Spark Sport is coming in March for $19.99 a month

The biggest shake up to premium sport is almost on our doorstep with Spark announcing today that Spark Sport will launch in early March.

The entry of Spark Sport will finally see Sky TV’s monopoly over premium sport content come to an end.

Spark Sport will cost $19.99 per month and will give users their first month free. As one would expect with this product, it will be available to everyone in New Zealand not just Spark customers.

The biggest coup for Spark Sport is the rights to the Rugby World Cup later this year however that will not be included in the monthly fee. Spark are yet to announce the price structure for the Rugby World Cup.

Jeff Latch, Head of Spark Sport says that the team is excited to bring this new way of watching sport to New Zealanders. “Spark Sport offers a modern and convenient way to watch sport: no long-term contract, the ability to purchase a single standalone sports package, and an affordable monthly price. We think Kiwis will love being able to stream sport in high definition on a range of devices, at the time they want, with access to a range of live and on demand coverage, for an affordable price.” 

For a brand newer player in the sports market, Spark Sport will get off to a good start securing the rights to broadcast the English Premier League, Formula One, FIA Rally Championships, NBA TV and the NHL.

Spark will no doubt continue to pick up more sports rights and bid directly against Sky as rights renewals become available. Should Spark manage to get the rights to Super Rugby and the All Blacks it would surely sign the death warrant for Sky TV who are behind in releasing their own streaming box and still seem hell bent on bundling content.

Spark Sport will be available via popular web browsers, Apple iPhone and iPad, Apple AirPlay, Android phones and tablets and Google Chromecast, with selected Samsung TVs following shortly. During the first six months following launch, the Spark Sport app will gradually become available on a range of content platforms including Apple TV, Panasonic, LG and Sony Smart TVs and more.  

To register for Spark Sport visit their website here.

The full list of what’s coming to Spark Sport is:

Sports featuring in March include: 

  • FIH Hockey Pro League 
  • NBA matches, highlights and analysis 
  • FIA World Rally Championships 
  • Formula 1 Championships 
  • Heineken Cup Rugby 
  • Manchester United TV 
  • Liverpool FC matches and ancillary content  

Spark’s full 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 
  • Liverpool TV 

 
Motorsport 

  • Formula 1 World Championships 
  • Formula 2 Championship 
  • GP3 Series  
  • 2019 Porsche Super Cup Series 
  • FIA World Rally Championships 

 
Basketball 

  • National Basketball Association (NBA) TV 

 
Hockey 

  • Hockey World Cup 
  • FIH Hockey Pro League 
  • Olympic Qualification 
  • National Hockey League

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