Teams up with NETVIGATOR and PCCW Global to present the first-in-market VR live sports event
(SEHK:0008) – HONG KONG, April 7, 2017 – Now TV, Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV operator and a leading OTT service provider, is the official host broadcaster of the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens (HK Sevens) to be held from April 7-9. For the first time ever in Hong Kong, rugby fans will be able to not only enjoy full coverage of the HK Sevens on Now TV and Now Player app, but also experience the live excitement in virtual reality (VR).
NETVIGATOR and PCCW Global both play a major role in making this live VR broadcast happen. Powered by NETVIGATOR’s super high-speed and stable fiber network and PCCW Global’s expertise in live mega event management and new media technology delivery, Now TV, together with Hong Kong Rugby Union, is taking coverage of the HK Sevens to the next level in terms of exciting entertainment.
Ms. Janice Lee, Managing Director of PCCW Media Group, said, “Now TV is always at the forefront of adopting new video technologies to bring audiences the best viewing experience. Being the first to introduce the 4K Now One TV box to the market, we are proud to be the market pioneer in bringing live sports event with exciting VR experience. We have been continuously enhancing convenience for customers to watch favorite content anytime, anywhere with the introduction of VOD, recording functions, Timeshift, as well as the newly revamped Now Player app. We are excited to introduce this VR experience jointly with NETVIGATOR and PCCW Global that continues to assure Now TV customers of a viewing experience that is second to none.”
Mr. Ringo Ng, Managing Director of Consumer Group, HKT, said, “Using the VR devices like HTC Vive, Zeiss VR One Plus and Mattel View Master provided by Smart Living, and through NETVIGATOR’s superfast and stable fiber network, will fully meet the bandwidth and low latency requirement for VR with smooth streaming. Even though viewers are staying at home, they will feel like being inside the stadium, and can experience the real power of VR.”
To enjoy this extraordinary VR live viewing experience, users who are using specific VR devices* may download the Now VR app from Oculus Store or the Now VR software from VIVEPORT. Other users may also go to the VR Live site (nowtv.now.com/rugbyvr) or download the Now Player app, click on the VR banner and watch it through your smartphones** on-the-go.
As the official host broadcaster of the HK Sevens, Now TV provides an unprecedented coverage experience for Hong Kong viewers. Now TV customers can enjoy full live coverage of the event on Now SPORTS 5 (Ch. 635) in HD with exclusive interactive features including the Timeshift, and will not miss a single moment of action and entertainment. Customers also have the option to relive the excitement via Now TV’s VOD service, or to enjoy the games on the move via their smart devices on Now Player.
Full live coverage is also available on Now SPORTS Prime (Ch. 630) via Now Player for free. The public can also watch selected matches live on ViuTVsix and highlights on ViuTV.
* For Samsung Gear VR# users, please download the Now VR app from Oculus Store, For HTC VIVE users, please download the Now VR software from VIVEPORT. For other VR device users, please visit Now TV VR Live site or Now TV Facebook for details.
# Compatible with designated Samsung smartphone models only.
** Supports Android 5.0 and iOS 9.0 above.
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, the multimedia and entertainment subsidiary of PCCW Limited. PCCW also holds interests in telecommunications, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.
Now TV offers the widest range of local and international content on its platform in Hong Kong. Its quality self-produced content includes two news channels and a diverse line up of entertainment and infotainment programmes. This is complemented by leading Asian and international content and brands across news, entertainment, information and sports genres.
Now TV’s premium content can be accessed through linear TV channels, on-demand and via OTT companion apps while on the move. Now TV can also be enjoyed on the eye devices provided by HKT, the telecommunications business of PCCW.
To learn more about Now TV, please visit http://nowtv.now.com/.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited ( SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.
The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.
PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCCW Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.
Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong.
Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.
In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit www.pccw.com.
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