Taiwan – The National Communications Commission (NCC) issued an operational license on July 31 to Elta Technology Co, a company set up by Chunghwa Telecom Co, to broadcast the Beijing Olympic Games live on Chunghwa’s multimedia-on-demand (MOD) service. NCC spokesman Howard Shyr said that it was a special license issued to a channel operator that does not broadcast their programs on cable or satellite television systems. Chunghwa used to own one-third of Elta’s shares. Elta obtains the license after Chunghwa Telecom sold its shares of the company, removing conflict from the Cable Television Law. To broadcast the Games live, Elta is operating a sports channel called Hito that will offer simulcasts for selected Olympics events for Chunghwa’s MOD service subscribers. The commission reviewed Elta’s application for an operational license and confirmed Elta as a sports channel operator. It had earlier rejected Elta’s application based on rules in the Cable Television Law that forbid political parties, the government or the military to operate a television channel or other media.