(Hong Kong, September 7, 2003) Hong Kong Cable Television Limited （CABLE TV） announced today that it had secured the right to carry the Spanish Primera Liga exclusively and to launch Hong Kong’s first dedicated soccer channel to accommodate the wide array of top notch soccer action on its platform.
With the acquisition of the Spanish Primera Liga, all the four major European soccer leagues, inclusive of the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, are now shown exclusively on the CABLE TV platform.
The all soccer channel, Super Soccer Channel, will be launched as a basic channel on channel 61 starting from 6:00 am on Saturday (September 13). It will be the first all soccer channel in Hong Kong, providing live and taped coverage of top soccer action, inclusive of Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga, qualifying matches of Euro 2004, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA World Youth Championship, UEFA Cup, English FA Cup and J-League with a total of over 200 matches a season. The channel will be supplemented by highlight programmes of major European soccer leagues as well as magazine type programmes of the soccer world.
The channel will show four live and two taped matches of the Spanish league each week. On top of that, two live matches and a taped match of German Bundesliga will be offered during weekends. In mid-week, the channel will feature highlight programmes of major European soccer tournaments with goals and full results.
The Sports channel (Channel no. 6) will continue to carry the Italian Serie A and other top-notch sports events.
Mr. Ronald Chiu, CABLE TV’s Vice President, News & Sports, said the acquisition of the prestigious Le Liga had enabled the station to offer all the major European soccer leagues on its platform.
“More than 10 live matches will be broadcast each weekend, catering to the needs of fans of different European soccer leagues. I am sure the new soccer channel will be welcome by our viewers and serve to further consolidate our position the leading sports broadcaster in Hong Kong,” he added.