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Online live streaming is to be placed under NBTC’s control

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to place online live streaming under control following complaints of unfair competition from several digital TV operators.

The commission met on Monday to discuss the complaints filed by several digital TV operators against competition from online live streaming through Facebook, YouTube or other service providers or OTT (over-the-top) business, said Colonel Nathee Sakulrat, vice chairman of the NBTC, on Tuesday.

The commission agreed that the OTT business or online live streaming should come under the jurisdiction of the broadcasting regulator, he said, adding that the committee decided to form a panel to work out ways and means to regulate image and audio broadcasts through other channels.

The commission is concerned operators of online live streaming or OTT do not own any telecommunication network, but make use of the others' facility to do their business without having to share their revenues with network owners.

However, Colonel Nathee noted that the NBTC had no intention whatsoever to control the content of OTT or online live streaming service, but to make sure that the public have access to information and the service must be fair to the consumers as well.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)