For the first time, most Rugby World Cup games will only be available online. RWC content will be streamed from our four data centres in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch to make sure you are close to the action. ADSL the original generation of broadband is the bare minimum, but it might not cut it. VDSL is better, but a fibre connection is ideal. In technical terms, a download speed of a minimum of 6Mbps on a mobile and 15Mbps on a smart TV is recommended.
Find out how you can watch all 48 live matches of Rugby World Cup You'll get access to all 48 matches live and on demand, plus lots of extras.
How do I set up my devices? These Spark Sport set up videos will help you get started.
Watch videos How do I get the most from my network? We'd recommend checking the location of your modem.
To get the best reception, you could try moving it away from walls or other obstructions, or moving it closer to your wireless devices. Or for the best connection, connect your device directly to your modem.
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If you're still experiencing speed issues, try turning off other connected devices. This could help improve your streaming experience.
And while it'll be delayed coverage of all New Zealand pool matches and the quarter-final, you'll get live coverage of the semi-finals and Rugby World Cup TM final. TVNZ's live stream will be turned off while the matches are being played. You'll need Spark Sport to stream the games. Check out the Spark Sport website for more info.
While it's hard to tell exactly how much data you'll go through, if you're watching Spark Sport in high definition HD , you'll use up to 3GB per hour. The video quality on Spark Sport depends on both your connection speed and the device you're using.
If you're watching from a mobile device and your plan has data charges and restrictions, we'd recommend using a WiFi network to watch the matches if possible.
How fast will my broadband need to be? If you want to watch in HD on a big screen without any issues, you'll need a connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps.
If you're happy to watch on a small screen, like a mobile device, download speeds of 6Mbps or more will do the trick. To check your connection speed, it's worth doing the test above.
We recommend running the test on the device you're planning on streaming the matches from, between peak times of 8pm—9pm. Your streaming experience might be affected if lots of devices in your house or lots of people in your neighbourhood are also using the internet.
It's a bit like the motorway — the more people using it, the slower things go. Generally, the faster your connection, the better experience you're likely to have. What happens if my connection isn't fast enough? If your connection isn't fast enough, you may experience issues loading the matches.
This includes your stream buffering, freezing or lagging while watching. Check Spark Sport for more troubleshooting tips.
Learn more What devices can I watch Spark Sport on? Spark Sport is working to add more compatible devices over the next few months.
Check out the devices you can watch Spark Sport on right here. View devices Still have questions? If you need help with your Spark broadband connection, chat with us here. Go to Spark Sport.