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ATV makes a comeback with app launch

2017-12-18 HKT 18:10
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  • ATV supporters took pictures outside the station's headquarters just before the broadcaster ceased transmissions in April last year. Photo: RTHK
    ATV supporters took pictures outside the station's headquarters just before the broadcaster ceased transmissions in April last year. Photo: RTHK
ATV is making a comeback, more than a year-and-a-half after it went off air.

The company, Asia Television New Media Group, has launched a TV app for smartphones and tablets, and is planning to roll out round-the-clock broadcast services via a TV set-top box late next month.

There will be new programmes, including a series of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" hosted by former TVB executive Stephen Chan. But many of the new shows will bought from overseas.

Many old ATV dramas and documentaries are free on the app and there's also finance, music and sport – but no news. People will have to pay for some of the shows from next April.

ATV was refused a new free-to-air TV licence after financial difficulties led to staff going for months without wages. After 59 years of broadcasting, the world's oldest Chinese-language television station went off air in April 2016.