From television, ESPN5 super-serves sports by extending reach to online so that fans can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.
With the recent rebranding of Philippine sports television channel Sports 5, thanks to a collaboration with ESPN announced late last year, ESPN5 has now launched its digital arm ESPN5.com and accompanying app ESPN5 for Filipino sports fans to equally enjoy.
Boasting of updates, scores, and videos, both the website and the app look to further satisfy the hunger of avid followers of all types of sports, extending from TV to online and putting much thought into how they can deliver more sports angles to fans, so that they don’t have to worry about missing anything on their favorite games and tournaments.
“ESPN has a strong connection with fans around the world because we are fans ourselves, driven by a similar obsession for sports,” said Joyee Biswas, Head of Southeast Asia, ESPN. “The launch of our new co-branded digital multi-sports products for Philippine sports fans showcases our digital leadership and offers sports fans outstanding news, features and video experiences around top sports of interest to Filipino sports fans. These new products perfectly complement TV5’s recently launched ESPN5 channel and reinforce our signature ‘Game around the Game’ analysis across platforms.”
Aside from the PBA, PSL, and Gilas games, viewers and now users are expected to be presented the most sought after sports events, including the upcoming fight of boxer Jerwin Ancajas on February 3, as well as the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics from February 9 to 25, featuring two Filipinos, Michael Christian Martinez and Asa Miller.
“Specifically the Winter Olympics, we will be airing that content for free. So given the number of games, we’ll be dedicating six streaming channels for the Winter Olympics on our ESPN5.com,” shared Lloyd Manaloto, Head of ESPN5. “So that’s on top of Aksyon coverage and the content on TV5.”
The digital launches come after the December debut of the Philippine edition of SportsCenter, the iconic sports program on ESPN that originated in the United States. It is said to be part of their commitment to provide a full experience for all sports aficionados. “It is our way of truly serving the Filipino sports fans. We are very proud to announce that starting tomorrow evening, January 31st, ESPN5.com is going to go live,” announced Vincent “Chot” Reyes, President of TV5.
“We want to cement our position in the minds of the public and the advertisers as well, our partners,” Reyes added. “But we are not forgetting the storytelling part because being a TV network, aside from showing the games or the matches, we still want to tell stories, and whether it’d be in a form of documentaries or television features, or articles and treatment on the website, that’s all part of it.”
As for the ESPN5 subscription, there’s much to be revealed on the types of content but already, the direct-to-consumer streaming service suggests exclusive content and access to other international sporting events, such as the US NCAA, which actually might be interesting for Filipinos to follow with the rising interest in Arizona State University’s Fil-Am player Remy Martin, who might be a potential Gilas player come 2023.
With more and more ways to present content in this multimedia age, for sure sports are no slackers on the trend and ESPN5 is arguably the most reliable name to bring fans straight to the game through their screens.