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Two ABS-CBN Series Sold to African Pay TV Network

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Two of ABS-CBN’s hit action series will be shown to households in sub-Saharan Africa as part of the broadcaster’s multiyear agreement with digital TV operator StarTimes. The two series are Brothers (Ang Probinsyano) and Fists of Fate (Sandugo) and will be shown in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, and others in the continent. 

“It is part of a multiyear volume agreement,” an ABS-CBN representative said on Monday. “It is not the first time for ABS-CBN shows to be seen in Africa. We have various free tv partners in different African countries too. StarTimes is pay TV.”

In 2020, ABS-CBN sold 16 of its entertainment titles to various foreign networks in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Its international distribution is available in 50 territories worldwide. The network said it is continuing to strengthen its content distribution business across the globe. 

Although its broadcast tv operations were halted last year due to the non-renewal of its legislative franchise, ABS-CBN shows continue to air through various other platforms, including the Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, and Jeepney TV, YouTube, Facebook, iWantTFC, TFC, Netflix, WeTV, and iflix. 

Ang Probinsyano premiered in 2015 and is one of the network’s most popular TV series. Its topbilled by Coco Martin, John Arcilla, Angel Aquino, Ara Mina, and many others. Sandugo, meanwhile, aired in 2019 and starred Ejay Falcon, Aljur Albrenica, Jessy Mendiola, and Cherry Pie Picache.

 

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