New Neon to Launch Next Month

This morning Sky announced the merger of its Neon streaming service and Spark’s Lightbox will launch on July 7.

But it’s not yet clear if Spark will continue to bundle the new survice with its broadband plans.

Here’s Sky media release.

Neon – a new look, 100% New Zealand owned and a new offer for Kiwis

The result of a match between Lightbox and Neon, the biggest 100% New Zealand-owned streaming movie and entertainment platform will go live on 7 July 2020.

Until then, the Lightbox and Neon teams are managing a merger; ensuring the systems, services and favourite shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones are all in place for customers to enjoy, uninterrupted.

Ricki Taiaroa, who is heading up the joining of the brands says, “Neon and Lightbox have come into their own during lockdown.  We’ve been pleased to see good growth from customers streaming binge-worthy TV series and movies from the safety of their bubbles.

“This has set us up well to unite the two platforms under the new Neon brand and bring our customers the great content they deserve.

“We’ve been talking with both sets of Lightbox and Neon customers, and reaching out into the wider community, to understand what they would like to see. Now we’re working hard to bring together the best parts of both.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how New Zealand reacts when we launch new Neon on July 7. There’s going to be so much content in one place for only $13.95 per month.

“The feedback we’ve received tells us it’s a match made in binge-watching heaven.”

So, what’s changing?

  • Neon customers will have access to Lightbox’s best shows and series and Lightbox customers will be able to enjoy great Neon shows, series and selected movies from 7 July. When Lightbox merges with Neon, the hardest decision for customers will be what to watch first!
  • The Neon streaming platform has been enhanced taking some of best features of Lightbox and making it easier to use and also more robust.
  • We’ve added new features such as downloads, and Lightbox customers will now be able to watch movies and download Box Office releases – which they were unable to do previously.
  • The perfect pairing of Neon and Lightbox will be available for only $13.95 per month, with no contract required, giving customers access to a tonne of quality content at a fantastic value.

What do customers need to do?

Nothing yet – the switch over will take a few weeks to finalise in the background.

In the next few days both Neon and Lightbox customers will receive details via email of the new Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy which will apply to new Neon from 7 July.

As the team gets closer to July 7, all customers will be sent simple instructions for what to do when the changeover takes effect.  For the most part it will involve downloading or refreshing the Neon app on a smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

 Where do customers go if they have any questions?

The best place is to head to Frequently Asked Questions or the Neon Facebook page. It’s important to note some Lightbox customers will have Lightbox as part of a mobile and/or broadband package­­­­­ with Spark.  Spark will be contacting all these customers with details on how the switch to new Neon will happen for them.

So, while customers don’t need to do anything just yet, very soon they’ll be able to use their smartphone, tablet or smart TV to enjoy the absolute best from the new Neon – designed by Kiwis for Kiwis.

With new Neon, customers can… • Binge-watch with no ads • Download to watch where and when they want in New Zealand to personal smart devices • Pick up where they left off on another device • Keep the kids entertained in the family-friendly kids’ corner • Create up to five user profiles • Add favourites to a watchlist • Watch on two screens at once • Purchase new release movie rentals from $7.99 (no subscription required) • Cast to a big screen with Chromecast or Airplay 
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5 Responses to “New Neon to Launch Next Month”

  1. I hope they will have an app for Xbox. Apple TV have got one for Lightbox 🙂

  2. I got an answer to my question. Neon will be taking over Lightbox’s app on Apple TV, don’t know about Xbox sadly 🙂

  3. I think I will definitely get the new Neon from July 7th via Spark, it’s only $10 a month and also includes movies. It’s a win win for me. I wonder what will happen when HBO Max comes to New Zealand 🙂

  4. Yes, Trevor, it’s good value compared to Netflix and at last affords a substantial NZ streaming platform to compete with the global giants. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for HBO Max to set up shop here soon. HBO has just done a deal with Foxtel in Australia and Sky has a multi-year deal for HBO content. If Neon and Sky are still going strong two years from now, you’re more likely to see a Neon Max than an HBO Max NZ. Btw, HBO Max’s US launch hasn’t been the success it might have hoped, with complaints about everything from content to the app.

  5. Neon Max sounds good. I do find it odd that Neon is going to be on PlayStation but it seems not on Xbox, I would have thought it would be on both but anyhow looking forward to July 7th 🙂

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