Following on from the announcement earlier this week, Spark Sport has now gone live in beta.
Sports fans who want to sign up for the one month free trial can head on over to sparksport.co.nz to be one of the first to check out Spark’s sports offering. After the 30 day free trial is up the service will cost $19.99 per month and can be cancelled at anytime. Spark Sport is open to pretty much anyone in New Zealand without the need to be a Spark customer.
Initially the service will only be available via web browser, iPhone and iPad. Users will also be able to stream the content to TV via Apple Airplay with Apple TV and also via Chromecast. Android users will not be able to watch on their phones or tablets at this stage. We can confirm that the Spark Sport app is now appearing in the iOS app store.
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.
They will also be able to access replays, highlights and 24/7 TV channels.
Day one early adopters will be able to watch on demand content from WRC, FIH Hockey, Formula One, NBA, Rugby and One Championship.
Formula One will be the first live event on the service with the Practice Sessions from the Australian F1 GP due to start at 1:30pm tomorrow, 15 March.
We’ve gone in, signed up and the layout looks clean and more importantly, content is streaming nicely in HD. If you’re signing up just keep in mind that this is a product that is in beta. As with all beta releases there are likely to be some bugs and issues along the way.
For now if you’ve signed up, leave us a comment and tell us what you think.