The 2019-2020 season of the National Basketball Association will resume on July 30, 2020 after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Before this, Cignal TV acquired the Philippine broadcast rights for the NBA.
On July 27, 2020, Cignal TV and TV5 president and CEO Robert P. Galang confirmed the partnership with the NBA that would allow the games to be seen in millions of Filipino homes across the Philippines on both free and pay television. Free TV channels TV5 and ONE Sports will show the games in time for the start of the season airing games Saturdays and Sundays for TV5 and Fridays and Mondays for ONE Sports.
Coverage begins on July 31, 2020 and extends to the NBA Playoffs for both channels. The NBA Finals will air exclusively on TV5.
“We will deliver NBA content not just for our pay TV subscribers but to the general public,” Galang said. “Everyone will have access to the NBA through our channels TV5 and ONE Sports but of course, you get the best NBA experience on TV if you’re on Cignal.”
Starting July 31, 2020, Cignal subscribers will be able to access a new channel called NBA TV Philippines airing an average of two games per day along with shows directly from NBA TV in the United States including flagship program “NBA GameTime.” The channel’s coverage goes all the way up to the NBA Finals and is the only destination on TV where fans can watch the games in high definition.
Cignal’s marketing head Guido Zaballero further explained that NBA TV Philippines will be available to Cignal postpaid subscribers on plans 520 and up. He said 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.
“I think the NBA is a huge piece of the puzzle for us,” Zaballero said. “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.”
Also, the channel will 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.
The partnership comes at an opportune moment with Cignal TV becoming the block-timer for TV5’s daily program offering. The NBA also comes as a solid addition to the already strong sports lineup of ONE Sports that includes the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Super Liga and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, among others.
For more information on NBA broadcast schedules, fans can follow Cignal TV, ONE Sports and TV5 on Facebook. For inquiries on Cignal TV’s plans and offerings, viewers can visit www.cignal.tv or call (02) 8888 5555 to subscribe or upgrade their current Cignal plans.