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Spark Sport launches across a range of new devices
Posted on 22-Jul-2019 13:19 | Filed under: News

Spark Sport launches across a range of new devices

Spark Sport has launched across a range of new devices to give consumers the choice of how they watch Spark Sport.

Spark Sport is now available on Panasonic Smart TVs (models 2017 and newer), Sony Android TVs (models 2017 and newer), Freeview A2 Recorders and Freeview Smart VU Streaming Devices, in addition to the previously released versions for web, iOS and Android devices, Samsung Smart TVs (models 2017 and newer), Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD and Google Chromecast.


Head of Spark Sport, Jeff Latch, says Spark Sport is giving New Zealanders choice when it comes to sports viewing.

“When we developed the plans to deliver Rugby World Cup 2019, one of the first decisions we made was to ensure the app would be available across a range of different streaming devices and media players.

“Instead of being bound to their lounge room with a set-top box, viewers can choose when and where they want to watch, be it on the go or at home on their big screens.

“As we ready for the most anticipated event on the Rugby calendar we want to make sure customers have enough time to check their broadband connection, test their tech and get set up, as this will be key to them having a seamless experience come September.”

All matches in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 will be available for viewers to stream through a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup Tournament Pass.


Freeview’s CEO, Jason Foden, says the partnership with Spark Sport further solidifies Freeview’s commitment in providing the best TV experience for New Zealanders.


“There’s no doubt that rugby is part of our Kiwi culture – so we’re excited to provide our viewers with access to the premium content available on Spark Sport and experience the exhilaration of the Rugby World Cup 2019 together.


“In the future, we’ll expect to see more content partnerships that will further enrich TV viewing for New Zealanders,” Foden concludes.


Created in partnership with local manufacturer Dish TV and priced from $139, these compatible Freeview devices can connect to any TV to stream Spark Sport on the big screen, offering a lean-back viewing experience as an alternative to purchasing new Smart TVs.


The addition of Spark Sport content broadens the growing ecosystem of entertainment Kiwis can already enjoy on Freeview.


New Zealand’s first personal video recorder (PVR) powered by Android TV, Freeview’s A2 Recorder (pictured) allows viewers to watch Live TV, On Demand content and Record their favourite shows - entirely subscription-free. With the Recorder, viewers also have access to a range of other features including numerous Android TV apps on Google Play.


Kiwis without an aerial or satellite dish can also access Freeview, using the Freeview SmartVU streaming device, a tiny gadget that can connect to almost any TV, allowing viewers to watch Live TV streamed over the internet, as well as access Freeview On Demand and other third-party apps, including the newly launched Spark Sport as well as Netflix, Lightbox and YouTube on Google Play.


Spark Sport is already available on web, iOS and Android devices, Samsung Smart TVs (models 2017 and newer), Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD and Google Chromecast.




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