One World Sports will offer a free broadband preview of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup next month.
The English-language global sports network, which controls multiplatform rights in the U.S., will make the Asian World Cup qualifiers available to 81 million broadband households on June 4, 11 and 18.
The final stage of round 4 of the Asian qualifiers that determines four of the possible five regional participants in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be streamed free of charge via oneworldsports.com.
One World Sports, which also has linear TV carriage on Dish Network, Cablevision Systems Corp. and Mediacom Communications, is headquartered in New York City. Its corporate parent, OneMedia Corp., also owns and operates: One Connxt, a global broadcast video transport services provider; America One Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast network; and America One Sports, a leading provider of live broadband sports.
“We wanted to provide easy access for fans to sample the network’s live games with the World Cup qualifiers games,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president and CEO of One World Sports, in announcing the broadband freeview. “Opening up our channel on the web gives viewers a chance to see compelling action that they can’t see anywhere else, which is just a small part of the network’s 2,400 hours of unduplicated sports.”
On Tuesday, June 4, One World Sports will live stream the following matches via oneworldsports.com:
Japan vs. Australia 6:30 a.m. EDT (live)
Oman vs. Iraq 9 a.m. EDT (live)
Lebanon vs. South Korea 1:30 p.m. EDT (live)
Qatar vs. Iran 3:30 p.m. EDT (delayed)
On Tuesday, June 11, One World Sports will live stream:
Australia vs. Jordan 5 a.m. EDT (live)
South Korea vs. Uzbekistan 7 a.m. EDT (live)
Iraq vs. Japan 10:30 a.m. EDT (live)
Iran vs. Lebanon 12:30 p.m. EDT (delayed)
On Tuesday, June 18, One World Sports will live stream:
Australia vs. Iraq 5:30 a.m. EDT (live)
South Korea vs. Iran 8 a.m. EDT (live)
Uzbekistan vs. Qatar 10 a.m. EDT (delayed)
Jordan vs. Oman 12 p.m. EDT (live)
The Asian World Cup qualification process began in 2011 with 43 national teams, competing for four guaranteed spots in the 2014 World Cup—two from each of its qualifying groups. The third-place teams in each group will enter a playoff for the right to face a country from South America for another spot at next year's World Cup.
The Japan vs. Australia match on June 4 is key as the former will be fighting to clinch the top spot of its qualifying group, while the latter hopes to push past Jordan for the group’s second automatic-qualifying spot.