Spark Sport goes live for Formula One season-opener in Melbourne

Fans will be able to see Daniel Ricciardo in his first race for Renault.
Fans will be able to see Daniel Ricciardo in his first race for Renault. Photo credit: AAP

New Zealand's newest on-demand sports streaming service is now live.

Spark Sport officially launched on Thursday, marking a new era of watching sport in New Zealand.

The new service, which will stream the Rugby World Cup later in the year, will provide plenty of competition to Sky Sports, after claiming the rights to several major sporting events.

Fans can sign up to a free 30-day trial, with the new service costing $19.99 per month afterwards.

Their first test will come on Sunday, with the opening race of the 2019 Formula One season in Melbourne.

Other events already confirmed for Spark Sport include the World Rally Championship, NBA, Hockey Pro League, along with ONE Championship mixed martial arts.

Fans will be able to watch live sporting events in real time. They can pause at any point and rewind up to four 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.

The streaming service is available directly from the web, and on Android and Apple devices, and will be available to watch on smart TVs in coming months.

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