Despite its questionable coverage of the Rugby World Cup, Spark Sport has grown into an excellent internet-only sports channel. For NZ$19.99/month Kiwis have access to every EPL game, European Cup Rugby, F1, NBA and heaps of other live sports. However, the service is only available in NZ… Below, I’ll explain how to watch Spark Sport abroad (from anywhere in the world).
Note: You can only sign up to Spark Sport with NZ credit or debit card. If you don’t have one, and you don’t know a friendly Kiwi, you can only watch 3 o’clock kick-offs in the UK using Fubo (USA).
How to watch Spark Sport abroad: Quick guide
If you don’t want to read the hows and the whys about streaming Spark Sport abroad, just follow the three steps below and you’ll be able to watch Spark Sport from anywhere in the world
- Get NordVPN ($3.49/month)
- Download the app and connect to a New Zealand server
- Go Spark Sport and watch Spark Sport from anywhere in the world
With the 2020/2021 English Premier League season in full flow, you’ll have no doubt notice there have been some big changes over which channels have coverage rights. As beIN SPORTS no longer holds the rights to EPL coverage in New Zealand, you’ll have to use Spark Sport to stay in the loop. With Spark Sport, you’ll catch “all 380 Premier League games live and on-demand”.
Spark Sport is only officially supported in New Zealand, though, so what if you want to watch Spark Sport abroad? The official answer is, you can’t. Spark Sport is only available to NZ internet connections. However, if you use one of our the top-rated VPNs below, you’ll be able to spoof your internet connection to make it appear as if it’s an NZ one. Meaning you’ll be able to every minute of the Premier League season from anywhere in the world.
Keep scrolling for the details on how to watch Spark Sport abroad.
See also: How to 3PM Kick-Offs in the UK?
Can I watch Spark Sport outside of NZ?
Yes, as long as you’re signed up with a VPN and you have a NZ-based credit or debit card (or know someone who will let you use thiers) you’ll be able to watch Spark Sport from anywhere in the world.
By partnering up with one of our recommended VPNs and signing up to Spark Sport, you can bypass Spark Sport’s geographical restrictions. A good VPN will spoof your IP address, tricking the Spark Sport website into thinking you’re watching Premier League games from inside New Zealand.
How to watch Spark Sport abroad
Before you can watch Premier League games through Spark Sport, you’ll need to pick a VPN (to spoof your internet connection to make it look like a Kiwi one). Choose from our favourites below.
Armed with a VPN that lets you browse the web anonymously, the next steps are simple:
- Download and install the app for the VPN you’ve signed up for
- Connect to a server based in New Zealand
- Open up the Spark Sport website
- Sign up for the 7-day free trial. NZ$19.99/month thereafter (£10)
- Watch Spark Sport from anywhere in the world
As the best VPNs do a brilliant job of masking your IP address, you can unlock services and websites that would usually be locked to users in certain countries. VPNs use military-grade encryption to keep your browsing habits away from the prying eyes of your ISP, leaving you to stream whatever you like through Spark Sport without an issue.
With a Spark Sport account, you get access to Manchester United TV, Edge TV, Heineken Cup, F1, the FIH Hockey Pro League, NBA TV, FIA World Rally Championship and English Premier League football.
Spark Sport will upload highlights of each match, along with 7 shows across the week including the Saturday Review show, Premier League world and Match pack analysis show.
How much does Spark Sport cost?
Spark Sport is a $19.99 per month subscription service. A single subscription will give you access to “all of the content available on Spark Sport, apart from any Pay-Per-View events.
Opting for Spark Sport over Sky Sports or BT Sport will save UK customers a chunk of cash. Spark Sport (without a VPN) essentially lands around £11 a month, which lets you watch all 380 Premier League games live and on-demand.
See also: How to watch UK TV in New Zealand.
The best VPNs for Spark Sport
The BEST VPN of 2021Number of servers: 5,000+ | Speeds: >80% | Bandwidth: Unlimited | IP locations: 62 countries | Devices supported: 6 | Live chat: Yes | 30-day money-back guarantee: Yes NordVPN is the most widely-used VPN in the world. And its easy to see why. It’s a polished app that delivers fast connections (more on this later) to a massive network of VPN servers. It’s the most reliable at unblocking popular streaming services too – US Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, etc. This is because NordVPN hired full-time technical team (that’s responsible for monitoring its servers connections with popular TV streaming services) and has been aggressively investing in its network of IP addresses in key locations. Another interesting thing to note is that NordVPN is an industry leader in its development of Nordlynx technology. Nordlynx is built using the WireGuard, a new VPN tunnelling protocol designed to outperform current standards (OpenVPN and IPSec). The benefits, according to NordVPN, are dramatically faster transfer speeds while connected to a VPN. My tests – New Zealand to London – confirm that Nordlynx is currently the fastest VPN on the market. However, the difference isn’t dramatic, a few Mbps is all.
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A very reliable and fast VPNNumber of servers: 3,000+ | Speed: >80% | Bandwidth: Unlimited | IP locations: 160 in 94 countries | Devices supported: 5 | Live chat: Yes | 30-day money-back guarantee: Yes ExpressVPN is still one of the best VPNs you can buy. However, we’ve got it ranked in the number three spot for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s the most expensive VPN on the market. This was understandable when it was also the fastest and most reliable VPN too. But now it’s not. NordVPN is. ExpressVPN has recently been struggling to unblock some big streaming sites – BBC iPlayer and BeIN Sports – too. And importantly, it ALWAYS has servers that are open with major streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video etc. ExpressVPN is usually very good at playing Cat and Mouse with online streaming sites (apart from BBC iPlayer). Meaning, whenever one of its servers is blacklisted it creates a new one – giving its users a constant stream of servers that aren’t blocked. Needless to say, this is a valuable attribute if you’re looking for a VPN to unblock streaming sites. Its app is easy-to-use and free to download on pretty much any device you can think of. Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, FireStick, Android TV, Roku, PS4, Xbox, Linux, even Apple TV (with a workaround). It’s got it all covered. The app is another main reason this VPN is so good at unblocking TV streaming sites (that claim they block VPNs) is that its software takes a pragmatic approach to user management. While other VPNs tempt customers by promising them access to hundreds/thousands of servers in multiple countries, ExpressVPN does things differently. With ExpressVPN you only have a handful of server locations to choose from. Once you select your location the app takes care of the rest. Assigning you to the fastest available server that’s not oversubscribed. This simple technique is so important, as it keeps ExpressVPN’s servers operating at lightning-fast speeds and prevent its IPs from getting blacklisted for “abnormal” usage in the first place.
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5. CyberGhostNumber of servers: 6,000+ | Speeds: >65% | Bandwidth: Unlimited | IP locations: 200 in 90 countries | Devices supported: 7 | Live chat: Yes | 30-day money-back guarantee: Yes CyberGhost is one of the more established VPNs on the market. It has a well-established, and well-tested global network of servers that perform well. From my tests over the past several months, CyberGhost has no trouble at unblocking major streaming services – US Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max etc. This VPN performed well at maintaining download speeds, well above 65 per cent of my regular (non VPN) ISP speed. That said, there’s nothing really unique about the service. Which forces you to look at its price-point. And there’s nothing special here. Its short-term $12.99/month price tag puts is well above the industry average of $10.10/month. Similarly, its long-term $2.75/month for 3 years deal isn’t much of a “deal” either. Oddly, CyberGhost’s most unique feature is its a 1-day, no obligations, free trial. This is an appealing offer to customers who are new to VPNs. However, it’s important to remember that most reputable VPNs will offer customers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so try not to be too seduced by the offer.
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