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GMA Regional TV channels’ full shift to widescreen format eyed by July 3, 2023

Broadcast giant GMA Network Inc is targeting to transition all its regional TV channels to 16:9 widescreen format starting July 3, 2023.

“We are presently completing the installation of the contingent equipment for 16:9 capture of the local news in the regions and are also scheduling the training of all concerned personnel for the 16:9 capture,” GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon said during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting.

Starting February 27, GMA Network made available the 16:9 widescreen format on GMA and GTV, as well as on digital channels Heart of Asia, Hallypop, I Heart Movies, and Pinoy Hits.

Kapuso viewers abroad, meanwhile, can have the same viewing experience via GMA international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV.

The company budgeted over P139 million in capital expenditure for the acquisition of attendant electronics equipment that facilitate the 16:9 widescreen format delivery through its existing analog and digital terrestrial broadcast network nationwide, as well as re-distribution partners here and abroad.

For regional TV channels, Gozon said, “The target implementation date of the Full Height Anamorphic on-air broadcast for regional is on July 3, 2023.”

“But even as the local news presently remains in the traditional aspect ratio (4:3), all other programs have already been compliant with the full-height anamorphic format since the SD-FH launch on February 27, 2023,” he said.

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), and the live action mega-series “Voltes V: Legacy,” among others. —KBK, GMA Integrated News