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# 243611 20-Dec-2018 15:03
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Watching Spark Sport  


Today Spark Sport is also revealing the range of ways that customers will be able to access the sports streaming service.


From launch, it will be available via popular web browsers, Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Google Chromecast and selected Samsung TVs. Over the first six months after launch, Spark Sport will gradually expand to become available on a range of content platforms including Apple TV, Panasonic, LG and Sony Smart TVs and more.


The Spark Sport app will be available from the relevant app store for each brand. Full details on device support and how to get connected will be available via a comprehensive Spark Sport help website.


Spark will announce more details about Spark Sport, including pricing options, over the next few months. In the meantime, New Zealand sports fans can register their interest at


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But Sport has been unbundled - has been for years its called FanPass. And costs $55/mth.  Thanks to the subsidy by Spark its $30/mth for Spark broadband subscribers but even then the needle doesnt seemed to have moved much by the potential 650,000 Spark broadband subscribers that could take this offer.  Why?  



It costs $330 for fanpass.  You have to commit to 6 months if you want to chuck out that price.  Or $99 for a single month.  That's no unbundling.  As for $99 you can have a decoder and the basic package I believe.  So it a false economy....and it's only the 4 main channels, where on the subscriber package there are pop ups.  



Here is my opinion on Fanpass, that I posted elsewhere


Fanpass pricing is not based on it being a standard product. When people ditch Sky, Fanpass is there to recover some revenue. It is priced at $100 so you wont buy it, as they want you to buy it for 6 months at $60. Its not full Sky Sport as that encourages more to churn. Remember, Sport is the Crown jewel of Sky. If Fanpass was full Sky Sport, more will churn, so the diluted Fanpass will garner some lost revenue, and not cannibalise Basics + Sport. People will pay $60



Yes exactly.  Fanpass is not sport unbundled as was suggested above.

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Here's something that I found interesting. It's was from a third source (NZ Herald), but quotes Spark. "The Spark Sport boss [Jeff Latch] says iStreamPlanet was chosen because of its solid track record streaming A-list sports for major broadcasters and online services in the US and around the world, and because it could offer Spark all the tech it needed without having to build anything in house."


So if Spark aren't doing anything in house and iSP have a "sold track record" how did Spark get to the point where they aren't keeping to their promises (Android app by F1 this weekend) and missing out on weeks of other content?



Short version: iStreamPlanet are providing lots of the infrastructure. There's still lots of OTHER pieces of work to be done and capability to be developed and made to talk to each other. Then there's the registration/assure/billing etc that all has to be built and work together.


It's shocking that for a 'tech' site like this so many people think this should have been able to be figuratively knocked together in a weekend.





No, its shocking that it should take Spark 12 months to develop registration/assure/billing etc.  And more shocking that it would take 5 months to make its registration/assure/billing work with the chosen technology partner that provides so much of the back end infrastructure.  


To claim Spark has to take multiple sources of content from around the world when its the streaming provider thats doing all the heavy lifting seems disingenuous and possible misleading.  



The difference is I am speaking from a position of extensive knowledge about the solution and you're not. I'm going to leave it to everyone else as to who they think has a better understanding of the complexity of the solution.


I take your inference that I am being disingenuous  or possibly misleading as an insult. I simply don't post anything knowingly misleading. I'm happy to let my record speak to that.


Cheers - N




[edit: I'm out, until after public beta launch. The signal:noise ratio here is terrible at the moment and with the constraints about what I can say about the service until public beta I can't realistically give the information I would want to]



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Spark Sport is now live at in time for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Sports fans will be able to jump online to register for a 30 day free trial of the service and road test Spark Sport, catching live action or on demand coverage for a range of upcoming events. They will also be able to access replays, highlights and 24/7 TV channels. 


The service has launching in beta, which means that the core functionality is working, but improvements and additional features are still being added. In addition to going live on Apple and web as promised earlier this week, Spark Sport is also available as an Android app, in time for the Australian Grand Prix. 


In the first few months of the service, there will be hundreds of hours of live and on demand content to enjoy. Spark Sport is kicking into gear with an exciting line up of events, including the first Formula 1 of the season (Australian Grand Prix, 14-17 March), the Corsica World Rally Championship (28-31 March), NBA TV (6-7 games per week, 3 of which are live) and FIH Pro League hockey matches (fixtures every few days, next Black Sticks matches on 17 March).  


As the new sports streaming service goes live, Spark Sport is also announcing two exciting new additions to the platform.  


Spark Sport will be the home of ONE Championship, one of the world’s largest martial arts organisations. ONE Championship features bouts across the full spectrum of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate and more. MMA enthusiasts can catch the next event, ONE Hero, from Spark Sport on 25 March.  


Spark Sport is also welcoming EDGEsport, its first 24/7 action sport channel, to the platform. EDGEsport offers live action and premium content from the adventure and action sports world across a wide array of sports, including skiing, snowboarding, biking, surfing, skating, motorsports and many more action sports. 


Fans will be able to watch live sporting events in real time. They can pause at any point and ‘rewind’ up to 4 hours. Once a live event finishes, it will be available later on demand. TV channels on Spark Sport can also be live paused and rewound up to 4 hours.  


Spark Sport is now available as an app on selected iPads and iPhones, Android devices, AirPlay to Apple TV, Chromecast and all popular web browsers. During the months following launch, the Spark Sport app will become available on Apple TV, Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sony Smart TVs and further platforms still to be announced.   


Spark Sport will stream in HD when the data connection and device supports this. If the connection is slower, Spark Sport will automatically adjust to a lower video quality to ensure a consistent viewing experience.  


Steps to get started: 


Watch Spark Sport on a big screen  



  1. Register for a 30 day free trial at (service costs $19.99 after trial)
  2. Download and log in to the app to your iPad/ iPhone/ Android device OR open Spark Sport in an internet browser on a laptop or desktop computer.
  3. Use Chromecast to send the content to any internet enabled TV OR use AirPlay to mirror Spark Sport on any TV with Apple TV set up – and start watching!


 Watch Spark Sport on a small screen 



  1. Register for 30 day free trial at (service costs $19.99 after trial)
  2. Download and log into the app on your iPad/ iPhone/ Android device, or open Spark Sport on a browser of a laptop or desktop computer – and start watching!


All the details on how to get started on Spark Sport, including a welcome to Spark Sport from Scotty Stevenson, are available on the Spark Sport help site. As Spark Sport has launched in beta, the Spark Sport team will be in listening mode. If there’s something you think we should know, we welcome questions and feedback


Spark Sport is available on: 


  • Web (via popular browsers, Chrome, Firefox, Safari) on laptops and desktops 
  • Spark Sport app for iPad and iPhone  
  • Spark Sport app for Android 

 To watch on an internet enabled TV, customers can: 


  • AirPlay to Apple TV from an iPhone or iPad 
  • Chromecast to an internet enabled TV from a web browser on a laptop or desktop 

 Over the next few months, Spark Sport will be available on:  


  • Apple TV 
  • Samsung TV  
  • Panasonic Smart TV 
  • LG Smart TV  
  • Sony Smart TV 
  • + further content platforms still to be announced 

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