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Hong Kong football fans will be able to watch all the action from next year’s World Cup in Russia on Now TV and Viu TV, following a rights deal between FIFA and the networks’ operator PCCW.

russia 2018 logo detail 1 Dec 2017Now TV will broadcast live all 64 matches of the competition, which runs from 14 June to 15 July 2018. ViuTV will broadcast 19 of the matches live, including the opening fixture, the two semi-finals and the final.

At 10.55pm Hong Kong time on 1 December 2017, Now TV will also have a live programme from the Moscow ceremony to draw of the final stages of the World Cup finals. ViuTV will then air the ceremony on ViuTVsix at 11pm HK time.

“With our extensive experience in producing and broadcasting large-scale international and local sporting events, including La Liga, Premier League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA EURO 2016, Now TV aims to offer viewers superb World Cup enjoyment, whether on a live or on-demand basis, on our TV, Internet and mobile platforms,” said Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW Media Group.

“And with ViuTV’s local production strength and creativity, we aim to add more excitement and entertainment to this mega event for the enjoyment of viewers in Hong Kong,” she added.

Lo Ting-fai, general manager of HK Television Entertainment Company, commented: “As most of the matches will be held after dusk in Hong Kong, all family members can enjoy all the FIFA World Cup excitement during the prime time television viewing hours, whether they are at home or out-of-home. ViuTV will produce a series of exciting lead-in and supporting programs to enhance the FIFA World Cup viewing experience and to cater to the interests of the diverse audience as the FIFA World Cup is an event that is enjoyed by viewers of all ages.”

Philippe Le Floc’h, FIFA’s chief commercial officer, said world football’s governing body was “very pleased to be working with such a strong broadcast partner” and sharing the passion of the event with Hong Kong’s “huge football fan base”.