November 21, 2022
Los Angeles FC’s Gareth Bale scores a last-minute equalizer in his side’s November 5 MLS Cup final clash with the Philadelphia Union. LA FC won the ensuing penalty shootout. Photo/Getty Images
Vodafone TV has received another reprieve as the wait for new material from Sky TV drags on.
Last January, Vodafone NZ announced that it would be shutting down its Vodafone TV service – which
enables its approximately 100,000 users to access Sky channels via UFB fiber – within months.
Customers would be offered the new Sky TV box, which was then to be delivered “in the middle of the year”. But while Sky pushed back the delivery date for its new hardware, blaming the pandemic and the war, Vodafone was granted a reprieve to September and then “summer”.
Overnight, Vodafone said the life of Vodafone TV had been extended again, this time until the last day of summer, February 28.
Sky says its new hardware is currently being tested by staff, but still has no dates for a wider rollout. This morning his line continued to be that customer trials will begin “soon”.
Vodafone TV customers will be offered the Sky Pod, which will cost $100 upfront, and will allow you to access regular Sky channels or apps via a broadband connection. There will be no hard drive for recording, but it will allow you to stream programs from the last three days on demand.
The new Sky Box will support third-party apps like Netflix and 4K Ultra High Definition video, but comes with an upfront fee of $200, plus an additional $15 per month to unlock its ability to record up to five channels at a time. time. It will include a 1-terabyte hard drive – about four times the storage of most set-top boxes today (provided, however, that 4K video takes up four times the storage space if you’re recording at full quality).
The Sky Box and Pod both run on Google’s Android software, and Sky says you’ll be able to install any app available through Google’s Play Store – from YouTube and Disney+ to Amazon’s Prime Video and Spark Sports. It will seem like a wonderland… at least for those who haven’t had time to buy a Smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick or Google Chromecast yet.
Customers who are not so into the new changes will be able to stick with their current decoder.
Apple’s MLS offers model for global sports streaming
Meanwhile, Apple announces that its new MLS Season Pass, launching February 1, will be available in 100 countries, including New Zealand.
MLS stands for Major League Soccer – the top level soccer competition in the United States.
Earlier this year, Apple tied the 10-year rights to the league in a deal worth US$2.5 billion.
I guess few Kiwi football fans follow MLS despite the thrilling end to the MLS Cup on November 5, which saw ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale headline a last-minute equalizer before his side LA FC. when they beat Philadelphia Union in a penalty shootout.
Yet Apple making content available globally, through its Apple TV app, is something of a model for global sports streaming.
Big tech has reignited his interest in post-Covid sports restrictions. Apple also signed a big baseball deal in the United States, while Amazon continued to collect rights to tennis, American football (as in the gridiron) and British football (as in soccer). And last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix, as it sought new growth opportunities after a stall, was now actively interested in acquiring live sports rights to build on the success of its documentaries. sports, in particular its Formula 1: Drive to Survive. The Journal reports that Netflix recently made a bid for the ATP tennis rights, but lost out to Disney-owned ESPN.