From penalty kicks to eleventh hour tries, when you’re watching live rugby games it’s essential to have access to a high-quality sports streaming service. And if the Bledisloe Cup shenanigans are anything to go by, Rugby World Cup 2019™ is gearing up to be one of the biggest tournaments of the decade.
Ensuring that you have everything organised will be critical and if you aren’t all set up this could spell disaster as a game day host. Cue Spark Sport, a streaming service engineered to deliver all the action direct to selected smart TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones. With access to live matches at your fingertips, you can tailor your streaming experience to fit the unique needs of your lifestyle. Watch live, stream on-demand or catch up on memorable highlights from bygone eras. With Spark Sport, the choice is always yours.
But to maximise your streaming experience you’ll need to do a little housekeeping. The good news is, getting Rugby World Cup 2019 ready is as easy as one, two and three. Here are the steps you need to follow for a premier World Cup streaming experience:
Step 1: Ramp up your connection
First things first, it’s crucial to have a good internet connection. Your WiFi is the bread and butter of any streaming. The folks at Spark have made it easy to check your internet connection – just follow this link and click ‘Test Your Connection’.
For extra peace of mind test the device you plan to stream games on at peak times, between 8 -9pm. If the test comes back with a ‘great’ that means your connection is over 15Mbps and considered suitable for live streaming. If your connection isn’t up to the job, consider an upgrade. . The vast majority of New Zealanders have a connection that is capable of streaming.
Step 2: Invest in the right technology
The Spark Sport App is available on most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, Apple TV and the Freeview Smart VU X. You can also download the app on selected smart TV models manufactured after 2017. If you’ve got an older model big screen TV with an available HDMI port, you’re in luck. You can transform your setup into a smart TV simply by adding Google Chromecast technology. The clever little gadget will set you back well under $100 and allows you to install multiple apps, including Netflix, YouTube and Spark Sport. Then it’s as easy as ‘casting’ streams direct from your device to your TV.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, simply sign up to Spark Sport and start streaming. It’s best to get started early so you have time to get your setup sorted and learn to navigate your way around the app. Try streaming some historical matches to help familiarise yourself with the app and of course, get excited for Rugby World Cup 2019™.
Step 3: Get set up with a Tournament Pass
With your internet connectivity sorted and your technology good to go, the last step is purchasing a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019™ Tournament Pass. This will unlock access to all of the action the tournament has to offer, as well as exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content. In addition to all 48 matches live and on demand, you’ll also enjoy pre and post-match coverage and highlights. Not to mention top matches from previous Rugby World Cup Tournaments
Whether you want to stream the match on your smartphone during the morning commute, or project it onto an HD TV for a big play weekend rugby viewing party, Spark Sport has you covered. Simply jump online, open the app and choose your match.
Ready for kick off?
With a Tournament Pass priced at $79.99 if you purchase before September 11 as part of the early bird deal, streaming Rugby World Cup 2019™ matches is a steal. After September 11 you’ll pay $89.99 for a Tournament Pass is $89.99. Single match deals are also available at $24.99, making the Tournament Pass excellent value for money.
Want to know more about how to use Spark Sport? Check out this video for a detailed introduction to getting started with Spark Sport.
You can also get in touch with the friendly Spark Sport team for help and assistance. Help.sparksport.co.nz
If you require a bit more help getting set up, Noel Leeming, Geeks on Wheels, Harvey Norman and Spark all have in-home set up services specialising in streaming Spark Sport. Find out more here.