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Kapamilya Channel is a cable and satellite television channel owned by ABS-CBN Corporation, a company under the Lopez Group, run by the Lopez family. It began broadcasting on June 13, 2020 through Sky Cable, Destiny Cable, Cablelink, G Sat and various cable operators who are mostly members of the Philippine Cable Television Association.[2] It was then launched on Cignal and SatLite on October 21, 2020. It operates 24/7, with Movie Central Presents serving as overnight programming. The channel first launched on June 13, 2020, with the Kapamilya Daily Mass as its first program also marking its parent company's 74th anniversary.

Kapamilya Channel features shows that have aired or were slated to air on ABS-CBN whose productions were suspended due to the Luzon enhanced community quarantine in March 2020 as well as the ensuing uncertainty following the NTC's cease and desist order. These include the variety shows It's Showtime (with three new segments) and ASAP Natin 'To; the second season of singing competition The Voice Teens; teleseryes Ang Probinsyano, A Soldier's Heart, and Love Thy Woman; and morning talk show Magandang Buhay. Three new locally-produced programs, Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan? hosted by Judy Ann Santos, Iba 'Yan hosted by Angel Locsin and The World of a Married Couple, the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history made their debut in the Kapamilya Channel.

Contrary to earlier news reports, ABS-CBN's primary news program, TV Patrol, as well as several news and current affairs programs, was not initially aired on the Kapamilya Channel (as it did through the free-to-air channel) until after July 24; the program did air exclusively on TeleRadyo, ANC, and Cine Mo! and streamed through the ABS-CBN News' Facebook page and YouTube channel until the said date. The delayed telecast of ANC's The World Tonight also began to air at 10:00 pm on the following Monday, July 27, making the two longest-running Filipino and English language evening newscasts in the country airing on the same channel once again since 1999. The morning simulcast of TeleRadyo's programming (which was also aired on ABS-CBN as a provisionary morning program prior to the shutdown) on the schedule remained the same. An evening 30-minute News Patrol program was aired on the Kapamilya Channel until July 24.

New offerings such as the Thai hit 2gether: The Series premiered on July 27, 2020. It is the first Thai boy's love series to be acquired by ABS-CBN; this comes after a partnership of Dreamscape Entertainment and GMMTV. Still 2gether, the sequel of the said show, will start airing on August 15, 2020 with a one-day delayed telecast from Thailand. Other upcoming shows such as the Thai dramas Come To Me and I'm Tee, Me Too are also expected to air as part of the acquired foreign programs. On September 12, 2020, the network launched the Just Love Kids, a children's programming block focusing on educational programs and animated series that have previously aired on ABS-CBN, Knowledge Channel, and the now-defunct Yey! channel. The children's show Team Yey! premiered its new fifth season for the first time on Kapamilya Channel.

On October 10, 2020, selected programs from Kapamilya Channel will be also aired on A2Z Channel 11, a free-to-air television channel joint-venture between ABS-CBN and ZOE Broadcasting Network through a blocktime agreement.

On October 21, 2020, Kapamilya Channel became available on Cignal which was owned by MediaQuest Holdings, the owner of ABS-CBN's rival TV5 to expand more viewers of the said channel.

Online streaming on their channel's official website (until November 13) and Kapamilya Online Live (with the exception of iWantTFC) does not include contents such as acquired programming, movie blocks and overnight programming, as the live streaming itself only airs original programming due to the copyright restrictions.

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