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Hoop fans closer to FIBA World Cup 2023 action with Smart

Smart is going full blast in giving its subscribers the FIBA World Cup experience. Kennelf Monteza (file photo)
By Stewart Tan

MANILA--Filipino basketball fans will now be closer to the FIBA World Cup 2023 action with its global partner Smart.

The Philippines will have a full homecourt advantage when it comes to epic basketball fan experiences lined up for the rest of the year, leading to the competition’s final phase from Aug. 25-Sept. 10.

Gilas Pilipinas will be one of the 32 competing teams in the FIBA World Cup, which is to be co-hosted by the Philippines with Japan and Indonesia.

As the country prepares to welcome the best players from all over the world, every Filipino basketball aficionado can easily participate, show support, and enjoy a 360-degree, epic basketball fan experience powered by Smart.

“After nearly five decades since the country first hosted the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 1978, the world basketball stage finally returns to the Philippines. The biggest basketball event in Philippine history comes home and is within reach of every Filipino basketball fan. This is really for the supporters of the game. At Smart, we are thrilled to be part of the team that brings everyone closer to where it all happens,” said Al Panlilio, president of PLDT and Smart as well as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, head of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 local organizing committee, and second vice president of the FIBA Asia Central Board.

“For Filipino basketball fans, this is the best time to be a Smart subscriber.,” said Francis Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.

Smart subscribers can also stream all the upcoming FIBA games, as well as watch replays of the previous games, via the Smart LiveStream App, the go-to app for exclusive live sports and music events as well as on-demand video content.

Now downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the Smart LiveStream App is designed for optimized streaming wherever you are, transforming your smartphone into an electrifying sports arena, allowing fans to be virtually part of the large and live FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 crowd cheering at the Philippine Arena, Mall of Asia Arena, and Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Smart LiveStream App is available to all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Infinity, TNT, and Smart Bro subscribers, who only need mobile data to access high-quality videos, anytime and anywhere. Non-Smart users may also stream the games live via their PLDT Home Wifi accounts. 

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