MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Nov. 5, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced an expansion of existing partnerships with Globe Telecom (Globe), Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and PLDT, Inc., leading digital services and telecommunications providers, to distribute NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, to their more than 213 million total subscribers nationwide.
Globe, Smart and PLDT will feature League Pass, Team Choice and 3-Game Choice packages in monthly pricing options starting as low as Php 85, and a weekly pricing offer for the League Pass package. For streaming games on mobile devices, Globe subscribers can register to Globe’s data packages by texting GoWATCH 29, GoWATCH 99 or GoWATCH399 to 8080, while Smart subscribers can register to Smart’s data packages by dialing *123# and choosing GIGA VIDEO.
“It’s terrific to continue this journey with Globe, PLDT and Smart, companies that share our commitment to innovation as we create authentic NBA experiences tailor-made for our digital-savvy consumers,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “Building on the introduction of live regular season games on NBA Philippines Facebook and Twitter, we are working closely with the nation’s leading digital services and telecommunications providers to introduce affordable packages and data bundles to make the NBA more accessible to millions of our fans across the country.”
NBA League Pass will continue to provide the most comprehensive live and on-demand access to an entire season of NBA games in high-definition with live stats and multiple viewing options, including the NBA Mobile View, which delivers a closer shot of the action optimized for viewing on mobile phones, tablets and connected devices. Team Choice is available for all 30 teams, giving fans the option to follow one team and watch their favorite players throughout the season, while the new 3-Game Choice enables users to watch up to three games of their choice per month.
In addition, NBA League Pass will spotlight exclusive NBA TV programming headlined by flagship program NBA GameTime as well as new shows including The Warmup, #Handles, and The List.
- The Warmup, hosted by Stephanie Ready and Chris Miles, will offer the latest news, on-site reports, trending social media topics and fantasy updates prior to tip-off. The daily show will feature a roster of leading analysts including Gary Payton, Grant Hill, Isiah Thomas, Candace Parker, and Sekou Smith.
- #Handles on NBA TV will provide an innovative, social driven experience that will see hosts Tas Melas and 13-year NBA veteran Channing Frye engage with fans via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and recap the night’s top highlights and storylines.
- Led by Jared Greenberg and Steve Smith, The List is a half-hour show intended to inspire conversation and celebrate some of the most popular players, moments, teams and achievements throughout the NBA’s history.
Fans in the Philippines can subscribe to select NBA League Pass offerings on Globe by visiting their official store on Lazada and Shopee. Fans can download the official NBA App for free on the App Store and Google Play Store to access NBA League Pass on the go together with official game highlights, schedules, scores, stats and standings among other key features.
For more information on Globe data packages, visit www.globe.com.ph and follow Globe Telecom on Facebook. For more details on PLDT and Smart product offerings, follow the official Facebook pages of PLDT and Smart.
Select 2019-20 NBA regular-season games can be livestreamed in the Philippines for free on Facebook Watch and Twitter. Follow NBA Philippines on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest information on the livestreams. Additional details regarding the distribution of NBA games and programming will be announced soon.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2019-20 season featured 108 international players from 38 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
About Globe Telecom, Inc.
Globe Telecom, Inc. is a leading full-service telecommunications company in the Philippines and publicly listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange with the stock symbol GLO. The company serves the telecommunications and technology needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connectivity, internet and managed services. It has major interests in financial technology, digital marketing solutions, venture capital funding for startups, and virtual healthcare. In 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and Singtel, acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph. Follow @enjoyglobe on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About PLDT, Inc.
PLDT is the leading telecommunications and digital services provider in the Philippines. Through its principal business groups – fixed line, wireless and others – PLDT offers a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone, and fixed line and cellular networks. PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine–listed companies.
About Smart Communications, Inc.
Smart Communications, Inc.(Smart) is a wholly-owned wireless communications and digital services subsidiary of PLDT, Inc., the Philippines’ leading telecommunications company. Smart serves approximately 95% of the country’s cities and municipalities with its combined 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE network, providing mobile communications services, high-speed internet connectivity, and access to digital services and content to over 66.8 million Filipinos (as of end-June 2019), through its commercial brands Smart, TNT, and Sun. Smart also offers satellite communication services under the brand Smart World.