PBA Live Streaming, FREE
February 23, 2011 by Benjie Cruz
Wow, this is a welcome news, PBA Games Live Stream now available via Philippine Star.
The PBA and Philippines Star struck a deal that will allow PBA online fans to watch Philippine Basketball Association games live, via online stream, and for free. This means Filipinos and fans around the world, and in the Philippines of course, and those who are still in the office or on the road during games (assuming you have mobile net connection), will all be able to watch live PBA games. This is thru Philippine Star live stream.
Will no longer google “PBA live streaming” every now and then. And I guess, I’ll put off my plan of buying a USB Laptop TV tuner.
Will try this PBA live streaming first.
As per report, the actual PBA live streaming feed starts with the double-header between the Talk N Text Tropang Texters and guest team Smart Gilas, and the Air21 Express and San Miguel Beermen this coming February 25. Whattaday to launch, FREE online PBA games on freedom day!
Yes, PBA will still use Solar & Studio 23 broadcasts so we’ll get to hear Sev Sarmenta still. It is still not clear though if the stream will feed the TV commercials that are aired on free over the air TV. Or, Star Group will have exclusive rights as to what ads they’ll show during timeouts, halftime and quarter breaks. I care about that aspect! (Updated: The Philippine Star PBA stream doesn’t feed the TV commercials. Rather, they show graphic info, like schedule of games.)
And unknown still what are the requirements needed by the end-watcher. Like, what minimum internet connection speed is needed, what’s the best browser to use,Â what plugin is needed, etc.
We’ll find out later.
Thanks Commissioner Salud, you scored one on this.
In a statement, PBA Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud said the move aims to further broaden PBAâ€™s reach by not limiting the broadcasts of games to just local television and radio. â€œThe choice of philstar.com as the PBAâ€™s official partner to reach our potential global audience is perfect given the site’s wide reach and the high traffic,â€ Salud said. â€œPlus, with all the technological developments happening in the world, it is high time for PBA to go a step further in making sure that they are at the forefront of all these advancements.â€