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Post time 2007-2-16 21:52:47 |Display all floors
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=408403&cc=3888



Chinese Premiership fans to pay to view

BEIJING, Feb 13 (Reuters) - China's 30 million Premiership fans will no longer be able to watch live matches for free from next season.

WinTV, run by Guangdong Provincial Television, have won the broadcasting rights for three years from September -- and it will charge viewers 188 yuan ($24) a month for the privilege.

'The fans will have to endure the pain of the change,' WinTV chief executive Song Zheng, who refused to disclose the fee his company paid, told a news conference on Monday.

'Let's say goodbye to free Premier League. No more free lunch in the future.'

Chinese can currently watch games live on ESPN-Star, a joint venture of Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. , via a local cable TV broadcasting service which costs a fraction of the WinTV price.

Chelsea are one of several Premier League clubs who have targeted the Chinese market and the English champions recently launched a Mandarin Web site.

Song, whose station has just 40,000 subscribers, said he was confident of winning over enough viewers among Chinese obsessed with football and the English top flight.

WinTV will also provide coverage on mobile devices and the Internet along with live TV.

'Fans can enjoy the games in various convenient ways,' he said. 'There's only one premise -- pay.'

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Post time 2007-2-16 23:03:56 |Display all floors
Crap.Who the hell should be responsible for all the crap winTV has done to Chinese premiership fans! 188yuan per month..Insane!
"No more free lunch" is acceptable while "Luxury" is not the thing normal Chinese fans can afford.Let's have a poll here to see how much the crap company will lose by putting it 188 per month
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where chinese footy fans have English football discussed

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Post time 2007-2-16 23:30:55 |Display all floors
Agreed.  I am a foreigner here, on an above-average salary, and 188 RMB per month still sounds very, very excessive to me.  I'm definitely not paying that either.

I think they may have shot themselves in the foot here.  They might end up with very few subscribers.

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Post time 2007-2-21 22:46:37 |Display all floors
That's too expensive,I would rather watch CSL!
I'm a newcomer.

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Post time 2007-4-3 16:56:59 |Display all floors
Who said we watch the game for free . Haven't we seen the commercials  while we viewed the matches ?
    Nosense , they just want more from us !
    Objection !

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Post time 2007-4-4 09:18:39 |Display all floors
Does anyone know anything more about this?  How will people obtain the WinTV service (those who can afford it that is)?

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Post time 2007-4-4 13:23:05 |Display all floors
Sorry.I am England Premiership fans.I almost don't watch Chinese Premiership.

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