The television scene at the Philippines has witnessed a drastic change over the years. Started in 1953 television underwent a sea change with many channels coming only to be taken down; after some time the same channels were brought back to life. Through the Pinoy Tambayan, the citizens of Philippines can catch up to all the latest Filipino shows. There are several websites that stream Pinoy TV for absolutely no cost. Philippine households have a great taste for TV shows. Since changing lifestyles and work issues, many of them cannot keep up with their favorite TV shows, the emergence of the Pinoy Tambayan came as a boon to all the people who were missing out on their favorite shows. The Pinoy TV allowed the Filipinos to replay shows from some of the famous networks like GMA 7 and TV 5.
These websites feature shows from all kinds of genres like game shows, drama etc, and all high-quality content.
History of Philippine television:
The first official telecast was done in October 1953. Even before the official date, academic experiments were being performed by Jose O. Nicholas, an engineering student of the University of Santo Tomas in the year 1950.
The first TV station was established by James Lindenberg considered to be the “father of Philippine television”. James recognized the potential of TV in the country, began assembling parts, and setting up transmitters. He later established Bolinao Electronics Corporation or BEC in June 1946. In 1949, James requested the congress to establish the first TV station and his request was granted. The process was quite easy at that time and he got the green signal to go ahead after one year. However, due to the scarcity of parts and import restrictions Lindenberg diverged to Radio broadcasting instead. The Central Bank was convinced that the money would be better spent on other things.
Lindenberg’s efforts were not in vain when Judge Antonio Quirino entered the scene. He was the brother of the incumbent president that time. Antonio had been appealing to the congress for some time but to no avail. He had no option but to buy stocks from BEC; Antonio owned 70% of the stock and indirectly owned the franchise. He later changed the name of the company to ABS or Alto Broadcasting System. Establishing the station was not a smooth process, but with the help of Marvin Gray a friend, who was a family friend of the president of RCA (Radio Corporation of America) the feat was finally achieved.
The first show was finally telecasted in the October of 1953. A lot went to bring about, the installation process was continually delayed, Antonio deduced that it was an obvious tactic so that his president brother could not use it in his election campaign. After installing the TV station, the TV sets had to be imported and around 120 sets were imported and were distributed throughout the country to reach as many people as possible. People had to be trained and four people were technically trained by the RCA.
The first broadcast was a success and the rest is history. Philippine’s television had a rough beginning though with tiny budgets, and weak signals there was hardly any room for improvement. However, the Television remained resilient and survived the ages.
In 1969, the Filipinos witnessed the historic moon landing of Apollo 11, the first telecast through a Satellite. It was also in the same year that the Radio Philippines Network branched into the Television channel 9. This channel ran the longest and one of the most popular sitcoms of all time “John En Marsha”. The 1960s were a great time for soaps and TV shows.
The martial law was a difficult period, as all media outlets were taken over by the government to eradicate any sort of “communist propaganda”. The TV was freed again and the citizens witnessed the Miss Universe Pageant in 1974, Muhammad Ali – Frazier heavyweight championship in 1975 and what not. That was the turning point of Philippine television and constantly kept improving over the years.