Lightbox (New Zealand)
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Lightbox New Zealand
IndustryElectronic commerce
Area served
New Zealand
ProductsInternet streaming
ParentSky Network Television Limited

Lightbox is a New Zealand subscription video on demand (SVOD) service offering a selection of television shows over a range of devices. The service was owned by national telecommunications provider Spark New Zealand but was purchased by satellite company Sky Television in December 2019. Sky intends to merge Lightbox and its own streaming service Neon into a new streaming platform.[1] Hema Patel is the general manager director of Lightbox.[2]


In June 2014, Spark announced Lightbox (then called ShowmeTV), allowing New Zealanders to stream TV shows, including Mad Men, Better Call Saul and Vikings.[3][4] It was launched in August 2014.[5][6]

In January 2015, 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.[7]

As of March 2015, Lightbox faces competition from SVOD services Quickflix, Netflix and Neon.[8]

In October 2019, a Horizon Research survey of more than 1,000 New Zealanders found that 18% of those surveyed subscribed to Lightbox. By contrast, 59% subscribed to TVNZ OnDemand, 56% to Netflix, 29% to Sky, and 7% to Neon.[9]

In mid-December 2019, it was announced that Spark would be selling the Lightbox streaming service to the satellite television company Sky Television. Sky plans to merge Lightbox into its own online streaming service Neon in 2020. Spark will also partner with Sky to make the service available to Spark customers through the telecommunication company's entertainment offers during the first half of 2020. Sky will meet the operational costs of merging the two streaming services.[1][10][11][12]

Services and content

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, Android TV, Chromecast selected Samsung Smart TVs, and PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles.[13]

Lightbox's content includes the New Zealand animated comedy series Bro'Town and the Hulu webseries The Handmaid's Tale.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Sky to supercharge its entertainment streaming services with purchase of Lightbox". Sky. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Drinnan, John (2 February 2018). "NZ Profile: Lightbox general manager Hema Patel". MediaWeek.
  3. ^ Venuto, Damien. "Lifting the Lightbox lid: a look inside Telecom's new digital venture". StopPress. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul coming to Lightbox". The New Zealand Herald. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Keall, Chris (1 August 2014). "Sky TV, facing down Telecom's Lightbox, renews exclusive deal with HBO". National Business Review. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Keall, Chris (28 August 2014). "Spark's Lightbox launches, with a little surprise from the boss". National Business Review. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Venuto, Damien (20 January 2015). "Spark continues to evolve, offers another subscriber perk with free Lightbox". StopPress. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Sorry Netflix, Neon and Lightbox: Why I'm staying a dirty TV pirate". New Zealand Herald. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "TVNZ's OnDemand ranks as NZ's most-used streaming service, according to new survey". 1 News. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ Ensor, Jamie (19 December 2019). "Lightbox to merge with Neon after Sky purchase". Newshub. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom (19 December 2019). "Spark sells Lightbox internet TV service to Sky TV, cost to viewers not yet known". Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Sky expected to merge Lightbox with Neon streaming service". Radio New Zealand. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "What devices can I watch Lightbox on?". Lightbox. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Watch bro'Town". Lightbox. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Casey, Alex (June 1, 2017). "Huge and true: The Handmaid's Tale is coming exclusively to Lightbox". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2017.

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