It’s the end of an era. Sources familiar with the matter has told Anime Pilipinas that Filipino language anime channel HEROtv is set to have their final broadcast on Wednesday, January 31st, after 12 years of broadcast.
The Filipino-dubbed movie channel TAG, which was broadcasting for just over a year, is also shutting down at the end of this month.
ABS-CBN, the parent company of the two channels, decided to close them down due to lack of advertiser support.
Anime Pilipinas has tried to contact the representatives of HEROtv and ABS-CBN for comment, but no response as of press time.
HEROtv is a Filipino language anime channel of media conglomerate ABS-CBN, under its ABS-CBN Cable Channels subsidiary, which started its test broadcast in August 2005 and was officially launched on November 12, 2015.
The channel initially offered anime shows from Telesuccess Productions plus their own acquisitions, including Voltes V, Shaman King, Naruto, Mirumo de Pon!, Zenki, Ragnarok the Animation, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED among others.
Eventually, the channel landed other landmark titles such as Yakitate! Japan, Major, Death Note, Log Horizon, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Fate/Zero, Haikyuu!!, Yowamushi Pedal, Free: Iwatobi Swim Club, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma and Love Live! School idol project.
This year, notable titles they have aired include Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation, KonoSuba, The Asterisk War, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, Love Live! Sunshine!!, and AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day.
HEROtv also organized events that became fixtures on the Japanese pop-culture scene in the country, like “Hataw Hanep Hero” in 2005-2007, then “HERO Face Off: The Ultimate Cosplay Battle” in 2010-2015.
Meanwhile, TAG is a movie channel that started broadcasting on October 19, 2016, airing Hollywood and Asian movies dubbed in Filipino.
The channel was slated to air the highly-popular anime movies Your Name. and A Silent Voice.
It is not yet clear where these two movies will air after TAG’s closure, but Anime Pilipinas understands that ABS-CBN may first air them on their “Kapamilya Blockbusters” movie block.
UPDATE: Several sources has told Anime Pilipinas that the Filipino-dubbed movie channel TAG will now cease broadcast within January, but there are conflicting reports on the channel’s official sign-off date.
Sources had mentioned that TAG would shut down on January 15, while Philippine cable provider SKYcable are saying that it would be on January 31. We will bring you updates once official.
UPDATE 2: Philippine cable provider SKYcable has officially announced on Wednesday that TAG will end broadcast this Monday, January 15, together with ABS-CBN Regional Channel. HEROtv’s shut off date remains on January 31.