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ABS-CBN expands distribution in Middle East with OSN carriage

Posted On 2013 Apr 30
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Largest Filipino media network’s popular channels – TFC, Bro, Cinema One Global & ANC – available on OSN starting May 1

Left, ABS-CBN Managing Director Edgardo "Egay" Garcia. Right, OSN  CEO David Butorac. (TFC/OSN photos)

Left, ABS-CBN Managing Director Edgardo “Egay” Garcia. Right, OSN CEO David Butorac. (TFC/OSN photos)

REDWOOD CITY, CA, April 24, 2013 – ABS-CBN Corporation, a publicly listed Philippine firm and the country’s largest Filipino multimedia network, announced today that its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Middle East, has partnered with OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, to bring viewers in the region the world’s best Filipino news and entertainment content.

Beginning May 1, OSN subscribers on direct-to-home and cable platforms in the Middle East can enjoy four new Filipino channels from ABS-CBN featuring premium content across a variety of genres. Channels include TFC (The Filipino Channel) which has the widest reach among Filipino viewers in the world;Bro, a dedicated sports and entertainment channel; Cinema One Global, a channel featuring box-office hits, classic movies and teleserye marathons; andANC, a 24-hour news channel broadcasting breaking news and information, talk shows, and documentaries from the Philippines and around 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.”

“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, ABS-CBN through TFC fortifies its already strong presence in the region built over in almost two decades 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.

Garcia added: “We appreciate OSN’s recognition of ABS-CBN’s leadership in Filipino programming and its strong affinity with the 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.”

It has been ABS-CBN’s mission to be in the service of the Filipino worldwide and this partnership with OSN is the latest effort to expand its reach.

In 1994, ABS-CBN Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global, launched The Filipino Channel (TFC) in the US, and subsequently established offices in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and Japan.

Today, ABS-CBN reaches Filipino communities in 191 countries across the globe, providing meaningful and up-to-date information and strong emotional companionship through news and entertainment programs over multiple channels – TFC, ANC, BRO, Cinema One Global and Lifestyle Network Global, and on multimedia platforms – satellite, cable, internet protocol television, web and mobile. Its expanded portfolio of products and services, including cargo and remittance, serves more than a third of the nine million Filipinos who work or reside abroad.

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