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March 27, 2013

A three networks like ABS-CBN, IBC and GMA will share the broadcast rights of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games slated in the Philippines. The two networks, who developing a rivalry particularly in sports coverage, are going to split the coverage of several sports disciplines in the biennial event that will be held from April 6-20.

Everything is in place from security to production number for the grand and elaborate opening ceremonies of the 27th Southeast Asian Games at the Quirino Grandstand and the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) that having with its television coverage that an international broadcast coverage plan has been put in place to ensure that competitions in 41 sports can reach as many audiences, both local and international.

Officials behind the expected three-hour show went to Luneta yesterday to personally inspect the place and discuss the security details on opening day of the region’s biggest sports spectacle. No less than President Aquino will lead the nation in welcoming the more than 8,000 athletes, officials, members of the diplomatic corps and foreign guests in the ceremony that will be broadcast live within the SEA region and around the world.

The local broadcast pool is composed of the government networks IBC-13 and PTV-4 and corporate-owned ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7. Mabuhay Satellite is responsible for transmitting the broadcast feed to all international broadcasters and will use the Philippines’ first and only satellite, Agila 2. Overall director and producer Maria Montelibano was not around yesterday during an ocular visit at the Quirino Grandstand owing to an earlier commitment, but her assistant, noted stage director Robert Tongco, said a dry run of the various opening activities will be held next week to finalize all the details, including the security measures has reportedly forced the People's Television Network Channel 4 and other local networks to stay out of the bidding.

Viva Entertainment is first to announce through a television commercial and announcements on the internet that iw will show the games throught its primetime block Viva-TV, a blocktimer on government network IBC-13 remains the undisputed number 3. The People's Television Network strengthing the country's premiere sports network announce to the commercial television and announcements on the Telebisyon ng Bayan will show the games confident the government broadcast networkthrough a compact, versatile team of production, technical and on-camera personnel is meeting with sponsors to ensure greater advertising revenue for the coverage deliver a comprehensive, high-quality broadcast. More outside broadcast (OB) vans and 12 electronics news gathering units will be deployed in all competition venues, including three in Bacolod City and two in Cebu province. From 500 to 600 personnel will be needed as technicians, cameramen, sportscasters, researchers, etc.

Meanwhile, TV5 recently shows a comemrcial announcing that it will also air the games through its Kapatid network TV5, UHF sports channel AKTV, a news channel AksyonTV and cable sports network satellite Hyper.

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