So the English Premier League is back on Now TV. It seems to be the pattern now for it to alternate between PCCW’s Now TV and Wharf Group’s Cable TV every three years.
Of course they charge you extra for the EPL. You might think that a Now Sports Megapack would cover everything, but rather than using the old channel numbers they have created new numbers (from 621 upwards) that are only available in the Super Sports Pack. And, yes, you need to subscribe for two years.
They also charge extra for Premier League TV, which is a 24 hour channel in English that is originated from the UK and available worldwide to all broadcasters who have EPL rights. One of the presenters is John Dykes, once of ESPN Star Sports. I have so far refused to pay for this because I objected to them quoting me a price for EPL coverage and then calling me a few days to ask for more money for one of the channels.
Good thing about Now TV? The video on demand service (which cable TV don’t have). They also claim to have “Super HD” but it seems that my existing decoder doesn’t support it - so again I would have to pay extra for that.
In other Now TV news, Eurosport is now available in HD, and they showed the recent US Open tennis. They also have English rugby league and French rugby union, cycling, and some odd bits of football.
Meanwhile, Goal TV has closed down. They stopped providing coverage of the Championship last season, but still had programmes from several club TV channels (Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona).
There was a letter in the SCMP from someone complaining that ITV Choice is no longer on Now TV. The only time I ever watched it was once when I was surprised to discover that it was available in a hotel in Bangkok, but the programmes were old and very second-rate. So, no big surprise that PCCW chose not to continue offering the channel.