CTH gets Premier League rights

Cable Thai Holding (CTH), the newly established cable TV operator, has revealed it has won the broadcast rights for English Premier League (EPL) games for the next three seasons (2013-2016).

Wichai Thongtang, the major shareholder in CTH, said the company won the rights for Thailand, Cambodia and Laos but he declined to reveal how much it cost.

CTH competed against four other bidders -- TrueVisions, GMM Grammy, RS and Channel 7, which joined with Malaysian IT TV operator Cubic Associates Group on its bid.

Mr Wichai said CTH is open to a partnership with other companies and confirmed there will not be any "black screen" problem as happened during the Euro tournament in the middle of this year.

CTH is a conglomeration of 320 small cable TV providers upcountry.

Its major shareholders are Wichai Thongtang, a former lawyer for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Rath newspaper, and a group of local cable TV operators.

Currently, the small cable TV providers under CTH have a combined clientele of 2.8 million households -- half in Bangkok and the rest upcountry.

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