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Topic # 242378 25-Oct-2018 10:37
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Spark announced today it has won three-year exclusive rights to the Formula 1 World Championship, Formula 2 Championship, GP3 Series and the 2019 Porsche Super Cup Series, commencing with the Australian Grand Prix in March 2019. The races will be broadcast over its new sports streaming service, which will launch early next year.

 

Collectively, the Formula 1 package involves 21 races per calendar year and includes all official practice sessions and qualifying rounds. Subscribers will also have access to some of the greatest Formula 1 races from the past.

 

Head of Sport, Jeff Latch, said Spark was excited to add Formula 1 and its associated competitions to Spark’s sports line-up. He says Formula 1 has a substantial and passionate following in New Zealand. Latch also says Formula 1 is ideally suited to being broadcast on a modern streaming platform, like the one Spark will offer, for a New Zealand audience.

 

“Motorsport fans will be able to watch all the Formula 1 races from March next year, either live, or at a more civilised hour on demand – whichever they prefer. They will also be able to watch on a range of devices, for example on a tablet during a train or bus ride to work.

 

“Our streaming service will fit around you, rather than requiring you to schedule your life around when a particular sports event is being shown.”

 

Michaella Snoeck, Senior Manager, Media Rights at Formula 1, said “Formula 1 are delighted to be entering into a new partnership with Spark in New Zealand for the next three seasons, providing New Zealanders with unprecedented coverage in the territory. Our focus is to provide fans with greater accessibility to coverage across all devices, which the Spark sport’s platform will provide.”

 

The Formula 1 and associated competitions are in addition to the rugby and football content already announced by Spark, including the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Premier League from August 2019.  Latch says more content rights would be announced in coming weeks.

 

Spark’s sports line up so far:

 

Rugby

 

  • Rugby World Cup 2019
  • Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021
  • World Rugby U20 Championships 2019
  • Heineken Champions Cup

Football

 

  • Premier League
  • Manchester United TV

Motorsport

 

  • Formula One World Championships
  • Formula 2 Championship
  • GP3 Series
  • 2019 Porsche Super Cup Series





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  Reply # 2113675 25-Oct-2018 10:42
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Do we assume this is one service?  or 3+ with potentially between 1 - n separate $$$ charges.

 

That sort of information, I think, has been a little lacking....or are we jumping out of skys fire, and into sparks?

 

 





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  Reply # 2113680 25-Oct-2018 10:50
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davidcole:

 

Do we assume this is one service?  or 3+ with potentially between 1 - n separate $$$ charges.

 

That sort of information, I think, has been a little lacking....or are we jumping out of skys fire, and into sparks?

 

 

My guess is everything except RWC will be in the $10-20/month for everything price point. Much like Optus Sport is in Australia (AU$15/m, free on eligible Optus mobile plans). RWC will be packaged as a separate event, probably around the $100 price point if previous media reports are correct.


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  Reply # 2113690 25-Oct-2018 10:56
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I'm interested in pricing, performance and platforms.  I use nVidia Shield TVs and so would like an open Android TV app.  I have lightbox on trial using the APK from the Sony tv which works well, but BEin sport via my phone cast to the TV is crap.  Pricing is critical, if one price for a number of sports the I'd be interested, but separate pricing would be problematic.  Finally, I do not intend to change ISP to spark given their peering position and lack of IPv6 so I'm hoping the cdn and platform is good via other ISPs.


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  Reply # 2113691 25-Oct-2018 10:56
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Question: Live or OnDemand

 

Is Live going to be as good as OD? I'm thinking if its truly live or buffered. Thereby truly live might stutter, or have frame drops as early Fanpass did. I expect smooth as if it was off my HDD

 

Would OD be available only after the race, and if so, is it typical to be very soon after or hours or a day(s) after?

 

Just trying to ask re convenience to MySky


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  Reply # 2113698 25-Oct-2018 10:59
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Also, how easy will it be to skip bits you don't want.. e.g. can I quickly ffw to parts of the proceeding program like I can with Sky or do I have to blindly skip forward and hope I get there?  Will they separate out the pre-shows (if any?) from the actual FP, Qualifying and racing so you can chose?  Sky, via the box, allows for real time ffw so you can see where you are up to... I don't see  online working like that.


