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Sky New Zealand lands World Cup rights – report

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has secured the domestic rights to the 2014 Fifa World Cup, according to the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Sky is set to work alongside free-to-air partner, public-service broadcaster TVNZ, for the fourth tournament in a row, although it has not confirmed the deal.

Additionally, Sky has yet to confirm whether it will broadcast the home leg of New Zealand’s decisive World Cup qualifier in Wellington on November 20, where the national team will compete for a place in the finals in Brazil.

The World Cup deal comes after Sky was outbid by the Coliseum Sports Media company for rights to English Premier League football. Coliseum recently struck a three-year deal to show the Premier League, from 2013-14 to 2015-16, on its PremierLeaguePass.com online portal.