Spark Sport goes live
Spark Sport has gone live in beta ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
The service has launched in beta at http://www.sparksport.co.nz, which means that the core functionality is working, but improvements and additional features are still being added. In addition to going live on Apple and web as promised earlier this week, Spark Sport is also available as an Android app, in time for the Australian Grand Prix.
As the new sports streaming service goes live, Spark Sport is also announcing two exciting new additions to the platform.
Spark Sport will be the home of ONE Championship, one of the world’s largest martial arts organisations. ONE Championship features bouts across the full spectrum of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate and more. MMA enthusiasts can catch the next event, ONE Hero, from Spark Sport on 25 March.
Spark Sport is also welcoming EDGEsport, it's first 24/7 action sports channel, to the platform. EDGEsport offers live action and premium content from the adventure and action sports world across a wide array of sports, including skiing, snowboarding, biking, surfing, skating, motorsports and many more action sports.
Live sports events watched in real time can be paused at any point and ‘rewound’ up to 4 hours. Once a live event finishes, it will be available later on demand. TV channels on Spark Sport can also be live paused and rewound up to 4 hours.
Spark Sport is now available as an app on selected iPads and iPhones, Android devices, AirPlay to Apple TV, Chromecast and all popular web browsers. During the months following launch, the Spark Sport app will become available on Apple TV, Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sony Smart TVs and further platforms still to be announced.
Spark Sport will stream in HD when the data connection and device supports this. If the connection is slower, Spark Sport will automatically adjust to a lower video quality to ensure a consistent viewing experience.
Users can register for a 30 day free trial at the Spark Sport website, with a monthly $19.99 fee after that.