NOS extends Dutch Olympic TV rights in deal with Discovery

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Posted: Mar 21, 2016 7:45 AM

LONDON (AP) — Dutch broadcaster NOS will continue to air the Olympics through 2020 after reaching a deal Monday to sub-license the rights in the Netherlands from Discovery Communications.

Discovery, which owns Eurosport and holds the European rights through 2024, said the deal covers the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Terms were not disclosed.

NOS will sub-license the television and radio rights, as well as digital rights to content on its linear TV channel.

Eurosport will have exclusive rights to two key sports for the 2018 and 2020 games, including ice hockey in Pyeongchang. NOS will be able to broadcast highlights of those sports.

It's the latest sub-licensing deal by Discovery, the U.S.-based media giant which secured the European rights last June across 50 countries for four Olympics from 2018 to 2024 in a deal worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.45 billion).

In February, Discovery sub-licensed the British TV rights to the BBC through 2024.

NOS has been broadcasting the Olympics since 1964.

JB Perrette, president of Discovery Networks International, said the deal brings the company "another step closer on our ambition to deliver more coverage across more screens than ever before."

NOS general director Jan de Jong said it "makes the Olympics more accessible for more viewers for a further five years."