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New Year countdown in Hong Kong to be one of most spectacular displays

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NEW YORK – Set to upstage even the glittering razzle-dazzle display of New York’s Times Square – while welcoming in the New Year half a day earlier – the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will mount

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NEW YORK – Set to upstage even the glittering razzle-dazzle display of New York’s Times Square – while welcoming in the New Year half a day earlier – the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will mount its most extravagant, most dazzling display ever with the launch of the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations on December 31 moments before midnight. To ensure global audiences can share in the excitement of spectators in Hong Kong, the HKTB will provide satellite feed of the entire event for use by television broadcasters worldwide.

This year, the HKTB will add new visual effects to its already dazzling pyrotechnics, including numeric patterns for the countdown. The combination of colourful patterns and movements atop Hong Kong’s iconic skyscrapers will symbolise a soaring dragon, set to light up the spectacular, world-famous Victoria Harbour.

In the last 10 seconds preceding 2011, pyrotechnics carrying the patterns of numbers 10 to 1 will be launched one by one atop the 2 IFC and nine other buildings on Hong Kong Island to lead spectators in a citywide countdown. As the clock strikes midnight, a four-minute choreographed musical pyrotechnical show will commence. During the show, pyrotechnics will be ignited on both sides and atop 2 IFC and the other nine selected buildings. In addition to other special effects, the display will bring to life a colourful dragon soaring in the sky above Victoria Harbour to stand for the continued progress of Hong Kong’s economy in 2011.

To ring in 2011, 44 skyscrapers and landmarks on the waterfront will mark the arrival of the New Year with a profusion of lights, fireworks, lasers and blinking patterns synchronized to music. The show is a natural – if also ambitious – extension of the Symphony of Lights that illuminates the Hong Kong sky nightly at 8 PM.

The following are details of the event rundown and satellite feed:

1. Event Rundown for the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations:

Date
Time
Activity

31 Dec 2010
11:59pm
Officiating Ceremony begins
Gigantic numerical pyrotechnic countdown display on the rooftop of 2 IFC and nine other designated buildings on Hong Kong Island

1 Jan 2011
12 midnight
Ceremony performed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR and other officiating guests
“2011” appears on the facade of 2 IFC, followed by a four-minute pyrotechnical show

2. Satellite Live Feed Details:

1) Countdown Highlight (31/12/2010 HK Time 2345 – 2410)

Via IS-9 24C Slot B (Covering America, South Americas)

Programme name: 2011 Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations
On-air date & time: 31/12/2010 (HK time: 2350 – 2405) – Free to air signal
Download link: 4155.5 MHz H
Symbol rate: 6.1113MS/s
FEC:3/4
System: NTSC
Encryption System: Free to air signal

2) TVB^ onstage programme signal carrying TVB logo (31/12/2010 HK Time 2335 – 2415)

^The official TV co-op partner of Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown Celebrations

Via Asiasat

Satellite path: Asiasat 3S C-BAND / Channel: TVB8
Programme name: Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown Celebrations
Download link: 3729MHz
Channel: 1
Polarization: Horizontal
Symbol rate: 13.650MS/S
Fec: 3/4
Video format: PAL

Via IS8 C-BAND

Satellite path: IS8 C-BAND (Intelsat) for TVBI overseas
Programme name: Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown Celebrations
Download link: 3851MHz
L-Band: 1101
Channel: 3 – UK & Europe (PAL);
Channel: 4 – USA, New Zealand, and Asia markets (NTSC)
Polarization: Vertical
Symbol rate: 9.95MS/S
Fec: 3/4
Video format: Ch.3 (PAL) & Ch. 4 (NTSC)

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