How comprehensive is the coverage of the Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines for the first time in 14 years?
Jane Basas, president and chief executive officer of TV5 and Cignal TV, said they are making the games available on different platforms, plus three new dedicated sports channels which they put up for the biennial meet alone, providing everyone an influx of action, highlights, actual competitions and up to date developments of what’s happening in the SEA Games.
“This is a collaborative effort of TV5 and Cignal TV as one of the official broadcasters of the Southeast Asian Games. Under this umbrella campaign, our hope is to bring together Filipinos – locally and abroad – to rally behind our athletes as they all experience the games live thru our various platforms, our free to air, pay TV and digital,” said Ms. Basas.
“As the official broadcasters, our goal is to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date and in-depth programming and airing of this significant event and that includes giving the spotlight to as many sport events as possible and bringing the action to sports fans here and abroad. Come November 30, TV5 and Cignal TV will make it possible for everyone to watch the SEA Games live on TV and online.”
Medal-rich sports like basketball, boxing and billiards will be shown on TV5 while 5-Plus will be the dedicated go-to-destination of esports enthusiasts.
“This year’s SEA Games will be the largest in history with 56 sporting events and esports debuting as an official medal event. This is a huge step, legitimizing video gaming as a true competitive sport,” added Ms. Basas.
Games to be shown are scattered on different platforms.
“For free to air, we have TV5, featuring basketball, boxing, billiards and badminton and 5-Plus for esports and other fight sports competitions such as taekwondo, karatedo, wushu, and weightlifting. For pay TV, there’s One Sports on Cignal TV airing the games on high definition plus three new channels which we will be putting up for this event,” said Ms. Basas.
But there’s more, as three new channels were created just for the SEA Games alone.
“The first channel will be called The SEA Games Channel which will deliver round-the-clock coverage of international sports. This will be the channel that we will actually syndicate overseas. The second channel is called Team Pilipinas Channel, which will highlight the best moments of our Filipino athletes and the third will be the SEA Games news channel which will provide access to daily medal tallies, news and updates,” said Ms. Basas. “All channels are all offered on both SD and HD and best to experience sports on TV on high definition.”
“For digital, we have espn5.com, of course, the Cignal Pay app, the SEA Games-dedicated Youtube Channel and Facebook Live that will be available 24/7. Obviously, we would like the games more available to as many platforms because we want to reach as many Filipinos not just here in the Philippines, but globally as well.”