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Spark Sport confident streaming issues are 'resolvable'

Steven Walton

Motorsport fans hoping to watch replays of Formula 1 qualifying were left out of luck over the weekend after on-demand content was deployed incorrectly to the new streaming platform.

According to Gorilla Technology Chief Exeuctive Paul Spain, it's "absolutely possible" Spark can provide a reliable streaming service for the Rugby World Cup, but it's in their hands to get that right, he said.

Spark confirmed on the platform's Facebook page issues also affected Formula 1's third practice session and the first Formula 2 race.

They said a review with the platform provider of the weekend's issues is being planned. 

Spark Sport launched in March this year and holds the broadcasting rights for the Rugby World Cup in September. 

Gorilla Technology Chief Executive Paul Spain said the current performance of Spark Sport "isn't that great," but he added it's "absolutely possible" Spark can deliver a really good result for the Rugby World Cup.

"Now it's really in Spark's hands to execute and to make sure they get that right," he said. 

A Spark spokesperson said the team behind the service have learnt a huge amount since launching, "which should put us in good stead for the future."