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Solar Sports is a Filipino 24-hour cable TV sports channel that is owned by the Solar Entertainment Corporation, and based in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The channel was launched on January 1, 1994 and is available for Sky Cable, Cablelink and contract for local cable operators and via livestreaming.

Solar Sports
Solar Sports 2016 logo.png
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-01-01)
Owned bySolar Entertainment Corporation
Picture format480i SDTV
Slogan#Reinforced
CountryPhilippines
LanguageEnglish (main)
Filipino (secondary)
Broadcast areaNationwide
Formerly calledSolar Entertainment Channel (1994–2002)
ReplacedBTV
NBA Premium TV
Sister channel(s)ETC
Shop TV
Jack TV
Websitewww.solarsports.com.ph
Availability
Satellite
CignalChannel TBA
SatLiteChannel TBA
G SatChannel TBA
Cable
CablelinkChannel 58
Sky CableChannel 70
Streaming media
Solar WatchNowWatch Live (Philippines only)

HistoryEdit

The channel is known for showing sports that are familiar to the Filipinos. Its main programming are the NBA games, which are shown either a game or a doubleheader each day during the season. Other NBA programming includes shows produced by NBA TV, such as the NBA's Greatest Games and WNBA games during the league's off-season. It also shows the American Super Bowl. It is also the Filipino provider of the Olympic Games.

It also shows boxing matches such as the ones from the promotions of Bob Arum, Don King and most recently, Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. From 2002-2006, Solar Sports would cover the fights of Manny Pacquiao, until Pacquiao signed with ABS-CBN for the rights to cover his fights. However, Solar Sports regained the broadcast rights for Pacquiao's fights since 2007 when the channel signed a deal with GMA Network.

Other sports include Volleyball and Badminton, such as the JVC Badminton tournament and the first-ever Manny V. Pangilinan Badminton Tournament, pitting players from Asia and Europe, in 2005.

The network also launched Solar Sports Desk, a late-evening sports news program, similar to those famed American sports programs such as SportsCenter. On October 2006, Solar Sports re-launch its channel, adding local shows.

The channel is available exclusively in Metro Manila through Global Destiny Cable as of 2008. It used to be available exclusively on Sky Cable, but the two parties ceased their partnership at end of 2007 but it will be back on July 1. All cable companies in the provinces can put the channel without having to worry about exclusive rights.

On April 10, 2017 Sky Cable & Destiny Cable dropped Solar Sports along with sister channels Basketball TV, CT (now defunct), Jack TV & NBA Premium TV allegedly due to Sky Cable's unpaid carriage fees. On January 1, 2019 the channel was restored on Sky Cable after 1 year of carriage disputes.[1]

ProgramsEdit

CurrentEdit

Local programsEdit

  • Shop TV
  • Sagupaan
  • San Juan Coliseum Derby Time
  • Business & Leisure

FormerEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NBA Premium and BTV are back in SKYcable's channel lineup". Spin.ph.