Lightbox (New Zealand)

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IndustryElectronic commerce
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand,
Area served
New Zealand
ProductsInternet streaming
ParentSpark New Zealand

Lightbox is a New Zealand subscription video on demand (SVOD) service offering a selection of television shows over a range of devices. The service is owned by Spark New Zealand, a New Zealand-wide communications service provider.[1] Hema Patel is the general manager director of Lightbox.[2]

Lightbox has also partnered with Coliseum Sports Media to deliver a subscription-based sports streaming service called Lightbox Sport. Lightbox Sport will include golf, English Premier League football and French Top 14 rugby.[3]

In New Zealand Lightbox faces competition from SVOD services Quickflix, Netflix and Neon.[4]


In June 2014, Spark announced Lightbox (then called ShowmeTV), allowing New Zealanders to stream TV shows, including Mad Men, Better Call Saul and Vikings.[5][6] It was launched in August 2014.[7]

Lightbox is available via their website on Windows 7, Windows 8 and OS X computers, and on a number of other devices including iOS, Android (version 4.2 and above), Apple TV using AirPlay, selected Samsung Smart TVs, and PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles.[8] In March 2015 they announced they will launch support for the Google Chromecast.[9]


  1. ^ Keall, Chris. "Sky TV, facing down Telecom's Lightbox, renews exclusive deal with HBO". National Business Review. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ Drinnan, John (2 February 2018). "NZ Profile: Lightbox general manager Hema Patel". MediaWeek.
  3. ^ Venuto, Damien. "Spark continues to evolve, offers another subscriber perk with free Lightbox". StopPress. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Sorry Netflix, Neon and Lightbox: Why I'm staying a dirty TV pirate". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  5. ^ Venuto, Damien. "Lifting the Lightbox lid: a look inside Telecom's new digital venture". StopPress. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul coming to Lightbox". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  7. ^ Keall, Chris. "Spark's Lightbox launches, with a little surprise from the boss". National Business Review. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ "What devices can I watch Lightbox on?". Lightbox. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  9. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom. "Spark's Lightbox coming to Google's Chromecast". Stuff. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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