CBU picks up Rio 2016 rights in Caribbean

The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) consortium of broadcasters has acquired rights for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The CBU acquired the rights in a sublicensing deal with Canoc Broadcasting, a venture set up by Canoc, a body comprising the region’s National Olympic Committees and Commonwealth Games Associations. Canoc agreed its rights deal for the Games in November 2013.

A joint statement said that the agreement would “bring unprecedented Ca­ribbean-centric coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to 20 countries and territories in the English and Dutch Caribbean.”

The deal covers Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos.

The agreement covers free-to-air and pay-television as well as online platforms.