The NCAA has expressed concern over the coverage of the men’s basketball games of the current season amid complaints from fans who have no access to the league's new carrier station Aksyon TV 41.
Online sites including Spin.ph have been deluged with complaints from league fans over the non-accessibility or poor signal of TV5's sister channel on the UHF band, which inherited the broadcast of NCAA games after TV5 ended its blocktime agreement with IBC 13 in May.
Members of the NCAA management committee said they are aware of the complaints and bared plans to set up a meeting with officials of Sports5, which own the broadcast rights to the league's games.
“Kailangan namin to seek audience with AKTV,” management committee chairman Dax Castellano of College of St. Benilde said on Thursday. “We’re worried, in a way, kaya kailangan namin makausap sila.”
Rival league UAAP is handled by ABS-CBN Sports and its games are broadcast on its UHF channel Studio 23.
Jose Rizal University mancom representative Paul Supan said Aksyon TV has claimed that the infrastructure is in place for the station's plans to “activate three affiliate stations in the province to extend (the station's) reach to 12 million viewers.”
Aksyon TV, according to the data relayed to Supan, has a reach of eight million potential household viewers, one million less than that of IBC 13.
“That’s their numbers. That’s how they explained it to us,” Supan said. “So we’ll see after this year.”
Sports5 has also been taking steps to remedy the situation, like broadcasting the games through other forms of media like online live streaming.