NBA is back in the Philippines and found its home in Cignal TV and TV5, President and CEO Robert P. Galang confirmed.
Filipinos can now enjoy all NBA games on free TV channels TV5 and ONE Sports. Games are aired Saturday and Sunday for TV5 and every Friday and Monday for ONE Sports.
Coverage begins on 31 July 2020, and extends to the NBA Playoffs for both channels, with the NBA Finals airing exclusively on TV5.
“We will deliver NBA content, not just for our pay-TV subscribers but to the general public. Everyone will have access to the NBA through our channels TV5 and ONE Sports,” said Galang. “But of course, you get the best NBA experience on TV if you’re on Cignal.”
Cignal subscribers could access a new channel called NBA TV Philippines beginning July 31. The channel would air two games per day, along with shows directly from NBA TV in the US, including flagship program NBA GameTime.
NBA finds home in Philippines with Cignal, TV5
It would cover the NBA from the season all the way to NBA finals in high definition.
According to Cignal’s marketing head Guido Zaballero, NBA TV Philippines will be available to Cignal postpaid subscribers on plans 520 and up.
For prepaid loads 600 and up will get the channel 262 HD feed, and loads 450 and above will get the channel 96 SD feed, Zaballero added.
“I think the NBA is a huge piece of the puzzle for us. We are the broadcast partner of the biggest, most prestigious basketball brand in the world. As the number one Pay TV provider in the country, we can provide the best viewing experience for 2.3 million homes because only NBA TV Philippines offers 24/7 access to the most number of NBA games in high definition,’’ said Zaballero.
The NBA channel will also be made available as an add on for 200 pesos a month, on both Cignal (channel 262 HD) and SatLite (channel 52 SD), the company’s mass-market Pay TV brand. The channel will be offered two months free of charge for new subscribers who switch to Cignal at the start of the season, until the end of the year.