2.1 Number of
Since the opening up of the television market in 2000, the total number of domestic free, domestic pay and non-domestic television licensees increased from 8 in 2000 to 19 in 2004.
The number of domestic free television programme service
licensees remained at two, viz. Asia Television Limited
(ATV) and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB).
In 2004, the number of domestic pay television programme
service licensees decreased from five to three over the
previous year. TV Plus and Yes TV surrendered their licences. The
remaining three domestic pay television programme service licensees
were HKCTV, PCCW Media and Galaxy.
As at August 2004, there were 14 non-domestic television
programme service licensees and 23 other licensable
television programme service licensees providing television
services in 74 hotels in Hong Kong. Two more media organisations,
viz. Skywave TV Company Limited (Skywave) and ATV, obtained the
non-domestic television programme service licence in the reporting
The number of sound broadcasting licensees remained
at two with CRHK and Metro.
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), a government department, is the public broadcaster in Hong Kong. In addition to radio broadcasting, RTHK also produced television programmes for broadcast by the domestic free and domestic pay TV licensees.
Figure 2 : Television and Radio Licensees in Hong Kong
were provided by more than one domestic pay and/or non-domestic
television programme service