2.2 Number of
As at August 2004, the domestic free, domestic pay and non-domestic
television programme service licensees together provided 228 television
channels3, of which 184 channels were receivable in Hong Kong, representing
an increase of 57% and 64% respectively over the previous year.
ATV and TVB each operates one Cantonese and one English language
television service, respectively ATV Home and ATV World; and TVB
Jade and TVB Pearl.
Following the commencement of PCCW Media's "now Broadband TV" and
Galaxy's "ex-TV" services during the year under review, the number
of total pay television channels3 offered by the three
domestic pay television programme service licensees increased significantly
from 82 to 163 over the previous year.
The number of television channels offered by the non-domestic television programme
service licensees also slightly increased from 59 to 61 over the
previous year. The number of channels available for Hong Kong viewers
provided by non-domestic TV licensees decreased from 26 to 17, mainly
due to the termination of the service of Pacific Satellite International
Limited (Pacific Satellite).
The changes in the number of television channels during the period from August 2000 to August 2004 are shown in figure 4.
|Figure 3 :
||Television Channels Provided by Licensees in Hong
|Figure 4 :
||Number of Channels Provided by Non-Domestic Television
Programme Service Licensees
The number of radio channels remained unchanged at 13. All channels
were broadcast round-the-clock. CRHK and Metro each operated two
Cantonese channels, respectively CR1 and CR2; and Metro Showbiz
and Metro Finance; and one English channel, respectively AM864 and
Metro Plus, while RTHK provided seven radio channels, three in Cantonese
(Radio 1, 2 and 5), two in English (Radio 3 and 6), one bilingual
in English and Cantonese (Radio 4) and one in Putonghua (Radio 7).
3licensees at the same time,
and were counted more than once accordingly.