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It’s official: True Vision subscribers are not going to be able to use their cable service to view Euro 2012 football matches.
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Chief executive officer of GMM Z, Thana Thienachariya, holds a letter from Uefa which states that pay-TV operator True Visions will not be allowed to gain access to the signal for the Euro 2012 football matches. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
It's final: No Euro 2012 on True Visions
True Vision subscribers are not going to be able to use their cable service to view Euro 2012 football matches.
That became official yesterday with the news that The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has vetoed a request by its broadcast rights holder GMM Grammy to rebroadcast tournament matches to pay-TV operator True Visions.
Uefa yesterday sent a letter to Grammy to reject its sub-licensing request.
In a letter to Grammy Sport managing director Kobkiat Sangwanich, Uefa's media rights manager Ian Wilson said the request had come too late since the tournament was already well under way.
True Visions cannot transmit any Euro 2012 programmes because it is not owned by Grammy, or affiliated to the company, the letter said.
"True Visions had an earlier opportunity to acquire Uefa Euro 2012 rights from Uefa directly. Furthermore, GMM Grammy delivers greater free-TV exposure in Thailand through the sub-licensing of rights to free-TV (channels 3, 5 and 9) and we are very happy with this free-to-air broadcast platform," he said.
Sompan Charumilinda, executive vice-chairman of True Visions, admitted its customers now have no chance of viewing Euro 2012 via its set-top boxes. "Customers need to accept the fact," he said.
Mr Sompan said True Visions expressed "deep regrets" for what it described as an "unpredictable incident". He said True Visions would have bid for the Euro broadcast rights directly from Uefa in the first place if it had known this dispute could arise.
True Visions subscribers are understandably upset and want some compensation. National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission member Supinya Klangnarong said True Visions should waive for one month its subscription fee to its customers for being unable to bring them the matches.
"Impossible," replied Mr Sompan, saying that would create a heavy financial burden on the company.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post Komsan Tortermvasana, Darana Chudasri & Wichit Chantanusornsiri
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compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them เงินชดเชย
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