Cinema One

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Cinema One
Cinema One 2013 logo.png
LaunchedJune 12, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-06-12)
Owned byCreative Programs
Picture format480i (SDTV)
SloganLaging Kasama
(Always together)
Broadcast areaPhilippines
HeadquartersABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Diliman, Quezon City
Formerly calledSky 1 (1994-1998)
Pinoy Blockbuster Channel (1998-2001)
Sister channel(s)ABS-CBN News Channel, Asianovela Channel, Metro Channel, Cine Mo!, DZMM TeleRadyo, Jeepney TV, Knowledge Channel, Liga, Movie Central, Myx, O Shopping, Yey!

Cinema One (also called C1) is a Philippine pay television channel targeted to the Filipino diaspora. It is owned by Creative Programs, a subsidiary of Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, its programming includes a lineup of mainstream and independent local and foreign films, film-related programming, and original made-for-television films.[1]


The channel was launched on June 12, 1994 when i-Channel merged with Classic 21 to form Sky 1, which was launched with morning schedules containing public affairs, business and mostly Philippine movies. Sky 1 was rebranded as the Pinoy Blockbuster Channel in June 29, 1998, with its programming now being focused towards locally-produced films only. On May 20, 2001, Pinoy Blockbuster Channel was rebranded again Cinema One and added foreign movies to its schedule.[1]

Cinema One logo used from 2009 to April 16, 2013.

In 2005, Cinema One ventured into original movie productions under its annual Cinema One Originals film festival which showcase and grants funding to independent film makers in the country. Among the films that has been produced by the channel were Confessional (2007), Huling Balyan ng Buhi, Rome & Juliet, Tambolista (2007), Mater Dolorosa (2012), Yanggaw, Sa North Diversion Road (2005), Imburnal (2008), Dose, Altar, Baybayin (2012), That Thing Called Tadhana (2014), Ang Babaeng Humayo, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten, and Baka Bukas.[1]

In May 2004, as part of ABS-CBN's global marketing strategy, Cinema One was launched internationally focused towards the Philippine diaspora in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Cinema One Premium HD[edit]

Cinema One Premium HD was a short-lived premium channel which showed local films in full high-definition.


  1. ^ a b c Gay Ace Domingo (November 9, 2014). "Cinema One: Plenty at 20". Philstar Global.