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The ABCs of the All Blacks

The World Cup is coming. But just like you, we too have had some questions about how to watch it, because there's a few options. First, here's the three essential things you need to know:

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All Blacks - it's what connects us
All Blacks - it's what connects us
All Blacks - it's what connects us
All Blacks - it's what connects us
All Blacks - it's what connects us
All Blacks - it's what connects us

So, how do I watch it all live?

Vodafone is not an official sponsor of the Rugby World Cup 2019. If you want to watch all 48 games as they happen, or on-demand, you'll need these three things;
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All Blacks - it's what connects us

Online coverage will stream in full HD. So, for a sharp image, you’ll need a fast internet connection.  ADSL is the bare minimum, but may not be enough. VDSL is better, but a fibre connection is best – for speed and reliability.

If you do have a slower connection, it’s not the end of the world. The quality of your stream will automatically adjust to suit your download speed. If you are unsure what your connection type is, ask your provider, or click here to get in contact if you are a Vodafone customer.

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To check if Vodafone fibre is available at your place, use the address checker here. But be quick. As of the start of July, Chorus, our install partner, estimates there’s only time to connect about 38,000 more homes to fibre before the opening game on September 20.

You can find out all about the Fibre install process here.

 

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You’ll need to download the Spark Sport app and purchase a Rugby World Cup 2019 pass to watch the all the games live. But you don’t need to be a Spark broadband or mobile customer. You can either buy a pass to watch individual games, or a tournament pass to watch everything live or on-demand.

You can stream the content from the Spark Sport app by streaming through popular web browsers, Apple iPhone and iPads, Android phones and tablets or casting the stream via AirPlay on Apple TV and Chromecast.

 

 

  

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Unless you want to cram around your smartphone or laptop – and that’s fine if you do, you’ll want to make sure you can watch the games on your TV.

Your first option is a smart TV – meaning a TV that connects to the internet. Selected 2019 Samsung models will have Spark Sport app pre-loaded. If you own a 2017 or 2018 model you will easily be able to download Spark Sport app from the Samsung App Store.

If your TV isn’t a smart TV, don’t worry. You can make it smart by simply plugging in a smart device like Chromecast or Apple TV.

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We've partnered with Noel Leeming Tech Solutions to make your life easier. For a one-off fee of $149 added to your bill Noel Leeming Tech Solution specialist will;

  • Assess your Wi-Fi & broadband connection to optimize your home Wi-Fi network. This includes helping with ‘dead zones’ – those frustrating areas at your place that don’t seem to get the internet.
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Download the free All Blacks app now

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What devices can stream or cast the World Cup live to my TV?

You will need an internet enabled device such as a Samsung Smart TV, smartphone, laptop, Chromecast or Apple TV to access the games live.

 

Google Chromecast

A Google Chromecast plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and uses your home Wi-Fi to stream sports from your device onto your TV. When watching something on the Spark Sport app, just click the Chromecast icon, at the top right hand side of the screen, to cast content to your TV.

 

Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV and an Apple device, you can AirPlay from your device to your TV.

 

Laptop and Desktop

For those who have purchased a tournament pass on Spark Sport, you can login and view the website, either on your laptop or desktop computer. You can also connect your computer to your TV old-school-style with HDMI or RCA cables.

 

Mobile Devices

You can watch action from your smartphone while on the go. To do this head to the applicable app store and download the Spark Sport app.

 

Samsung Smart TVs

If you have a new 2019 Samsung Smart TV, the Spark Sport app should auto-install when you first set up the TV. If you have a compatible 2017 and 2018 Samsung TV, you can download the Spark Sport app on to your TV.

Which games can I watch on TVNZ?

12 matches will be free-to-air on TVNZ 1. With 1-hour delayed coverage of all New Zealand pool matches and the quarter-final, and live coverage of the semi-finals and final.

 

The 12 matches include; 7 that will play live and 5 that will play with a 1-hour delay.   

 

Live streaming on TVNZ 1 via TVNZ OnDemand or on the TVNZ app will be turned off when airing any matches. If viewers usually watch TVNZ 1 online through TVNZ OnDemand, they can either stream from Spark Sport or switch to free to air broadcast TV to watch on TVNZ.

What All Blacks games are free to watch?

Every Rugby World Cup pool and knock out match featuring the All Blacks will be available for free, broadcast on TVNZ 1 and streamed on Spark Sport. New Zealand pool games and the (hoped for) New Zealand quarter-final will play for free with a 1-hour delay, while the semi-finals and final will play live.

I’m on Vodafone Broadband or Mobile. Can I watch the rugby?

Yes, you can watch the rugby on the Vodafone broadband or mobile network. You have the flexibility to stream all games live by purchasing a RWC pass via Spark Sport.

 

12 matches will be free-to-air on TVNZ 1. With 1-hour delayed coverage of all New Zealand pool matches and the quarter-final, and live coverage of the semi-finals and final. The 12 matches include 7 that will play live and 5 that will play with a 1-hour delay.   


 

Live streaming on TVNZ 1 via TVNZ OnDemand or on the TVNZ app will be turned off when airing any matches. If viewers usually watch TVNZ 1 online through TVNZ OnDemand, they can either stream from Spark Sport or switch to free to air broadcast TV to watch on TVNZ.

How can I check if I can get Fibre at home?

Click here to see if you can get fibre to your place.

What are Vodafone’s Fibre plans?

Click here to find out more about Vodafone’s fibre plans.

What is the Fibre install process?

Click here to find out more about the fibre install process.

How do I get the Noel Leeming Tech Solution home service?

We’ve partnered with Noel Leeming Tech Solutions to make your life easier. For a one-off fee of $149 added to your bill Noel Leeming Tech Solutions specialists will:

 

  • Assess your Wi-Fi & and broadband connection to optimise your home Wi-Fi network. This includes helping with ‘dead zones’ – those frustrating areas at your place that don’t seem to get the internet.
  • Connect all your tech like laptops, smartphones, smart TVs and tablets to your network.

Find out more about Noel Leeming Tech Solutions.

RWC match schedule

Rugby World Cup matches broadcast free to air on TVNZ 1 and streamed on Spark Sport free-to-view:

 

  • Friday 20 September / Pool A, Match 1 (opening match) / Japan v Russia / LIVE
  • Saturday 21 September / Pool B, Match 4 / NZ v South Africa / Delayed by 1 hour
  • Saturday 28 September / Pool C, Match 13 / Tonga v Argentina / LIVE
  • Wednesday 2 October / Pool B, Match 20 / NZ v Canada / Delayed by 1 hour
  • Friday 4 October / Pool B, Match 23 / South Africa v Italy / LIVE
  • Sunday 6 October / Pool B, Match 27 / NZ v Namibia / Delayed by 1 hour
  • Wednesday 9 October / Pool D, Match 32 / Fiji v Wales / LIVE
  • Sunday 12 October / Pool B, Match 34 / NZ v Italy / Delayed by 1 hour
  • One quarter final: TBC, but will be the NZ match, assuming the team progress past the pool stage / Delayed by 1 hour
  • Saturday 26 October / Semi-finals, Match 45 / LIVE
  • Sunday 27 October / Semi-finals, Match 46 / LIVE
  • Saturday 2 November / Final, Match 48 and medal ceremony / LIVE

 

Rugby World Cup matches streamed on Spark Sport free-to-view

 

  • Wednesday 25 September / Pool D, Match 10 / Fiji v Uruguay / Delayed by 2 hours
  • Monday 30 September / Pool A, Match 18 / Scotland v Samoa / Delayed by 2 hours
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