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# 236420 1-Jun-2018 09:23
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From today, Spark customers with an unlimited home broadband plan will be able to purchase SKY’s FAN PASS at a special rate – adding to the top-quality line-up of online entertainment options available to Spark customers.

 

Eligible Spark customers can buy a 12-month subscription to FAN PASS for only $30.00 a month, which compares to the usual cost of $55.99 per month.1

 

Spark Acting CEO for Home, Mobile and Business Grant McBeath said “we’ve heard from many customers that they love the entertainment they get from Lightbox and Netflix through their broadband plan, but they also want a bit of sport in their lives. That’s why we’re partnering with SKY to give them a menu of world-class sports viewing at a very reasonable price and over a flexible, digital channel – it’s the perfect solution.”

 

SKY’s Director of Strategy George MacFarlane says “We have a fantastic line-up of sport at SKY, and our goal is to offer it to all New Zealanders in ways that work for them.  We’re pleased to be working with Spark to offer FAN PASS to their unlimited broadband customers, and look forward to sharing our great content with more Kiwi sport fans. 

 

“It’s a great time for Spark customers to take up this offer, with a huge range of sport coming up – including the international rugby season for the All Blacks starting next month, the FIFA World Cup, the Warriors, the ANZ Premiership Netball, State of Origin, Supercars Championship… the list goes on.”

 

The deal is open to Spark customers who have signed up to an unlimited home broadband plan. In the coming weeks, Spark will be contacting eligible customers with details of the deal and instructions on how to sign up. Once they have registered, customers can simply log in via the FAN PASS site and begin watching sport to their heart’s content. The $30.00 per month cost will be added to their monthly Spark bill.

 

Unlimited broadband customers who wish to sign up for the FAN PASS deal but have not yet received an email from Spark can visit spark.co.nz/fanpass to register.

 

FAN PASS gives full online access to SKY Sport channels 1 to 4, including highlights on demand. FAN PASS customers can watch from any tablet or mobile, on Samsung Smart TVs and through Apple TV. Chromecast can also be used to project coverage from a mobile or tablet onto a bigger screen. 

 

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1.    Customers will be charged an early exit fee of $99 if they cancel the subscription within 6 months. For cancellations after 6 months, no fee is payable. 

 





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I’m in. All I want is Sky Sport, this is perfect.




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  # 2026708 1-Jun-2018 09:26
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Enjoy everyone :)

 

See sky is not as evil as everyone makes out :P


 
 
 
 


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  # 2026751 1-Jun-2018 09:53
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FAN PASS gives full online access to SKY Sport channels 1 to 4, 

 

This is not the same as sport or comparable to the $55 .99 mentioned.

 

There is no ESPN or ESPN2, or pop up channels. Yes its a great starting point but its not the sky sports package





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corksta: I’m in. All I want is Sky Sport, this is perfect.

 

 

 

Just note, does not include popups. If there is a lot of sport on, sometimes popups have "normal" sports there, and not just niche sports or extras.

 

Im keen to see how good FP is. Last time I used it, it was 720 (just), but had jitter, as if every few frames was a missing frame. If it streamed well, and was smooth, well worth it, just be careful of whats on popups

 

 


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Fully aware it doesn’t include the pop up channels, all I want is the usual sports (rugby, netball, cricket, etc) that play on their normal channels like it has always done through their satellite service, not interested in the pop ups.




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That's a pretty good deal. Cheaper than Rugbypass (but doesn't allow catch-up view on games older than 24hrs ago)

 

I'll probably subscribe.

 

I see they have a break fee of $100 if you cancel before 6 months is up, and the max period of the offer is currently 12 months.


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The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was at what speed would Spark had been on the phone to the Commerce Commission if this deal was offered through other Telcos.





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I would take it up if I could buy it for say 3 month blocks as I only want it to watch say the ANBL basketball and ESPN would be nice. Not interested in 12 months.




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MikeB4:

 

The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was at what speed would Spark had been on the phone to the Commerce Commission if this deal was offered through other Telcos.

 

 

No idea why. Sky has been dealing with Telecom in the past, now is very active with Voda. This would normally have gone to Voda. and no one would question that as they already partner together. Now its Spark, as it has been before.


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old3eyes: I would take it up if I could buy it for say 3 month blocks as I only want it to watch say the ANBL basketball and ESPN would be nice. Not interested in 12 months.


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This bundling is pretty common now. Can't see anyone being able to talk to the ComCom about it:

 

Vodafone does Sky TV and mobile phone plans.

 

Spark already does Lightbox, Spotify, Netflix, mobile phone plans

 

Trustpower does electricity & TV's :)

 

Orcon does electricity (or at least someone else does apart from Trustpower)

 

2 Degrees does mobile phone plan discounts

 

 

 

Not sure the ComCom cares :)


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MikeB4:

 

The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was at what speed would Spark had been on the phone to the Commerce Commission if this deal was offered through other Telcos.

 

 

If its a wholesale deal that other Telcos are happy to sign the terms on then Sky will offer it to them too.  Sky has always said the wholesale terms it offers are for all-comers.  Spark pays away to Spotify and Netflix on wholesale terms (and internally from between Spark and Lightbox I'd guess).  In both cases the question would be the wholesale price that Spark pays for that content.  I'd guess there is a price that Spark is paying to Sky - the gap payment between the $30/mth customer charge and the wholesale price so to speak.


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MikeB4:

 

The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was at what speed would Spark had been on the phone to the Commerce Commission if this deal was offered through other Telcos.

 

 

If its a wholesale deal that other Telcos are happy to sign the terms on then Sky will offer it to them too.  Sky has always said the wholesale terms it offers are for all-comers.  Spark pays away to Spotify and Netflix on wholesale terms (and internally from between Spark and Lightbox I'd guess).  In both cases the question would be the wholesale price that Spark pays for that content.  I'd guess there is a price that Spark is paying to Sky - the gap payment between the $30/mth customer charge and the wholesale price so to speak.

 

 

Possibly its not a payment issue, but cooperation with sports such as RWC that Spark/TVNZ now has, and whatever other sports are bought?

 

I think its a good deal for both. People won't ditch Sky to get this if they are big sport watchers as many standard sports are on popups. A few will though. But many that ditched Sky for cost reasons but want sport will jump at this I'd say.


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Much better than $90 a month.  Pity it doesn't also include special event popups.  And I still think fanpass need to do event passes, eg FIFA world cup, Americas Cup, Rugby world cup, Olympics etc.

 

 

 

 





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Much better than $90 a month.  Pity it doesn't also include special event popups.  And I still think fanpass need to do event passes, eg FIFA world cup, Americas Cup, Rugby world cup, Olympics etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I agree, but if they allowed users to pay $5 this month, $15 some other month that would be a big revenue hit


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