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ABS-CBN TVplus (formerly known as Sky TV+ from 2011 to 2015 and also known as ABS-CBN TVplus Digital TV Receiver since 2021) is a digital TV set-top box brand and it was an encrypted digital terrestrial television service owned by ABS-CBN Corporation.

Sky TV+

2011–2015

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ABS-CBN TVplus was soft launched as Sky TV+ on 2011 and ABS-CBN started a DTT test broadcast on Channel 43 while the company is still waiting for the National Telecommunications Commission's release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Philippines' transition to digital television.

When they finally launched in February 11, 2015, Sky TV+ branding was dropped in favor of ABS-CBN TVplus to avoid any confusion with SkyCable. However, first batch of ABS-CBN TVplus being sold during first 3 months since its full launch were mostly a rebadged units of Sky TV+ digital TV set-top boxes but traces of its former branding can be found on its packaging (being covered by the ABS-CBN TVplus logo sticker), and also on its preinstalled original firmware.

ABS-CBN TVplus

2015–2020 (DTT service); 2021-present (Digital TV receiver only)

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After NTC released the IRR for digital television in December 2014, ABS-CBN finally launched ABS-CBN TVplus on February 11, 2015. The set-top box itself later had a brand new look in 2016. The ABS-CBN TVplus set top box and its services have shut down on June 30, 2020 due to the alias cease-and-desist order (ACDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission.

During the congressional hearing for the renewal of ABS-CBN's broadcast franchise, ABS-CBN Corporation confirmed that they have stopped selling TVplus boxes in February 2020 after the media conglomerate's subsidiary and TVplus' parent, ABS-CBN Convergence failed to secure a separate legislative franchise during that same month.

In September 2021, its unsold inventory of the TVplus units were repackaged as ABS-CBN TVplus Digital TV Receiver, with a new packaging, removing any traces of ABS-CBN free-to-air digital channels and its Premium Channels including the "Ang Mahiwagang Black Box" tagline, and a new price that competes with a similar digital TV set-top boxes. These repackaged units are now advertised as a regular digital TV set-top box that receives any free-to-air digital channels.

Since early 2022, both logos of ABS-CBN TVplus Digital TV Receiver and Sulit TV also appeared on ABS-CBN Entertainment's rescan advisory being aired during Primetime Bida shows on A2Z and TV5. but since May in the same year, ABS-CBN TVplus started to advertise its product on most ABS-CBN programming that promotes not just the two channels but also TeleRadyo on A2Z Digital TV subchannel and PIE.

On January 5, 2022, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) awarded Advanced Media Broadcasting System and Swara Sug Media Corporation a provisional authority to operate for channel 43 and channel 16 frequencies that was formerly used for ABS-CBN TVplus service.

See Also

ABS-CBN TVplus
Advanced Media Broadcasting System (DTT channel 16 frequency/channel space)

Swara Sug Media Corporation (DTT channel 43 frequency/channel space)

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