After a series of backlash and criticism, Mediacorp has announced that it will in fact be broadcasting the 2016 Olympics in Rio live.
This comes after a last-minute deal was secured with Dentsu Inc, the rights holder for the Games in Singapore.
The previous arrangement only the included live broadcasts of the opening and closing ceremonies, and delayed telecasts of the sporting events.
The latest deal will see Mediacorp broadcasting live events every day on five channels – okto and four Toggle channels.
Earlier reports state that Dentsu had offered Mediacorp an improved offer for the live telecasts on Thursday. The previous offer was said to be unattractive, with both cable TV operators Singtel and StarHub withdrawing from negotiations as well.
The news is expected to be welcomed by many Singaporeans who are looking forward to seeing their athletes compete at the highest level. Medal hopefuls include swimmer Joseph Schooling, shooter Jasmine Ser, and table tennis world No. 4 Feng Tianwei.
The 2016 Rio Olympics begins at 7am Singapore time on Saturday (Aug 6) and will run until Aug 22.
References from TODAY.