Sky TV has won the broadcasting rights for the Olympics through to 2024. The deal covers New Zealand and the Pacific region, taking in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
It covers broadcast rights for all media platforms.
While TV One returned to snare rights for the next Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in 2018, Sky have trumped the national free-to-air broadcaster with a deal that covers the next four Olympics events that follow Rio 2016 which will also be aired by Sky.
The new deal covers the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018, the Tokyo Games in 2020, the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and the 2024 Olympics which are yet to be awarded to a city.
"The IOC looks forward to continuing our long-term partnership with Sky. Together we will ensure the best possible coverage of every Olympic Games, including on free-to-air television," IOC President Thomas Bach said.
"The agreement is another clear demonstration of the enduring appeal of the Olympic Games and the values they represent.
"Long-term partnerships mean the IOC is able to redistribute revenue to support the Olympic Movement, to support the development of sport at all levels around the world and ultimately support the athletes themselves."
Source : stuff.co.nz