Al-Jazeera hits Hong Kong IPTV

PCCW's NOW TV takes up English Middle East news

HONG KONG -- NOW TV, one of Asia's leading IPTV operations, began broadcast of Middle Eastern news channel Al Jazeera English on Wednesday, the company, a unit of leading Hong Kong telco Pacific Century Cyberworks, said.

Al Jazeera English became a part of NOW TV's basic IPTV package, reaching 882,000 subscribers. Transmission began at 7pm local time with no additional charge and minimum publicity.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera also has been broadcast in Hong Kong via Cable TV since January 16. PCCW chairman Richard Li is son of Hong Kong real estate billionaire Li Ka-shing.