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ESPN HD and ESPNEWS launch exclusively on now TV

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ESPN HD and ESPNEWS launch exclusively on now TV

HONG KONG, August 15, 2011 – now TV and ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia's biggest sports content provider, today launch two exciting new TV channels, ESPN HD (Ch.672) and ESPNEWS (Ch.673), exclusively on now TV.

now TV customers can now watch ESS' stellar lineup of premier sports content all in high definition, including F1, MotoGP, Major League Baseball, Wimbledon, Australian Open, golf majors (The Masters, The Open Championship and US Open), FA Cup and more, on ESPN HD channel.

Sports fans can also catch the best sports news and highlights round-the-clock on the new ESPNEWS channel, the first 24x7 sports news channel specially developed for Asian viewers. It delivers news, scores, updates, highlights and exclusive live interviews from around the globe as and when they happen. The two new channels have enriched the ESS lineup, which also includes the flagship channels of ESPN, STAR Sports and STAR Cricket.

Ms. Janice Lee, PCCW's Managing Director of TV & New Media, said, "now TV is a pioneer in providing HD content for viewers in Hong Kong, and ESPN HD gives our viewers even more choices in HD sports coverage including F1, FA Cup and many others. Together with our long-standing partner ESS, we are committed to offering viewers the finest lineup of sports content in unparalleled image and sound quality."

PCCW and ESS will also be introducing shortly the Mobile ESPN live streaming service, which will deliver full live streaming of sports content to enhance the existing Mobile ESPN service to PCCW mobile customers. In addition, an online portal with live and on-demand sports content, known as the ESPN Player, will also be launched. More details will be announced when available.

ESPN STAR Sports' Executive Vice President, Head of Sales for SEA, Mr. Adam Zecha, said, "Hong Kong is a key pay-TV market with a high demand for quality sports programming. These new multi-platform offerings signify ESPN STAR Sports' commitment to continually raise the game by reaching out to more sports fans in Hong Kong and giving them an enhanced, comprehensive and engaging sports experience with our new expanded suite of services."

ESPN HD will be offered as part of the Mega Sports Pack. ESPNEWS is available on now TV for a monthly fee of just HK$10* for Mega Sports Pack subscribers, and HK$20* for non-sports pack subscribers. For offer details, please call PCCW's hotline on 2888 0008.

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*Terms and conditions apply.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. PCCW also holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited.

As the provider of Hong Kong's first quadruple-play experience, PCCW/HKT offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Group meets the sophisticated needs of the local and international business community, while supporting network operators with cutting-edge technical services and handling large-scale IT outsourcing projects for public and private sector organizations. To learn more about PCCW and HKT, please visit www.pccw.com.

About now TV

now TV is one of the world's largest commercial deployments of IPTV and Hong Kong's largest pay-TV provider. It is delivered by PCCW Media Limited, an operating division of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT). HKT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW Group's telecoms services, media and IT solutions businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies.

now TV serves Hong Kong with more than 190 channels of local, Asian and international programming, including premium content such as Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, English FA Cup, NBA, French Open, US Open, ATP World Tour, BWF Super Series, World Snooker Tour, F1 and PGA Tour. In addition, now TV is both a leading producer of news, sports and infotainment programming and a provider of a wide range of interactive services. now TV can be enjoyed on PCCW eye2, a portable media center with an embedded now TV decoder, and select now TV content and interactive applications can also be accessed via the Group's 3G mobile network and broadband service. To learn more about now TV, please visit www.now.com.

About ESPN

ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world's leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's biggest sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to fans across multiple platforms.

ESPN STAR Sports features a comprehensive portfolio of multimedia assets including its television networks (ESPN, STAR Sports, STAR Cricket, ESPNEWS, ESPN HD, STAR Cricket HD), broadband network (ESPN Player), digital content services (espnstar.com, mobileESPN), and its on-ground Event Management Group with the aim to engage and entertain sports fans anytime, anyplace.

ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier sports from around the globe featuring some of the most iconic sports events to a cumulative reach of over 300 million viewers in Asia through its 23 television networks and 2 broadband networks, each localized to deliver differentiated programming to meet diverse needs of Asian sports fans.

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW
Tel: +852 2883 8747
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Elgen Kua
ESPN
Tel: +65 62166034
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