Cinema One
Laging Kasama
Broadcast areaPhilippines
HeadquartersABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Diliman, Quezon City
Picture format16:9 1080i HDTV
OwnerCreative Programs Inc.
Sister channelsUnder ABS-CBN
Cine Mo!
Jeepney TV
Kapamilya Channel
Knowledge Channel
Metro Channel
Myx (America)
DWPM Radyo 630
TeleRadyo Serbisyo
LaunchedJune 12, 1994; 30 years ago (1994-06-12)
Former names
  • Sky 1 (1994–1998)
  • Pinoy Blockbuster Channel (1998–2001)

Cinema One (also called C1 and stylized as C1NEMAONE) is a Philippine pay television channel targeted to the Filipino diaspora. It is owned by Creative Programs Inc., a subsidiary of Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. Its programming includes a lineup of mainstream and independent local and foreign films distributed by Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment (Regal Films) and rarely, OctoArts Films (films solely produced by Viva Films air on PBO and Viva Cinema), film-related programming, and original made-for-television films.[1] An international feed called Cinema One Global is also available worldwide as part of TFC premium channels via cable, satellite, iWantTFC and TFC IPTV.


The channel was launched on June 12, 1994, when i-Channel merged with Classic 21 to form Sky 1, launching morning schedules containing public affairs, business, music and mostly Philippine movies. Later, public affairs and business programs were removed from Sky 1 programming and, from there, would form cable news channel Sarimanok News Network (now ABS-CBN News Channel); and Sky 1 was rebranded as the Pinoy Blockbuster Channel on June 29, 1998, with its programming now focused solely on locally-produced films.

On May 20, 2001, Pinoy Blockbuster Channel was rebranded again as Cinema One and added foreign movies to its schedule.

In this move, Cinema One got its current name as suggested by former ABS-CBN president and COO Federico M. Garcia.

The rebrand to Cinema One also reflected the channel’s repositioning to cater to other markets, such as the premium A and B social classes.

As part of the relaunch, the movie channel also launched weekly original programs to complement the movie blocks.

Some of these were ‘Cinema News,’ ‘Persona,’ ‘Cover Story,’ and ‘Review Night,’ among others.

In 2015, the channel took it up a notch when it embraced the scripted content genre and aired the mini-series ‘Single/Single’ starring Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli.

For a time, through its innovations and strong content library, Cinema One became the undisputed leading cable channel in the Philippines.

Cinema One logo from February 1, 2009 to April 16, 2013

In 2005, Cinema One ventured into original movie production 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.

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.

In July 2021, through a strong partnership between ABS-CBN and TV5/Cignal, Cinema One was added to Cignal's channel lineup with its sister channel Myx as free trial channels and later as "add-ons" for lower plans.[2]

Cinema One Premium HD

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

See also


  1. ^ Gay Ace Domingo (November 9, 2014). "Cinema One: Plenty at 20". Philstar Global.
  2. ^ "Cinema One, MYX to reach more viewers via Cignal". ABS-CBN News. July 1, 2021.