ABS-CBN’s First in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 5)




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As we go through the digital age, ABS-CBN will mark again histories in line with their shift to digital television


ABS-CBN in High Definition (Fan-made)


FIRST Broadcasting Network to Enter Digital Television


  • ABS-CBN currently applied for Digital TV service and will utilize Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial (DVB-T), with the joint venture to Europe’s Impeq Technologies to implement digital signals throughout the country. Besides, these digital signals also allow households to watch ABS-CBN, Studio 23, and the company’s 6 other affiliates in High Definition (HD) Format.
Balls HD


HAS the FIRST HIGH DEFINITION CHANNEL in the Philippines


  • Balls HD, broadcasting ABS-CBN Sports like UAAP and NCAA in SkyCable HD, is the first channel to simulate broadcasting in High Definition format
UAAP and NCAA in High Definition


DONE the Philippines’ FIRST LIVE HIGH DEFINITION BROADCAST


  • UAAP Season 73 Men’s Basketball is the first program to be broadcasted in HD locally, with their media partner ABS-CBN Sports. UAAP Season 73 Men’s Basketball is shown on HD on its whole season in Balls HD, SkyCable Channel 166. As of now, ABS-CBN Sports planned to offer NCAA HD, in line with the continuous UAAP in High Definition format.
Tambayan 101.9 HD Radio


FIRST Network-based Radio Station in the country to operate in HIGH DEFINITION RADIO


  • DWRR 101.9, now reformatted as Tambayan 101.9 San Ka Pa? Has now utilized high definition radio as part of their reinforcement plan on giving their listeners the greatest quality of any radio stations could have. HD Radio offers 5.1 digital surround sound audio quality, as well as greater signal reception.
Sony HDC-1400 Camera


FIRST to acquire HIGH DEFINITION cameras for DTTV shift


  • ABS-CBN, in partnership with Sony, acquired 24 multi-million HDC-1400 Portable Studio cameras in line with the upgrade of their studio facility in the ABS-CBN Headquarters in Quezon City.
Sony XDCAM HD


FIRST TV Network to operate tapeless productions in Southeast Asia


  • With the use of newly-intergrated Sony XDCAM HD cameras, ABS-CBN once again dethroned any other TV networks in the country to do tapeless productions. Last 2008, ABS-CBN, in partnership with Sony, used Sony Professional Disks instead of tapes in recording TV shows and live streamings.
Inside ABS-CBN's HD OB Van


FIRST to have an HD OB Van


  • In line with the network’s migration to digital television broadcast, ABS-CBN, with Snell Kahuna, purchased SD/HD multiformat switchers for full-HD integrated production. Aside from that, ABS-CBN upgrades their Outside Broadcast (OB) Vans from SD to HD, which became the first in the Philippine History.

A still image from Ishmael Bernal's 1982 film Himala showing the comparisons between the old and the restored version.


FIRST TO RESTORE A FILM


  • ABS-CBN Restoration Project is a digital film restoration project of ABS-CBN Film Archive in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc. The first film to be restored is Ishmael Bernal's 1982 film Himala which was screened at the 69th Venice International Film Festival as part of its 30th year anniversary.




FIRST WORLD RECORD - BIGGEST ATTENDANCE IN A FOOT RACE


  • 10.10.10 RUN FOR PASIG RIVER, a charity race conducted on October 10, 2010 that broke the Guinness World Records' for the biggest attendance in a foot race. 116,086 runners has participated on the event


FIRST AND ONLY MEDIA COMPANY TO BE INCLUDED IN INTERNATIONAL DAILY NEWSPAPER LIST OF MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES


  • The Wall Street Journal Asia ranked ABS-CBN as the 7th most admired company of the Philippines; being the only media company included on the list, the company also received the Innovation Award for its innovation in internet TV with its TFC Now! service.



FIRST AND ONLY MEDIA COMPANY  TO BE CITED TOP COMPANIES IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE


  • On April 26, 2009, ABS-CBN is the only media company to be cited as one of the country's top 15 listed companies in corporate governance, as shown by an annual survey of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). It was the only media company to garner a score of 90 percent or higher in the 2008 Corporate Governance Scorecard, a survey of corporate governance practices among 172 publicly listed companies in the country.


FIRST BIGGEST TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY


  • ABS-CBN also used what is probably the biggest touch screen display ever used in a Philippine television show as well as a huge WAR (Wireless Audience Response) room that is specifically designed for the election coverage.




FIRST SOUNDSTAGE


  • On June 17, 2011, the conglomerate announced the construction of a state-of-the-art sound stage facility for a cost of 6 billion pesos. A 15 hectare lot in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan was acquired later that year for 75 million pesos. The facility will be comprised by six sound stages and a backlot.


FIRST NETWORK SHARING AGREEMENT


  • On May 28, 2013, ABS-CBN Corporation, thru its subsidiary ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. (formerly known as Multi-Media Telephony, Inc.), signed a network sharing agreement with Globe Telecom for a new mobile telephony service in the country. The agreement includes the sharing of assets including switches, towers, servers, and bandwidth. ABS-CBN is expected to spend between 2 to 3 billion pesos for the next two years to build up its telco business.



FIRST INTERNET-BASED NEWS AGGREGATOR PARTNERSHIP


  • On July 18, 2013, ANC announced a partnership with Yahoo!, which saw the introduction of an Yahoo! portal featuring content from ANC (which will remain separate from the main ABS-CBN News website), and would also allow ANC content to be featured on Yahoo! News Philippines. The partnership marks Yahoo's first partnership with a television news outlet outside of the United States, where Yahoo! has recently established a similar content partnership with ABC News.



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