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One Communications forced to drop Games TV coverage

Watchers of the Tokyo Olympics using One Communications were left in the dark from Wednesday morning after the firm was told it could no longer air the games to local viewers.

Irate fans who had been watching the games since last Friday contacted The Royal Gazette after their screens told them the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage in Bermuda was only available on SportsMax channels 1 and 2.

A spokeswoman for One Communications apologised to customers who had been watching the games through channels such as NBC and USA.

“We have been advised that SportsMax holds the exclusive TV rights for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage in Bermuda and the Caribbean,” she said.

“Other channels that we carry may also be broadcasting the Olympic Games, but now unfortunately must be blacked out.”

She added: “To be clear, the decision to implement the blackouts was outside of One Communications’ control and we apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The games are scheduled to run until August 8.

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Published July 31, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated July 31, 2021 at 7:56 am)

One Communications forced to drop Games TV coverage

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