NCPO hopes for business help for WC

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is still negotiating to ensure that everyone in Thailand can watch all 64 matches of the World Cup 2014 tournament that begins in Brazil early Friday morning Thai time.

Col Winthai Suvaree, NCOP spokesman, said the NCPO has instructed the National Broadcasting and telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to discuss compensation with rights holder RS Plc.

The funding would come from the existing fund generated from the auction of digital television licences, according to Thairath online.

He said the NCPO was afraid that the public would misunderstand that the NCPO ordered the NBTC to pay RS, but actually there was no solution yet.

“If the digital TV fund cannot be used to pay compensation for broadcasting rights, we may seek support from generous private sectors who want to join the NCPO to return happiness to the people,’’ said Col Winthai.

NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has a policy to return happiness to the country and free viewing of all football matches is one of his cards.

Currently, only people with RS set-top boxes and subscribers of pay-TV True Visions can view all matches. Only 22 matches would be broadcast on two free channels, Channel 7 and Channel 8. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled on Wednesday that RS do not have to broadcast all matches on free television as challenged by the NBTC.

The discussion is whether the army-run Channel 5 will be able to broadcast the rest of at least 38 matches or not, he said

It is likely the total compensation would be as high as 700 million baht. 

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