ABS-CBN TV Plus
|Product type||DTT Set-top box|
|Produced by||Atlanta DTH, Inc.|
|Introduced||2011 (free trial)|
February 11, 2015 (commercial release)
|Tagline||"Ang Mahiwagang Blackbox" (The Magical Blackbox)|
ABS-CBN TV Plus (formerly Sky TV+) is a Philippine encrypted digital terrestrial television provider owned and operated by ABS-CBN Convergence, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN. The service distributes digital set-top boxes, as well as freemium and free-to-view digital TV channels, Broadcast Markup Language, Emergency Warning Broadcast system, and pay per view services to select areas in the Philippines. In order to avail the service, users must buy an ABS-CBN TVplus set-top box and activate it through ABS-CBNmobile SIM (until around the 2nd quarter of 2018 when activation requirement of channels through other mobile networks became available). As of February 2019, ABS-CBN TVplus has sold over 7 million units of its set-top boxes.
ABS-CBN Corporation initially applied for a license from the National Telecommunications Commission to operate a digital terrestrial television service in the country back in 2007. ABS-CBN planned to utilize multiplex to offer ABS-CBN, the former Studio 23 (now S+A), and 5 additional specialty TV channels. The conglomerate is expecting to spend around ₱1 billion annually for the next 5 years for their DTT transition. ABS-CBN utilized UHF channel 51 Manila (695.143 MHz), later UHF Channel 43 (647.143 MHz), for test broadcasts in the DVB-T format. ABS-CBN was expected to begin digital test broadcasts In January 2009.
In 2010, the NTC announced that it would formally adopt the Japanese standard ISDB-T for digital broadcasting and issued a circular for ordering the entire country's television networks to switch-off their analog services on December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8). But due to a delay by the release of the implementing rules and regulations for digital television broadcast, the target date was moved to 2023.
In April 2011, ABS-CBN announced further details about its DTT plans, which will offer ABS-CBN and Studio 23 (now S+A). Five new channels will be exclusively available to its digital users which will be offered once the digital broadcast starts. The specialty TV channel line-up includes one news channel, two youth-oriented channels, an educational channel, and a movie channel. ABS-CBN is also planning to utilize the 1seg (one segment) broadcast standard for handheld devices.
The set-top box, then known as TV+, was previewed on ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda on March 22, 2012 where they offered free samples to their studio audiences. Since then, until its official launch, TV+ was distributed as a prize for the quiz segment of DZMM's "Failon Ngayon sa DZMM" and the "Ang Mahiwagang Blackbox" (The Magical Blackbox).
On December 18, 2014, the National Telecommunications Commission issued the implementing rules and regulations for digital terrestrial television broadcast in the country. ABS-CBN Corporation officially launched ABS-CBN TVplus on February 11, 2015 through a ceremonial switch-on at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.
In July 2015, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) signed a memorandum of agreement with ABS-CBN for the inclusion of the Emergency Warning Broadcast system (EWBS) in ABS-CBN TVplus. The feature was activated during the Metro Manila Wide Shake Drill held on July 30 through an over-the-air update.
In March 2016, a redesigned version of the set-top box was released, with a new processor and support for HDMI and HDTV resolutions; the latter feature was later removed when the price of TV Plus was reduced in Q4 2016.
In May 2016, TV Plus was awarded two bronze Stevies for Best in New Product Innovation and Best in Branded Development in the 2016 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards.
Recently, TV Plus updated the ABS-CBN main channel, putting their Regional Network feed in provinces that has their audience.
Starting July 30, 2018 to August 31, 2019, ABS-CBN TVplus will conduct free trial of a new set of freemium channels using UHF Channel 16 (485.143 MHz). It includes cable channels from sister company Creative Programs: O Shopping (also aired as overnight programming for ABS-CBN), Jeepney TV and Myx (which had tested a complimentary channel Myx2 before the service launched in 2015). Also, new exclusive channels Asianovela Channel and Movie Central are also included in the lineup. Initially, the five new channels will be beamed from Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, with plans to extend its coverage to existing ABS-CBN DTV stations.
