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Streaming sport in New Zealand: Follow the action on the go with these services
Like the rest of the world, streaming professional sport continues to expand in New Zealand. These are your viewing options.
Streaming sport in New Zealand
Like in most parts of the globe, the streaming of content and particularly live sport has come a long way in New Zealand.
A market that was once overloaded with pop-up-fuelled, unreliable and often illegal streaming options now has a number of official, legitimate choices for viewing sport on your preferred device.
Sports streaming platforms in New Zealand
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Sky Sport is still the dominant streaming player in New Zealand when it comes to sports broadcasting rights. Sky has nine dedicated sports channels on its platform, plus two ESPN channels. These can also be viewed via the Sky Go app.
Sky Sport holds the rights to a large number of sporting competitions in New Zealand, including Super Rugby, UEFA Champions League, netball, NRL and the majority of international cricket. It also shows US sports like the NFL, UFC and Major League Baseball through ESPN. You can access the Bundesliga and La Liga through beIN SPORTS CONNECT via Sky.
Mobile and broadband provider Spark is a more recent entrant to the local streaming scene with it’s Spark Sport service. Spark Sport has the rights to the English Premier League, some NBA matches and Formula One. It also broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
There’s global sports streaming services like DAZN that launched in New Zealand December 2020. While it has exclusive rights to things like the NFL, Premier League and UEFA Champions League in some countries, currently in NZ it only has live boxing broadcasts in addition to some other original content.
Then of course there’s sports and leagues with their own dedicated streaming services. This includes the likes of F1 TV, NBA League Pass, NFL Game Pass, WWE Network and more. They’re more niche in that they’ll only offer you the one sport or competition to watch, but will provide more comprehensive coverage than just the few preselected matches per week on a third party service like Sky or Spark Sport.
What you need to stream sport in New Zealand
Most of the usual options are available for streaming sport in New Zealand. You can watch on Apple and Android devices, laptops and PCs, a range of smart TVs, Chromecast and Apple TV.
How much data does streaming live sport use in New Zealand?
This depends on your provider and bandwidth. As a general guide, the Sky Go app uses 1.5GB per hour of data for SD video and up to 4GB an hour of data for HD video. Mobile data use also depends on the video quality setting and whether you’re connected to Wi-Fi or 3G.
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