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KVH to bring PBA basketball to vessels

The basketball games can be accessed on board using a range of devices The basketball games can be accessed on board using a range of devices

KVH has agreed a deal with Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) to bring coverage of full games from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to merchant ships, via its mini-VSAT and IP-MobileCast service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Under the terms of the agreement, KVH will distribute PBA men’s professional basketball league games for the 43rd and 44th PBA seasons, which began with the Philippine Cup on December 17, 2017.

The PBA games will be delivered via satellite to vessels subscribed to KVH’s SPORTSlink and IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and can be accessed by seafarers on mobile devices, desktops, and televisions.

“PGNL is devoted to bringing the PBA closer to every Filipino overseas. This partnership with KVH is a step toward reaching out to seafarers who would want to experience the PBA while they’re away from home,” said Ernesto D. Sta. Maria, Jr., PGNL president and CEO.

“We work hard to make sure that more Filipinos all over the world get to enjoy quality sports content from PGNL.”

KVH says it will also include more PBA reporting in its current SPORTSlink coverage of basketball news from around the world, and add a new year-round basketball special edition to its NEWSlink print service.

“We are very excited to work with PGNL to bring the PBA to the maritime market,” said Candice Pascal, KVH vice president for content acquisition.

“We are committed to providing content experiences that will boost morale and help seafarers feel more connected to home. This is the first opportunity crew will have to really engage with the PBA. Professional basketball is a popular sport among seafarers, and we are confident that watching the games will enhance their time at sea.”{/mprestriction}

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