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GMA Network launches widescreen format to complement cutting-edge shows

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Television and radio network GMA Network has announced a special treat for viewers this Kapuso Month as the broadcast media giant makes all its shows here and abroad available in widescreen format beginning February 27.

Flat-screen TV viewers can enjoy their favorite Kapuso programs in a wider scope in terms of what can be seen on screen.

The 16:9 widescreen format will be made available on GMA and GTV, as well as on digital channels Heart of Asia, Hallypop, I Heart Movies, and Pinoy Hits. Kapuso abroad can have the same viewing experience via GMA international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV.

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“Recognizing that a majority of TV homes in the country have already shifted to wider flat-screen TVs from the traditional box-type, and more importantly that our viewers deserve the best that we can offer, GMA will now provide its viewers with a true widescreen viewing experience for all its TV channels. The 16:9 widescreen format allows content creators of GMA to provide better storytelling which translates to a more immersive viewing experience for our audiences. Through a higher spatial resolution, there is more freedom in composition and visual expression,” shared GMA Network’s First Vice President and Head of Post Production Paul Ticzon.

“GMA Network budgeted over PHP139M in capital expenditure for the acquisition of attendant electronics equipment that facilitates the 16:9 widescreen format delivery through our existing analog and digital terrestrial broadcast network nationwide, as well as re-distribution partners here and abroad. The 16:9 widescreen format can display 33 % more distinct picture information than what we are used to seeing with the traditional screen format. We have chosen to utilize the full-height anamorphic process or FHA to make this possible,” added GMA Network’s Senior Vice President and Head of Engineering Group Elvis Ancheta.

From sun up to sun down, whether it’s news, entertainment, or sports, GMA gives the TV audience an enhanced viewing experience with this latest format. The widescreen format further complements the network’s cutting-edge shows, such as the flagship newscast 24 Oras, the award-winning public affairs program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, the action-packed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the new primetime program Mga Lihim ni Urduja, and the highly anticipated, soon-to-air series Voltes V: Legacy, among others.

See it to believe it. All the Kapuso channels are now available on widescreen nationwide and worldwide beginning February 27.

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