Spark and TVNZ join forces for Rugby World Cup 2019
TVNZ and Spark have partnered to bring audiences the 2019 Rugby World Cup, free to air, giving "consumers choice, and giving them control".
What you need to know
How will Kiwis be able to access RWC2019?
New Zealanders will be able to stream the matches over their broadband or mobile connection, via an app that will be compatible with a wide range of devices – including TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. TVNZ will offer selected matches free-to-air.
How much will it cost?
Spark won’t be releasing pricing details until next calendar year but intends to offer pricing options to suit people’s differing preferences and budgets. This will include a full tournament package and individual match passes.
Which games will be screened free-to-air via TVNZ?
These details will be released in due course, but we can confirm there will be seven live matches screened free-to-air, and this will include the tournament’s opening match and the final.
Will I have to be a Spark customer to watch the RWC2019?
No. We will be streaming the tournament over an app that will be available to all New Zealanders, no matter who their broadband or mobile provider is. The app will be compatible with a wide range of devices. It will be free to download and then matches and packages will be offered on a pay to watch basis. Selected matches will be also be available free-to-air via TVNZ.
What sort of free content might you offer online via the app?
Those details will be released next year, but the content is likely to include – for example – highlights from the week’s play or delayed full match content.
What about people who don’t have good broadband coverage – particularly people in rural areas?
The vast majority of New Zealanders can and do already access streaming services very effectively and that number continues to grow with UFB and RBI programmes roll-outs continuing. However, we are very mindful that in late 2019, some people may still not have adequate coverage to stream the matches at home. We want to do our best to give as many New Zealanders as possible to watch - so we are looking at a range of options. We’re not able to give any details right now.
What tournaments are included?
Men’s Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan, Sept-Nov 2019
Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021
Men’s/Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, San Francisco, July 2018
Men’s World Rugby U20 Championship 2018, France, May-June 2018
Men’s World Rugby U20 Championship 2019
Note: The 2018 tournaments will screen via TVNZ as the Spark streaming service will not yet be available. Details TBC shortly.