Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Sport to Kick Off

Spark Sport will launch early next month with a free trial.

Spark announced the launch this morning ahead of Sky revealing its interim results.

Here’s the full press release:

  • Spark Sport priced at just $19.99 a month
  • One-month free trial available at launch
  • Spark Sport to launch in early March, in time for Australian Grand Prix
  • Australian Grand Prix to be simulcast on TVNZ Duke
  • Spark Sport launching in ‘beta’ to obtain feedback from Kiwis

Spark Sport is launching in early March with a one-month free trial for those who sign up to the service, to give sports fans the opportunity to check out the new way of enjoying sport in New Zealand for free. Following a free trial, access to Spark Sport will be priced at just $19.99 a month for all-you-can-eat sport.

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.”

The free trial will be available to take up in March and will allow New Zealanders to get a taste of the sport that will be available, including the first two Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season, the FIH Pro League, live NBA matches, Heineken Cup games, Premier League and Champions League content and the World Rally Championships. Latch says, “We’re confident that they will really like what they see – and agree with us that all this sport for under $20 a month with no long-term contract is a great deal.”

The service will initially launch in beta to allow the Spark Sport team to test the platform in real conditions. Latch explains, “The Spark Sport app is looking great. As we are launching in beta, we would welcome feedback from the first customers to jump onboard. We will continually be developing the platform and rolling out new functionality in the weeks and months after launch.”

The service will be live in time for the first Formula 1 race, the Australian Grand Prix.  As the launch of Spark Sport is close to the start of the Formula 1 season, Spark Sport has partnered with TVNZ for the Australian Grand Prix to be simulcast on Spark Sport and TVNZ Duke.

Spark Sport coverage of Formula 1 will use the extended Sky UK feed, which includes comprehensive commentary, race data and graphics for each F1 practice session, race qualifying session and the Formula 1 main race. The Spark Sport coverage will also include the Sky Grid Walk and post-race review show. TVNZ Duke will broadcast and livestream the qualifying session and the main race.

In March, 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.

Spark Sport will make announcements about plans for the Rugby World Cup, including pricing and packaging details in April, once the Spark Sport platform has been fully launched. “We are well on track with our planning for September and look forward to releasing more information about how Kiwis will watch the Rugby World Cup, as we expect many New Zealanders will want to sign up early,” said Latch.

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


  • Premier League
  • Manchester United TV
  • Liverpool TV


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


  • National Basketball Association (NBA) TV


  • Hockey World Cup
  • FIH Hockey Pro League
  • Olympic Qualification
  • National Hockey League.
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3 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Sport to Kick Off”

  1. Bit cheaper than I was expecting. May have to check it out.

  2. What’s the bitrate? I’m not interested for the RWC if it’s low quality.

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