David Butorac and Edgardo Garcia
OSN, ABS-CBN team up to offer Filipino TV
Dubai, April 25, 2013
OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Mena region, has partnered with ABS-CBN, the largest Filipino TV network in the world, to bring the Filipino channel’s entertainment to viewers in the region from May 1.
OSN will offer 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; 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: “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 broadcasted several award-winning television shows in the Philippines and beyond, and are extremely popular among the three million-strong Filipinos in the Mena region, a statement said.
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.
ABS-CBN Middle East managing director Edgardo Garcia said: “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."
“We appreciate OSN’s recognition of ABS-CBN’s leadership in Filipino programming and its strong affinity with various Filipino communities in the region," he added.
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.
Bro 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 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, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service