Now TV

English football pulls in 5,000 new subscribers to Now TV

PCCW Now Broadband TV attracted more than 5,000 new subscribers in the month since winning the rights to broadcast English Premier League football matches for three seasons starting in August next year, according to an executive.

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006, 12:00am

Cost cuts help TVB record gain in underlying income

Earnings at broadcaster increase 19pc after pay-television unit reduces losses

Television Broadcasts, Hong Kong's largest terrestrial broadcaster, reported a 19 per cent gain in underlying first-half profit as it cut losses at a pay-television unit and reduced costs.

25 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

TVB unit rides on Now to increase coverage

Television Broadcasts' (TVB) pay TV arm TVB Pay Vision will begin offering its service through PCCW Now Broadband TV from Wednesday.

The operator next month will launch three new channels called TVB - TVB Entertainment News channel, TVB Life channel and TVB News channel 2.

8 May 2006 - 12:00am

take action

Reader William Sim bought an Archos AV530 movie player for $4,500 last November. It broke down after a month and a half.

'I sent it to Jebsen & Co, the agent in Hong Kong. I was told the repair would take seven to eight weeks. Now it's almost 11 weeks and there is still no reply from Jebsen,' he said.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Is it all over for Premier League on Cable?

I-Cable Communications will not try to hold on to its exclusive rights to screen English Premier League (EPL) soccer after next year if the price is too high, chairman Stephen Ng Tin-hoi said yesterday - signalling a major change of strategy.

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Now, that's what I call annoying

A sucker for free lunches, I have never liked pay-TV. My NOW TV connection, for which I pay far too much, has been experiencing sound and image blackouts.

Apparently Hans Ebert, the boss of EMI Music Southeast Asia, has similar problems but has figured out a quick fix.

18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Battle looms for Premier League deal

Rivals of i-Cable may spend up to $1b to win bid for new three-year contract as broadcast rights may

turn non-exclusive

Competition among pay-television operators is set to heat up as the exclusive broadcasting rights for

the popular English Premier League (EPL) from the 2007-08 season are thrown open to bids, an

industry source said.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

SmarTone shows the naked truth about 3G strategy

Topless models exposing their charms to convey a message ... hardly a novel advertising strategy but one SmarTone-Vodafone embraced last week in the name of 3G.

It's a jungle out there in the cut-throat battle for new subscribers and the mobile operator wheeled out the professionals - male and female, of course, to deflect claims of sexism - as it unveiled its latest handset.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Should the exam authority revise security arrangements?

The HKCEE is an important stage in a student's life. Candidates put in painstaking efforts to deal with these important exams. They have spent about 14 years studying and working hard to succeed.

10 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Football rights to cut i-Cable profit

Estimated 19pc rise in programme costs not enough to stifle bottom-line growth

The interim results of Hong Kong's largest pay-television operator, i-Cable Communications, were probably hurt by the additional programming cost of landing the exclusive right to English Premier League football matches, according to media analysts.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Talkback

Q Are five demerit points sufficient penalty for running a red light?

I sincerely hope Susan Ramsay from Tseung Kwan O does not have a licence to drive in Hong Kong as anyone who doesn't understand something as fundamental as traffic light signals is clearly a danger to themselves and others.

15 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

PCCW eyes sports play for hotels

PCCW plans to extend its pay-television service to bars and hotels now that it has boosted its sports coverage through exclusive deals with ESPN and Star Sports.

NOW Broadband TV hopes to decide a subscription and network installation plan for commercial customers by mid-August when it launches the new channels.

16 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Galaxy slashes pay-TV charge in marketing push

Competition is intensifying as operators pull the plug on unsuccessful ventures

Pay-television operator Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting has slashed its service charge by 23.8 per cent amid intensifying competition among fewer players.

29 May 2004 - 12:00am

PCCW looks to BBC and cartoons to lift broadband demand

PCCW hopes BBC World and the Cartoon Network will boost demand for its broadband services when its package of pay-television services is launched next month.

27 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

English channel important

I REFER to the article which appeared in the South China Morning Post on December 16, headlined, 'English channels face bleak future'.

The Broadcasting Authority is proposing that STAR TV be allowed to broadcast in Cantonese.

I am a 13-year-old student at an international school and I don't support this proposal.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am