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Sunday, August 01, 2004

EPL Broadcasts in Hong Kong 

Having spoken to many English Premier League fans in Hong Kong, there seems to be some confusion over how they are going to get to see the new season 2004/2005 games 'Live' on TV.

For the past few years, i-Cable have been showing the EPL games via ESPN/Star Sports as part of their broadcasts. However, as of 17th August 2004, ESPN/Star Sports will be shifting to Now Broadband TV - and this is where the confusion lies.

i-Cable (who have won the bidding for the broadcast of EPL games for Hong Kong) will still be showing these games, but the feed will be directly from the UK.

Even though ESPN/Star will still be broadcasting the EPL games out of Singapore, their footprint does not include Hong Kong and the footie that ESPN/Star will be showing in Hong Kong is the European Champions League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and selected England games (if i am informed correctly).

Therefor, EPL footie fans in Hong Kong, don't go and sign up for NOW BBTV and cancel your i-Cable subscription, otherwise you will be in for a big shock!

If you want to see the 'live' EPL games you will need i-Cable and if you want to watch ECL, FA Cup, League Cup and England games, you will need NOW BBTV.

So, if you are like me, you need to subscribe to both! yes, it will be a little bit more expensive but at least you'll get to see all of those fantastic games at your leisure.

Don't say that you weren't warned!

Comments:
Well its obvious that the TV stations, in their quest to provide 'exclusive' football content, are actually making the fans suffer. I always thought that televised events were to attract more viewers, which in turn attracts advertisers and sponsors, which in turn generates revenues and exposure for all concerned.

Commercialism aside, all we want to do is watch football but i'll be damned if it's going to cost me an arm and a leg to do so! And, judging by your post, it probably means that those interesting interviews and match reports will be replaced by sub-standard fillers.

Not worth it!
Concerned EPL footie fan
 
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