BANGKOK, Thailand Passengers on Thai Airways (THAI) international flights will be able to enjoy live FIFA World Cup matches on board from June 14 to July 15, the Bangkok Post reported.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will allow THAI to broadcast live World Cup matches on board for its international flights after the company asked the regulator last week for permission, said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith.

Takorn said the NBTC agreed in principle as THAI had already made a deal with FIFA.

"THAI only needs permission from the NBTC, not a licence, and it does not need to pay (additional) fees because the authorisation is valid for one month."

The NBTC will put the issue on the agenda for its board meeting on Wednesday for official approval.

"The permission will cover signal transmission specific for live broadcasts, similar to that needed to provide WiFi on board," Takorn said.

Nine companies are jointly paying for the live broadcast rights of this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia, which costs 1.4 billion baht (US$43.61 million).

The nine companies include Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC), operator of the Skytrain, Charoen Pokphand (CP), Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Channel, King Power Group, Thai Beverage, Kasikorn Bank, Gulf Energy Development, PTT Global Chemical and Carabao Dang.

Source: NAM News Network