Light Network leaves analog TV for good


DTV UNDERDOG. Who would’ve known that Light Network (channel 33) is an unexpected network to pull the digital lever tonight?

FEBRUARY is not the only thing that will be over tonight, as one network will pull the plug on analog transmission for good.

No, it’s not from the VHF but from a sectarian UHF entity.

No, it’s not from Iglesia ni Cristo — with their two channels (NET 25 and INC TV 49) — that initially test digital television broadcasts in the late 2000s that are still under test broadcasts.

It’s actually Light Network, owned by Jesus is Lord Church founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva, that will be the first to bid farewell to analog reception on Channel 33.

This move occurred in the midst of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Digital TV Summit held two weeks ago in Novotel Manila, Quezon City.

Led by Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the nationwide DTV transition will be completed in 2023 — extending the deadline by three years — with at least 95% of households (about 18 million) with DTV access. During the summit, the adoption of ISDB-T standard is reaffirmed.

Thie digital switch-off will not affect the joint venture with GMA Network, Inc. on GMA News TV Channel 11, who turned six years old today, as the colossal network from Kamuning will begin rolling their DTV testing by 4th quarter this year with an allocation of P 416 million.

Unknown to the boardroom in Strata 2000, the digital channel under the same frequency can be split into eight or 12 subchannels with two slots reserved for the main fixture channel and 1seg version for mobile devices. The Turf believed the potentials with the remaining slots; first, for reviving UniversiTV — though it wouldn’t be materialized — and second, setting up their Christian music video channel.

Despite this, it’s a boon for Villanueva to comply diligently and silently but a bane for the long-time business partner, Atty. Felipe Gozon, whose venture consistently swallowed their excessive pride.

For Bro. Mike Velarde, his rival on Channel 11 back in the 90s, never mind.

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Christmas sa ‘Pinas: The 2016-17 Holiday TV Primer

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.


As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.

This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.

Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.


Philippine television through the 2nd Aquino years (2010-16)

PNoy and Digong

IN AND OUT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right) is the apparent successor of the outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) after winning the May 9 election with less than 40% of the votes.

THE FILIPINO has decided; Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the apparent winner of this election and will become the 16th President of the Philippines come June 30.

Before we move on to the next chapter of Philippine history, we will look how our channels on free-to-air television progressed so far throughout the six years of the outgoing administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (more…)

The free-to-air Philippine TV guide for Holy Week 2016

Behold the wood of the wondrous cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

Behold the wood of the wondrous Cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

HOLY WEEK will come early this year but it will not be the earliest in the range in the Gregorian calendar. The earliest falls from March 15-21 (happened in 1818, to happen in 2285) and the latest falls from April 18-24 (happened in 1943, to happen in 2038). This year, the most sacred week for Filipino Christians will start on March 20 (Palm Sunday) until 26 (Black Saturday).

Timow’s Turf comes back temporarily from educating the electorate in order to look out on the guide to Holy Week on free-to-air Philippine television. This scope will last until Easter Sunday, March 27.


#PHTVzg2015: Other Networks

Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the rollercoaster moments of significant UHF networks (not counting ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Aksyon TV).

NET25 and INC-TV 49

#IAMONEinCoverUps (July 22 to present). As the centennial of Iglesia ni Cristo draws to a close, Angel Manalo, the younger brother of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, exposed the scandals of the Church Administration on his and his mother’s (Cristina “Tenny” Manalo) excommunication by a YouTube video. This scandal surfaced over the cables and the domino effect of the INC drama — which is obviously real and not found on an ordinary teleserye — just began with expelling and arresting ministers (such as Isaias Samson, Jr. and Lowell Menorca) and their show-of-force rally in EDSA and the Department of Justice last August. During the Iglesia crisis, their networks NET 25 and INC-TV 49 began using the hashtags #IAMONEWITH25 and #IAMONEWITHEVM, respectively in order to downplay Bro. Angel Manalo and expelled ministers’ opposing voices as well as to glorify the Executive Minister and to deliver their news that favors the Church Administration. Hence, the bias is excessively obvious to spot.

UNTV Life (Channel 37)

On August 26, UNTV became UNTV Life with a fresh identity but programming mix remains the same.

On December 3, during the Awards Night of the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television in KIA Theater, UNTV bagged three awards in two shows: The KNC Show for Best Children’s Show and Host and ASOP (A Song of Praise) Music Festival (hosted by Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda) for Best Talent Search Program.

The cousinhood founders (Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon) of this channel were also involved in two political standoffs through social media. First, when President Aquino was endangered after his involvement with the Mamasapano clash last January and the pressurizing act to resign. Second was when former Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was threatened by the Iglesia ni Cristo following the decision to investigate the expelled ministers.

Outlook for 2016

As 2016 is an election year, it will not be surprising for NET 25’s religious owners to induce its membership to vote their particular candidates (bloc voting) as part of their “doctrine of unity” despite objections of some of its flock due to an individual’s questionable issues of corruption. The Turf will not be surprised to set up RED ALERT status over the network’s biased coverage.

The same shall apply for SMNI 39 of Apollo Quiboloy. His mandate to the “Kingdom Nation” will emulate similar to Iglesia ni Cristo. The Turf will also issue a RED ALERT.

Following such involvement, the UNTV Life’s indirect influential religious group, the Members Church of God International, will not bother their members or niche audience on choosing their leaders and representatives. However, the Turf issues the YELLOW ALERT (which is a caution alert and not a political one) for any significant acts on any political participation. By the New Year, Channel 37 will complete and open their new network center in EDSA.


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The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: UHF Networks

[READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! To my readers of this final installment of TV Zeitgeist 2014, I apologize in advance of those who are offended by the content but the motto of this WordPress site – “let it be printed in wisdom and truth” – will continue to uphold. Thank you.]

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 3 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on the selected and noticeable UHF networks (except ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Aksyon TV).


MTRCB TV Ratings Revisited

Three years ago this month, the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) revised the TV ratings and mandated the standards to all free TV networks.

Three years ago this month, the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) revised the TV ratings and mandated the standards to all free TV networks.

THREE YEARS AGO, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, under then Chairperson (now Senator) Grace Poe-Llamanzares, made a universal move in implementing a proper classification in Philippine television.
How did this implementation moved so far? Let’s find out.