Spark Sport Launching in Beta this week
In a media advisory notice this morning, Spark announced that Spark Sport will be launching in public beta this week. The exact day has not been revealed.
The beta will initially be restricted to a limited range of apps and devices, namely 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.
“The internet streaming platform is very nearly ready to launch and from a viewer experience perspective is looking great – we are just finetuning the last few outstanding issues,” said Jeff Latch, Head of Spark Sport. “We want to ensure New Zealanders have a really positive first impression of the platform, so we’ve been taking a few more days to get things right.”
Spark Sport has expanded its arrangement with TVNZ to ensure all Formula 1 fans can get coverage of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. The practice rounds (Friday 15/ Saturday 16 March) will now be available live via TVNZ OnDemand, in addition to the qualifying session (Saturday 16 March) and the race itself (Sunday 17 March), which are already scheduled to be shown live on TVNZ DUKE.
“As this means Formula 1 fans won’t have much time to set up Spark Sport, and we won’t be live on all mobile devices at launch, we wanted to ensure Formula 1 fans have the option to watch all the key action via our partnership with TVNZ,” Latch said.
During the months following launch, the Spark Sport app will also become available on a range of content platforms including Apple TV, Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sony Smart TVs and more.
To be one of the first to get Spark Sport, register your interest here.