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For days we've been telling you about the deadlock over the broadcasting of the Tokyo Olympics. For the first time in Belize's television history since the 80's, the summer games are not being broadcasted on TV. Well, there's some progress to report tonight - and just in time for the track and field events which start on Thursday.

As we've been reporting, the local rights holder, which is Concorde Media Group - has been unable to reach an agreement with the Belize Cable Television Operators Association. And that's why it's not showing on TV. The rights for these kind of global sporting events usually cost into the tens of thousands of US dollars - we know because we've paid that in the past. Well, the Concord Group says the BCTVOA never even tried to negotiate with them, and instead they went to the regional rights holder - which reportedly quoted them a price in excess of 40 grand US dollars.

So that was the end of that and the bottom line is that all NBC channels are blocked out on your cable television feed.

But, tonight, in a generous move, Concord has announced that it is opening up an online platform for any Belizean to see the Olympics free of charge. It's called Omnistreamz, a mobile app and online portal - that gives you four channels of global Sportsmax olympic programming and NBC. All you have to do is log on, enter your email address and shortly after you get a mail with a username and password for 30 day free trial, which covers the three week Olympic games.

Additionally, in an agreement with Sportsmax and Concorde Channel 7 will be offering a daily half an hour digest recapping the Caribbean region's performance in the games.

You can find links to Omnistreamz at:

For the App:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.omnistreamz.tv

For your PC:
https://omnistreamz.bz

Download for your Android Phone HERE:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.omnistreamz.tv&hl=en&gl=US

Download for Firestick HERE::
https://cloudtv.akamaized.net/CustomerAPPS/Concord/APPS/android/omni8610_2.apk

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Well the swimming, diving, sailing and gymnastics were the events I was wanting to watch and will be over by then. Maybe in 2024 will get to enjoy them.

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Press Release from the Belize Cable Television Operators Association on the Broadcast of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Broadcast of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

The Belize Cable Television Operators Association (BCTVOA), on behalf of its members, wishes to provide further information to the public regarding the broadcast of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, particularly as it relates to cable broadcast rights.

The BCTVOA has made tireless efforts, particularly over the past five years, to negotiate with programmers for copyright-compliant content at affordable costs to allow for equal access to each of its member cable operators, large and small. It is through these cable operators and the fees that are paid to programmers that Belizeans nationwide are able to enjoy their favourite content on cable television at the regulated package price. This approach has resulted in content from programmers like HBO, Discovery Networks, Turner Networks, ESPN and others being available to subscribers.

In the case of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the programmer with the rights for the BCTVOA to negotiate with is International Media Content Limited ('IMC'), which has regional rights including Belize. The Broadcasting and Television Act (Chapter 227), Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011 quite clearly designates the BCTVOA as the sole entity to engage in the purchase of rights to broadcast content for its members and goes further to state at section 5A(7) that: "It is unlawful for a person who holds a television licence under section 5 and who offers a cable programme service, or for any other person, other than the Association, to be a licensee or assignee of a cinematograph film, cable programme, or broadcast, and in that capacity to offer it to the Association or, to any other person for distribution to members of the Association.".

Concord Media Group (CMG) first informed the BCTVOA of its acquisition of rights relating to cable broadcasts from IMC for Belize by way of letter. It is to be noted that CMG is Belizean Company and have admitted in their own press release of July 2615 2021 that they "made effort to step aside and allow the Association to negotiate a deal directly with the regional licence holder for the Olympics". The BCTVOA considers that the only licensor to which it owes a discussion on acquiring rights is IMC, and not CMG. The BCTVOA made every effort on its own to properly acquire the rights to broadcast the content via cable television from IMC, but it was faced with prohibitive licensing costs.

The BCTVOA will not support what it perceives to be contravention of the same law on which it relies by engaging licensees other than IMC. Such action could undermine its members' economic interests and even the interest of the public when accessing and negotiating future content rights.


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