Spark to exit sports streaming as TVNZ takes over rights, Sky NZ acquires F1
New Zealand telco Spark is closing its Spark Sport subscription streaming service, with public-service broadcaster TVNZ expected to acquire the majority of its sports rights portfolio
Spark secures three-year US Open rights deal at flat rate
New Zealand telco Spark acquired exclusive rights in New Zealand for the US Open grand slam tennis tournament, beating competition from rival pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand.
Spark pays up to secure NZ rights to Uefa Euro 2024, 2028
New Zealand pay-television broadcaster Spark Sport secured rights to Uefa Euro 2024 and Euro 2028 at a slight increase compared to the previous per-tournament fee.
Spark commits to pay increase in long-term Super Netball deal
Telco Spark’s deal for exclusive rights in New Zealand to show Super Netball, the top-tier club competition in Australia, was prompted by the property’s high potential in the market.
Sky NZ outbids Spark to win back Premier League rights
Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand outbid rival Spark to acquire exclusive media rights in New Zealand to the English Premier League in a six-season deal, from 2022-23 to 2027-28.
Sky NZ seizes opening to secure 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup
Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand’s agreement for exclusive media rights to all matches of the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is the largest ever deal for the tournament in the country.
Rugby union returns to Spark Sport with URC deal
Rugby union will return to the schedules of New Zealand streaming service Spark Sport after it acquired rights to club competition the United Rugby Championship
Spark acquires RLWC rights in New Zealand
Telco Spark has acquired the exclusive media rights in New Zealand for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, becoming the tournament's first international broadcast partner
HBA Media adds Ascot deals in India, Malaysia and New Zealand, FITE streaming
HBA Media, the horse racing media rights agency, has agreed a string of new deals for this year’s edition of the prestigious UK meeting at Royal Ascot.
UFC expands PPV coverage in New Zealand with Spark deal
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts series has expanded its presence in New Zealand through a new rights deal with telco Spark
Spark acquires MotoGP rights in three-year deal
New Zealand telco Spark has acquired exclusive media rights to MotoGP in the country for a three-year period
Spark adds ECB rights to cricket portfolio, turns to Whisper on production
New Zealand telecoms operator Spark has acquired exclusive streaming rights in the country to all international and domestic cricket matches played in England through a four-year agreement with the England…
World Rugby to hold compensation talks with broadcasters over Typhoon Hagibis impact
World Rugby has said that it will enter into talks with rights-holding broadcasters after two group-stage matches at the Rugby World Cup in Japan were cancelled given the threat posed by Typhoon Hagibis
Spark’s All Blacks streaming coverage hit by technical glitches
New Zealand telco Spark suffered technical problems during its live stream of the All Blacks' opening Rugby World Cup game against South Africa on Saturday that interrupted viewing for several thousand…
Spark Sport makes Rugby World Cup assurances amid streaming concerns
New Zealand telco Spark has promised that its streaming service will deliver the “best possible video quality” during the upcoming Rugby World Cup amid concerns from subscribers with low internet speeds.
Spark Sport adds boxing, golf, athletics and esports rights
New Zealand telco Spark has acquired rights to a host of boxing events through a partnership with Protocol Sports, and struck a deal with Lagardère Sports for a range of golf, athletics and esports properties.