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# 177722 12-Aug-2015 15:51
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SKY launches FAN PASS 2.0 with new content, pricing plans and improved technology


SKY announced today the addition of SKY Sport channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 on FAN PASS, their online sports streaming service. The improved online-based streaming service gives Kiwis a new way to enjoy live sports.

From today, FAN PASS will offer SKY Sport channels 1-4 either as a one-day streaming pass for $14.99 or a week for $19.99.

FAN PASS general manager, Cuan Gray, says FAN PASS is a cost-effective way to watch sport how and when you want, without any long term obligation.

“It’s perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy certain games or tournaments but doesn’t want to commit to a SKY Sport subscription. It’s the ultimate in dip-in dip-out viewing, and we’ve made it easy to use,” he says.

“As long as you have an internet connection, you can watch SKY Sport’s four channels, including all the LIVE content, on select mobiles, tablets or on your PC or Mac. You can also watch on your big screen TV with Airplay or by mirroring from your Android device or by using an HDMI cable if you have a compatible device.”

The new and improved FAN PASS service has launched in time for sports fans to enjoy a number of LIVE sporting events coming soon to SKY Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4, including the Rugby World Cup, BLACKCAPS and up-coming Breakers season in the NBL.

“We know that people will be excited about the Rugby World Cup coming up and this weekend is especially big for Kiwi sport. We have the Bledisloe Cup decider, the Netball World Cup final and a new-look Warriors team taking on the Panthers,” adds Cuan.

FAN PASS launched in February this year with options to watch the Super 15, NRL and Formula One on week, month or entire season passes. Since then SKY has continued to work with renowned digital technology provider NeuLion to offer live streamed channels over NeuLion’s robust technology platform.

“NeuLion really is by far the leader in this space having streamed more than 50,000 live sports events including the NBA, NFL and UFC in North America with more than 22 million downloads on mobile,” says Cuan.

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion, says the continued development of FAN PASS is a response to strong and growing global consumer demand for options and flexibility around watching high-quality video.

“Since FAN PASS initially launched, we’ve been continuously working to improve the quality of the video streaming and are now delivering video adaptively. This means that we stream video at the highest resolution your internet connection allows.

“We know that access to high-speed internet for New Zealanders is not always a given, so the video quality will adapt to improve buffering and stalling,” says Wagner.

“It’s fantastic to be working with such a reputable and robust technology partner to ensure Kiwis get the best sports streaming experience possible,” concludes Gray.






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  # 1364718 12-Aug-2015 15:56
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$20 a week...

What a joke

PS does this mean Sky go will get improved stream quality?

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  # 1364720 12-Aug-2015 15:57
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Sounds great, hope its in HD?

Edit: Found the answer on their FAQ:

FAN PASS uses technology that adjusts to the best available download speed for your connection from 400kbps all the way up to HD quality at 4500kbps on some PCs/Macs and tablets. On PC/Mac you can manually select the speed to best suit your connection or manage your data usage. Alternatively you can select ‘Best Available’ and we'll keep checking your connection and adjust to your speed so it's always delivering the optimal viewing experience.

HD quality (720p) is available on PC/Mac and tablet where the stream is 5mbps and above. To check out our video quality, go to our website and try the available highlights. You just need to register first but don't have to purchase anything.


This is good news to me. 
Its just a shame about the cost. I may just signup for this weekend to see how it goes.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1364721 12-Aug-2015 15:58
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I hope they have the technology in place to automatically give refunds every time their service fails to deliver.

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  # 1364722 12-Aug-2015 15:58
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$15 a day or $20 a week?

As a Sky subscriber, I'd rather order Sport for a month and then cancel it than pay those extortionate rates!






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  # 1364723 12-Aug-2015 16:04
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Yeah not sure how a sky subscriber only needs to pay circa $30 a month, yet to stream EXACTLY the same content is basically three times the price.




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  # 1364727 12-Aug-2015 16:10
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This isn't really something that is going to sell on price, it's the convenience of not being locked in to an ongoing subscription. For those that don't have Sky at all but wouldn't mind watching the RWC without having to sign up to Sky for 12 months. I can see how some might find this appealing.



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  # 1364728 12-Aug-2015 16:13
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Come on folks. I don't have Sky but I can see if there would be an event of interest and I wanted to put on the big screen at home I could - without having to go through the whole subscription thing.

It's a good thing (TM).





 
 
 
 


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  # 1364730 12-Aug-2015 16:15
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mentalinc: Yeah not sure how a sky subscriber only needs to pay circa $30 a month, yet to stream EXACTLY the same content is basically three times the price.


The way they look at it the Sky subscriber is paying $360 a year or for most subscribers probably more like $1200+

That is why the per week or per day price is so high for ad-hoc subscriptions.

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  # 1364731 12-Aug-2015 16:15
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might consider the Formula 1 half yearly pass, its quite reasonable at 99$

Anyone know if it has all the practice sessions qualifying preshow aftershow etc?  

Assume its not in 50fps like Sky Sports F1 HD UK steams i usually watch?





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  # 1364732 12-Aug-2015 16:16
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FAN PASS general manager, Cuan Gray, says FAN PASS is a cost-effective way to watch sport how and when you want, without any long term obligation.


what ever drugs hes on i want some

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bcourtney: This isn't really something that is going to sell on price, it's the convenience of not being locked in to an ongoing subscription. For those that don't have Sky at all but wouldn't mind watching the RWC without having to sign up to Sky for 12 months. I can see how some might find this appealing.



6 weeks at $20 a week = $120, or $80 a month.

Sky sport at $50 rip off base fee plus $25 for sport = $75 a month, plus $10 more if you want this in HD (cos it's 2015 and HD is new and all).  Plus more if you want a mysky box?  Is this still the case?

That puts it at about the same price, but limited to just one sport type? with the satellite service probably being more reliable.

Weird business model, and you've got to be earning good money to support that.

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  # 1364736 12-Aug-2015 16:21
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Jaxson: That puts it at about the same price, but limited to just one sport type? with the satellite service probably being more reliable.

It's about the same price over six weeks, but you'd still be paying $1000+ for satellite with the 12-month minimum term. If you only want to watch one or two things then Fan Pass is significantly cheaper.

It looks like you get all four channels so shouldn't be limited to one sport type.

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  # 1364737 12-Aug-2015 16:23
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The cheapest option of them all is to find a grandparent/parent that has Sky and get their Sky Go details, and flick them $20 a month.

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freitasm: Come on folks. I don't have Sky but I can see if there would be an event of interest and I wanted to put on the big screen at home I could - without having to go through the whole subscription thing.

It's a good thing (TM).



Indeed. I miss watching the All Blacks live, but not enough to pony up for Sky Sports. If I'm reading this correctly, I should be able to pay $15 and get access for a day. IOW, I can pay $15 per ABs match as desired. That sounds like an acceptable price to me.


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  # 1364740 12-Aug-2015 16:24
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I can see it as a step in the right direction, and if you have ditched Sky, it is still a good way to access sport.

It is all 4 sports channels, so a big range there.

A smart TV or AppleTV App would top it off nicely...

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