Streaming now

Get game ready and set up yourself for streaming the big games. Streaming allows you to watch video content on-demand through a range of devices like TVs, smart phones, tablets, and computers, all with use of the internet. There are a range of services available that vary from free to monthly subscriptions - including Spark Sport, Netflix, Lightbox, TVNZ OnDemand, 3Now On Demand, Neon and more. Here are 3 simple tips to help you get set up for the big games – we’re here to help.

Useful tips

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Tip 1: Check your internet connection

    Having a good internet connection is vital to being able to stream the games effectively. Using a website like Speedtest will give you an on-the-spot figure of how fast your internet can download content in megabits per second (Mbps). The minimum speed for watching Spark Sport in high quality is 15 Mbps for viewing on a TV, and 6 Mbps for viewing on a mobile device. If your internet speed is below this level, then the video will automatically adjust to a lower quality. We have a range of products that can help improve your internet connection, check them out here

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Tip 2: Choose your device

    Smart TV – new model Smart TVs will have the ability to download the Spark Sport app and play the games right from the TV itself. Simply log in to Spark Sport and select the game you want to watch, it’ll play right on your TV. See below for a list of TV brands and models that will be able to download Spark Sport on to the TV itself. Shop our range here

    Chromecast/Apple TV/SmartVu Dongle – if you don’t have a Smart TV then you’ll need to cast content from a smartphone or tablet using one of these devices. These devices plug straight into your TV via an HDMi port found at the back of your TV, using WiFi they help to display the content on your phone or tablet on your TV. Download the Spark Sport app and log in on your smart phone or tablet. When you begin viewing the game click the button that looks like the icon below and you’ll be able to select “Google Chromecast”. Once selected, the game will then show on your TV. Shop our range here

    Smartphone/tablet – you can download the Spark Sport app and use this to watch the games. Simply log in to the app and you can watch the games live right from your fingertips. *Lightbulb icon* Handy tip: use a WiFi connection instead of mobile data. This will save you a lot of data, and will allow for higher quality viewing.

    Computers – visit the Spark Sport website and you’ll be able to watch the big games live. Spark Sport is only available on certain computer set ups, so if you’re on Windows 7, 8 and 10 or MacOS X when using Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers you’ll be able to watch the games live.

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Tip 3: Purchase a Spark Sport Tournament Pass

    Head to https://www.sparksport.co.nz/rwc2019 and purchase your Tournament Pass to ensure you’ll have access to all the big games live. Till 10 September 2019 the price is $79.99, after this the price will increase to $89.99.

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Important things to know

Data Usage – Streaming video content can use large amounts of Data, so it’s important you check your internet plan to make sure you don’t go over your allocation data “cap”. Each service can use a different amount of data, so it’s best to check out the video streaming provider site for more details.

With a Spark Sport account, there can only be one viewer at one time watching the games. You can’t have 2 people using the same account to watch the game on different devices.

Click here to find out if your TV purchase prior to 2019 is compatible with the Spark Sports Streaming app.

Whether it’s a nail-biting series on Netflix or cheering on your favourite team, streaming services are a great way to watch the things you want, whenever you want. We’ll make sure you’re set up and ready to go, plus show you how to get the most from your tech.