New Zealand pay-TV operator Sky has confirmed the completion of the purchase of entertainment streaming service Lightbox from Spark.
The deal enables Sky to merge Lightbox with its own entertainment streaming service Neon, creating what it says will be a super-charged service for New Zealand customers with the best content from New Zealand and around the world.
Sky and Spark have a partnership to offer Lightbox and the new merged service to Spark customers. The deal includes Spark customers who receive ‘Lightbox on us’ from Spark continuing to enjoy Lightbox, along with plans to offer the new merged service to Spark customers once it has launched. More details on the new offer will be revealed closer to the launch date.
Until the launch of the new merged service, Lightbox and Neon customers will continue to access content on their respective services, with no change to price or the way they access the service.
“We are delighted to welcome over 130,000 Lightbox customers to the Sky world, and look forward to delivering a super-charged new service to all New Zealanders towards the middle of this year,” declared Sophie Moloney, Sky’s Chief Legal, People and Partnerships Officer. “We also welcome the Lightbox team to Sky and look forward to working together to create a special new service.”
“Neon and Lightbox have a superb line-up of content, including Outlander, Love Island UK, The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld. Bringing them together will create the leading locally-delivered streaming service for New Zealanders.”