iWant

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iWant
IWant logo.png
Type of site
OTT platform
Available inFilipino, English
Predecessor(s)iWant TV (2010–2018)
Area servedPhilippines
OwnerABS-CBN
Servicesvideo on demand
video streaming
pay per view
Websitewww.iwant.ph
AdvertisingYes
RegistrationSubscription to PLDT, Globe or Smart is needed for premium content.
Users6 million (August 2017)[1]
LaunchedJanuary 2010; 9 years ago (January 2010) (as iWantv)
November 16, 2018; 7 months ago (November 16, 2018) (as iWant)
Current statusActive

IWant (stylized as iWant), formerly known as iWanTV! and iWant TV, is an over-the-top content platform exclusively available in the Philippines that is owned and operated by ABS-CBN. It allows users who registered to the service to watch either a live video streaming or on demand contents of ABS-CBN on any screen and device. IWant users can watch the live video streaming of ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN News Channel, ABS-CBN Regional Channel, DZMM TeleRadyo, My Only Radio, and Pinoy Big Brother, as well as on-demand contents from ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN News Channel, ABS-CBN Regional, ABS-CBN Sports (S+A), Kapamilya Box Office, Pinoy Big Brother, selected local films and TV series, specials, and other exclusive and premium contents including exclusive behind-the-scenes video clips, interviews, documentaries, bloopers, and Pinoy Big Brother 360° videos. The original name iWanTV! is a portmanteau of either the sentence I want TV!, or the Tagalog word iwan (English: to leave behind) and TV, pertaining to the service helping viewers being able to catch up show episodes they had left behind.

Users can access the contents of IWant through either the website interface or through the iWant app available in iOS, Android, Windows and LG Smart TV.[2][3] Although the service is free of charge, exclusive contents are only available to premium users who registered using their ABS-CBNmobile accounts[4][5] The iWant TV app can be access through either the ABS-CBN Mobile 3G and 4G LTE network or through Wi-Fi.

From the launching until the 30th of August, 2015, iWant TV has foreign contents from many pan-regional television channels such as NatGeo, the Food Network, E!, CNN, and Cartoon Network. These particular contents are now diverted into a new service called Sky On Demand which is exclusive to Sky subscribers. On August 31, 2015, iWant TV, together with StarFlix (a new division of Star Cinema) and Wattpad released Must Date the Playboy, starring Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and directed by Mae Cruz Alviar, the first movie to be released exclusively through iWant TV and ABS-CBN Mobile service.[6]

On September 26, 2016, a partnership with PLDT and its subsidiary Smart Communications was announced during a signing ceremony attended by Eugenio Lopez III (Chairman of ABS-CBN), Carlo Katigbak (President and CEO of ABS-CBN), Manny Pangilinan (Chairman of PLDT) and other ABS-CBN, PLDT and Smart executives. The partnership will enable PLDT and Smart customers to access the iWant TV website and mobile apps.[7]

In 2018, iWant TV started streaming Filipino-dubbed Japanese anime programs aired on ABS-CBN, beginning with the hit anime film Your Name.[8]

On November 16, 2018, the service was officially relaunched as iWant, as the latter now emphasizes on adding original content similar to Netflix and iFlix on November 17,[9] starting with Spirits: Reawaken (a reboot version of the original 2004–2005 series), Quezon's Game, and Alamat ng Ano.[10] Glorious and MA will be the first two original movies of IWant.

List of original programs[edit]

Movies[edit]

Title Genre Premiere Length
Glorious Drama, Romance November 17, 2018 1 hour, 47 min.
Ma Horror, Drama November 17, 2018 1 hour, 12 min.
Everybody Loves Baby Wendy[11] Comedy December 5, 2018 1 hour, 17 min.
The Gift[12] Romance January 11, 2019 1 hour, 26 min.
Spark Romance January 11, 2019 1 hour, 58 min.
Allergy in Love[13] Romance, Comedy January 25, 2019 1 hour, 29 min.
Apple of My Eye[14][15] Drama, Romance February 14, 2019 1 hour, 21 min.
Upcoming
MOMOL Nights June 29, 2019 TBA
ATTY[15] Drama 2019 TBA
Commuters[15] Drama 2019 TBA

Series[edit]

