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Metro Manila
City Mandaluyong City
Channels Digital: 21 (UHF) (ISDB-T) (test broadcast)
Virtual: 21.02 (LCN)
Branding ETC TV-21 Manila
Slogan I Am ETC
Subchannels See list
  • 21.2: ETC
  • 21.3: Shop TV
  • 21.4: Solar Learning
Owner Southern Broadcasting Network
(a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation)
Founded May 30, 1992; 30 years ago (1992-05-30)
Former call signs
DWCP-TV (1992-2019)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
    21 (UHF, 1992–2019)
    22 (UHF, 2015-2019)
Technical information
ERP Digital: 5 KW TPO
Transmitter coordinates 14°36′21.5″N 121°10′13.9″E / 14.605972°N 121.170528°E / 14.605972; 121.170528

DWCP-DTV (digital UHF and virtual channel 21) is a television station owned by Southern Broadcasting Network, a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation, and is currently the flagship station of Philippine television network, ETC. Its studios are located at the Third Floor Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, with transmitter facilities located at the Solar Entertainment Complex, along Nuestra Señora de la Paz Subdivision, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Antipolo, Rizal. SBN-21 became the first local UHF TV station in Metro Manila that broadcast in May 1992 and formerly known as World TV 21. It operates 24 hours daily.

As of September 12, 2019, the station's analog signal is permanently off the air.


Southern Broadcasting Network of Davao launched SBN Channel 21, the first local UHF TV station in Metro Manila since 1992. It was then known as World TV 21 by Kampana Television Corporation, which provided programming content from ABC, CNN and ESPN on this channel then. The idea is to bring back programming similar to the forcibly shut-down FEN Channel 17 of the former Clark US Air Base a year earlier due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

Beginning on January 1, 2008, Solar Entertainment began to lease airtime on SBN, choosing to broadcast programming from its entertainment channel ETC. This partnership ended on March 2, 2011, as Solar transferred ETC to RPN. As a result, SBN renewed partnership with Solar Entertainment to create the news network Talk TV. On October 30, 2012, the channel was renamed as the Solar News Channel.

On December 1, 2013, SNC's programming was moved to RPN for wider national coverage, with ETC returned to SBN a day before.

In 2015, SBN ceased using its old analog transmitter tower at Strata 2000 building in Pasig City (which was obvious to consider even after Solar's purchase of SBN due to the old Sign-on and Sign-off sequences) and began using Solar's newly constructed tower located in Antipolo for a clearer and better signal reception in both the analog and digital signals.

As of September 12, 2019, SBN closed down its analog signal.

Coverage areas

Digital television

SBN launches its digital television broadcast in 2015. Solar Entertainment supplies its DTV channels through the new platform. For unknown reasons, the transmitter's encryption system was activated throughout its run, making two of the station's subchannels receivable only on set-top boxes with this capability. The technical issue was fixed by September 25, 2017.

Digital channels

DWCP-TV operates on UHF Channel 21 (515.143 MHz).

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming Note
21.02 480i 4:3 ETC ETC Test Broadcast
21.03 Shop TV Shop TV
21.04 DepEd ALS Solar Learning (relay from DepEd TV ALS feed)
21.05 Reserved Channel Reserved

In addition, Solar operates its secondary channel via DZBC-TV on UHF Channel 30 (569.143 MHz) under a subchannel lease agreement from its frequency owner Byers Communications.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming Note
30.14 480i 4:3 ETC ETC (mirror feed from DTT 21) Test Broadcast
30.15 Reserved Channel Black screen
30.16 DepEd NCR Solar Learning (relay from DepEd TV NCR feed)
30.17 Reserved Channel Black screen

Analog-to-digital transition

On September 12, 2019, SBN closed down UHF Channel 21's analog signal in preparation of the DTV transition implementation. SBN is the 5th television network in the Philippines to permanently terminate its analog TV broadcasts, and go digital only.

Careless Girl

  • Bianca Dava (2015-present) - ETC President (also on GMA Life TV President)
  • Lady Vicencio (2017-present) - ETC Chief (also on GMA News TV International Chief)
  • Charlie Dizon (2018-present) - ETC Vice President

Former Careless Girl

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