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Sports5 Center Goes Online

An essential element to the PBA coverage on TV5 takes its act to the World Wide Web.

Since taking over the PBA games on a full-time basis this season, TV5 has made an all-out commitment to improve and liven its coverage. And that includes ‘Sports5 Center’ (formerly ‘AKTV Center’), the studio show that debuted in 2011 during the AKTV on IBC era.

But thanks to the TV5 networks’ congested schedule, and to the seemingly popular halftime game show ‘Moneyball: Dribol op da Pipol’, it became clear that ‘Sports5 Center’ has no place on TV5’s lineup. As a result, Sports5 management decided to improvise its presentation of ‘Sports5 Center’.

The end result is an online-exclusive broadcast of TV5’s flagship studio show, which debuted on October 19, the opening night of the PBA’s 40th season.

The now internet-only ‘Sports5 Center’ retains the basic elements of the original show, featuring pregame and postgame analysis from Sports5’s pool of analysts, with some semblance of humor in between. In addition, each postgame show will feature coach and player interviews.

The move of ‘Sports5 Center’ to the internet should give a huge sigh of relief to the more demanding and knowledgeable basketball fans. For those who are willing to learn about the performance of their players and teams at an even deeper level, this is the show to watch.

More importantly, it should relieve TV5 of a major burden, since the lack of available programming space prevents ‘Sports5 Center’ from even airing during PBA game days.

Already in the fourth season of its five-year deal, the PBA on Sports5 continues to be a work in progress, but the improvement in game coverage has taken notice. For the management of Sports5, bringing ‘Sports5 Center’ online should provide a huge boost to the network’s quest for a more comprehensive and advantageous coverage, something they clearly lacked in previous years.

Indeed, this is good news for knowledgeable PBA fans. And to Sports5, keep up the good work.

Note: ‘Sports5 Center’ will continue to air in between PBA games every Sunday on TV5. For more information, visit www.sports5.ph.

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6 thoughts on “Sports5 Center Goes Online

  1. James Ty III says:

    Good move by Sports5. Pero sana, extend the PBA coverage to 7:30 pm and remove the weekend marathons of Wattpad Presents on Sundays.

    For weekday games, air the pre-game at 4 pm after the Tagalized movies at 2 pm. Tip-off should remain at 4:15 pm.

    • Practically speaking, the masses are unwilling to watch need a pregame and postgame show, obviously due to lack of attention span. Yung mga mas alam sa basketball lang ang makikinabang, hence it’s only an online-exclusive program.

      • Nameless says:

        It’s been a long time na nawala ako sa conversation dito sa FromTheTube. 🙂

        About Sports5 Centre as a “pure internet show” na lang, it’s a good move. Lalo na’t pabata na ng pabata ‘yung age bracket ng mga basketball fans nowadays, and they have more access na rin kasi in social media. But somehow, tv5 should reduce movie blocks na in order to accomodate more timeslot for their other programs whether PBA man or not. Sir James Ty is right, medyo wala na rin kasing anonood ng WattPad series ng tv5 eh, unlike its pilot week.

      • If they have the money to remove the movie blocks, they may proceed with it. But as it stands, they’re not willing to part with them since they’re trying to be more conservative and that they have a niche audience to be proud of.

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