ESPN5 (formerly ABC Sports from 2004 to 2008 and Sports5 from 2011 to 2017) is the sports division of TV5, currently with a partnership agreement with US-based sports network ESPN. ESPN 5 supplies and airs major sporting events in the Philippines and the world for free TV channels TV5, AksyonTV and Cignal-exclusive channels Hyper and PBA Rush.

The world's second oldest professional basketball league, Philippine Basketball Association, was its flagship program since it acquired the television rights from 2004 to 2008 and from 2011.



In 2011, TV5 and IBC, inked a blocktime deal which subsequently became AKTV. It was launched on May 5, 2011 through a marathon held at the Mall Of Asia Grounds in Pasay City.

From then on, Sports5 obtained rights to air major sporting leagues and events like the Philippine Basketball Association, United Football League and the NCAA (returned to ABS-CBN Sports in 2015).

Until its flagship primetime sports block's closure in 2013 due to high blocktime costs and poor ratings, most of its programs are aired on IBC through its programming block AKTV. From June 2013 onwards, most of its sports coverages are shown on TV5, AksyonTV and Hyper. It is headquartered at TV5 Media Center, Reliance cor. Sheridan st., Mandaluyong City.

Sports5 is the official TV partner of the Olympic Games in the Philippines from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, Sports5 acquired the Philippine broadcast rights (from ABS-CBN Sports) to air Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on free TV and satellite.[1]


On October 12, 2017, TV5 announced that it had reached a partnership with ESPN International to re-brand Sports 5 as ESPN 5; the re-branding took effect the next day, coinciding with game 1 of the PBA Governors' Cup final. As part of the relationship, the channel acquired domestic rights to some of ESPN's U.S. programming (including boxing, IndyCar Series, the NFL, U.S. college sports, and the X Games (although ESPN is a U.S. NBA broadcaster, the league has a separate rights deal with ABS-CBN). The operation includes a local version of ESPN's flagship studio program SportsCenter, SportsCenter Philippines (which premiered on December 17, 2017), and collaboration between ESPN and TV5 on digital content—having launched a localized version of ESPN.com and the streaming ESPN Player service on January 31, 2018. The partnership marked the return of the ESPN brand to the country since the replacement of ESPN Philippines with Fox Sports Asia.[2][3][4][5]

Current programs





PBA Rush

  • Basketball Science
  • The Chasedown
  • PBA Rulebook
  • Swagg Anatomy

Upcoming shows

Previous programs


  • AKTV (2011–2013)



  • Speedo G-League

See also


  1. ^ "TV5 gets rights to air UFC fights as Balls Channel announces it is going off the air". Spin.ph. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Bolante, Mikkel (October 12, 2017). "ESPN-5 IS HERE - TV5 announces partnership with 'Worldwide Leader in Sports'". Interaksyon. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Melvin, Paul (October 11, 2017). "TV 5 AND ESPN COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH ESPN 5 IN THE PHILIPPINES" (Press release). ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Isaga, JP (October 12, 2017). "ESPN returns to Philippine TV with TV5 partnership". Rappler. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ "ESPN launches New Digital Gateway with the Philippines Edition of ESPN.com and ESPN Player". Manila Bulletin. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018. 

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