TrueVisions' Euro 2012 fine kicks off

Corporate June 13, 2012 00:00

By Sirivish Toomgum
The Nation

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TrueVisions should waive one month's subscription fees for its two million subscribers to compensate them for not being able to view live Euro 2012 football matches, said the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) consumer prot

The subcommittee will make the proposal to the watchdog’s board today. 

The proposal was one of several measures drawn up by the subcommittee yesterday to compensate TrueVisions subscribers, who cannot view the live matches aired on channels 3, 5, and 9 via the TrueVisions network.
According to the subcommittee, TrueVisions must also hurry action to enable subscribers to view the live matches. 
It added that the three free TV channels should air the matches in all signal-receiving platforms.
Fine despite strong opposition
In a related matter, the NBTC will press on to impose a fine on TrueVisions, despite strong opposition from the company yesterday.
NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said yesterday the watchdog would today send the order to slap a daily fine of about Bt20,000, retroactive from June 8.
He said that if TrueVisions disagreed with the order, the company could bring the case to the court.
In a fax sent to the NBTC yesterday, TrueVisions complained that the watchdog’s June 7 order to seek ways to allow its subscribers to view the Euro matches on channels 3, 5, and 9 was unlawful and unacceptable. TrueVisions also opposed the NBTC warning on Monday that if after 4.30pm yesterday it had failed to comply with the order, it would face the daily fine.
The pay-TV operator insisted that it had not violated the 2010 Frequency Allocation Law and 2008 Broadcasting Act, and so the NBTC had no right to fine the company. 
Takorn said that the NBTC had not ordered the fine for a violation of the frequency or broadcasting law but according to Article 58 of the Law on Administrative Procedure of 1996.
So far, TrueVisions has yet to reach an agreement with GMM Grammy, the Euro 2012 broadcast rights’ holder, to allow TrueVisions subscribers to view the matches on the three free channels. 
GMM Grammy continues to insist this week that its priority in controlling broadcasts of the Euro 2012 is to prevent financial loss among its business partners and their customers.