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Hong Kong - TV

Unlike in some countries, you do not need a television license in Hong Kong. There are many channels that air English-language programs, in addition to the movies that are shown in English with Cantonese or Mandarin subtitles and the English language channels. Cable is widely available, too.

Many of the modern apartment blocks come pre-installed with cable or Satellite Master Antenna (SMATV) which is provided by the management company. Before you order cable services, you should see if your apartment already has it because it’s possible that you might be able to get it for free without ordering it. It is sometimes considered part of the management fees. If you don’t already have satellite or cable in your new apartment, a TV receive-only system (TVRO) will need to be installed. This is a satellite dish and comes with the corresponding equipment necessary for viewing your TV.

Expats can choose between various types of television services in Hong Kong including broadband TV, satellite, and cable. You can also get HDTV through terrestrial free TV and all pay operators.

STAR TV is the main satellite TV provider. Some of their most popular satellite channels include Star Sports, Star World (entertainment), ESPN, Star Movies, Sky News, Fox News, and the National Geographic channel.

8/F One Harbourfront, 18 Tak Fung Street, Hung Hom,
Tel: 852 2621 8888
Fax:852 2621 8000
http:// www.startv.com/rde/startv/hong_kong.htm

Hong Kong Cable is another popular choice for viewers. It has a basic television package that includes such channels as the Cartoon Network, The Discovery Channel, Bloomberg TV, BBC World, the National Geographic channel, Star Sports, ESPN, CNN International, and CNBC Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Cable TV (Cable TV Tower)
9 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: 2112 6868
Fax: 2112 7878

Now Broadband TV is available as well. This service includes 18 free channels. Now TV is the main broadband TV provider in Hong Kong.

Now Broadband TV
Tel: 852 1833 888 (Customer Services Hotline)

There are two local terrestrial channels that broadcast in English. These are:

ATV World, Asia Television Ltd
81 Broadcast Drive, Kowloon
Tel: 852 2992 8888
Fax: 852 2338 0438

TVB Pearl - Television Broadcasts Limited
TVB City, 77 Chun Choi Street Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, Kowloon
Tel: 852 2335 9123

The Hong Kong Television Broadcasts (TVB) has TVB Pearl which airs an assortment of selections that range from children’s programs to news and movies. Programs are sometimes shown in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese. ATV world sometimes shows popular shows from the United States and the United Kingdom. While the public service broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) doesn’t have its own television channels, it does offer public affairs programs and these are aired by the three main television channels.

Various prices exist depending on the cable package you are interested in. Hong Kong Cable TV, for instance, has an “expat” package that starts at HK$79 per month and requires a 24 month contract. It offers viewers a lot of channels from around the world. Most of the services require a commitment of at least one year. If you have to terminate services earlier then you might find that you have to pay a large fee to make up for the remainder of your contract.

You can order your services online and a technician will then set a time to come to your home and install your equipment. Monthly bills can be paid online, by post, or by telephone. You can also set up a direct debit account which will withdraw your monthly bill directly from your bank account.

TV sets in Hong Kong work under the PAL system. PAL, NTSC and SECAM, are not compatible with one another.

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