Your step by step guide to a happy Rugby World Cup experience.
While it might feel like a big change, we've broken it down into a few steps to help you better understand what you need to do at your place to be rugby-ready.
1. Broadband that is up to the task
A great world cup experience starts with a great broadband connection. While most broadband connections in NZ should work, we're helping our customers determine if they'll be rugby-ready on game day. The starting point for streaming is to ensure you can get a minimum of 6mbps download, or if you want a higher quality stream (for example on a smart TV) then a minimum of 15mbps is required. It's a great time to upgrade to fibre, to support your team without worry. If you're an existing NOW customer, give us a call on 0800 438 669 to check if you're getting the speeds you need.
2. Access to Spark Sport (no need to be a Spark customer, phew!)
To watch the Rugby World Cup, you'll need to download the Spark Sport app and purchase a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019 pass. You can purchase a tournament pass and get access to all games live or on-demand. If you're just after one or two games, then you can buy individual game passes. The pass gives you access to Rugby World Cup content on the Spark Sport app (or web portal).
3. A screen for watching the big game
Even though it's moving online, you can still get the Rugby World Cup on your TV. The easiest way to do this is to use Google Chromecast or Apple TV to get the game from your Android or iPhone app up onto the big screen (specific smart TV apps (2017 or newer models) are expected in the next few months).
Of course you can watch on your mobile or laptop directly, but you might want to hold off inviting the whole neighbourhood around to watch.
4. Get NOW to do it for you
If this all sounds a bit confusing or you just want it set-up without the fuss, then NOW can come out to your place and get it set-up for you. Book one of our Techsperts and we'll check your broadband is rugby-ready, show you how to install and get the app on your TV or device (we can even bring along a Chromecast in case you need to buy one) and ensure you can get Wi-Fi coverage everywhere you might want to watch the game.
What's available on free-to-air TV?
If you're just wanting to tune in for the semi-finals and final, then great news, you can. We've summarised TVNZs match schedule for the tournament below, or you can visit their website for more details.
20th - Japan vs Russia LIVE
21st - New Zealand vs South Africa 1hr delayed
28th - Argentina vs Tonga LIVE
2nd - New Zealand vs Canada 1hr delayed
4th - South Africa vs Italy LIVE
6th - New Zealand vs Namibia 1hr delayed
9th - Wales vs Fiji LIVE
12th - New Zealand vs Italy 1hr delayed
Quarter Final TBC - NZ Match 1hr delayed
26th - Semi Final LIVE
27th - Semi Final LIVE
2nd - Final LIVE