TrueVisions open to partnership for Premier League coverage

Thai pay-television operator TrueVisions said it could be open to sublicensing on rights for the English Premier League to rival pay-television broadcaster GMM Grammy in the next cycle, from 2013-14 to 2015-16. TrueVisions intends to bid to renew its exclusive rights for the league when they come on the market.

TrueVisions is in talks with GMM about sharing other content, according to the Bangkok Post, and its chief executive Suphachai Chearavanont told the newspaper that it would be open to also sublicensing on Premier League rights, if it wins them, if GMM made an attractive offer. But there have been no discussions between the two companies about sharing Premier League rights yet.

Suphachai said his company was confident of retaining its exclusive rights. “We are determined to enter the bid solely without a partnership,” he said.

“We’re confident we can win a contract. We have experience from the last two bidding rounds.”

TrueVisions has the Premier League rights in Thailand from 2010-11 to 2012-13.