Hong Kong Television Network

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Hong Kong Television
Network Limited
香港電視網絡有限公司
Type Public
Traded as SEHK1137
NASDAQHKTV
Industry Broadcasting and e-Commerce
Predecessors City Telecom (Hong Kong)
Founded 1992[1]
Headquarters Hong Kong
Area served Hong Kong
Key people Ricky Wong Wai-kay
Website www.hktv.com.hk

Hong Kong Television Network Limited (HKTV, Chinese: 香港電視網絡有限公司) is a Hong Kong television station. HKTV provides an over-the-top shopping and entertainment ("shoppertainment") platform named HKTV Mall.[2] It commenced broadcasting on 19 November 2014 through live broadcasting and video on demand.

HKTV has applied for domestic free television programme service license, but was rejected by the Hong Kong government in October 2013.[3] Later, HKTV acquired the mobile television network owned by CMHK and planned to launch the first 2 channels on 1 July 2014; however, this plan was foiled as HKTV lacked another broadcasting licence. HKTV is challenging the government's decision by judicial review.

Background[edit]

Hong Kong Television Network Limited (formerly known as City Telecom (Hong Kong)) is a listed company in Hong Kong (HKEx: 1137). Founded in 1992, CTI (HK) has had extensive and successful experiences in the liberalization of the telecommunications business and the application and renown of advanced technology. Hong Kong Television aims to provide a variety of programmes in order to cater and entertain customers.

History[edit]

Before Launch[edit]

In January 2013, City Telecom took on the name HKTV.[4]

After submission of application for a domestic free television programme service license in 2009, HKTV has invested about 300 million HKD and hired several hundreds of staff to produce TV series, and has planned to invest 600 million hkd into Tsuen Kwa O Industrial Estate to build a new Television Production Centre. [5] Moreover, it released some trailers of the TV series on YouTube, which received mostly positive feedback. It planned to start broadcasting with six channels, and eventually expand to 30 in six years. [1]

The license application was rejected by the Hong Kong Government on 15 October 2013 amidst competition from television operators Fantastic Television and Hong Kong Television Entertainment.[6] There was strong outcry against the decision by the general public.

On 20 October 2013, five days after the rejection of TV license to HKTV, crowd of protesters in black T-shirts including the staff of HKTV marched to request the government to release the license and demand an explanation. [7]HKTV suggested that 80,000 people took part in the protest, while the police claimed that only 36,000 people joined. They said “Stop monopoly in the TV market” as they think that TVB and ATV are monopolizing the market and they said “Stop black box politics” because the policy made by the Executive Council is not transparent to the public. There is a facebook page which organised the march that against the rejection of TV license to HKTV got about 500,000 "likes" within one week. [8] [9]

On 21 December 2013 HKTV acquired mobile TV licence and spectrum from CMHK, and planned to relaunch utv on 1 July 2014 as HKTV.[10] It also planned to broadcast through over-the-top format.

On 6 Jan 2014, HKTV has filed an application for leave to apply for judicial review in respect of the Government's decision in rejecting HKTV's application for a domestic free tv programme service license.[11] which was accepted by the High Court.

On 11 April 2014, HKTV has appeal for the judicial review on the broadcasting format of the Mobile Television service, which was accepted by the High Court.[12][13]Meanwhile, HKTV has applied again to the Communication Authority for the free Television Broadcasting license. [14]Moreover, HKTV proposed to establish an online shopping center before the end of 2014, where customers can watch the new program produced continuously by HKTV.[15]

On May 2014, HKTV had planned to engage in online shopping website. The completed TV shows were planned to broadcast on this website in order to attract more local companies to get into this online business. The target group of HKTV online shopping website was the annual salary more than 250,000 middle-class family. However, HKTV remained running free TV business as their most important task. Operating ecommerce only aims to obtain funds to maintain the company. [16]

Launch[edit]

In late October 2014, HKTV launched a voting online to vote for their favorite TV series among sixteen, and the winner will be broadcast in 19 November 2014. [17]

On 19 November 2014, HKTV plans to officially launch its channel, the same day Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) started to broadcast in 1967. The main income is the advertisement between 12-13 hours programmes. [18] [19]HKTV will upload 2 hours drama, half an hour variety shows, plus 4 hours programmes every day.

HKTV is now exploring new business opportunity : E-Commerce, by consolidating mobile TV spectrum and Over-The-Top Internet platforms. Leveraging on the strong brand presence & program library of HKTV, it aims to build the largest and the most diversified in terms of brand names, products & services e-shopping mall in Hong Kong, providing one-stop shop & 24 X 7 services.

Platforms[edit]

HKTV supports multiple platforms: personal computers, smart televisions, television boxes, smartphones and tablet computers. [20] All smart TVs which are produced in and after 2012 can subscribe to the HKTV channel; Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony televisions allow their users to watch HKTV programmes through an application downloaded from the TV markets. Users of Android and iOS smartphones and tablet computers can download apps from Google Play Store and the App Store respectively. [21][22] Besides, HKTV has planned to open more channels on Internet, smartphone, and set top box etc.

Productions[edit]

By 31 August, 2014, HKTV had produced 190 dramas, 70 variety shows and over 1000 hours' programmes.[23]

A list of tv series produced by HKTV:

Facilities[edit]

HKTV acquired land at Wan O Road and Wan Po Road in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in 2011 to build their television production studios and plans to have it completed in 2014.[1] The facility is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of TVB City.

Its online shopping platform is supported by a logistic centre at Kowloon Bay.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Company Profile". HKTV. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Chow, Vivienne (2014-11-01). "HKTV dramas to be screened first in Malaysia". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2014-11-02. 
  3. ^ PCCW, i-Cable awarded free TV licenses, Ricky Wong draws a blank
  4. ^ http://www.hktv.com.hk/ctigroup/eng/about/milestones.htm
  5. ^ "Wong's application of free television license was rejected". Yahoo News. Yahoo News. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jolted by 'unfair contest,' Ricky Wong demands answers to TV license denial after sinking HK$900m". 
  7. ^ Thousands protest to 'defend Hong Kong's core values' after failed HKTV licence bid
  8. ^ "HUNDRED THOUSAND HONG KONGERS PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT’S REFUSAL OF HKTV’S BROADCAST LICENSE". The Real HK News. The Real HK News. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Thousands march in support of HKTV". RTHK. RTHK. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "HKTV 收購 UTV:明年七月電視頻道跳入手機". 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  11. ^ http://cms.hktv.com.hk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Screen-Shot-2014-01-06-at-5.34.46-PM.png
  12. ^ "Press Release". HKTV. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "HKTV appeal for Judicial review". ICable. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "HKTV applies for free Television Broadcasting license". Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "HKTV establish an online shopping center". Now news. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "The information of the online shopping website". Apple Daily. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "HKTV Voting". HKTV. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Wong upbeat on free-TV license". The Standard. The Standard. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "HKTV TV Production". HKTV. HKTV. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "HKTC supported devices". HKTV. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Subscribing methods". RingHK. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Subscribing methods". New Mobile life. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "2014 Interim Financial Report". HKTV. 
  24. ^ "Business Update". HKTV. 19 Nov 2014.