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TV Azteca, Televisa pick up Tokyo 2020 rights in Mexico

Mexican commercial broadcaster TV Azteca and pay-television operator Televisa have announced that they will provide coverage of this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

TV Azteca confirmed the deal via its Twitter account and said that coverage will be distributed across its Azteca7 channel.

Televisa said its coverage will include the best of the sporting action from Tokyo 2020, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Rio 2016 Games were shown in Mexico by pay-television broadcasters ESPN and Fox Sports. Telco América Móvil also held digital rights to Rio 2016.

América Móvil holds digital and pay-television rights to the summer and winter Olympic Games across Latin America until 2024 through a deal with the International Olympic Committee signed in 2017.

The deal covers digital rights on an exclusive basis in Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Pay-television rights were acquired on an exclusive basis in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, and on a non-exclusive basis for Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Last October, Claro Sports, the broadcaster owned by América Móvil, agreed a deal to offer free content from Tokyo 2020 on YouTube through its editorial tie-up with Spanish media group Marca. The Marca Claro YouTube channel is to broadcast content to 17 countries across Latin America.