Television copyright for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar is not free, and broadcasters across the region will have to bid for the right to televise the action. The Viet Nam Olympic Committee (VOC) has invited Viet Nam Television (VTV) to enter negotiations for the event's Vietnamese coverage.
According to deputy chairman of the VOC, Hoang Vinh Giang, VTV will then share its copyright with other domestic networks.
"We were recently informed that the hosts Myanmar will sell TV copyright in their own way. Outside of the Southeast Asian (SEA) region, world station's such as ESPN will show live broadcasts of the events at the 27th Games," said Giang.
"The VOC's position is that all of the action should be transmitted to fans, especially events which will feature Vietnamese athletes. We chose VTV to buy this year's rights but they will not be the exclusive broadcaster in Viet Nam."
Phan Ngoc Tien, deputy head of VTV's sports, entertainment and economic news department confirmed that they had received a letter of invitation from Myanmar to meet and talk about the issue.
The Games are scheduled to be held in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Myanmar, as well as in two other main cities, Yangon and Mandalay, this December, with athletes from the region competing in 33 different events.