Olympics

Singapore appears set to be without live coverage of the upcoming 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the city-state’s government claimed the broadcast rights for the multi-sport showpiece have become too expensive.

International Media Content, parent company of pay-television broadcaster SportsMax and a subsidiary of telecommunications group Digicel, has acquired exclusive broadcast rights in the Caribbean to the 2018 winter Olympics in PyeongChang and the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo.

The IMG agency has agreed a deal with the International Olympic Committee to distribute the international in-flight and in-ship rights to the forthcoming summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) has partnered with internet service provider SAPO to launch a new online video platform.

The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees has finalised rights deals in Belize for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Spanish public-service broadcaster TVE is set to launch a virtual reality platform ahead of its coverage of the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

US media company NBCUniversal is expecting to sell at least 15 per cent more advertising for the Rio 2016 Olympics than the previous London 2012 edition of the summer Games.

Viasat, the pay-television operator run by multi-territory commercial and pay-television broadcaster Modern Times Group, has unveiled plans to offer coverage of the Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games in virtual reality and ultra-high-definition formats in Sweden.

Russian sports media platform Match TV will provide coverage of the Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games on six channels, according to the sport.ru website.

The IMG agency has sealed a deal to distribute the worldwide media rights for boxing’s upcoming Olympic Games qualifying tournament.

US media company NBCUniversal has unveiled record coverage plans for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Question marks continue to surround the future of Olympic Games rights in Germany after a senior executive from public-service broadcaster ZDF criticised Discovery Communications over the stalled negotiations for a contract.

German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF are ready to cut off talks with Discovery Communications over a sublicensing deal for rights covering the Olympic Games in 2018 and 2020 if the media company does not lower its asking price.

US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has sealed its eighth sublicensing deal for Olympic Games rights in Europe through an agreement with Hungarian public-service broadcaster MTVA.

Star India will show blanket live coverage of the Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games via eight dedicated channels, the pay-television broadcaster has announced.

The International Olympic Committee has reached agreements with 27 international sports federations to work together on the new Olympic Channel, with a 2016 launch date set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

International media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has said it is in talks with social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to show programming in Europe from its sports broadcaster Eurosport, including Olympic Games content.

International media and entertainment company Discovery Communications unveiled a series of deals this (Thursday) morning covering the Olympic Games and European national team football qualifiers, as well as new strategic partnerships in Spain, Italy and Chile.

CCTV 5, the sports channel operated by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, has agreed a strategic partnership with social media platform Sina Weibo.

The International Olympic Committee has signed up as the first client of Playmaker Media, a new video streaming technology support service that has been launched by the NBC Sports Digital division of US media group NBCUniversal.

US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has sealed its latest sublicensing deal for Olympic Games rights in Europe through an agreement with Czech public-service broadcaster Ceska Televize.

US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has announced cost saving measures as chief executive David Zaslav said he expects its Olympic Games broadcast rights deal to make “real money” for the firm.

The NBC Olympics division of US media company NBCUniversal has agreed a content partnership with social media platform Snapchat for the 2016 Olympic Games and the US Olympic team trials.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand's broadcasting regulator, is seeking THB150m (€3.8m/$4.4m) in additional funding to support a bid by a group of domestic broadcasters to acquire rights to the 2016 Olympic Games.