THE head of PTV-4 on Thursday allayed concerns among fans over its reach and signal strength in the wake of reports that the government-owned network is being eyed to be the new carrier of the PBA matches.
PTV general manager Cleo B. Dongga-as said the network, home to the pro league's games during its glory years in the early eighties, is in the middle of a major rehabilitation work that would make for a clearer signal and wider reach should it be tapped to broadcast PBA matches.
“We’re improving and we are still in the process of rejuvenating our provincial stations,” said Dongga-as, adding that three new transmitters will be arriving soon to boost the station's signals in Baguio, Cebu and Davao.
Several fans have aired concern over PTV's weak signal and absence from the channel list of some cable providers when Spin.ph broke the story that it is being eyed to broadcast the league's matches. (For full story, click Salud eyes 'win-win solution' as sources reveal PBA coverage returning to PTV-4)
Dongga-as, however, pointed out that President Benigno Aquino recently signed into law a new PTV charter with a fresh capital infusion of P5-billion to finance the modernization of its equipment and transmitters as well as satellite stations in the provinces.
The PTV boss said the network has 13 provincial stations around the country compared to none for IBC 13, which broadcast the league's games the past few years under a block time agreement which the league's TV coveror, Sports5, terminated at the end of May.
PTV is also carried by more than 800 cable networks nationwide with live online streaming at ptv.ph, Dongga-as added.
Dongga-as also bared that the revitalization of PTV will continue in the coming months pending the release of the approved budget.
“We have already requested another batch of transmitters,” said the PTV chief.
PTV officials met with Sports5 officials last Friday to try and work out a blocktime deal for AKTV similar to the set-up at IBC-13, but this time only for the PBA games.
Sports5 officials are in the process of finalizing the details of the broadcast plan that they will present within the next few days to the PBA board, which has found its first three proposals unacceptable.
The PBA board has already ruled out accepting Aksyon TV 41, TV5's sister channel in the UHF band, as the new home of the league broadcast, insisting that the TV contract precisely calls for a VHF channel to air the games.
Sports5 has also offered to broadcast some of the games live through TV5, but the number was not deemed enough by the board.
Sports5 sources said a return to IBC 13 is also unlikely.