ABS-CBN becomes the first free-to-air channel to broadcast in HD as it launches ABS-CBN HD, a channel where viewers can watch their favorite Kapamilya shows in high definition, which comes exclusively with SKY Cable HD Digibox for Sky Cable and Destiny subscribers.
“Kapamilya viewers will feel the emotions and tension that their favorite characters are experiencing in the stories we tell through our shows, as every little detail is more pronounced in HD. We target to progressively launch all our programs on ABS-CBN in HD by 2016,” said ABS-CBN Broadcast and Free TV head Cory Vidanes said.
Kapamilya viewers in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan can finally watch their ABS-CBN programs in high definition format (HD) on Channel 167, while solid Kapamilya fans in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Baguio will enjoy a better viewing experience of ABS-CBN TV shows on Channel 700.
“On its 25th anniversary, Sky is honored to exclusively bring to our subscribers’ homes ABS-CBN HD, providing a superior viewing experience of their most loved teleseryes and programs,” said Ray Montinola, Chief Operating Officer of SkyCable.
“This is part of the digitalization of ABS-CBN. This will allow ABS-CBN to serve viewers on any viewing platform. We would like to bring our content within reach of the Filipinos, wherever in the world they may be, whether they are watching it on television or on mobile devices. This milestone further cements our commitment to excellence to bring not only quality content to our viewers but also a richer and enhanced viewing experience that they truly deserve,” said ABS-CBN’s chief technology officer Mark Lopez.
Kapamilya shows that are already airing in HD are “It’s Showtime!,” “Ningning,” “Doble Kara,” “All of Me,” “Nasaan ka Nang Kailangan Kita,” “Pasion De Amor,” “On The Wings of Love,” “ASAP20,” “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Wansapanataym,” “Pangako Sa’Yo,” “Mukha,” and the widely-successful “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” Soon to broadcast in HD are “Tonight with Boy Abunda,” “Gandang Gabi Vice.”
The broadcast of the first free-to-air channel to air 24/7 on HD started last October 3 during the “Kapamilya Thank You!” tour of “It’s Showtime!” and “ASAP20” in Binan, Laguna.