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EURO 2012: NBTC Slaps Fine On TrueVisions

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EURO 2012

NBTC slaps fine on TrueVisions

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's broadcasting committee agreed to impose penalties on TrueVisions and called for the immediate end to pending actions that take consumers as "hostages".

The penalties followed TrueVision’s failure to get the Euro 2012 re-broadcasting signal from free TV operators and its failure to fulfill promises to subscribers, the committee said in a statement.

Natee Sukonrat, an NBTC commissioner and chairman of the broadcasting committee, said that for failure to get the re-broadcasting signal, TrueVisions violated the NBTC instruction on June 7 that it must fulfill its promises to subscribers.

At today’s meeting, the committee also came up with two other resolutions, aimed at preventing another broadcasting mishap.

First, TV operators’ past behaviours which influence market competition and consumers would be a factor in future licensing rules.

Second, the sub-committee on consumer protection must launch an investigation into the fact why some consumers do not have access to the Euro 2012 broadcasting.

"The mishap shows the exploitation of legal loopholes, by taking consumers hostages for business interests. Though this concerns a private-to-private negotiation, they should be concerned about the impacts on the general public and consumers. The broadcasting committee is calling for an end of any action, which are affecting or depriving the rights of consumers. These issues would be used to consider future licensing," Natee said.

Though the tournament started on June 8, TrueVisions has not yet been successful in getting the re-broadcasting signal. Those watching free TV channels through its network are offered replacement programmes, when the channels broadcast the matches.

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-- The Nation 2012-06-11

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TrueVisions today announced service upgrade to all subscribers, during June 10-July 11. Those with Platinum package will be entitled to the 9-channel A La Carte package, the Gold Package will have access to the Platinum Package, and those with other packages can access True Sports channels. /BKK Post

NBTC resolved to fine TrueVisions Bt20,000 per day for not airing #Euro2012 until they can televise the matches /ThaiPBS

GMM's latest statement: TrueVisions subscribers will face black screen indefinitely until Uefa's decision by this week." /The Nation

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Bizarre decision. Just switch the signal on................

Surely the fine should be on channels 3,5, and 7. 3,5 and 7 enter into a contract, and because of this True HAS to pay for something that is free? Land of weird.....

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I hear people with sattelite dishes (one-off payment with no monthly fees) can't watch the Euros either (on the free thai channels).

Is that True Visions' fault or is it GMM's?

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How about also slapping some fines on GMM for denying TrueVisions the re-broadcasting rights although the EURO games are already broadcast on free-to-air TV? I think GMM is just as much to blame for this absurd situation as TrueVisions.

Why fine gmm?fine channel 3.5,7 for blocking signal to true,on the other hand we don't know what kind of contract true has with ch.3,5 and 7.gmm did not do anything wrong,they bought the rights and share with channel 3,5 and 7,if they don't want to share with true out of whatever reason it's up to gmm

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How about also slapping some fines on GMM for denying TrueVisions the re-broadcasting rights although the EURO games are already broadcast on free-to-air TV? I think GMM is just as much to blame for this absurd situation as TrueVisions.

Why should they. If you paid the money would you let me rebroadcast? Your a fan, they are not. It's all about the money, and 20,000 per day is nothing to true. That is less than 10 platinum subscriber fee's a day. And when will it be over? You do the math.

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How about also slapping some fines on GMM for denying TrueVisions the re-broadcasting rights although the EURO games are already broadcast on free-to-air TV? I think GMM is just as much to blame for this absurd situation as TrueVisions.

giggle.gif Maybe NBTC are in the GMM pockets? giggle.gif

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Still can't work out how they can force True to pay to access their network, when it isn't them cutting off the signal.

This is surely akin to putting a gun to True's head, to pay for something which by definition is free.

And it isn't as though I love True at all, but it isn't them cutting off the signal, it is Grammy/domestic channels.

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