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Volume 10 No. 22


New TV provider Cable Thai Holding, which has the Thai broadcasting rights for the EPL, "is suing Apple for selling applications through its App Store that enable people to view the matches on mobile devices," according to the BANGKOK POST. Lawyer Yindee Limpivet, who is handling the filing of the court case, said that "the company had earlier sent a letter to Apple South Asia (Thailand) demanding that it remove the app from its store." He said that Apple "did not reply." The company therefore "is accusing Apple of wrongfully allowing the sale of an app that enables the violation of CTH's sole broadcast rights to EPL games in Thailand." Limpivet said that this would cause huge damage to CTH, "which invested a significant amount of money to acquire the broadcast rights." Lawyer Paiboon Amornpinyokiat, also working for CTH, said the "Sport Channel" app has been on the top paid application list for almost two months, and allows buyers to view the football matches on iPhones, iPads and iPods. CTH said that "the company is also monitoring for other individuals or businesses who illegally broadcast or adapt the signal of the EPL football matches for commercial purposes." The company "will suspend their access to the signal immediately without prior notification" (BANGKOK POST, 9/12).

BeIN Sport "has acquired the broadcast rights to the UEFA Women's Champions League home games" of Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St. Germain. Some games outside of these teams "will also be broadcast on the channel." The broadcasting of matches "will start with the knockout stage and continue through to the semifinals" (L'EQUIPE, 9/11). ... Back9Network and YouTube will serve as online streaming partners for "The Match at Mission Hills" featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in Haikou, China on Oct. 28. Both Woods and McIlroy's caddies will wear microphones throughout the round, providing fans who watch the live stream with inside-the-ropes access (Back9Network). ... ESPN Deportes will launch the first Spanish language web-based app that features a second-screen experience during live sporting events. ESPN Sync debuts during the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight on Saturday (ESPN).