Mayor Isko Gives Away ABS-CBN TV Plus
“Ito na ang mahiwagaaaaang black box!” (Here are the magical black boxes!) said Manila mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso in a Facebook post. He was referring to ABS-CBN’s TV Plus, a digital box or digibox for televisions. The digiboxes were officially turned over to all the daycare centers in Manila on February 12.
The Manila mayor has distributed the black boxes amid fears that the television network might cease operations if its franchise is not renewed next month.
ABS-CBN’s Franchise Challenge
ABS-CBN is currently facing the threat of being closed down because of the non-renewal of its franchise, which needs to be passed into law, and the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida before the Supreme Court on February 10. The network’s franchise is set to expire on March 30, 2020.
If the government fails to renew the network’s franchise, the network will be forced to cease all broadcasting operations on the airwaves (television and radio). If the network shuts down its broadcasting operations, all existing TV Plus black boxes will be affected and will no longer function.
However, ABS-CBN can still run shows through other platforms that are not covered by the franchise, such as the Internet and cable television. ABS-CBN can use its streaming platform iWant for its regular shows, and also consider streaming through YouTube and Facebook.