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Alamat ng Ano Fantasy, Comedy November 16, 2018 10 episodes TBA Miniseries
Spirits: Reawaken Thriller, Adventure November 17, 2018 1 season, 14 episodes 30-40 min. Running
Laureen on a Budget Reality November 17, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 20 min. Running
UAAP G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Teams)[16] Documentary, Sports December 5, 2018 3 episodes 10 min. Miniseries
Find the Wasabi in Nagoya[17] Reality December 8, 2018 4 episodes 20-25 min. Miniseries
iWant Retrospektib: The Making of Da King Documentary December 14, 2018 6 episodes 15-20 min. Miniseries
The End Anthology December 21, 2018 1 season 30-40 min. Running
HIGH Suspense January 5, 2019 1 season, 6 episodes 30-40 min. Running
HUSH[13] Erotic, Drama, Anthology January 23, 2019 TBA 30-40 min. Running
The Zeke and Sheila's Love Story Romance, Comedy February 15, 2019 TBA 30-40 min. Running
Project Feb 14[15][18] Drama February 16, 2019 TBA TBA Running
Touch Screen Anthology March 6, 2019 TBA TBA Running
Bagman[15] Crime, Drama, Thriller March 20, 2019 12 episodes TBA Finished
Jhon en Martian[15] Sci-fi, Romance, Comedy April 14, 2019 1 season 5 episodes 20-30 min. Running
Mea Culpa: The Hidden Files Crime, Mystery, Thriller May 18, 2019 TBA 20-30 min. Running
Past, Present, Perfect? Romance, Drama May 31, 2019 TBA TBA Running
Upcoming
Little Big Trio[19] Documentary 2019 TBA TBA Miniseries
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3[15] Comedy 2019 7 episodes TBA Miniseries
Goals With Mond[20] Reality TBA TBA TBA TBA
Mga Batang Poz[21] Documentary TBA TBA TBA Miniseries

Live[edit]

Title Genre Premiere Length Status
IKR (I Know Right?!)[22] Talk September 28, 2018 1 hour Ongoing
Pinoy Big Brother: Otso Livestream Reality November 10, 2018 N/A Ongoing
Camp Star Hunt Livestream Reality November 10, 2018 N/A Ongoing
iWant ASAP[23] Musical, Variety December 2, 2018 2 hours Ongoing
UAAP Season 81 Sports February 15, 2019 TBA Ongoing
Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League TBA Ongoing
NCAA TBA Ongoing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABS-CBN's iWant TV widens reach with PLDT, Smart partnership". ABS-CBN. September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "ABS-CBN's iWanTV is now on LG Smart TV!" (Press release). LG Philippines. July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "LG Smart TV expands entertainment options with Netflix, and more". Manila Bulletin. February 1, 2016. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Pe, Roger (January 31, 2013). "Which media will survive?". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  5. ^ Red, Isah (July 18, 2015). "Secret behind success of ABS-CBN programs". Manila Standard Today.
  6. ^ Mendoza, Arvin (September 2, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim star in 'Must Date the Playboy'". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  7. ^ "ABS-CBN partners with PLDT to offer iWant TV". BusinessWorld Online. September 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Japanese Anime feature hit "Kimi No Na Wa" now on iWant TV". ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom. May 3, 2018.
  9. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "ABS-CBN's IWant goes live on mobile, desktop ahead of launch". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN to launch new streaming service iWant". ABS-CBNnews.com. October 4, 2018.
  11. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "Last film of Wenn Deramas to premiere on iWant". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. ^ Dreamscape (2019-01-08). "Love is the best gift you can ever give to someone. Dreamscape Digital and iWant's offering this 2019, "The Gift" streaming this January 11 on iWant starring Nash Aguas @AguasNash01 and Sharlene San Pedro @shar_sanpedro directed by @onatdiaz @iwant #iWantTheGiftpic.twitter.com/17mchyJY4q". @DreamscapePH. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  13. ^ a b News, ABS-CBN. "ABS-CBN's iWant starts 2019 with 11.3 million subscribers". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  14. ^ iWant (2019-02-08). "Meet the cast of the latest iWant Original Movie "Apple Of My Eye" Written and co-produced by Bela Padilla, directed by James Mayo. Streaming this February 14 on iWant! #AppleOfMyEyeMediaCon #AppleOfMyEye #iWantOriginalspic.twitter.com/SIiWHYDytN". @iwant. Retrieved 2019-02-10. line feed character in |title= at position 68 (help)
  15. ^ a b c d e f g PEP.ph (2018-11-17). "Makaagapay kaya ang GMA-7 sa ABS-CBN pagdating sa media streaming…". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  16. ^ "iWant". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  17. ^ iWant, Find the Wasabi tn Nagoya on iWant - Teaser | iWant Original Series, retrieved 2019-02-05
  18. ^ Dreamscape (2019-02-07). "Project Feb 14 will be streaming on iWant beginning February 16pic.twitter.com/XmXWxYwlEW". @DreamscapePH. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  19. ^ iWant, Little Big Trio: The TNT Boys documentary - Official Trailer | iWant Originals, retrieved 2019-02-05
  20. ^ ABS-CBN Entertainment (2018-10-25), It's Showtime Miss Q and A: Raymond Gutierrez guests in Miss Q & A 2019, retrieved 2018-11-26
  21. ^ Corporation, ABS-CBN. "iWant, Dreamscape Digital to produce series based on novel about HIV-positive teens | ABS-CBN Corporate". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  22. ^ "iWant TV launches live and exclusive showbiz program "IKR (I Know Right?!)" - Articles." entertainment.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  23. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "'iWant ASAP' to give fans what they want starting December 2". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2019-02-05.

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