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Khabar TV strikes late Rio 2016 deal in Kazakhstan

Khabar TV, part of Kazakh satellite television broadcaster Kazakh TV, has acquired rights to the forthcoming 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

It will broadcast 100 hours of live and recorded coverage, including the opening and closing ceremonies, boxing, weightlifting, judo, diving and synchronised swimming. It added that the content it airs will be exclusive to the broadcaster.

Khabar TV will also launch a dedicated internet portal for Rio 2016, which commences on Friday.

Pavel Tsybulin, director of the Kazsport TV channel, said: “We will block any foreign broadcast of the Olympics in the territory of Kazakhstan with the help of relevant authorities. This is a very serious issue because a huge amount of money was invested and we want to protect ourselves and our country from piracy.”