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NBA games return to local cable TV via Cignal?

Is the NBA Returning to Philippine Pay TV?

Some Cignal TV subscribers got excited on Wednesday when they saw NBA SD on cable channel 96 come to life. This channel’s screen, however, only showed a “Stay Tuned For Something Awesome” teaser.

The NBA SD channel on 96 has since been deactivated. Channel 262, which previously had NBA Premium TV, however, showed the same teaser on screen.

Some fans understandably got excited.

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The teasers arrived just days before the NBA resumes its 2019-20 season in a “bubble atmosphere” at Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

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NBA fans were left disappointed after Solar Entertainment ended coverage of the NBA after its contract with the league expired, ending a relationship that began in 2001. Because of this, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV have ceased broadcasting.

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The NBA’s deal with Solar was groundbreaking as the company broadcast games daily via Solar Sports and later on Basketball TV. He also introduced cable channel NBA Premium TV which broadcast games in high definition until the end of his contract.

Recently, it also shared broadcast rights for the games with ABS-CBN for free-to-air TV broadcast.

After Solar’s contract ended, Cignal and SKY revealed that they were jointly bidding to broadcast NBA games. The NBA aired games on free-to-air television through CNN Philippines only on weekends.

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TV industry sources have revealed that the Cignal and ABS-CBN consortium reached an agreement with the NBA for broadcast rights, but withheld an announcement since the league suspended play due to the pandemic. .

ABS-CBN was supposed to show NBA games through its ABS-CBN Sports and Action channel, but it’s unclear what plans for free-to-air TV are after the beleaguered network failed to have its franchise renewed by the Congress.

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