Hong Kong

AsiaSat names IT chief

Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat has named Ellen Yeung as its new director of information technology. Yeung will be charged with providing leadership for the development of IT initiatives and projects for the company. She will lead a team of IT professionals to oversee the continued development and implementation of innovation and IT initiatives that […]

AsiaSat promotes business development chief

Satellite operator AsiaSat has promoted Lara Kwok to vice-president of business development and strategy. Kwok, who joined the company in August as director of business development and strategy, takes up her new role following the retirement of Sabrina Cubbon. Kwok will be charged with indentifying new business opportunities for AsiaSat as well as driving strategy […]

AsiaSat 9 now fully operational

Satellite operator AsiaSat’s AsiaSat 9 satellite is now fully operational at its 122° East orbital slot, following the migration of all services from the AsiaSat 4 craft. The new satellite provides greater power, bandwidth and improved efficiency for DTH and other TV viewers across its Asia Pacific footprint. It brings a number of upgraded features, […]

Fox takes streaming service to Hong Kong

Fox Networks Group Asia has hooked up with pay platform Now TV to launch its streaming service in Hong Kong. Now TV subscribers will get exclusive access to Fox+ in the Chinese territory, with non-subscribers offered a free trial period and a subsequent HK$188 monthly fee. The service has been made widely available in Europe […]

AsiaSat 9 takes off

The AsiaSat 9 satellite has successfully been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board an ILS Proton launch vehicle. AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122°E with multiple C, Ku and Ka-band payloads. The satellite carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new Ku-band beams for Indonesia and […]

AsiaSat names new general counsel

Satellite operator AsiaSat has named Saphina Ho as its new general counsel. Ho succeeds Catherine Chang, who is leaving the company. Ho will become a member of the AsiaSat management team, overseeing all of the company’s legal affairs. She was previously assistant general counsel at Pacnet Global, and has also worked for New World Mobility […]

AsiaSat sees profits drop as price pressure bites

Hong Kong-based satellite operator AsiaSat saw its first-half profits drop sharply thanks to adverse currency effects, increased net finance expenses, staff costs and tax expenses. Revenues were more or less flat year-on-year, with the value of contracts remaining stable. AsiaSat posted profits of HK$180 million (€19.6 million) for the six months to June, down from […]

Viu over-the-top service launches in Thailand

PCCW Media has launched its Viu over-the-top video service in Thailand, marking its 15th market launch to date. Asian content with Thai subtitles – including current dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan – will be delivered via the Viu mobile app and website after their local telecast. Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW […]

HK’s i-Cable sees possible reprieve ahead of closure deadline

Troubled Hong Kong pay TV operator i-Cable is involved in last-minute moves to secure its future after ceasing trading yesterday, according to press reports. According to the South China Morning Post, chairman Stephen Ng Tin-hoi, who is also chairman of parent company Wharf Holdings, told staff that the company had taken an important step towards […]

Hong Kong’s TVB shuts down pay TV operation

Hong Kong free and pay TV broadcaster TVB is to shut down its loss-making pay TV service, citing a governmental failure to provide sustainable market conditions for the business, according to the South China Morning Post. TVB, which has been plagued by piracy, accused the Hong Kong government of doing little to address the issue, […]