Spark Sport score own goal as streaming fails in New Zealand hockey test

Concerns as Spark Sport fails again.
Concerns as Spark Sport fails again. Photo credit: Photosport

Beware All Blacks fans.

Spark Sport's live streaming service suffered 'technical difficulties' during the women's Black Sticks hockey match on Thursday.

The Anzac Day Pro League matchup against Australia ended up on NZ Hockey's Twitter feed when Spark Sport went dark.

The problem was eventually solved and subscribers were able to watch the end of the contest live, but not before many laid into the Rugby World Cup broadcaster.

"Looking good for RWC, when they can't even handle a small audience for Hockey! This subscription-based world we now live in only works if your product is worthy," said one disgruntled punter on Facebook.

"This is a bloody joke! And you think you're going to successfully show the RWC?? Play it on Duke then so that at least I haven't wasted my free trial for nothing," added another.

The startup streaming service has hit a few snags in its first month. The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix had streaming issues during practice and qualifying sessions.

For what it's worth, hockey fans didn't miss much with the Kiwi women hammered 5-1.