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NBA, Viacom18 announce multi-year broadcast and streaming partnership in India

Viacom18 to distribute Live NBA Games in English and Hindi on Vh1, MTV, Voot and Jio TV.

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Mumbai: The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Viacom18 have announced a multi-year partnership to deliver live NBA games and programming to fans in India across television and over-the-top streaming.

Beginning with the NBA’s 75th anniversary season in 2021-22, Viacom18 as part of the partnership enabled and supported by Rise Worldwide will provide comprehensive coverage of the NBA’s regular season and marquee events in English and Hindi through its television channels Vh1 and MTV, and through its digital platforms Voot and Jio TV.  

“While sports are the biggest whitespace that we are entering, to build a truly inclusive and differentiated proposition, we need to look at diverse sporting events from across the globe,” Viacom18 chief executive officer – sports Anil Jayaraj. “Basketball is a sport that is increasingly gaining attention and affinity in India.  Through this partnership with the NBA, not only do we want to make basketball mainstream, but also build its lifestyle appeal among sports fans.”

Coverage will include weekly live games, NBA All-Star, the NBA Play-In Tournament, the NBA Playoffs, and the Finals. Viacom18 will show daily highlights and create original NBA-themed programming that will run on a number of channels across its network, said the media conglomerate in a media statement.

“Globally, basketball is more than a sport – it is a lifestyle,” said Viacom18 head of youth, music and English entertainment Anshul Ailawadi. “As we look to build basketball into a cultural phenomenon in India, we welcome this deep partnership with the NBA.  Over the course of this association, we will be initiating a heavily localized marketing outreach and consumer connect programme aimed at building fandom for the sport.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Viacom18 to broadcast and stream live NBA games to a nationwide audience,” said NBA India head of global content and media distribution Sunny Malik. “Basketball’s popularity in India continues to grow, and by offering a range of NBA programming on Viacom18 in both English and Hindi, we look forward to reaching and inspiring millions of new and existing NBA fans across the country.”

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