On June 1, 2019, ABS-CBN launched its new digital TV dongle called ABS-CBN TV Plus Go for Android smartphones. It is initially available in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Benguet, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Iloilo, Bacolod, Metro Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
- ABS-CBN TV Plus – its original and flagship product, also called Ang Mahiwagang Black Box, an encrypted digital television converter box that can be used on both house and vehicle use.
- ABS-CBN TV Plus Internet – a variation of ABS-CBN TV Plus, which includes an internet dongle stick that connects the TV to the internet via prepaid plans of its selected provider ABS-CBNmobile. It was only available on selected areas and was discontinued after the closure of ABS-CBNmobile in 2018.
- ABS-CBN TV Plus Go – an encrypted dongle stick that allows an Android smartphones to receive the same digital channels as with ABS-CBN TV Plus.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming||Note|
|1.03||CINEMO!||Cine Mo!||Encrypted |
Test Broadcast 2
|1.05||DZMM Teleradyo||DZMM TeleRadyo|
|1.06||KBO||Kapamilya Box Office||Pay per view (available only on ABS-CBN TV Plus, not available on ABS-CBN TV Plus Go)|
UHF Channel 16 (485.143 MHz) 1
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming||Note|
||Knowledge Channel||Knowledge Channel||Commercial Broadcast|
|2.02||1080i||O SHOPPING||O Shopping|
|2.03||ASIANOVELA CHANNEL||Asianovela Channel||Encrypted (on free trial until August 31, 2019) |
Test Broadcast 2
|2.04||MOVIE CENTRAL||Movie Central|
|2.05||JEEPNEY TV||Jeepney TV|
|2.31||240i||4:3||ASIANOVELA CHANNEL ONESEG||Asianovela Channel||1seg|
1 For Metro Manila only, channel frequency varies on regional stations.
2 These channels are encrypted and scrambled with an encryption system, because of that, thus requiring SMS activation to unscramble those channels. In addition, all non-encrypted digital terrestrial TV channels broadcast within the area of the household will also be carried.
Channel and Frequency
Channel 1 of the ABS-CBN TV Plus broadcasts the following channels per their respective broadcast areas:
|Branding||Callsign||Ch. #||Frequency||Area of Coverage|
|ABS-CBN Manila||DWWX-TV||43 (Digital Commercial Broadcast)||647.143 MHz||Mega Manila|
|16 (Digital Test Broadcast)||485.143 MHz|
|ABS-CBN Baguio||DZRR-TV||33 (Digital Test Broadcast)||587.143 MHz||Metro Baguio|
|ABS-CBN Pampanga||DWIN-TV||24 (Digital Test Broadcast)||533.143 MHz||San Fernando, Pampanga|
|ABS-CBN Tarlac||DWTC-TV||35 (Digital Test Broadcast)||599.143 MHz||Tarlac|
|ABS-CBN Batangas||DZAD-TV||40 (Digital Test Broadcast)||629.143 MHz||Batangas|
|ABS-CBN San Pablo||DWLY-TV||48 (Digital Test Broadcast)||677.143 MHz||San Pablo, Laguna|
|ABS-CBN Iloilo||DYAF-TV||37 (Digital Test Broadcast)||611.143 MHz||Metro Iloilo|
|ABS-CBN Bacolod||DYXL-TV||23 (Digital Test Broadcast)||527.143 MHz||Metro Bacolod|
|ABS-CBN Cebu||DYCB-TV||37 (Digital Test Broadcast)||611.143 MHz||Metro Cebu|
|36 (Digital Test Broadcast)||605.143 MHz|
|ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro||DXEC-TV||40 (Digital Test Broadcast)||629.143 MHz||Metro Cagayan de Oro|
|22 (Digital Test Broadcast)||521.143 MHz|
|ABS-CBN Davao||DXAS-TV||22 (Digital Test Broadcast)||521.143 MHz||Metro Davao|
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