Eight companies on Tuesday bought 11 sets of bidding documents for digital TV auctions on the first day of document sales. Each document set costs 1 million baht.
All the companies are existing free TV operators, satellite TV operators and media firms.
Bangkok Broadcasting and Television Co, the operator of Channel 7, bought one set for a variety high-definition (HD) channel. BBTV Satelvision, a subsidiary of BBTV, bought one for a variety standard-definition (SD) channel.
BEC-Multimedia Co, a subsidiary of BEC World Plc, the operator of Channel 3, bought four sets, one each for a children's channel, news channel, variety SD channel and variety HD channel.
Of the media companies, GMM Grammy through its two new subsidiaries bought two sets: GMM HD Digital TV Co for a variety HD channel and GMM SD Digital TV Co for a variety SD channel.
Rose Media and Entertainment Co, the satellite TV operator of Gang Cartoon channel, bought one set for a children's channel.
Touch TV, the satellite TV arm of InTouch Plc, bought one set for a variety SD channel.
Post TV Co, a subsidiary of Post Publishing Plc, the publisher of the Bangkok Post, Post Today and M2F newspapers, bought a set for a news channel.
Twenty-four commercial channels will go up for bid in mid-December.