Live FIFA World Cup 2014 matches gone from Era TV
By John Liu ,The China Post
June 27, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Effective today, nationwide cable TV network Era Television (年代電視) will be prohibited from broadcasting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to a court ruling. However, cable subscribers can still watch the World Cup games on the TVBS and Public TV Service (PTS) channel.
Era Television has been involved in a legal dispute with ELTA TV (愛爾達電視台), which has the exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup in Taiwan. With the court's ruling, ELTA TV will terminate its signal to Era Television today.
To avoid 4.98 million viewers in Taiwan being affected by the court ruling, ELTA TV has authorized TVBS and PTS channels to broadcast the games. Viewers can still also watch live matches via Chunghwa's MOD on TV, Hami APP on smartphones, and hichannel on the Internet.
In order to continue providing game coverage to local audiences, ELTA TV negotiated with TVBS before it decided to stop sending World Cup broadcasting signals to Era TV.
Era Television had applied to the Taipei District Court for an order enabling it to continue broadcasting FIFA games, but the request was denied by the court yesterday. With this decision, ELTA TV gained the de facto right to terminate its signal to Era Television anytime it chose to do so.
ELTA TV previously filed a lawsuit against Era Television for broadcasting unauthorized content to other digital TV stations. With sufficient evidence proving Era Television's violation, ELTA TV has lettered its intention to terminate its contract with Era Television.
In a formal statement, ELTA TV said that the lawsuit was conducted under FIFA's close supervision. The court's ruling marked Taiwan's victory on intellectual property rights, ELTA TV said, adding that it will continue to defend its hard-won broadcasting rights in the future while at the same time providing sports programs to local audiences.