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The Rugby World Cup kicks off in a little over a month, yet confusion lingers in regards to how to watch the tournament in Japan.
Don’t fret. Stuff has compiled an everything you need to know guide before the All Blacks’ highly anticipated quest for a three-peat kicks off on September 21.
SPEAKING OF THE ALL BLACKS
The good news is everyone in New Zealand will be able watch the All Blacks without digging into their pockets, given their four pool matches will be broadcast on free-to-air television, albeit delayed by an hour.
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Should the All Blacks advance to the quarterfinals, their first-round playoff will also be broadcast (delayed) on free-to-air television.
Regardless of whether or not they make the semifinals and the final, both semifinals and the final will be televised live on TVNZ 1.
However, those who want to watch all the All Blacks’ matches live, will need Spark Sport’s service, and have the means to stream it.
HOW DO I STREAM THE WORLD CUP?
Ever since Spark and TVNZ announced they had won the rights to broadcast the tournament in April last year, they’ve made it clear the tournament would not be beamed into people’s lounges via satellite.
Instead, you’ll need to purchase their Rugby World Cup Pass, and require a broadband (fibre, copper or wireless) internet connection with a download speed of 15 megabytes per second, which Spark recommends to stream high definition (HD) content.
Purchasing the pass will give you access to all 48 games live and on demand for 30 days following the match, highlights packages, and access to a range of historic tournament matches.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$79.99 between June 1 and September 10
$89 between September 20 and November 2
$24.99 for match passes
* 30-day free trial available
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH INTERNET CONNECTION?
You’re not alone.
About 40,000 rural households across the country don’t have access to such a connection, despite the Rural Broadband initiative making progress.
If you’re in that camp, or simply don’t want to purchase the pass, you’ll have to head to a pub, club or school which has signed up for the service.
Spark has been working closely with commercial premises, even offering them domestic prices for the package.
To help the cause, they recently announced they’d partnered with Sky so commercial premises could buy access to a Spark Sport pop-up channel on their Sky decoder.
Unfortunately, the same opportunity won’t be available for domestic customers.
WHAT ABOUT SCHOOLS?
Thanks to the Fibre in Schools initiative, schools often have t
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