Letters | Why Now TV’s World Cup package ‘early-bird offer’ is no offer
- Readers discuss Now TV’s business practices, harsh police behaviour, and the Pakistan prime minister’s trip to London
Given that we operate several food and beverage outlets here in Hong Kong – some of which subscribe to Now TV’s Super Sports Pack at HK$8,888 (US$1,100) per month – we contacted Now TV to sign up for its early-bird offer, which is promoted by its sales team as costing HK$48,000 as long as one signs up before the end of this month. We registered our interest for two of our premises.
Since our commercial leases at both premises expire in 2023, we informed the salesperson that we could not extend Now TV contracts as we could not guarantee we would still be at those locations. Now TV’s response was simply “extend the contract or pay the HK$60,000”.
On further investigation, it turns out the early-bird offer has a similar “small print” clause for residential customers. To take advantage of the early-bird offer of HK$280 instead of HK$1,080, you need to make a commitment for 24 months and “meet the required increment in monthly subscription fee”.
Rather than providing a simple service to the people of Hong Kong, Now TV is roping them into drawn-out contracts they don’t need for its own benefit. Shame on you and your business practices.
Noel Smyth, managing director, Delaney’s Development Ltd
Harsh behaviour hurts police image
While campaigns on this front have been gathering steam, in practice there seems to be a ways to go. A case in point was the intimidation meted out to my wife last week at the doorstep of the Aberdeen police station on Heung Yip Street, just for the mistake of dropping me off on a double yellow line curb.
We are not contesting the breach. What needs to be addressed is the attitude of the two policemen who approached my wife. They lambasted her for the mistake instead of calmly and courteously explaining the situation.
This was a breach that resulted in a fine of HK$500. Point taken and lesson learned. The issue is, why were the two policemen were so verbally abrasive and abusive? Does a traffic violation need to be addressed in such an intimidating manner?
Kenneth Koo, Wong Chuk Hang
Prime minister should focus on Pakistan
Instead of visiting the UK, Sharif should visit every oil-rich Middle East nation to ask for humanitarian aid to help rebuild the nation into a prosperous one like before.
K.M. Nasir, Mid-Levels