NOW TV is offering golf's key PGA Championship and Ryder Cup for $480 There is a lot on offer for armchair sports fans other than soccer and tennis - providing they are willing to pay extra money. The four-round Mike Tyson fight last weekend cost viewers up to $200, and a year's subscription to World Cricket Live on i-Cable is $2,280. Golf's PGA Championship and Ryder Cup will be shown this year on PCCW's NOW Broadband TV as part of a live, exclusive package - but at a cost. Although existing PCCW customers who subscribe to NOW's golf channels are offered the tournament package for $480, and $388 if they have the golf channels and the ESPN package, some viewers think the price is steep for just seven days of coverage. 'I had been planning to subscribe to NOW's golf channel but this is outrageous,' protested Richard Castka, a sports photojournalist who regularly covers major golf tournaments. 'The sport is very dear to my heart and I am absolutely wounded that they would do this.' The total cost of one month's subscription to all 23 of NOW Broadband TV's pay channels is $612. 'Many of our golf channel customers expressed a strong interest to watch the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup live, therefore we pursued these programmes for them,' a PCCW spokesman said. 'These are very special and important events in the sport of golf and were offered before in Hong Kong at a much higher price.' Last year's PGA Championship was shown on i-Cable as a pay-per-view event costing $500, with a $100 discount for those signing up early. The biennial Ryder Cup tournament was shown without extra charge as part of i-Cable's basic package in 2002. Golf Association of Hong Kong chief executive Iain Valentine believed there was a demand for such coverage. 'Golf is growing in popularity in Hong Kong and a lot of people will be keen to watch the major championships,' he said. 'I think getting more sports to Hong Kong is great, but if it's going to be expensive then it will put people off.' Some customers were not aware the tournaments were not included in the existing golf coverage on NOW TV. 'Of course, there was the understanding that the Golf Tour Channel would include the PGA championship,' said Egbert Jorge, a golf instructor and subscriber to NOW. 'I'm very unhappy about this, but you can't do anything about it. They have monopoly rights to the event.' A Consumer Council spokeswoman said the practice had not broken any laws. 'As long as there is no issue of fraud involved with the original contract, this is just a pricing strategy,' she said, adding that the council had not received any complaints about the golf package.