Dazzling New Year Countdown Fireworks Light Up Hong Kong's Iconic Victoria Harbour

HONG KONG, Dec. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018 will be launched at the Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve (31 December). The HKTB will provide satellite live feed of the Musical Fireworks for media organizations worldwide to broadcast the event live and celebrate the New Year with audiences around the globe.

The 10-minute Musical Fireworks this year will be presented in an unprecedented scale, spanning across a 35% wider display area, and incorporating a fascinating collection of pyrotechnic, fireworks, sound and lighting effects. The numerals “2018” will be displayed on the façade of the featured landmark Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, when palettes of pyrotechnics and fireworks will be launched from barges at the Victoria Harbour, and rooftops of buildings on the Hong Kong Island. Launched at various elevations above the sea level, the stunning fireworks display is set to dazzle our skyline with vibrant colours. Besides, Hong Kong’s skyline will be illuminated with “Magical Star Dusts” by using the fireworks from a European award-winning fireworks maker for the first time. The scene is inspired by dancing fairies scattering magical star dust over the iconic Victoria Harbour, signifying New Year’s blessings to the city.

To steam up the festive mood on New Year’s Eve, the Australian performing arts group “Strange Fruit” will present a spectacular performance from 10:00pm at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier. The award-winning group had made appearances at various events worldwide and they will greet Hong Kong with a global debut of their brand-new performance “Deco-Sphere”.

For more information about the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018, please visit the HKTB’s website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/countdown.jsp.               

Information of Satellite Live Feed and Video Footage Download

  • Image & video download: ftp://NYCD2017-b:445566@ftpsvr01.hktb.com/
    (valid until 31 January 2018)
    • Reference videos and images of fireworks display and performance by “Strange Fruit” are available for download at the FTP link above.
    • Post-event video footage and photos of fireworks display and the performance by “Strange Fruit” will be available for download from 1 January 2018 Hong Kong Time 03:00 (31 December 2017 GMT 19:00). Media interested in broadcasting the show may download the material from the FTP link above.
  • Details of satellite feed for broadcasters:
Signal testing time31 Dec 2017, 20:00-20:15 Hong Kong Time (GMT12:00-12:15)
Show time31 Dec 2017, 23:55-24:10 Hong Kong Time (GMT15:55-16:10)
Signal enquiry Ms. Vanessa So / Mr. Cameron Tong
Tel: (852) 6533 3400 / (852) 6574 3788

Via IS-21 at 58.0 degree West, 19C Sloth B 9MHz C BAND (Covering The Americas, North America & South America)
Programme name: CTS Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018

  • On-air date & time: 31/12/2017 (GMT 1555-1610)
  • Download link: 4075.4MHz
  • Symbol rate: 7.2MS/s
  • FEC:3/4
  • Polarization: Vertical
  • System: HD NTSC (1080i 59.94Hz)
  • DVB-S2 8PSK
  • Format: Mpeg 4  16:9  4:2:0  A1 : A2 Stereo PGM
  • Pilot: ON
  • Roll Off: 20%
  • Encryption System: Free to air signal

For media enquiries, please contact Karisa Lui, Tel: (800) 563-4582/(416) 366-2389 ext 204, Karisa.lui@hktb.com.

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