SMART provided us ways to get entertained since the start of the pandemic two years ago. They hosted the Hallyu Hangouts featuring Crash Landing On You and SMART endorsers Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin. They also made the NBA games and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for us to watch and witness history. These were much appreciated, but it would be a lot better if these shows or sporting events can be viewed under one app. Our friends from SMART probably heard my wish, ‘coz last September they launched the GigaPlay app.
GigaPlay is a new and handy streaming app especially developed to bring a suite of sports and entertainment content to subscribers. Unlike other streaming apps which you have to pay subscription fees, using GigaPlay is totally FREE! I’ve been using it since it became available and been logging on to it everyday to be entertained.
I am an NBA fan and while I have pledged my allegiance to the 17-time World Champions Los Angeles Lakers, I still watch all the other NBA teams’ games. The arrival of GigaPlay was a godsend for NBA fans like me because it offers NBA Philippines 24×7! This is exactly the same channel shown on Cignal TV on cable and this is exactly what I needed whenever I am not in front of our TV. With the GigaPlay app, I am able to watch NBA games and other NBA shows whichever part of the day! I usually watch the games live in the morning while I undergo dialysis treatment at the hospital.
There are other sports-related content in the GigaPlay app. It shows the PBA games, Japan’s B League where some of our Filipino basketball athletes are playing, the FIBA Asia Cup and PVL or the Premier Volleyball League. The newest content offer under sports is the UAAP Varsity Channel. As of the moment, they are showing past collegiate UAAP matches in Volleyball and Basketball but hopefully in the near future we’ll be able to watch UAAP games live on the app.
Aside from sports, GigaPlay also offers entertainment content. Since 2020, the iHeart Radio Music Festival became a part of SMART’s GigaFest celebrations. All iHeart’s previous Music Festivals and Holiday Events are in the GigaPlay app and we can expect future iHeart shows to be shown exclusively through this app. Remember the American Music Awards last year when the whole BTS Army scrambled on how to watch it on the internet? Yes, GigaPlay was able to show the whole awards show including the performance of the popular K-pop group from Bangtan!
THE BEST KOREAN TV CHANNEL
The latest addition to the GigaPlay app is a premier Korean TV Channel. tVN is my favorite Korean channel and, like NBA Philippines, I can watch all the tVN shows LIVE 24×7! This premium channel provides the Best Korean Entertainment through 24 hours express dramas, blockbuster movies, top-rated variety shows, world class music shows, record-breaking hit dramas, trend-leading lifestyle programs, and star-studded original productions.
As we all know by now, SMART has the top Korean artists as their endorsers. Crash Landing on You stars Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin and Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon are all SMART’s endorsers and have appeared in the special event SMART Hallyu Hangouts. Relive their respective interviews and interactions with Filipino fans in the GigaPlay app.
HOW TO USE THE GIGAPLAY APP?
First of all, you need to be a SMART Signature, SMART BRO, SMART Infinity or a SMART Prepaid subscriber under a Giga Video promo to use the GigaPlay app. Second, you’ll need to turn on your device’s SMART mobile data or connect to a PLDT Home Fiber before you can start streaming the videos.
Once logged in, you will see the shows arranged under these sections: Movies/Series, Sports, Music, Shows. Here’s a list of available channels:
- Love is Color Blind
- NBA Philippines
- PBA 2021 Governor’s Cup
- PBA 3X3
- Japan B-League
- Premier Volleyball League
- UAAP Varsity Channel
- Pokemon Battle Festival
- FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- FIBA Asia Cup 2021
- Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
- M Countdown
- iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2021
- Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021
- American Music Awards
- Billboard Music Awards
- KCON:TACT HI 5
- Mnet Asian Music Awards 2020
- iHeart Radio Music Festival 2021
- iHeart Radio Music Festival 2020
- iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2020
- Hallyu Hangouts Cha Eun Woo
- TNT Kilig Fest
- Hallyu Hangouts
- Park Seo Joon, Comma
Select the channel you wish to watch and binge! Don’t forget to bring some snacks and drinks!
The brightness of the screen can be adjusted on the left side while the volume is on the right. If you wish to move to another channel, there’s a shortcut at the lower left section of the screen where you can access the other shows. You can also close the window so you can be brought back to the main window of the app.
What’s the best feature of the GigaPlay app? IT’S TOTALLY FREE!!! Free to download, Free to use! No need to pay any subscriptions. All you need is to be a current SMART subscriber.
Download the GigaPlay app now from the App Store or Google Play and start enjoying these sports and entertainment content anytime, anywhere! If you are not yet a SMART subscriber, head on over to SMART and subscribe to a SMART Signature plan!