NBA back on PH television

THE NBA, together with Cignal TV and Smart Communications have finally agreed on a three-year deal that is set to bring the world's most popular basketball league back on Philippine television, as well as on online platforms.

On Friday (Manila time), when the NBA restarts its pandemic-stalled 2019-20 season in a "bubble" at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the games will be carried live on TV5 and One Sports, as well as on Cignal's dedicated NBA channel, NBA TV Philippines.

“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.

The battle of Los Angeles - the Lakers and the Clippers - will be will be shown on NBA TV Philippines and One Sports at 9 a.m. right after the opener between the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans, which will be shown live on NBA TV Philippines.

On free television, TV5 will have its Saturday and Sunday games starting this weekend with the Mavericks-Rockets at 9 a.m. on August 1 and the Raptors-Lakers at 8:30 a.m. on August 2.

TV5 and One Sports will air select “seeding games” and playoff games through the first and second rounds, while the Conference finals will be televised in its entirety between the two channels. The 2020 NBA Finals will be broadcast exclusively on TV5.

As an expansion of its existing partnership with the NBA to distribute NBA League Pass, Smart will livestream NBA TV Philippines through its new over-the-top service, which will be available exclusively to the network’s paid subscribers.

"We're very happy that we are finally able to close this deal with the NBA even during the pandemic, even during this very difficult time for all of us. And finally, the NBA is home -- in Cignal," said Cignal and TV5 President and CEO Robert Galang.