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    Channel 41 signal woes a cause for concern ahead of NCAA season opener

    Jun 18, 2013
    “We’re pretty confident that a lot of the NCAA fans will still be able to catch us,” says Sports5 sports manager Vitto Lazatin. “But we know this is just the beginning and we know there’s still a lot of work to be done in ord

    THE looming change in TV channel of the NCAA Season 89 coverage could pose a problem for league followers who watch the games on the boob tube.

    The country’s oldest collegiate league will now air its games over Aksyon TV Channel 41 after the block time contract of Sports5 with partner IBC Channel 13 expired last month.

    Sports5 owns the exclusive coverage rights of the NCAA.

    But despite being a free-TV channel on the UHF band, Aksyon-TV has been experiencing problems with its signal especially in the provinces.

    Sports5 sports manager Vitto Lazatin, however, assured the public that steps are being done to solve the situation.

    “There is currently a plan in place to improve the nationwide-reach of the channel,” Lazatin said on Tuesday during the formal launch of the upcoming NCAA season at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    “We’re pretty confident that a lot of the NCAA fans will still be able to catch us,”  the former basketball commentator added. “But we know this is just the beginning and we know there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to make Aksyon TV a much stronger channel.”

    Lazatin said Sports 5 is open to other forms of media that can broadcast the games live like live streaming on line.

    Coverage of the basketball games are still on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

    The opening ceremony of the NCAA is set on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

    Four teams make their debut after the elaborate opening rites, with defending champion San Beda taking on host College of St. Bendile, and a rebuilding San Sebastian squad facing last year’s losing finalist in Letran.

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    “We’re pretty confident that a lot of the NCAA fans will still be able to catch us,” says Sports5 sports manager Vitto Lazatin. “But we know this is just the beginning and we know there’s still a lot of work to be done in ord
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