Are you match ready? Connect your TV to fibre

Last year Spark and TVNZ won the rights to broadcast Rugby World Cup 2019™. Spark have since launched an online streaming service called Spark Sport – this is the only place you’ll be able to watch all 48 matches live. You will need to sign up to the Spark Sport Tournament Pass and download the app to watch.

There are a lot of ways you can stream the matches but the key is not leaving it until the last minute.

Here’s what you should do now, to be match fit come tournament time.

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Get on the very best broadband connection you can at your place. We recommended fibre to for the best big screen streaming experience.

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Make sure you’ve got the right tech to watch Spark Sport – check out our list below.

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Test your set-up in advance to the tournament. Spark Sport offer a free trial.

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Sign up and download the Spark Sport app.

You don’t have to be an existing Spark customer to use the app.

Why is fibre the best for streaming the matches?

If you can get fibre at your house we believe this is the best technology option for streaming. This is important if you have multiple people streaming at the same time on multiple devices as you’ll want to make sure you have enough speed and capacity come game time. Spark Sport recommended broadband speeds can be found here.

Fibre provides a dedicated and consistently reliable connection, with speed options up to 1Gbps – New Zealand's fastest broadband. To make sure you’ve got enough capacity we recommend a 100Mbps or above plan with unlimited data – streaming gobbles up a lot of data.

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Fibre installation tracker

Demand is going to be high for fibre installations in the lead up to the event. If you can get fibre but haven’t had it installed at your place then we’d recommend contacting your broadband provider and putting your order in.

Our fibre installation tracker shows how many customers we can connect to fibre before the tournament kicks off on 20 September 2019.

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Things to know when ordering fibre:

Lead times

Standard lead times are between 10-15 days from the time you place your order, but as demand increases your installation may be scheduled for a month or more after your order has been placed. Check your address to see the lead time in your area.

Consents

If you live in an apartment, shared driveway or rental property you may require consent. This can add more time to the fibre ordering process. Find out more about consenting here.

Calculating the tracker number: We estimate we can complete 91,800 fibre connections during the 27 week period from 11 March (the date on which our fibre installation tracker launched) and 15 September (the Sunday prior to the first game of the Rugby World Cup this year). This estimate is calculated by reference to our average installation completion rate of 3,400 fibre connections to Kiwi homes and businesses per week. On this basis, the estimate is indicative only. It may be affected by operational factors like changes in productivity and supplier capacity and factors outside of our control like weather events, natural disasters and major unplanned network outages. The tracker will countdown each week by 3,400 at a rate of approximately one every 3 minutes. In addition, for greater accuracy each month we will update the tracker with reconciled data. This will take into account the volume of orders placed, actual supplier capacity, how we anticipate this will impact installation slots and in turn the number of remaining connections we can complete.

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What is sport streaming?

The way we are watching sports is changing! It’s now easier than ever to watch your favourite sports live or on-demand through streaming. Streaming is a technology used to deliver content to your screen over the internet. Streaming transmits audio and video data as a continuous flow, which allows you to begin watching almost immediately. Depending on what sports you’re passionate about, there’s a bunch of pay-as-you-go streaming apps that bring you an array of sport at high-speed and in high definition with many offering a buffet of choices as to how you watch.

A TV connected to a modem streams
the big game experience.

How can I stream sports?

Internet connection

To stream sports effectively you will need to be connected to the internet for the full duration of the game. You will need a fast and reliable broadband connection, and a suitable download limit for the amount of data you will use. Check to see if you are on the best available broadband connection.

An internet enabled device

To watch streaming content you’ll need an internet enabled device like a casting stick, a streaming box or a smart TV. Your home WiFi set up is also important to consider, as well as the age of your devices and the number of devices you’re using at the same time.

Your favourite content

Different streaming apps have the rights to different sports selections, so make sure you do your homework and check that your preferred service has your favourite sports. If you’re new to streaming content, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Check out the list above for some of the major players.

Tips for watching

How to set up your TV

Our resident tech expert Kurt Rodgers will show you how to set up your TV for the best streaming experience.

  1. Get on the best broadband connection available
  2. Plug your model directly into your TV
  3. Get an unlimited data plan