For the fourth time in history, the Philippines will play host to the prestigious Southeast Asian Games, a biennial multi-sport event with the goal of ‘promoting cooperation, understanding, and relations’ among the 11-member countries in the Southeast Asian region.
This year’s event, officially known as the 30th Southeast Asian Games, will be the largest in history with 56 sporting events, and esports debuting as an official medal event.
To make this historic sporting event accessible to more Filipinos, 5, the No. 1 Sports Channel in the Country, and Cignal, the Country’s Premier DTH Satellite Provider, join together as the Official Broadcasters of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Under the umbrella campaign “Sama-Samasa SEA Games”, 5 and Cignal hope to unite Filipinos locally and abroad to rally behind the Filipino athletes, and support them in the games. Likewise, the campaign is a battle cry for the MVP Group that’s working tirelessly together to provide audiences with the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and in-depth coverage on free-to-air, pay TV, and digital.
Come November 30 to December 11, everyone can catch all the SEA Games sporting action both on TV and online: For free-to-air, there’s 5 and 5 Plus. For Cignal, there’s One Sports plus three new channels: SEA Games Channel, Team Pilipinas, and SEA Games News Channel all exclusive for Cignal and SatLite subscribers. For digital, there’s ESPN5.com, the Cignal Play app plus three SEA Games-dedicated YouTube channels that will be available 24/7.
Meanwhile, Pangilinan-led PLDT through its wireless unit Smart Communications is set to flaunt its Fifth Generation (5G) technology for the SEA Games as it gears up for its commercial rollout.
PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President and Consumer Business Market Development Head Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. said Monday spectators of the SEA Games, where 12,000 delegates are expected to participate, should expect “new experience” with the 5G network in place in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
During the international sports event, the official said the 5G technology could introduce features like freezing videos and 360 angle shots, allowing viewers to see controversial play or highlights of the game in a different view.
“[It is] something that we have never been able to do before with the regular technology. So this new technology will open up a new experience for consumers,” he told reporters following the “Sama-Sama sa SEA Games” press conference in Makati City.
WITH A REPORT FROM LISBET K. ESMAEL