The rugby world cup 2019 is probably going to be the biggest sporting event of the year and you’ll want to get the best coverage of the All Blacks and the other teams playing. We’re starting early and showing you how to watch rugby world cup 2019 in New Zealand.
In notorious fashion Spark Sports have won rights to stream all matches live and on demand in New Zealand. TVNZ will stream a few games live on free to air which will likely include the All Blacks group games and some games no one actually wants to watch.
How To Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 NZ
Right now, Spark Sports doesn’t even exist, there’s no pricing either (apparently you have to buy a fan pass or pay per game) and could spell big trouble for die hard fans who want to watch their team in the rugby world cup.
Last year, Optus Sports, in Australia, launched their streaming service for the football world cup and it was an absolute shit show.
Streams were buffering from day one, cutting out and sometimes even playing the wrong matches. After being shamed in the media, a Government intervention and giving free access to all Australians for one month they admitted defeat and all the games were offloaded to SBS.
Spark Sports is still in development and has no launch date.. yet anyway. Let’s hope they get their infrastructure on lock down before the tournament kicks off.
However, they can have the best infrastructure in the world but ultimately if your own internet provider isn’t coming to the party your stream will buffer. Many New Zealanders have shite internet so make sure you try and get a faster connection if you can but if you have the fastest internet in the country,
“Your ISP Could Throttle Bandwidth To Spark”
Believe it or not, dirty tactics do exist in the telecommunications industry such as Provider X deliberately throttling traffic to Spark’s streaming portal to screw them over and of course you as the consumer will suffer too.
Unfortunately it’s highly likely this will happen during the rugby world cup to give Spark bad rep at some point in the tournament. Reason being if you lost the rights for this world cup you’d sure as hell have a better chance in 4 years if it went tits up for the current broadcaster.
Look at Optus, I can safely say Foxtel Australia will be winning those rights back in 3 years.
If you’re not a Spark customer then you have no idea what your ISP is going to do until it’s too late. You won’t be fixing your internet connection half way into the match.
How To Avoid My ISP Throttling My Connection
The easiest way to stop your ISP throttling your connection is to use a VPN as data is encrypted.
You can signup with PureVPN.com which offers servers in both New Zealand and around the world.
Simply signup for an account, turn on the NZ VPN and access the same streaming platform and see what’s happening.
If there is no buffering then you’ll know your ISP is throttling your service or up to dirty tactics.
I always recommend using a VPN for secure browsing online and unblocking geo-blocked content.
Rugby World Cup Alternatives To Spark
New Zealanders have to pay to watch the Rugby World Cup which is a bit annoying given other countries can watch it for free. In the UK for example, ITV won the rights and will be streaming every game live and on demand through their web based ITV player. Other free to watch countries include:
- SuperSport South Africa
- J Sports
- EirSport Ireland.
There you have it, the best guide on how to watch the rugby world cup 2019 in New Zealand is to use a VPN and a broadcaster from overseas. Alternatively sign up for a Spark Sports subscription and hope your ISP isn’t throttling bandwidth during the games. If they are, it’s probably going to be an uphill battle to fix it. A VPN encrypts data so your ISP can’t tell what you’re doing. If your internet connection is slow, it might be worth upgrading to VDSL or Fibre if it’s available as we have no idea what games will be on TVNZ.