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NBTC panel approves bidders for commercial digital TV licences

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Tele-communications Commission (NBTC) yesterday named the companies qualified to participate in the upcoming auction for commercial digital terrestrial TV licences.

Committee chairman Natee Sukonrat said 29 companies that submitted 41 applications to bid for the licences were qualified. They all applied in October to participate in the auction of 24 commercial digital channels.

The 16 firms applying for seven standard-definition (SD) variety channels were Bangkok Business Broadcasting, BBTV Satelvision, GMM SD Digital TV, BEC-Multimedia, Voice TV, Thai Broadcasting, Thai TV, MCOT, RS Television, Amarin Television, Triple V Broadcast, 411 Entertainment, Touch TV, Bangkok Media and Broadcasting, Mono Broadcast and True DTT.

The nine companies applying for the seven available high-definition (HD) variety channels were Bangkok Broadcasting and Television, PM Group, Amarin Television, MCOT, GMM HD Digital TV, BEC-Multimedia, Thai Broadcasting, Bangkok Media and Broadcasting, and Triple V Broadcast.

The 10 companies chasing seven news channels were NBC Next Vision, Voice TV, Post TV, Thai TV, I-Sport Media, 3A Marketing, DN Broadcast, Thai News Network, Springnews Television and Mono Generation.

The six enterprises aiming for three children's channels were Nation Kids, Thai TV, MCOT, Rose Media and Entertainment, BEC-Multi-media and True DTT.

The venue and exact date of the auction will be announced next week. Four mock auctions will be conducted between this week and December 20.

Natee said his panel had prepared three possible scenarios for the auction. In the first, the NBTC will hold the auction for all four licence categories on the same day. In the second, it will hold two auctions, each for two categories. The third option is separate auctions for the four categories on separate days.

The NBTC expects to begin the auction with the seven HD variety channels, followed by the SD variety channels, the seven SD news channels, and the three licences of SD children's and family channels.


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