Broadcasting officials are optimistic that New Zealand's test series against South Africa will be shown live on television.

Social media murmurings in recent days had it that there was a risk the two-test rubber would not be screened in New Zealand.

However a Sky TV spokesperson said there is a positive view within the organisation that a deal will be done with South African authorities.

A final signature is required but the paperwork has been completed. The first test starts in Durban on Friday night (NZT) with the second at Centurion beginning on August 27.

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New Zealand are coming off their 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe in the first leg of the African tour.