Digicel Play partners with NBC for NRL coverage

Digicel Play has announced a partnership with the National Broadcasting Corporation which will see a number of NRL games also aired on the NBC's free-to-air channel.

During the 2016 season, three weekly NRL matches will be aired on NBC as well as Digicel Play. The partnership will also see the ANZAC Test and the very popular State of Origin series aired on both networks.

All remaining matches, including the PNG Hunters games and Digicel Cup, will be aired on Digicel Play.

Digicel CEO, Mr Maurice McCarthy, said Digicel recognises that Rugby League and the NRL has a passionate following in PNG.

"We want to work closely with PNG's state broadcaster to allow both our viewers and NBC viewers the chance to see the action at home," he said.

"As the true home of Rugby League in PNG, Digicel Play offers an unbeatable service for our viewers. With Digicel Play and NBC we are reaching the whole of PNG."

"PNG is going to experience NRL like they have never experienced it before and our partnership with NBC means key games will be free-to-air on NBC, as well as broadcast in high definition on Digicel Play," Mr McCarthy said.

Acting Managing Director of NBC,  Kora Nou, said the availability of the NRL in every home in PNG with a TV set, and meant that the partnership was a win-win arrangement for both the NBC and Digicel Play.

"We recognize that Rugby League is the national sport of PNG, and the NRL is the best club competition in the world. Through this partnership, there will be 100 percent NRL coverage across the country. Working together with Digicel means that the people of PNG can enjoy the NRL on whichever platform they choose.

"As the State Broadcaster, one of our core functions is to provide real entertainment; when it comes to Rugby League, the NRL is as compelling as it gets," he said.



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