MANILA, Philippines - Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. on Monday said its subsidiary ABS-CBN Middle East has partnered with OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa.
Starting May 1, OSN subscribers on direct-to-home and cable platforms in the Middle East can now watch four ABS-CBN channels -- The Filipino Channel; Bro, a dedicated sports and entertainment channel; Cinema One Global, a channel featuring box-office hits, classic movies and teleserye marathons; and ANC, a 24-hour news channel.
"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," David Butorac, CEO of OSN said in a statement.
ABS-CBN Middle East Managing Director Edgardo Garcia said the four channels will cater to 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," he said.
"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," Garcia added.
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.
At present, 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.