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New Way to Enjoy Live Sports

New Way to Enjoy Live Sports

SKY launches FAN PASS 2.0 with new content, pricing plans and improved technology

SKY announced today the addition of SKY Sport channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 on FAN PASS, their online sports streaming service. The improved online-based streaming service gives Kiwis a new way to enjoy live sports.

From today, FAN PASS will offer SKY Sport channels 1-4 either as a one-day streaming pass for $14.99 or a week for $19.99.

FAN PASS general manager, Cuan Gray, says FAN PASS is a cost-effective way to watch sport how and when you want, without any long term obligation.

“It’s perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy certain games or tournaments but doesn’t want to commit to a SKY Sport subscription. It’s the ultimate in dip-in dip-out viewing, and we’ve made it easy to use,” he says.

“As long as you have an internet connection, you can watch SKY Sport’s four channels, including all the LIVE content, on select mobiles, tablets or on your PC or Mac. You can also watch on your big screen TV with Airplay or by mirroring from your Android device or by using an HDMI cable if you have a compatible device.”

The new and improved FAN PASS service has launched in time for sports fans to enjoy a number of LIVE sporting events coming soon to SKY Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4, including the Rugby World Cup, BLACKCAPS and up-coming Breakers season in the NBL.

“We know that people will be excited about the Rugby World Cup coming up and this weekend is especially big for Kiwi sport. We have the Bledisloe Cup decider, the Netball World Cup final and a new-look Warriors team taking on the Panthers,” adds Cuan.

FAN PASS launched in February this year with options to watch the Super 15, NRL and Formula One on week, month or entire season passes. Since then SKY has continued to work with renowned digital technology provider NeuLion to offer live streamed channels over NeuLion’s robust technology platform.

“NeuLion really is by far the leader in this space having streamed more than 50,000 live sports events including the NBA, NFL and UFC in North America with more than 22 million downloads on mobile,” says Cuan.

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion, says the continued development of FAN PASS is a response to strong and growing global consumer demand for options and flexibility around watching high-quality video.

“Since FAN PASS initially launched, we’ve been continuously working to improve the quality of the video streaming and are now delivering video adaptively. This means that we stream video at the highest resolution your internet connection allows.

“We know that access to high-speed internet for New Zealanders is not always a given, so the video quality will adapt to improve buffering and stalling,” says Wagner.

“It’s fantastic to be working with such a reputable and robust technology partner to ensure Kiwis get the best sports streaming experience possible,” concludes Gray.


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