• @vodka yes, sort of. You can watch live tv or video's on demand. Netflix is basically only a video on demand service. Even TVB CEO Mark Lee Po-on sees this product as a Chinese version of Netflix. However, there is already a competitor of course in Hong Kong, LeEco (well known in China) is offering a tv box in HK offering thousands Chinese movies, tv series, tv shows, etc you can watch on demand for a fixed amount each month (along with English Premiership live football to attract customers).
  • @sasamii Based on a news article I have read, they do consider releasing mytv super box in the future to overseas markets, but there is no time plan yet. I guess they want to focus on HK viewers at the moment and that is more than enough for them. TVB was already active for many years in overseas markets, but the amount of subscriptions have decreased a lot in the recent years, because of piracy (illegal downloading or streaming) and because of the high monthly subscription costs. Now I have heard from friends in my country, the monthly subscription costs have decreased a lot compared to a couple of years ago. In order for the success of this product in overseas markets, the monthly costs should not be too high or else people are still going to the illegal route. Also, TVB still has contracts with cable providers in some countries (including the US I believe) to air their content, so that's why they can't release a similar product. TVB is already losing viewers in their home market because of ViuTV based on recent reports. I guess their TV market share is going down a lot more in the future when two new TV channels arrive (maybe this year or next year). The new TV competitors could release a similar product to overseas markets for a lower price compared to TVB. I would be certainly interested in that.
  • 2016 is a great year for all people who wants to watch Cantonese programs. Finally, there is some real competition. 2 more TV broadcasting companies, so more TV programs to choose from (travel shows, food tv shows, reality programs, etc). Unfortunately, not much news from these 2 companies about creating new Cantonese TV-series, so I guess in the beginning they are more focused on creating variety programs (costs of these programs are much lower than the costs of making a TV-series). Hopefully, they are also going overseas with their channels very soon. Most likely, these 2 TV broadcasting companies are going to air Cantonese dubbed foreign TV drama's from South-Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. I wonder if a lot of people are really subscribing to the new pay service from TVB, because people tend to love "free stuff". It all depends on the pricing of the new pay service.
  • TVB drama's are not the same as in the past anymore, a lot of the current TVB drama's have lead actors that can't act at all, one reason is because they don't have much experience. Besides, there will be new HK TV channels this year, I am expecting TVB ratings will drop below 20 points because of this competiton. K-drama's are much better in quality (dubbed in Cantonese or with Chinese subtitles), my parents are watching K-drama's these days instead of TVB drama's.
  • Almost every major star is leaving TVB. More money to earn in Mainland and the current stars in TVB know that the TV landscape in HK is changing soon. The other TV stations in HK are poaching them with big money, because they are needing famous leading TVB stars in their TV drama's. For example, a couple of days ago, I have read that HKTV Entertainment got one third of the TV spectrum of ATV, they say they can start 2 TV channels with that spectrum next year. I am guessing they are preparing for TV drama's, so they need famous TVB actors and actresses.
  • Time is changing. Nowadays, everyone wants to go to China after they are getting more famous. TVB is just a platform for them to get more famous. I am sure former TVB actors/actresses will go to the other TV channels in HK (hopefully without any restrictions anymore, just like in other countries). This hopefully means they are not restricted to only appear for 1 TV channel. The new TV channels will need the former TVB actors/actresses to get the attention, so most likely they are getting a very high paycheck compared to TVB.
  • Everyone is going to mainland China at one point in their career, because they offer much more money compared to TVB. The result is that many leading roles are offered to people with no experience or not much experience at all. Besides working in the mainland however, I predict many former lead TVB actors and actresses working for another TV station in HK. TV war is coming in HK with TVB, Hong Kong Television Entertainment, Fantastic TV and another TV station (HKTV or another company) competing for the viewers. Finally, viewers have more choice which TV series to watch.
  • Although $5 million HKD per month is the minimum they will get, it is still not enough to pay the wages of the employees. The costs are much more than that. I am not surprised they demanded more money.
  • A good choice of him not to renew his management contract. There is plenty of opportunities in mainland china where the payment is higher. If he wants to work in HK, then are also multiple options. With the arrival of new TV stations, they need experienced actors that can lead the TV series, so I expect big paychecks to sign him and other previous TVB actors/actresses.
  • Last time, they refused the license to HKTV because according to them the market can't have 5 TV companies. Now ATV is basically gone, they need to find another reason to not give the license to HKTV. However, people are already suggesting that the government will appeal and it most likely take another few years time for the outcome. Also, another contender has applied for a new TV license, people behind it got ties with China (like the other TV companies), so I expect they will get a TV license and HKTV not getting anymore (how unfortunately it is).
  • Ip Ka Po also has said that in worst case scenario, May 29 2015 is the last day of ATV if there is no additional funding or new investors.
  • A smart move by HKTV. Besides testing whether their TV-series can have reasonable TV ratings for a larger audience, other TV companies can not have the spectrum from ATV until at least end of this year. By then, maybe the TV license of HKTV will get approved, so the playing field is equal compared to other TV companies.
  • Money does matter in the end.
  • Furthermore, HKTV is also interested in these broadcasting airwaves (analogue). The companies who have these broadcasting airwaves have a huge advantage. At the moment, TVB and ATV are sharing these airwaves. In 2020, these broadcasting airwaves (analogue) are going to digital. This means much more space for a lot of TV channels.
  • After ATV is gone, the broadcasting airwaves are going to RTHK (more known as a radio station, of course they also make some TV programs). Basically, TVB is the only real TV station left for 1 year of more. RTHK does not have that many TV programs and they are not going to make TV series. PCCW and Cable are hoping the broadcasting airwaves (analogue) are given to them, so people can watch these TV stations much easier. In the current situation, I believe people in HK need a box or a TV that supports DVB in able to watch PCCW or Cable TV channels. Also, HKTV has applied for a new TV license again. Previously, I believe a report has said HK can’t have 5 TV stations, because the market in HK is too small for 5 TV stations. Therefore, HKTV did not get a TV license back then (there were also other criteria). Instead, PCCW and Cable have been granted a TV license. Since ATV is now gone, I wonder if HKTV will now get a TV license. It could most likely take at least a year before a new decision is made. Also, HKTV still have a appeal ongoing against the goverment to not grant a TV license to them. Can the new TV stations start broadcasting even if the appeal is still ongoing?
  • After ATV is gone, the broadcasting airwaves are going to RTHK (more known as a radio station, of course they also make some TV programs). Basically, TVB is the only real TV station left for 1 year of more. RTHK does not have that many TV programs and they are not going to make TV series. PCCW and Cable are hoping the broadcasting airwaves (analogue) are given to them, so people can watch these TV stations much easier. In the current situation, I believe people in HK need a box or a TV that supports DVB in able to watch PCCW or Cable TV channels. Also, HKTV has applied for a new TV license again. Previously, I believe a report has said HK can't have 5 TV stations, because the market in HK is too small for 5 TV stations. Therefore, HKTV did not get a TV license back then (there were also other criteria). Instead, PCCW and Cable have been granted a TV license. Since ATV is now gone, I wonder if HKTV will now get a TV license. It could most likely take at least a year before a new decision is made. Also, HKTV still have a appeal ongoing against the goverment to not grant a TV license to them. Can the new TV stations start broadcasting even if the appeal is still ongoing?
  • @kidd PCCW and Cable have been granted a TV license by the government in the previous years. However, Ricky Wong company (HKTV) has appealed against the decision by the goverment to not give a TV license to HKTV. I wonder if HKTVE can start broadcasting if the appeal is still ongoing in the court.
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