with at least 95% of households (about 18 million) with DTV access. During the summit, the adoption of ISDB-T standard is reaffirmed.

Thie digital switch-off will not affect the joint venture with GMA Network, Inc. on GMA News TV Channel 11, who turned six years old today, as the colossal network from Kamuning will begin rolling their DTV testing by 4th quarter this year with an allocation of P 416 million.

Unknown to the boardroom in Strata 2000, the digital channel under the same frequency can be split into eight or 12 subchannels with two slots reserved for the main fixture channel and 1seg version for mobile devices. The Turf believed the potentials with the remaining slots; first, for reviving UniversiTV — though it wouldn’t be materialized — and second, setting up their Christian music video channel.

Despite this, it’s a boon for Villanueva to comply diligently and silently but a bane for the long-time business partner, Atty. Felipe Gozon, whose venture consistently swallowed their excessive pride.

For Bro. Mike Velarde, his rival on Channel 11 back in the 90s, never mind.


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Will 2020 be the new 1972 for ABS-CBN?


WARNING: This article will harass some people who will be slain and burned by the author. He is assured that he neither associates himself with the network nor he favors it. Reader discretion is so definitely advised.

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center was raided by the military in 1972 upon of the effect of Martial Law. Come 2020, will they repeat the same method in a different scenario?

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center was raided by the military in 1972 upon of the effect of Martial Law. Come 2020, will they repeat the same method in a different scenario?

44 YEARS AGO todayABS-CBN 2 was shut down without notice; viewers at that time became perplexed until that evening when President Ferdinand Marcos appeared and explained to his people; he declared Martial Law throughout the entire country ensuring safety from the preceding chronicles of rebellion and unrest.

However, such “quelling” was actually a forceful military takeover of their assets. Of course, it returned back to their pre-martial law owners in 1986 and nine years later, the franchise was granted by 9th Congress and ratified through Republic Act 7966 on March 30, 1995.

Everything is as good as it should be. However, the granted franchise has a provision that will last for 25 years or until March 30, 2020 — less than four years from now.

With that remaining time, extremely critical yet ignorant and irrational netizens are wishing Mother Ignacia bad karma without knowing the real process.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will get to the bottom of this to determine the fatal path within Mother Ignacia.

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