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  Reply # 2113704 25-Oct-2018 11:05
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Hi, one would assume, or hope that its simply a local cache of F1TV, which would be fantastic if the $ was right

 

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  Reply # 2113705 25-Oct-2018 11:05
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See if they're packaging up all these sports to one price...what's the equivalent from Sky?  It used to be $25 a month didn't it (I just looked, it's $29 now).  Is that just right, too much?  tbh I don't think it's that bad....it is when you have to subscribe to the rest of the platform just to access that.

 

So I'm picking that people will be wanting at most about that price for this new platform.  But given they're high value spots, the price might get ramped up, and then all we done is move from one monopoly to a duopoly, and if you're a real sports nut, you'll have to buy both.  And then given it's online, there will be the usual issues of what platforms will it be on first, Apple tv, browser, IOS, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Sony (Android TV?).....that's a lot of platforms.

 

Hoo boy, this is gonna be fun.





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  Reply # 2113716 25-Oct-2018 11:16
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Hmm ... so the only thing left on Sky that I really, really want would be Super Rugby & to a lesser extent Mitre10 Cup Rugby.
Maybe no more Sky and Rugby at the pub / club or a Season Fanpass if they'll sell such a thing at a reasonable price
surprised

 

Good thing I'll have UFB fibre and Spark as my RSP by the new year


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  Reply # 2113722 25-Oct-2018 11:29
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davidcole:

 

See if they're packaging up all these sports to one price...what's the equivalent from Sky?  It used to be $25 a month didn't it (I just looked, it's $29 now).  Is that just right, too much?  tbh I don't think it's that bad....it is when you have to subscribe to the rest of the platform just to access that.

 

So I'm picking that people will be wanting at most about that price for this new platform.  But given they're high value spots, the price might get ramped up, and then all we done is move from one monopoly to a duopoly, and if you're a real sports nut, you'll have to buy both.  And then given it's online, there will be the usual issues of what platforms will it be on first, Apple tv, browser, IOS, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Sony (Android TV?).....that's a lot of platforms.

 

Hoo boy, this is gonna be fun.

 

 

I agree. These sports aren't actually high value sports, based on viewer numbers in NZ as someone has stated recently on one of these threads. So F1, soccer, ManU here, might actually be quite a low cost. If you are only into one or three of these 3, its good. If you watch others seriously or casually, well, its more money to watch the same. Even if it wasn't a duopoly, if it was one provider per sport, the same can apply.


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  Reply # 2113728 25-Oct-2018 11:33
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I wonder if sky will bring back (or spark will offer) the $10-$14 24 hour access.  Sky got rid of it to force people to get a decoder....but I wonder if they noticed a drop in fanpass users as a result?  There's occasions I'd be interested in that type of access, bathurst, All blacks games type thing.  Or special events (like the olympics for a one off charge).  





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  Reply # 2113733 25-Oct-2018 11:47
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All I can say is 4K,4K,4k (and OD)!

 

Let's see what they deliver!


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smcc:

 

All I can say is 4K,4K,4k (and OD)!

 

Let's see what they deliver!

 

 

Even 1080 would be a good start given the current offerings (Sky go via tablet - good, sky go via browser not good, fan pass 720p and passable).

 

 





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  Reply # 2113747 25-Oct-2018 12:02
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smcc:

 

All I can say is 4K,4K,4k (and OD)!

 

Let's see what they deliver!

 

 

Spark has already said that RWC wont be 4K.  Maybe F1 will be different.


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  Reply # 2113779 25-Oct-2018 12:42
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davidcole:

 

I wonder if sky will bring back (or spark will offer) the $10-$14 24 hour access.  Sky got rid of it to force people to get a decoder....but I wonder if they noticed a drop in fanpass users as a result?  There's occasions I'd be interested in that type of access, bathurst, All blacks games type thing.  Or special events (like the olympics for a one off charge).  

 

 

It was $15/day, $20/week and $60/mth.  Sky got rid of it cos the "casual user" economics didnt stack up - not to force people to get a decoder.  Fanpass is $55/mth (6m contract - cf $99/mth for the casual user who is expensive to serve) compared to $55/mth for basic+sport via satellite.  The absence of a price difference is coincident isnt it?  

 

Given the number of people that would hang out for a $5 Friday for FanPass suggests that $15/day didnt attract enough to justify a price point.  Would you pay $10/hr to watch a Super15 game or an AllBlacks test or an F1 race?  How does that compare to the cost to watch a movie at the cinema?  Live sport has a price (think in terms of $/hr) vs movies vs delayed sport vs general entertainment.  Quantify it for you personally - how much would you spend per hour of entertainment on each of those categories?


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