TVB to pay HK$3m to charity as viewer benchmark reached

Actor Nat Chan Pak-cheung. Photo: David Wong

Flamboyant TVB artist Nat Chan Pak-cheung said he was “99 per cent certain” the television station, which has been dominant in the free-to-air television market for more than four decades, would have to donate HK$3 million to charities as its anniversary gala held on Tues

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 1:51pm 6 comments

Letting 'armchair officials' rule is a recipe for disaster

Steve Stricker was accused by at least one TV viewer of making an illegal drop, forcing the USGA rules committee to act. Photo: AFP

Someday soon, golf is going to regret letting people watching from home phone in rules violations. Consider what happened at this year's Masters a dry run.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Premier League clubs to get 25pc boost in revenue from new TV deals

Chelsea's Torres celebrates after scoring against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match in London. Photo: Reuters

English Premier League clubs will enjoy a revenue boost of almost 25 per cent next season thanks to a glut of lucrative new television deals, according to a report published yesterday by financial analysts Deloitte.

7 Jun 2013 - 12:05pm

New free-to-air TV licences will bring variety to viewing

Lawmakers Ann Chiang Lai-wan and Emily Lau Wai-hing appear on talk show. More channels can allow for better quality political debate. Photo: David Wong

Gone were those days when viewers in the Pearl River Delta defied officials by setting up special antennae to receive TV from this side of the border. Meanwhile, back in Hong Kong, during the past week or so, speculation spread that the Executive Council had finally come to a consensus about handing out new free-to-air TV licences. 

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

Free World Cup broadcasts good news for soccer fans

TVB's general manager of broadcasting Cheong Shin-keong (right) announces '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' broadcasting rights in a press conference. Photo: Felix Wong

For the first time in 16 years, Hong Kong's soccer fans will be able to see the important games of the World Cup tournament free of charge. TVB's winning of the broadcasting rights and its decision to show 22 of the 64 games, the opener, both semi-finals and final among them, on its free-to-air channels, is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Avid soccer fans would like to see each and every goal without having to pay, as they did in 1998. But the broadcaster claims it is financially constrained. Although not the perfect outcome, it is at least an improvement.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Al-Jazeera US channel faces resistance but could benefit journalistic brand

An Al-Jazeera English studio in Washington. Photo: AFP

Can Al-Jazeera win hearts and minds in America? The pan-Arab news giant is laying the groundwork for the launch of Al-Jazeera America after buying struggling US cable channel Current TV. It is likely to face an uphill battle for viewers but could solidify its journalistic brand, analysts say.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Letters to the Editor, May 13, 2013

Angela Merkel's austerity measures are right. Photo: AFP

Thousands turned out for May day marches on May 1, because so many workers in Hong Kong believe they are being poorly treated.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 4 comments

bbTV to suspend local news channel

Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) spokeswoman Jessie Cheng Ching-man said bbTV's contract with HKTV ends on August 31 and the pay-TV service would not be renewing it.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

Twitter seeks television partnerships

Twitter wants to add entertainment and news content that will get users to spend time on the site and watch promotions. Photo: AFP

The San Francisco-based company has held talks with Viacom about hosting TV clips on its site and selling adverts, according to people familiar with the private talks on the matter. Twitter has discussed a content partnership with Comcast's NBCUniversal, said two of the people.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

TV series of Canadian brothers' record-setting China motorbike trip airs

Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle. Photo: Reuters

It took Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle five minutes to come up with the idea of circumnavigating China by motorcycle, a journey never attempted before. It did not take much longer for Colin to quit his job as a foreign exchange trader and sell his house. Now, a TV series of their Guinness world record-breaking 65-day adventure is to air around the world.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

Rival celebrity diving shows fail to make a splash with critics

Actor Niu Qun, 64, about to dive from height. Photo: SCMP

Two rival television variety shows about one of the mainland's favourite sports premiered last weekend to generally poor reviews, despite having star-studded rosters of contestants, including some from Hong Kong.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

How reality has pierced through China's 'happiest 30 minutes' on television

Screen grabs from Xinwen Lianbo that show (clockwise from top left) a woman complaining about food inflation; a bare-bottomed infant appears during then Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit to a village in Inner Mongolia; a meeting about a demolition project; and smog in a mainland city. Photos: SCMP

Mainland internet users sarcastically dubbed China Central Television's (CCTV) nightly prime-time newscast, Xinwen Lianbo, the "happiest 30 minutes" on television, but there are now fewer smiles than before.

4 Apr 2013 - 8:52am 1 comment

Rising demand for smart TVs sees TPV raise targets

Jason Hsuan says smart TVs will be a focus. Photo: SCMP

TPV Technology, the world's largest contract producer of computer monitors, is aiming to produce 18 million liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions this year as demand for smart TV and high-definition large-sized TVs improves.

23 Mar 2013 - 3:41am

Excessive TV linked to antisocial behaviour

A study has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults. Photo: Reuters

Video killed the radio star - and television could be harming your child's social skills.

A new study published online in the journal Pediatrics has found that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to indulge in antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults.

19 Feb 2013 - 10:00am

IOC has sold soul to the (TV) devil

IOC has sold soul to the (TV) devil

I love the game of golf and have little interest in wrestling. But we are talking Olympics in summer, not Augusta in April. In a somewhat bewildering move, the International Olympic Committee has decided wrestling was not sexy enough and bedevilled by weak TV ratings so it will be out come the 2020 Summer Games in order to allow other sports, like golf, into the fray.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:46am