July 18, 2004


New-Look CABLE TV Sports Platform to Greet New Soccer Season

(Hong Kong, July 18, 2004) Hong Kong Cable Television Limited (CABLE TV) will launch two brand new channels in August to accommodate the wide-array of exclusive soccer and other sports programmes on its platform, the leading pay television operator announced today. This would be in addition to the 3 channels (i.e. Super Soccer, Sports and Odds Express) that CABLE TV is already offering.

CABLE TV also disclosed today that it had renewed the exclusive right to carry the German Bundesliga. With that addition, CABLE TV will be the exclusive broadcaster of all four top European tournaments in Hong Kong. The others are the Barclays English Premier League, the Italian Serie A and the Spanish Primera Liga.

From August 14, a dedicated channel (EPL Channel) will be launched on channel no. 63 to carry the most popular soccer action in Hong Kong, the Barclays English Premier League (EPL). The channel will carry live EPL matches and ancillary programmes. CABLE TV plans to carry no less than 260 EPL matches live in the coming season and multiple matches played at the same time will be carried on multiple sports channels. All matches will be broadcast with full professional Cantonese commentaries from Hong Kong and English commentaries from England.

At the same time, a dedicated soccer betting channel will be launched on channel no. 64 to present live coverage of the major matches, ancillary programmes, and betting information from a betting perspective. Subscribers who wish to restrict access to this channel for minors can do so with the parental lock feature offered by the set-top-box.

When the new soccer season starts, Spanish Primera Liga matches will primarily be carried on the Super Soccer Channel (channel no. 61) while Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga matches will primarily be carried on Cable Sports Channel (channel no. 62). The Odds Express Channel (currently on channel no. 60) will be moved to channel no. 65, providing detailed soccer betting odds to punters.

Apart from the four top European soccer tournaments, CABLE TV has also secured exclusive carriage rights for 2006 FIFA World Cup and qualifying matches of South America and Europe leading up to the Final to be held in Germany in 2006.

All the new channels will be included in the Basic Package of CABLE TV and viewers will not need to pay extra to enjoy the best soccer action in town. Viewers can also watch top notch sports events including swimming, volleyball, tennis, table tennis and track and field events on CABLE TV sports platform.

CABLE TV also offers a wide variety of other sports programmes in its premium platform, including cricket action on Ten Sports and World Cricket Live channels, as well as top soccer action from China.

Mr Ronald Chiu, CABLE TV's Vice President of News and Sports, said, "The new look of our sports platform will provide the most comprehensive soccer coverage in town, not only in terms of quantity, but also variety and information, to viewers who are hooked to the game for different reasons."

About Hong Kong Cable Television Limited
Hong Kong Cable Television Limited (CABLE TV) is Hong Kong's leading pay television service provider. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of i-CABLE Communications Limited which is Hong Kong's leading fully integrated communications company that owns and operates one of the territory's two near universal telecommunications networks; provides pay television and broadband Internet access service, and creates its own multi-media content.

CABLE TV now offers more than 78 locally-produced and international channels, providing a wide array of news, sports, movies, documentaries, financial and general entertainment programmes.

Appendix I
Description on Sports Platform

Platform
Channel
Description
Sports
Super Soccer
(Channel No.61)
An all soccer channel that provides coverage of top soccer action. Starting from August 28, Spanish Primera Liga matches will be carried live every Saturday and Sunday night, featuring in particular all matches played by the popular Real Madrid and Barcelona football teams
CABLE Sports
(Channel No. 62)
Comprehensive sports channel covering top grade international sports events including volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, track & field. The channel will carry matches of German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A live when the new season opens.
EPL
(Channel No.63)
The channel will be dedicated to the Barclays English Premier League. A total of 370 matches (with 260 matches live) will be broadcast with full professional Cantonese commentaries from Hong Kong and English commentaries from England. Other programmes include weekly highlight, pre and post -match analyses, and other ancillary programmmes to meet the needs of EPL fans
ymx
(Channel No.64)
The channel will carry live EPL matches during weekends. It will provide soccer information including betting odds as well as team and form guides before kick-off of major matches.
Odds Express
(Channel No.65)
A text channel providing round-the-clock comprehensive soccer odds of major football tournaments. Viewers can choose to freeze the moving pages by pressing "Pause" on the remote control at anytime.

 

Sports
Premium
Ten Sports
(Channel No.67)
South Asia's premier 24-hour sports channel with focus on live international crickets, plus a wide variety of other sports including soccer, tennis, horse racing, motor sports etc.
World Cricket Live (Channel No.68)
Live and exclusive carriage of world class cricket events, featuring matches between international cricket teams including India, Pakistan, Australia, England etc.
Premier Sports
(Channel No.69)
Pay-per-event channel with selected international sports event such as National Hockey League
Channel 166
(Channel No.166)
Live and exclusive carriage of 153 Chinese Super League matches, which include 132 "Chinese Super League" matches from May 15 to November 28, and 21 "Chinese Super League Cup" matches from June 2 to December 11.