Euro 2012 broadcast rights dispute unresolved

TrueVisions subscribers missed the opening Euro 2012 goal and all others last night as the cable operator failed to resolve its dispute with the broadcast rights holder. AFP photo

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Polish forward Robert Lewandowski heads in Euro 2012’s opening goal past Greek goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias on Friday. AFP

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Viewers left in dark as Euro 2012 kicks off

Bangkok Post and agencies

Cable television operator TrueVisions has failed to resolve its dispute with Euro 2012 Football Championship broadcast rights holder GMM Grammy.

About 2 million True subscribers saw Euro 2012 broadcasts from Channel 3, Channel 5 and Modernine TV cancelled last night during the tournament's opening match between Poland and Greece at 11pm, and again for Russia versus the Czech Republic at 1:45am this morning.

The matches could be seen on terrestrial television but True blocked these stations' broadcasts through its cable and satellite platforms. True showed alternative programmes instead.

TrueVisions said in its statement that negotiations with GMM Grammy to allow its subscribers to watch the football matches on the three free-TV channels were ongoing and it expected to conclude the matter on Monday or Tuesday.

A senior GMM Grammy executive said the company must gain approval from tournament organiser Uefa for True subscribers to watch Euro 2012 matches. The process could take a few days.

Meanwhile, in the competition itself, Greece and Poland fought out a 1-1 draw in a Euro 2012 opener in Warsaw that saw both teams finish with 10 men.

Poland benefited from a bright opening to the Group A match before a crowd of 56,826 when Robert Lewandowski headed them into the lead on 17 minutes from a lovely Jakub Blaszczykowski cross as Greece goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias paid the price for coming from his goal but failing to collect the ball as it flew across his area.

Poland looked to be heading for a momentous first win at the European Championships, but were stunned on 51 minutes as Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny missed a cross ball enabling Greece substitute Dimitrios Salpingidis to stab the ball home from close range.

Later in Wroclaw, Alan Dzagoev scored twice as Russia justified their billing as Group A favourites with a 4-1 dismantling of the Czech Republic in the second match of the opening night of Euro 2012.

Vaclav Pilar scored a fine goal early in the second period to give the Czechs false hopes, but they were well beaten by a technically superior side.

resolve – to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it  แก้ไขปัญหา
dispute – a serious disagreement การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง
broadcast – to send out a programme on television or radio กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว right – a legal claim to have or get something สิทธิ
subscriber – someone who pays money to an organization in order to receive a product, use a service regularly or support the organisation  ผู้ใช้บริการ
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
terrestrial – operating on earth rather than from a satellite ที่อาศัยบนโลก
block – to stop something from being done or from succeeding ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
satellite – an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information ดาวเทียม
platform – a type of media or way of distributing information , e.g., newspapers, magazines, video, etc.
alternative – another choice ตัวเลือก / ทางเลือก
negotiations – formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement การเจรจาต่อรอง
ongoing – continuing อย่างต่อเนื่อง
conclude – to finish; to complete an official agreement or task, or arrange a business deal  จบ
matter – a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
approval – agreement to do or accept something ความเห็นชอบด้วย
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
benefit – to recieve an advantage ได้รับประโยชน์
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
momentous – very important   ที่สำคัญยิ่ง
stunned – very shocked or surprised  มึน, ตกตะลึง, งงงัน
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible  ทำให้เป็นไปได้
substitute – a player who replaces another member of his or her team during a match ตัวสำรอง
stab – to push a knife or other sharp object into someone’s body, in this case, to quickly put the ball into the goal แทงด้วยอาวุธ
close range – a very short distance away from something  ระยะใกล้มาก
justify – to show that there is good reason for something แสดงเหตุผลที่ดีพอ
billing – the position, especially an important one, that somebody is advertised or described as having in a show, etc  การโฆษณา
favourite – a person or team who is expected to win a competition ผู้แข่งขันที่มีหวังชนะมากที่สุด
dismantle – to take something apart, in this case, to defeat an opponent completely รื้อ
superior – better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else เหนือกว่า, เยี่ยมกว่า, ดีกว่า

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