TV One Scores Soccer in HD

TV One has confirmed its coverage of English football will be in HD.

In a shocking loss for Sky, English Premier League games will screen live only online via Coliseum Sports Media, with TV One airing a Match of the Week Sundays at midday and a highlights package on Monday nights.

TVNZ says broadcast details are still being finalised and will be publicised closer to the time of the season kick-off in coming weeks.

Coliseum’s dedicated pay-per-view online platform PremierLeaguePass.com will launch on August 1 and show all 380 games of the season live at different streaming speeds, including HD.

For coverage of the annoucement and its implications, see Stuff, NZ Herald and NBR.

Meanwhile, Sky said in a statement it’s “very disappointed not to bring the EPL to New Zealanders this year.

“That said, we’re committed as ever to football coverage with the All Whites and Football Ferns matches, Wellington Phoenix and other A-League matches and through ESPN plus continued coverage of the Champions League.

“And, we expect to have some good news for you about further football coverage in the coming weeks.”

In other sporting news, Sky announced today live coverage of UFC #162: Middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman on Sky Arena on July 7 at 2pm, with an 8pm replaying the same evening.

Sky also will have live coverage of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, including All Blacks Sevens matches, New Zealand Women’s Sevens games, as well as all quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final on Sky Sport 1 and the Rugby Channel from June 28.

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3 Responses to “TV One Scores Soccer in HD”

  1. Really gutted that Sky have lost the rights to English Premier League. At least we will get a little bit of coverage on TVNZ as I have no interest in the Internet-only offering from Coliseum.

  2. I can’t see people who watched it on Sky being happy to pay MORE money to watch it on the Internet … SO STUPID 🙂

  3. Not the straightest bit interested in soccer but I would be if NFL football and NBA basket ball were treated the same way. Trevor: If these people only have Sky for EPL, they will be quite happy to ditch it.

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