ABS-CBN Global Launches TFCko in Canada; Top-Rated Filipino Programming Now Available on Demand Through IPTV

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 30 /CNW/ -- The over 300,000 Filipino
Canadians and immigrants are now able to get a taste of home, thanks to TFCko.
ABS-CBN Global, the North American-based subsidiary of ABS-CBN Broadcasting,
today announced the launch of TFCko, a service platform using Internet
Protocol Television (IPTV) to deliver high-quality streaming of the best shows
from ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel 24-7 to Filipino homes in Canada.
    "TFCko provides subscribers with more choices of Pinoy programs than
satellite and cable service," said Rick Crisostomo, Country Manager of The
Filipino Channel (TFC), Canada ULC. "With TFCko, IPTV only requires an easy-
to-install set top box that connects to your TV and Internet modem. In
addition, IPTV offers the Video-On-Demand feature giving subscribers the
flexibility and convenience to customize their TV programming - sa TFCko, ikaw
ang masusunod!"
    Available now, subscribers can access over 10,000 hours of Pinoy TV
programming that includes the Kapamilya bundle (teleseryes, sitcoms, news),
TFC Channel (featuring hit shows such as Game Ka Na Ba?, Wowowee, TV Patrol),
ANC (ABS-CBN news channel), Cinema 1 (Star Cinema and other production
movies), and two radio stations, DZMM - Radyo Patrol 630 and WRR, music radio

    Plug & Play, Customizable and Affordable Entertainment
    With the TFCko package, subscribers receive an easy-to-install set top
box which connects to a TV set and Internet modem. The minimum required
Internet connection speed is 1 Mbps (DSL or cable modem).
    Crisostomo added, "There is no satellite dish installation, which means
no weather interruptions or additional permits for installation - which is
good news for our kababayans who live in condos and apartment buildings."
    The monthly subscription fee is affordable, similar to what satellite and
cable subscribers charge currently. With TFCko, the added value for
subscribers is the availability to watch programs when they want. With the
Video-On-Demand feature, subscribers have a VCR/DVD capability, where they can
rewind, fast-forward, stop and pause live TV. Because of IPTV technology,
there are no interruptions to their television viewing, no missing of their
favorite shows and episodes of their favorite Pinoy programs.

    Pricing and Availability
    TFCko is available now and ready to ship throughout Canada. The TFCko box
is retailed at $146.00 CAD plus applicable taxes and shipping & handling. The
monthly subscription fee is $30.00 CAD. TFCko is available through TFC Canada
ULC l authorized national dealers:

     Pinoy Programs, Inc.                                   (416) 887-1972
     WE Entertainment Ltd.                                  (888) 777-3651
     Netbreed Entertainment, Inc.                           (888) 980-8380

    For more detailed information about features, policies and pricing,
please call one of the authorized national dealers or ABS-CBN Global at 1-800-
FIL-CHNL/1-800-345-2465 or www.tfcko.com.

    About ABS-CBN Global
    ABS-CBN Global was created 15 years ago to be of service to all
Filipinos. With the launch of The Filipino Channel, the company became the
first and most successful Filipino broadcaster in the U.S. The company offers
telecommunication, retail, money remittance and cargo services, online audio
and video streaming along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the
communities they now call home.  Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN Global
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest
entertainment and broadcasting company. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Mary Placido of GolinHarris, +1-415-274-7902,
or  mplacido@golinharris.com, for ABS-CBN Global Web Site:

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