ABS-CBN and GMA, two of the Philippines’ leading TV networks, have announced another collaboration that would see popular Kapuso shows streamed on ABS-CBN’s iWantTFC platform. This follows the successful collaboration between the networks on the hit series “Unbreak My Heart.” GMA’s “Maria Clara at Ibarra” will be one of the Kapuso series that will be made available on iWantTFC from May 1.
Other shows include “The World Between Us,” “Abot Kamay na Pangarap,” “Apoy sa Langit,” and “First Yaya.” The Kapuso series will reportedly be available in select countries in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and South Pacific islands.
GMA’s SVP for Finance and ICT Ronaldo Mastrili said that this collaboration is a validation of their commitment to making their world-class content available to a wider audience. He also expressed his belief that the Filipino viewers, their “boss,” would greatly benefit from this. ABS-CBN International managing director Jun Del Rosario said that adding a roster of GMA shows to their platform is a step towards providing “easy access to content” to audiences around the globe. He added that as the home of Filipino stories, they will continue to give their audience easy access to content they trust them to deliver.
This collaboration comes months after the announcement of the teleserye “Unbreak My Heart,” which starred Joshua Garcia, Jodi Sta. Maria, Gabbi Garcia, and Richard Yap. Despite the series of teasers, a premiere date is yet to be announced.
Earlier this year, ABS-CBN’s head of TV production Laurenti Dyogi acknowledged GMA as the “number one station,” the first time a network executive made such an acknowledgment after years of a so-called “network war” between the two. Dyogi further said that since ABS-CBN cannot operate as a broadcast entity without its franchise, it has been relegated to “producing content.”
The collaboration between ABS-CBN and GMA marks a significant shift in the relationship between the two networks. For years, they have been in fierce competition with each other, with each trying to outdo the other in terms of ratings and programming. This rivalry, which is often referred to as the “network war,” has been a defining feature of Philippine television for many years.
However, this latest collaboration between the two networks suggests that they are starting to put their differences aside and work together to provide quality programming to their viewers. This move is seen as a win-win for both networks, as it allows them to expand their reach and attract new audiences.
The collaboration between ABS-CBN and GMA also highlights the importance of streaming platforms in the current media landscape. With more and more people turning to streaming services for their entertainment needs, TV networks are starting to recognize the importance of making their content available on these platforms. This collaboration is just one example of how TV networks are adapting to the changing media landscape and finding new ways to connect with their audiences.