Unable to see Euro 2012 matches through their cable operator TrueVisions, some fans are using old-fashioned bunny antennas. In last night's matches, Denmark beat the Netherlands while Germany defeated Portugal.
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These viewers enjoyed the Euro 2012 matches with an old-fashioned bunny ears antenna. The cost: 40 baht. PORNPROM SATRABHAYA
Euro 2012, the old-fashioned way
Denmark, Germany win
Large numbers of local football fans were left in the lurch after cable TV operator TrueVisions blocked the big Euro 2012 kick-off to subscribers.
About two million TrueVisions subscribers were left looking at a blue screen with an apology for the ban.
But some clever viewers got around the problem by unplugging their TrueVisions connections and using 40 baht bunny rabbit antennas to watch the opening matches on free channels.
TrueVisions is in negotiations with GMM Grammy, holder of the broadcast rights, to allow its subscribers to watch the football matches on the three free channels and it expects to conclude the matter by tomorrow or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Denmark blew Euro 2012's Group of Death wide open through an opportunistic goal by Michael Krohn-Dehli in an astonishing 1-0 win over the Netherlands at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Although the Netherlands had more than 60 per cent of possession and 28 shots at goal, it was Sparta Rotterdam midfielder Krohn-Delhi who handed his Denmark side the three points from the Group B match when he drove the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelnburg on 24 minutes.
In the late match, Germany defeated Portugal 1-0 on a goal in the 72nd minute by Mario Gomez.
The match seemed destined to finish goalless with both sides reluctant to commit bodies forward, but Gomez settled the match in Germany's favour when he rose to head Sami Khedira's deflected cross beyond Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio on 72 minutes.
Adapted from a Bangkok Post story by Apinya Wipatayotin and agency stories.
bunny – a child's word for a rabbit คำเรียกกระต่าย (เด็กใช้เรียก)
antenna – a piece of equipment made of metal rods or wires which receives or sends out radio or television signals เสาอากาศ
old-fashioned – not modern; no longer fashionable ที่ล้าสมัย
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
leave in the lurch – to fail to help somebody when they are relying on you to do so ปล่อยให้คอย, ทิ้งให้เดาไปเอง, ล้มเหลวที่จะช่วยเหลือคนที่ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ
operator – a person or company that runs a business ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
block– to stop something from being done or from succeeding ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
subscriber – someone who pays money to an organization in order to receive a product, use a service regularly or support the organisation ผู้ใช้บริการ
apology – an act of saying sorry คำขอโทษ
ban – officially not allowed to do something ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ
clever – quick at learning and understanding things เฉลียวฉลาด
negotiations – formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement การเจรจาต่อรอง
broadcast – to send out a programme on television or radio กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
right – a legal claim to have or get something สิทธิ
conclude– to finish; to complete an official agreement or task, or arrange a business deal จบ
opportunistic – taking advantage of a situation
astonishing – very surprising น่าแปลกใจ
possession – control of the ball การครองบอล
destined – certain to happen in the future ซึ่งมุ่งหน้าไปทาง, ซึ่งถูกกำหนดไว้ล่วงหน้าแล้ว
reluctant - not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it ไม่เต็มใจ
commit – to use available things or people for a particular purpose, in this case to move players forward towards the goal in a football match มอบหมายให้, ให้รับผิดชอบ
settle – to decide something definitely, in this case the winner of a match
in (someone’s) favour – giving someone an advantage or helping them อำนวยประโยชน์, เข้าข้าง
deflect – to make something move in a different direction, especially by hitting it เปลี่ยนแปลงทิศทาง
cross– (in football) the action of kicking the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side เตะบอลขวางสนาม