Footie fears as LeSports end nears

Top News | Sophie Hui 14 Mar 2018

Sophie Hui

Two overseas companies have filed for LeSports HK to be liquidated, which could affect subscribers watching the English Premier League.

Creditors MP & Silva of Singapore and Media Partners & Silva of Ireland lodged the liquidation petition on Monday against Hong Kong Sports Industrial Development, formerly known as LeTV Sports Culture Develop (HongKong).

The hearing will be on May 16 in the High Court.

Sources said a message circulating among LeSports HK staff indicated it would stop running on Friday due to long-term rent arrears.

LeSports is expected to go off the air tomorrow and the firm will stop operating on Friday, according to a senior manager. But no official announcement was made on arrangements for subscribers and sports broadcasts.

Although LeSports HK's office in Tsuen Wan remained operating yesterday, it did not respond to the bankruptcy petition or say whether the company would stop running.

However, its Facebook page was updated yesterday afternoon.

In December, sister firm, LE Corp lodged a voluntary liquidation petition, and the High Court ordered its winding up last month.

Many LeSports HK users complained that they couldn't watch the English Premier League game between Manchester United and Liverpool on Saturday due to signal problems, and the game between Arsenal and Watford also couldn't be watched on Sunday.

Hundreds of subscribers formed an alliance on Facebook to express their dissatisfaction and request the company to explain.

A subscriber posted a response from the company's customer service yesterday saying: "LeSports HK would like to express our sincere apologies for the Premier League broadcasting problem. LeSports HK is now investigating the cause of the problem and waiting for the result."

Subscribers were not satisfied with the response and asked for refund.

Francis Fong Po-kiu, honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, said users can make a complaint to the Consumer Council or customs or report to the police, as "they can't watch the matches after they paid."

But sources say Now TV will take over broadcasting of English Premier League matches.

Hong Kong Broadband Network said it is liaising with LeSports.

Customers who signed up for EPL and NBA services will have the fees for the remaining months reimbursed.

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