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Armchair fans get money's worth

You there, sitting in your tiny flat with a remote control in your hand. Did you know you are a premium sports viewer? Well you are, because you live in Hong Kong where everything seems to be at a premium.

Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am

Fans may miss World Cup cricket

Doubts were raised yesterday about whether the cricket World Cup will be able to be seen in Hong Kong next month after Now TV said the broadcast was not on its programme schedule.

Group games start from March 11 in the West Indies, with 16 national teams from around the world playing in the championship, to be beamed out on international sports network ESPN.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

ESPN gives cycling fans a rough ride

Dear Sirs,

While I admit there are ineffably more important things in the world than bicycle races and yellow jerseys, I write to ask why broadcaster ESPN feels it can be so cavalier in its contempt for cycling fans eager to watch arguably the planet's finest sporting event: the three-week Tour de France.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

I-Cable to fight for football rights

I-Cable Communications, Hong Kong's largest pay-television operator, will be among the bidders for the broadcasting rights of the English Premier League for the three seasons starting from August next year, according to chairman Stephen Ng Tin-hoi.

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

Cricket fans fume as Test vanishes

Cricket fans in Hong Kong were dismayed yesterday when the pay TV channel scheduled to show the climax to the second Ashes Test between England and Australia televised another match instead.

Now Broadband TV's schedule had promised coverage of the game from Birmingham, England, on its ESPN Star Sports channel from 5.30pm.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Cat will not be let out of bag

Cable coverage 'is rubbish'

I refer to the letter 'Cable TV 'muppets' ruin game' that appeared in your Sports section on June 18.

20 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Ma Kai-yan

All good things must come to an end, and let's face it: how long can you be almost famous? A grand total of 96 talented, ambitious types were featured during the column's two-year tenure, which, if anything, provided an insight into the things that make this town tick.

21 May 2004 - 12:00am

Cable TV may ditch ESPN deal

Hong Kong Cable Television may dump ESPN when its contract with the popular sports channel expires this summer.

After announcing yesterday that it had separately secured exclusive three-year broadcasting rights for English Premier League soccer, which previously belonged to ESPN, the Wharf-controlled firm has even less incentive to continue with the sports channel.

5 May 2004 - 12:00am

Happy couple in a spin

The World Carnival is just the place for stuffed animals, sugary confection and stomach-churning rides. And it's also Romance Central.

5 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

ESPN Star waits for licence to offer more services

ESPN Star Sport plans to expand its online services once the mainland government grants it a broadband licence.

The web portal was awaiting an Internet service provider (ISP) licence from the Ministry of Information Industry so it could change its domain to www.espn star.com.cn and offer interactive services and video clips, a company source said.

23 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Goodbye skateboarders, I'm paying for some real sport

The future came suddenly to Hong Kong, so suddenly you might have missed it. It began earlier this year with the Cricket World Cup, dribbled its way through college basketball's Final Four and hip-checked itself into our living rooms with the Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to the vanguard, the new frontier and LWE (life without ESPN).

12 May 2003 - 12:00am

DBS get five correct results

Diocesan Boys' School students eclipsed your sports writer as they correctly predicted five results (including one correct score) in the English Premier League on Saturday and Sunday.

24 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Jargon and statistics no match for passion in football

IN THE WEE hours in Washington, I found myself drifting off during the opening minutes of a World Cup match. Desperately trying to stay focused on the commentary, I found myself adrift in a foreign language.

There was talk of 'end zones', 'point men' and 'goal differential', the first of many numbers. Then there was 'goal tender', 'PK' [penalty kick] and 'set play'.

30 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Happy ESPN fan

After two years of being denied ESPN via cable, Hong Kong sports fans were pleasantly surprised to find the channel back on the air.

Now Hong Kong can be truly an international city, with this premier sports channel available again. I congratulate ESPN and i-Cable for coming to an agreement, though I am still miffed that it has taken so long.

8 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Ball Watching

Welcome back. Here we are on the verge of the little kick-off before the big kick-off, or the Charity Shield as some people call it. And what an off-season it was, full of rumours, gossip and speculation. Normally all that intrigue would be about player signings and managerial shakeups but not this summer. Not in Hong Kong.

10 Aug 2001 - 12:00am