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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCMel
    Yes, please advise as to how I can watch the Olympics?! This seems insane that I am in HK and am having trouble watching them.
    Get a TV. Plug it into the antenna socket on the wall. Tune it. Watch.

    Incompetence and insanity are quite different things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCMel
    Yes, please advise as to how I can watch the Olympics?! This seems insane that I am in HK and am having trouble watching them.
    Read all the previous posts and threads - Pearl, NOW TV HD or online

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    This thread is weird. The Olympics are on normal, free, terrestrial tv, how much easier could it get?

    The same with drama programmes. The reason there's not much drama on your subscribed cable tv service is because it's freely available on free, terrestrial tv. You pay for cable precisely to get things like sport and movies, the mainstream drama stuff is already on mainstream terrestrial tv.

    The telly, it's the big box in the living room, you plug the aerial cable that comes with the telly into the socket in the wall and you watch it. You don't have to pay.


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    This is China - you can't expect to get American or British or Australian TV here. nowTV is ok, you get Star and about 5 movie channels including HBO Signature, which means they don't edit the sound track to remove every instance of the word 'fuck'. Language censorship has become common in HK in the last few years (on English-language content), but thankfully it is confined to removing 'fuck' and not 'shit' or 'god-damnit'.

    Get nowTV, it is ok, it crashes sometimes under a lightning storm, you have to reboot, etc, but nowTV has the widest selection of content. We subscribe to now and I-cable, because I-cable was the original provider, nowTV muscled them out, and sometimes when you have seen everything 4 times it is nice to be able to switch to I-Cable and watch something different. Not that I watch TV, but I do like TV to run in the background while I work.

    A nice now package is about 300HK, same for i-cable, including broadband from now, around 6-700HK, so suck it up, its about 50US a month or less, bill you employer. Is it cheaper somewhere else?

    Ask MrKnowItAll (the forum adjudicator) for exact details - maybe you can get additional channels from home, but do you really want them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM
    There are 2 BBC adult channels currently: BBC World, BBC Entertainment, plus some kids channels.
    And Australia Network for Australian stuff.

    AN is one of the basic free channels. The BBC channels are extra for money.
    Yes I have all of those - it's pretty much the only decent stuff on NOW I have found to date...

    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM
    For news I am rapidly coming to the view that the best option available here is Al-Jazeera. It is really quite impressive (sort of like the Beeb let off the leash a bit).
    I found this while searching for the Olympics (I had previously set the TV up just to scroll through my subscribed english channels plus AN) and not realised it was on there or that it was in English. I will certainly be adding this to my list of favourites in future.

    I was pretty disapointed that Sky News on NOW is all UK news only - the UK part is identical to the Sky News I had in NZ and Aus, except that in NZ and Aus it was only about 1/3 of the time, with Sky Aus/NZ making up the rest (so overall quite balanced coverage across the bits of the world I was interested in!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipper
    This thread is weird. The Olympics are on normal, free, terrestrial tv, how much easier could it get?

    The telly, it's the big box in the living room, you plug the aerial cable that comes with the telly into the socket in the wall and you watch it. You don't have to pay.
    You are rather assuming that:
    1) there is a telly in the corner of the room;
    2) that it plugs into something that ends in an aerial;
    3) that there is a signal in the place the aerial comes out.

    I can confirm that NOT everyone meets these conditions! And we are the people who are interested in this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edx
    This is China - you can't expect to get American or British or Australian TV here. nowTV is ok, you get Star and about 5 movie channels including HBO Signature, which means they don't edit the sound track to remove every instance of the word 'fuck'. Language censorship has become common in HK in the last few years (on English-language content), but thankfully it is confined to removing 'fuck' and not 'shit' or 'god-damnit'.

    Get nowTV, it is ok, it crashes sometimes under a lightning storm, you have to reboot, etc, but nowTV has the widest selection of content. We subscribe to now and I-cable, because I-cable was the original provider, nowTV muscled them out, and sometimes when you have seen everything 4 times it is nice to be able to switch to I-Cable and watch something different. Not that I watch TV, but I do like TV to run in the background while I work.

    A nice now package is about 300HK, same for i-cable, including broadband from now, around 6-700HK, so suck it up, its about 50US a month or less, bill you employer. Is it cheaper somewhere else?

    Ask MrKnowItAll (the forum adjudicator) for exact details - maybe you can get additional channels from home, but do you really want them?
    I HAVE NOW! It was NOW I was complaining about!

    In many parts of the world you can pay money to receive a much wider range of global TV than it appears you can here. That was the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCMel
    Yes, please advise as to how I can watch the Olympics?! This seems insane that I am in HK and am having trouble watching them.
    You are not alone. You are not incompetent. I hope the solutions posted here work for you!

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    MovingIn07 said:
    "You are rather assuming that:
    1) there is a telly in the corner of the room;
    2) that it plugs into something that ends in an aerial;
    3) that there is a signal in the place the aerial comes out.

    I can confirm that NOT everyone meets these conditions! And we are the people who are interested in this thread!"


    I'm as confused as anyone else here, but if you don't have an antenna in your building, where are you? Most high-rises have FM and TV feeds from an antenna on the roof, and many have (I hesitate to say this, for fear of being corrected) DTT on the antenna. If you are in a village, (ask the moderator,) maybe you can put an antenna on the roof. I'm pretty sure you need an antenna, because my TVs can't pick up the free over-the-air channels without one.

    The 4 main over-the-air channels (TVB Pearl, ATV World in English, Jade and Home in chinese) are broadcasting the Olympics. I watch Pearl because it has the most English coverage.

    If you don't have a TV or don't have an antenna (aerial), decribe your system. You definitely need an ordinary TV to watch the Olympics.

    I bought a digital TVtuner card today, (Magic-Pro, because it was in English),put it my computer, connected the antenna to it, ran the supplied software (ArcSoft) and it found 13 digital channels. (MediaCenter found none.) But again, I had to connect an antenna to it, and our building has whatever is needed to pick up the digital broadcasts.

    If you ask me, this is overly complicated, and many comments offered on this forum are not helpful for beginners. I wish the moderator would write a technical FAQ for us.

    As for now and i-cable, if they have live olympic coverage, I haven't been able to find it.

    To really get any useful help, you need to describe your location, what kind of antenna or cable inputs you are getting, what kind of hardware you are trying to use, what display devices you have, and be patient and ignore the snotty comments of the 'volunteer experts' who advise you to do the obvious.

    This whole technology is shoddy. Parts of it work sometimes, parts never. If the technolgy were mature and functional, nobody would need to ask.

    A good thing to do is go to a computer mall and find a young kid with good English and ask him. The people who work in the shops are helpful if they can understand what you are asking, so do a little research first.

    As for the porno, don't waste your money and time, there isn't any.

    Another thing to consider is whether your flat is big or small, and whether you are willing to stumble over cords in the morning when you wake up. I have found wireless solutions to be worthless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    I'm in exactly the same position .. and I do know how to tune a TV (or thought I did) but we could not find a single channel. I think my ariel is bust (we live on a boat, could have been damaged in the recent typhoons or could need to be plugged in somewhere on top, have not had time to investigate yet!). Like the OP I had NO IDEA there were free local channels in English! If I ever manage to get it working I will try them out because I find NOW to be quite poor to be honest.
    edx: if you read REALLY slowly and carefully, you might find the answer to your first question here..that would render all other q's pointless...

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