The British Open (sorry mate, I mean The Open) is the best golf tournament on television in Hong Kong. The Open is broadcast in Asia on ESPN and unlike the Masters and other big US events it comes on in prime time here. It's quite civilised and unique; you can sit in the sanctity of your own flat and watch Tiger Woods playing alongside some plumber from Luxembourg. The crowds are great as well, no yahoos among these throngs as the pious BBC folks repeatedly remind us. There is also one other reason this year's tournament is of particular interest. It may well be the last Open I will ever be able to watch on my own TV because I have no idea what the sports viewing landscape will look like one year from now. I'm not trying to be melodramatic here but everything is now officially upside down for fans of televised sports. This week, ESPN/Star Sports announced it will be leaving its current platform on Hong Kong Cable to switch to PCCW's NOW Broadband TV effective August 17. And this news brings but one question: what the hell is NOW Broadband TV? PCCW must have had the network in a witness protection programme for the past year or so because most people in this town had no clue what it was until this past week when they woke up to find that if they were interested in watching the NFL, Formula One, Major League Baseball, the NBA, international rugby, Wimbledon, top golf tournaments and of course the world nine ball championship, they would have to subscribe to NOW Broadband TV. If they were only interested in watching live broadcasts of the English Premier League then they could stick with Hong Kong Cable which paid an incalculable $800 million to secure local rights of the coveted matches for the next three years. So it seemed like the decision was fairly simple, right? Hardly. If you were to call NOW Broadband TV and ask them for ESPN and Star Sports but nothing else, forget it. Unless you're a Netvigator subscriber, you will have to become one in order to watch the Monaco Grand Prix on your TV. So a whole slew of sports fans are going to either become Netvigator subscribers or go without and frankly going without is not a bad option right now. Personally, I have been trying to seek a divorce from Netvigator forever due to myriad reasons. For instance, not only did they sell their data base of e-mail addresses to an army of uncouth spammers, they then proceeded to offer spam protection for $18 a month so you could get relief from the 500 or so daily junk e-mails that Netvigator unleashed in the first place. For too long PCCW and any of its subsidiaries have been morally and ethically bankrupt and just when I felt I could make a clean break from this black-hearted crew, they hold me hostage with the Super Bowl and World Series. So now I must remain a Netvigator subscriber and for an additional $88 per month I am entitled to ESPN and Star Sports. If you don't have a Netvigator subscription, then you need to cough up $210 per month plus an additional $88 for the sports channels. If you want to watch English footy you need Hong Kong Cable at about $300 per month. If you want both you need two cable outlets on your TV and mine has one. It didn't have to be this way. Despite a history of acrimony, ESPN and Hong Kong Cable could have worked through this but they chose not to. Now Hong Kong Cable needs to recoup its soccer investment of $800 million in the next three years and there is no way that happens with only English footy. ESPN/Star Sports is also facing a very uncertain future here now that its fortunes are intrinsically linked to a poorly managed group like PCCW whose NOW Broadband TV isn't even available yet in a number of areas in Hong Kong. There are even a couple more cable networks on the horizon and while we wanted viewing options, this was a game of Russian roulette that nobody needed to play. There are few winners here, only a dizzy populace. But for today I really don't care, I just want to enjoy watching my favourite golf tournament, and so should you. Enjoy the fact that despite some dubious decisions by the BBC crew, like the ponderous and tedious shots of the Scottish country side and a leaderboard that gets updated once every couple of hours, the Open is still riveting viewing come the final round. Yes Hong Kong, enjoy the Open one last time because its future around here is confusing at best. Join Tim Noonan online on Wednesdays at 10am to discuss all things sporting in On the Spot .