The rugby world cup is underway, and we love what we are seeing already.
If you do too, but can’t seem to know where to find the games, here is a streaming guide for everyone from all around the world.
Before we get into how you can stream the rugby world cup live, let’s look at how and why to stream at all.
Why stream at all?
Well, maybe just because it is way better than traditional CableTV, and in more ways than one.
Don’t believe us? Check these out:
- Cost – Cable TV is very expensive – and we don’t have to tell you how much more expensive it would be if you were going for sports content. More times than not, you would have to pay for channels that you are not even going to watch just to get access to sports. When it comes to streaming, you save massively on that.
For example, while cable can be taking your money into the hundreds of dollars monthly, options like SlingTV gives you even better content starting from $25/ month. No matter how you look at that, it is always a great deal.
- Location – Not all regions have access to the games officially. That is because certain channels and networks have bought the rights to the games, and they will not be shown elsewhere. If you happen to be in an out-of-market region, or travelling one, at the time of the games, this should mean you wouldn’t have access to watching it on TV.
Streaming steps in to take care of that for you. We discuss this better below.
- Convenience – You don’t always have to be close to a TV to get all the rugby action you want if you choose streaming. With your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can watch the games live even on the train home.
Should you prefer to watch alone or with family and friends on a larger screen, too, these streaming platforms allow you project to a larger screen. Lest we forget, they give you great picture and audio quality too.
Where to Stream the Rugby World Cup 2019
Now that you know some of the reasons why you are better off streaming the games, how about we look at where you should be getting them?
The NBC Sports channel has purchased official rights to the games for the US market. To gain access, you will need a cable TV subscription, or you can stream the games via the company’s official website and apps.
Besides that, you can also use a handful of streaming alternatives (more on this below) which have the channel in their bundle. Fortunately, you don’t just get rugby with the subscription, but also other sports content – such as the Premier League, Nascar, Formula 1, etc. – which the dedicated NBC channel carries
Streamers in the UK will have access to all the games via ITV Hub, and it comes entirely free. However, you would have to tolerate one or two ads every now and then, but that’s just about it.
If you want to do away with the ads, though, you can as well subscribe to the ITV Hub+ package which will cost you about £3.99 monthly.
For Canadian fans, the place you want to be is the TSN. The Canadian giant has exclusive rights to offer streams to all 48 games to users who so choose to use the platform.
Some of the channels on TSN will offer the games for teams in their own country, but TSN gives you the comprehensive list of all the games you would like to see from the start of the world cup to the very last game.
TF1 are one of the official offerors of the rugby world cup in France, and they are also one of the most trusted platforms out there. We especially love them since they offer these contents for a small fee so you don’t have to break the bank just to enjoy the games.
Fans in New Zealand will already be expecting that their very own Spark Sport will be the one to bring the rugby games to their screens.
If you are just starting out, we recommend you try out the 30-day free trial package to get the games for free for as long as you can. That way, you might never even have to spend a dime to enjoy all the rugby action you have in mind.
If you are in Australia, you should be looking to about three different networks to stream the games from – TenPlay, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.
The best deal is still the one from Fox Sports since they have all of the games in their catalogue. Ten Network, on the other hand, will only air 10 games, of which 5 are for the local Australian team.
From every other part of the world:
- Download a VPN
- Connect to a preferred server location where the games are legally distributed (we recommend UK if you want to enjoy free streams from ITV Hub)
- Sign up to a preferred streaming service (DirecTV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, SlingTV, etc.). We recommend enjoying their free trial before deciding to pay at all
- ● Check the official rugby world cup schedule
- Adjust your local time accordingly so you never miss any game
Tune in at the time of the games (with your VPN connected to the chosen location, of course) and enjoy all the action live!