Sony Pictures Networks India bags exclusive TV and digital rights for Commonwealth Games

The network will also livestream the games on its OTT platform SonyLIV

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Jul 19, 2022 11:15 AM  | 2 min read

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has acquired the exclusive TV and digital rights for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The 22nd iteration of the multi-sporting event will take place between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

The deal provides SPN with exclusive rights to broadcast the games in India and the subcontinent, including countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives and will also be available to livestream on their premium OTT platform, SonyLIV.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, said: “The acquisition of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ media rights is a proud moment for us, as our nation will get to watch the country’s biggest sporting heroes reach new milestones of success on our network. After the record-breaking Olympic Games, our journey will now move ahead with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and we are certain that our Indian contingent will win big. The 2022 edition of the of the Games is of great significance to Indian viewers as Women’s cricket makes its debut at the quadrennial event in the T20 format and will see India’s finest women cricketers representing Team India.”

David Leather, CEO, Commonwealth Games Federation Partnerships, further said: “We are delighted that Sony Pictures Networks India will exclusively broadcast the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games across the country. India’s top athletes will be competing at Birmingham 2022, including the likes of Neeraj Chopra and Harmanpreet Kaur, so it is fantastic that Sony will be taking world class sport into the homes of millions of people across the country.

This partnership is particularly important because India is the largest and most populous country in the Commonwealth and a real leader across the Commonwealth Sport Movement. This deal represents a huge vote of confidence in Birmingham 2022 and the future direction of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, so we are pleased to be working together on this exciting venture.”

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