OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has partnered with ABS-CBN, the largest Filipino TV network in the world, to bring viewers in the region the very best Filipino TV entertainment from May 1, 2013.
OSN will offer its Filipino viewers four new ABS-CBN channels featuring premium content across a variety of genres so there’s something for everyone. Channels include TFC (The Filipino Channel), the network’s flagship entertainment channel and the No. 1 Filipino TV channel in the world; Bro, a dedicated sports and entertainment channel; Cinema One Global, featuring the biggest and latest movies from top studios; and ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), a 24-hour news channel broadcasting talk shows and documentaries from the Philippines and the world.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN said: “Our partnership with ABS-CBN, the largest provider of entertainment to Filipinos globally, is a clear demonstration of our network’s strength in reaching out to the widest cross-section of the region’s Filipino community. Both OSN and ABS-CBN focus on quality content and the addition of four new world-class channels complements our existing Filipino channel line-up further strengthening OSN’s choice and variety proposition for the segment.”
The four channels have an enviable reputation of broadcasting several award-winning television shows in the Philippines and beyond, and are extremely popular among the 3 million-strong Filipinos in the MENA region. The addition of these channels will significantly boost the choice of premium Filipino entertainment on OSN, which already offers a bouquet of over 40 channels through its Pinoy packages. The four ABS-CBN TV channels come at no extra cost to existing OSN subscribers.
“We are delighted to offer through OSN our four channels to cater to the diverse viewing preferences of Filipinos in the Middle East. With this partnership with OSN, the leading mainstream pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, ABS-CBN through TFC fortifies its already strong presence in the region built over the past 15 years through its own direct-to-home platform and its carriage partnerships with the major cable operators,” said ABS-CBN Middle East Managing Director Edgardo Garcia.
“We appreciate OSN’s recognition of ABS-CBN’s leadership in Filipino programming and its strong affinity with various Filipino communities in the region. Such confidence only encourages us to strive even harder to meet and satisfy our viewers’ passion for high quality content for which ABS-CBN is known for."
TFC, ABS-CBN’s flagship entertainment channel is packed with drama, comedy and more. Reality show enthusiasts can cheer their compatriots on the top-rated Pilipinas Got Talent, The Voice, and Minute to Win It, while series fans can revel in their choice of the most-watched shows including Maalaala mo Kaya, Be Careful with My Heart and Apoy Sa Dagat.
Viewers can also enjoy TV Patrol, the network’s flagship news programme and the No 1 prime time news cast in the Philippines; Umagang Kay Ganda, the No 1 early morning news-variety-talk show in the Philippines; Kris TV, a lifestyle show hosted by Kris Aquino - the Philippine President’s sister; comedian Vice Ganda’s rip-roaring variety game show It’s Showtime; the longest running musical show ASAP; plus many more.
Only on Bro, the dedicated sports and entertainment channel, viewers can enjoy Trip Na Trip, the part-travel, part-reality show; UAAP, the premier collegiate basketball tournament; and PreLikula, a showcase of popular action themed Filipino movies, among other popular choices.
Cinema One Global has the largest roster of blockbuster Filipino movies from the Top 3 production companies – Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment, and Viva Films – all exclusive to the channel. These films are telecast within six months of its theatrical release.
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