Cignal TV Soars in Asian Games 2023 Sports Coverage

Hot on the heels of its very successful broadcast of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the Philippines' leading pay television provider, Cignal TV, delivered a top-notch and innovative presentation of the recently concluded 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Throughout the 16-day Asiad, Filipino sports enthusiasts were able to closely follow the competitions via Cignal's various platforms, including the free-to-air One Sports channel, Pay TV channel One Sports+, and its over-the-top (OTT) service, Pilipinas Live.

Gilas Pilipinas, Philippines Men's Basketball Team, 19th Asian Games Men's Basketball Champion
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Ms. Jane J. Basas, President and CEO of Mediaquest Holdings and Cignal TV, expressed her delight, stating, "We were thrilled to bring the Asian Games to the Filipino audience. This marked the Philippines' highest ranking in nearly three decades. Of utmost significance, Gilas Pilipinas secured the coveted gold medal in basketball. The Asiad brought about several delightful surprises for our sports fans, and we delivered live and on-demand coverage to them."

At the forefront of Cignal's endeavors was Pilipinas Live, recognized as the leading sports app in the Philippines during both the Asian Games and the FIBA World Cup. The OTT service provided live and on-demand sports coverage in the Philippines and globally, presented without commercials and in high definition. Pilipinas Live can be easily downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

This year's Asiad featured more than 12,000 athletes representing all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia, taking place from September 23 to October 8, 2023.

The Philippines secured the 17th position in the overall rankings, with a haul of 4 golds, 2 silvers, and 12 bronzes, resulting in a total of 18 medals. This represented an improvement from their 19th place finish during the 2018 Asiad held in Jakarta.

EJ Obiena, the world's second-ranked pole vaulter, clinched the country's first gold medal and set a new Asiad men's pole vault record at 5.90 meters.

This feat was followed by Meggie Ochoa, a two-time world champion and a bronze medalist in the 2018 Asiad, who overcame high fever and severe body pain to claim her inaugural Asiad gold in the women's 48 kg ju-jitsu final. Another gold medal in ju-jitsu was secured by Annie Ramirez in the women's 57 kg match.

The most significant and surprising gold medal, however, was won by Gilas Pilipinas. Under the leadership of Coach Tim Cone, the Philippines' Men's National Basketball Team triumphed over the previously undefeated Jordan, securing a 70-60 victory and ending a 61-year drought in the Asiad Men's Basketball title for the nation.

In line with Gilas Pilipinas' basketball triumph, Cignal TV has solidified its position as the Philippines' leading sports broadcasting network.

With its consecutive coverage of the FIBA World Cup 2023 and the 19th Asian Games, Cignal TV and Pilipinas Live now offer the most extensive coverage of the UAAP and Premier Volleyball League, while preparing to cover the upcoming East Asia Super League and the NBA 2023-2024 Season.

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