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Watching EPL live on smartphones without permission violates copyright

Aug 08. 2019
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By The Nation

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Cable and satellite channel provider TrueVisions says it is ready to broadcast live the inaugural matches of the English Premier League 2019/2020 tomorrow night (August 9) and stresses that TrueVisions is the only entity in Thailand that received the full rights to broadcast live, rerun and present highlights of the 380 matches of the three forthcoming EPL seasons through all its pay TV channels and online platforms.

Thai EPL fans can view football matches on TrueVisions pay TV channels, websites, the TrueID application on smart phones and TrueID Box. To expand the channel for viewers, TrueVisons allows PPTV channel 36 to broadcast 30 selected EPL matches on its terrestrial, satellite and cable systems as well as IPTV box, but will still restrict broadcasting programmes on OTT system and smartphones applications 

TrueVisions also re-emphasises that live broadcast of EPL matches via OTT and applications on smartphones is against the existing intellectual property laws and that TrueVisions is fully obliged to protect and supervise the copyrights concerning EPL broadcast activities to prevent possible termination of signal transmission by EPL copyright owners, which will affect Thai EPL fans, who will consequently be not able to watch EPL matches – the world’s most popular sport event of the year.

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