|RPN Solar Television Network, Inc.|
RPN Solar Television Network, Inc. (doing business as Solar Television Network) is a Philippines-based media company with 6 cable channels 4 Free-TV Channels (RPN, SBN, RJTV, and BEAM TV) and a film distribution company. The film distribution unit is the local affiliate for United International Pictures.
The company was founded in 1976 when it started as Solar Films.
Broadcast Television ChannelsEdit
- 2nd Avenue (aired on Rajah Broadcasting Network)
- ETC (34%, joint venture with RPN)
- JackCITY (affiliated with RMN/BEAMtv. The secondary station of Jack TV)
- Solar News Channel (50%, joint venture with Southern Broadcasting Network)
Cable Television ChannelsEdit
- Basketball TV
- Blink Cinema
- Jack TV
- Shop TV (HSN)
- Solar All Access
- Solar Sports
- NBA Premium TV
- The Game Channel
Joint venture with Universal Networks InternationalEdit
- C/S Origin (2008–2009)
- C/S 9 (2005–2009)
- Chase (2011-2012)
- NBA League Pass
- Playboy TV
- Sports Plus (2004–2006)
- Solar TV (2009-2011)
- Solar USA (2003–2005)
- Talk TV (2011–2012)
- CBS Television Distribution
- Warner Bros.
- Sony Pictures Television
- Solar Multimedia
- Solar Interactive
- United International Pictures
- Ovation Productions
- Home Shopping Network
- Universal Networks International
- ABC Development Corporation
- GMA Network, Inc.
- ABS-CBN Corporation
From SkyCable to Terrestrial TelevisionEdit
Solar's channels have ceased airing on SkyCable, the Philippines' largest cable television provider. An insider claims that these troubles with SkyCable started when boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, whose fights Solar Entertainment has the exclusive right to air and distribute to, moved from ABS-CBN, the flagship television network of ABS-CBN Corporation and the primary owner of Sky Cable Corporation, to rival GMA Network. Another insider claims that SkyCable wanted to remove ETC and JackTV to make room for their own channels, Velvet and Maxxx. SkyCable wanted to retain C/S, 2nd Avenue, Solar Sports and Basketball TV, but Solar made a decision that they will only renew their contract if SkyCable carries all six channels. Thus, Solar decided to pull out all their channels rather than remove ETC and Jack TV.
However, Solar has inked a deal with local terrestrial channels TV5, RPN, SBN and RJTV for block-time programming. C/S, ETC and 2nd Avenue programming are seen on terrestrial TV channels RPN, SBN and RJTV, respectively, while NBA and WWE programming were seen on TV5, now moved to RPN.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao's boxing promotion, Top Rank, signed a non-guaranteed contract with ABS-CBN Sports to exclusively air fights promoted by Top Rank, with the exception of Pacquiao fights which are still signed exclusively through Solar Entertainment.
Dream Satellite TVEdit
Dream Satellite TV ceased carrying three (3) Solar Channels namely, Solar Sports, ETC and 2nd Avenue (Except C/S 9) effective 1 February 2009. Dream's carriage contract with Solar Entertainment, which expired on 31 December 2008 was not renewed by Dream, citing financial constraints as its main reason. The three Solar channels were replaced by A&E's The History Channel, Biography Channel and Crime and Investigation Channel.