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New technology and fan-friendly scheduling is set to result in the 2014 World Cup generating a record global television audience, according to Fifa’s director of television Niclas Ericson.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC and commercial broadcaster ITV are set to retain their rights to the Fifa World Cup for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the national team football tournament, according to the Telegraph.

Lebanese state broadcaster Tele Liban is close to agreeing a deal for rights to the 2014 Fifa World Cup national team football tournament, according to the Daily Star newspaper.

Swedish telecommunications and media company Millicom has acquired mobile rights in seven Latin American countries to the 2014 Fifa World Cup national team football tournament.

World football’s governing body Fifa has denied reports that German public-service broadcaster ZDF’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup will be available to viewers in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Niclas Ericson, director of Fifa’s television division, has confirmed world football’s governing body is working on 8K production for this summer’s World Cup national team tournament in Brazil.

Fifa, world football’s governing body, has opened an invitation to tender for media rights in the UK to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup national team competitions.

Fifa, football’s world governing body, and Japanese electronics company Sony have extended their range of 4K broadcast initiatives for the 2014 World Cup national team tournament.

The 2014 Fifa World Cup is set to remain entirely on pay-television in Thailand after the country’s Central Administrative Court ruled the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission must exclude the football tournament’s final from its ‘must carry’ list of sporting events.

Turkish state broadcaster TRT will not show matches from the 2014 Fifa World Cup football tournament that clash with programming concerned with breaking the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç.

Digital media content distributor Elta has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights in Chinese Taipei to the 2014 Fifa World Cup football tournament.

Indian sports and entertainment pay-television channel Sony Six has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2018 Fifa World Cups under a five-year deal with world football’s governing body.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC and commercial broadcaster ITV have confirmed the split of matches for their coverage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, with the BBC set to televise England’s first match of the international football tournament in Brazil.