At the start of 2019, sports fans will get to enjoy their hobby in high-quality video streaming with Spark Sport, a new streaming service.
An offering by Spark New Zealand, a technology organization, the news regarding the new subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service has been very much anticipated.
Recently, Spark made the announcement that it will be streaming the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
In addition, the Formula One motorsport from March 2019 and the Premier League Football matches from August 2019 are among the other components of the lineup.
Besides the motorsport, rugby, and football content, the streaming rights for hockey matches are also included.
A notable feature of Spark Sport is the coverage of local sporting production like the Black Sticks Games and the New Zealand National Hockey League.
In a press release on Wednesday, David Chalmers, Spark’s chief executive for sport, confirmed “Spark Sport” as the name of the new streaming service.
He cited that the name of the platform lucidly shows Spark New Zealand’s ambition. Spark, Chalmers pointed out, aims to help New Zealanders to get the most out of today’s advanced technology.
In addition, the company intends to give the audience a better sports viewing experience.
The Spark official added that the streaming service aims to provide the sporting enthusiasts the flexibility and the independence to view their preferred sports through their desired medium and the schedule they choose.
iStreamPlanet, the US-based subsidiary of WarnerMedia’s Turner, has been chosen following Spark’s thorough evaluation procedure. This company will supply most of the technical infrastructure for Spark Sport.
These would comprise video encoding, user authentication, distribution, billing, subscription management, and application development across different gadgets.
Spark Sport’s management is certain that iStreamPlanet will facilitate the new SVoD sports platform to become “world-class,” enabling New Zealanders to welcome streaming with open arms.
After all, it has been responsible for the successful streaming of the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the F1 TV Pro channel, the NBA League Pass, and the NCAA March Madness.
Spark will announce more content rights in the following weeks. This declaration will also comprise pricing options for Spark Sport as well as more information about this new streaming service.