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Spark Sport now available on selected Freeview devices

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Fuseworks Media

Rugby fans rejoice! Via a new partnership between Freeview and Spark, Spark Sport will be available on the Freeview A2 Recorder and Freeview SmartVU X streaming devices, giving Kiwi sports enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their favourite matches from the comfort of their own home.

All matches in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 will be available for viewers to stream through a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup Tournament Pass.

The addition of Spark Sport content broadens the growing ecosystem of entertainment Kiwis can already enjoy on Freeview. New Zealand’s first personal video recorder (PVR) powered by Android TV, Freeview’s A2 Recorder allows viewers to watch Live TV, On Demand content and Record their favourite shows - entirely subscription-free. With the Recorder, viewers also have access to a range of other features including numerous Android TV apps on Google Play. And now, Kiwis without an aerial or satellite dish can also access Freeview. Released late last year, the Freeview SmartVU streaming device is a tiny gadget that can connect to almost any TV, allowing viewers to watch Live TV streamed over the internet, as well as access Freeview On Demand and other third-party apps such as Spark Sport, Netflix, Lightbox and YouTube on Google Play. Freeview’s CEO, Jason Foden, says the partnership with Spark Sport further solidifies Freeview’s commitment in providing the best TV experience for New Zealanders.

"There’s no doubt that rugby is part of our Kiwi culture - so we’re excited to provide our viewers with access to the premium content available on Spark Sport and experience the exhilaration of the Rugby World Cup 2019 together.

"In the future, we’ll expect to see more content partnerships that will further enrich TV viewing for New Zealanders," Foden concludes.

Created in partnership with local manufacturer Dish TV and priced from $139, these compatible Freeview devices can connect to any TV to stream Spark Sport on the big screen, offering a lean-back viewing experience as an alternative to purchasing new Smart TVs.

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