US basketball

NBA returns to Philippine TV

Rappler
As the NBA restarts its season, its games will be broadcast live on 3 channels in the Philippines

Filipino hoops fans will finally be able to catch NBA action on Philippine television after the league struck a three-year deal with Cignal TV.

As the NBA restarts its season on Thursday, July 30 (Friday, July 31, Manila time), its games will be broadcast live on free-to-air channels TV5 and One Sports and on pay TV provider Cignal through NBA TV Philippines.

Select seeding games will air live on TV5 on Saturdays and Sundays and on One Sports (channel 41) on Mondays and Fridays, while NBA TV Philippines (channel 96 for standard definition and channel 262 for high definition on Cignal) will carry two games live daily.

After the grueling playoff grind, the NBA Finals will be televised exclusively on TV5. (READ: SCHEDULE: 2020 NBA seeding games, Philippine time)

“Our partnership with the NBA is a huge milestone in our mission to bring the best content to our viewers and subscribers,” said Cignal TV president and chief executive officer Robert Galang.

“The game we all love is now truly home.”

A battle between Western Conference juggernauts will open the NBA season restart in a bubble in Orlando, Florida as the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers clash.

“The NBA restart is set against a uniquely challenging moment in time for our fans in the Philippines, who are among the most passionate and dedicated NBA supporters in the world,” said NBA Asia managing director Scott Levy.  

“We are excited to partner with Cignal and Smart to bring NBA games to a nationwide audience, and we hope to play a role in lifting the spirits of Filipinos by bringing our fans together through their shared love of the game.” 

Smart will relaunch NBA.com/Philippines, the league’s official digital destination in the country, later this year. 

NBA.com/Philippines will provide fans with access to game highlights, stats, standings, scores and schedules, as well as features and analysis from its roster of sports journalists. 

As part of its NBA season restart promotions, Cignal is launching “The Game You Love is Home” campaign, which will feature the availability of NBA TV Philippines on select postpaid and prepaid ultimate HD plans.  Fans can visit www.cignal.tv to learn more about Cignal’s postpaid plans and prepaid load options.

Smart subscribers can visit www.smart.com.ph and follow Smart on Facebook to discover postpaid and prepaid offerings that will enable users to livestream NBA TV Philippines on Smart’s streaming platform. – Rappler.com