First thing I thought of when I saw this, is where is the money coming from??
TVNZ as an SOE wouldn't have a lot of cash I would have thought, so maybe the bulk of the cash is coming from Spark?
I'd be guessing Live games through a Spark\Neon subscription, and delayed coverage on TVNZ, of selected matches.
The real loser here is Joe Public, with another cost to pay if you want to watch the RWC2019
That's why, despite the Sky hate, bundling works. All in one place works. Its more efficient cost wise and its easier user wise
And it's only going to get worse. Sky may die, but as a consumer are you going to be any better off if you're paying a separate sub for Rugby, Cricket, League, Basketball, World Darts, F1, Supercars, MotoGP, WRC, Movies?
I'd wager no.
And as I've said before, if a single provider (e.g. Netflix\Amazon) is the rights holder to say 3 of the above scenario's, I as a consumer would only want 1 payment and 1 account to manage, but that's a whole separate topic.
If there was only one, say Amazon, the pricing isnt going to change, as they will pay what Sky pays. Or they might have less sport so we save, then pay it back on an extra sub or two