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Hooked on Cantonese dramas? VPN service needed to access TVB

TVB’s website includes content from all its channels, including TVB Jade, its flagship channel.
TVB’s website includes content from all its channels, including TVB Jade, its flagship channel.PHOTO: TVB

www.tvb.com

Type of shows: Hong Kong- produced Cantonese shows

Platforms: Web

VPN needed: Yes

Premium membership: HK$59 (S$10.90) a month or HK$499 (S$91.90) a year for access to additional content

Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) is a Hong Kong television station that produces many Cantonese shows.

It is the firm behind well-loved, long-running dramas such as Zhen Qing (A Kindred Spirit) and Shanghai Tan (The Bund).

Its website includes content from all TVB channels, including TVB Jade (the station's flagship channel), TVB Pearl (English-language programmes) and TVB International.

Users can also watch programmes from these channels streamed live in their Web browser, although they will have to download a plug-in, Octoshape, to do so.

However, TVB is not accessible without a Hong Kong-based VPN service, such as the ones provided by ViewQwest and MyRepublic.

Furthermore, some of the shows, such as old episodes of Zhen Qing, are limited only to subscribers.

Some episodes of newer content and live channels are free to watch.

Also, non-Chinese speaking users will face difficulty navigating the website, as it is presented entirely in Chinese without an English version.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'Hooked on Cantonese dramas? VPN service needed to access TVB'. Print Edition | Subscribe