The Filipino Channel, often referred to as TFC, is a private TV station and programming channel owned and operated by the Philippine company ABS-CBN. It provides channel programming service worldwide through its subsidiary ABS-CBN Global. TFC allows Filipinos around the world, including those in the United States, to watch Philippine-based TV dramas, variety shows, sports shows, talk shows, live news, featured presentations and Filipino movies through packaged service subscriptions via cable or satellite TV or the Internet.
Select your preferred type of subscription. If you already have an existing cable or satellite TV subscription, directly inquire about the addition of TFC in your monthly service. If you are still in the process of choosing a new cable or satellite TV subscription, readily inquire about adding TFC in your intended service.
You may also get in touch with separate TFC dealers especially if there are promotional deals you want to take advantage of. Another option to consider is getting the TFC IPTV or TFC On Demand, which allows you to watch TFC shows via high-speed Internet.
Pay the premium for your chosen service. This is ideally packaged to the monthly service bill of your TV or Internet subscription. This ranges from $40 to $100, depending on the number of channels and additional programming you have for the service. Depending on your dealer, along with any availed promo you have, a TFC service can add about $10 to $50 to your TV expenses. With the many national and local dealers available out there, you have various options to choose from.
Wait for the installation of any equipment to activate the service. This requires setting an appointment with a technician, and you may also need a cable box or satellite for the streaming of TFC on your TV. Depending on the package you have, the installation and the equipment may be provided for free or for an additional cost.
According to the list from the ABS-CBN Global website, as of April 2011, its accredited national dealers for TFC in the United States include M3, A-W DIRECTV Communications, Filamsatellite.com, Hercules Dinglasan, Manila Connection, MDEL Inc., PINOY Atbp., Satellite-Wireless Source, Inc., TCI MiniSat and Uchi Satellite.
There are regional and local dealers categorized per location and/or region including the West, Hawaii, Southwest, Central and East as well.
Cable and satellite TV companies that offer TFC include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter, RCN, Cox, Surewest, Wave Broadband, GCI, En-Touch, Verizon and AT&T.
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