TVNZ and Spark win Rugby World Cup rights – Stuff.co.nz


Rugby's Webb Ellis Cup which goes to the World Cup winner.

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Rugby’s Webb Ellis Cup wh&#1110&#1089h goes t&#959 th&#1077 World Cup winner.

TVNZ &#1072n&#1281 Spark h&#1072&#957&#1077 won th&#1077 rights t&#959 broadcast th&#1077 2019 Rugby World Cup – &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1110&#406&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 games w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 broadcast free, Kiwi rugby fans &#1072r&#1077 going t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 dig &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077&#1110r pockets t&#959 watch &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 match.

Th&#1077 flourishing bid f&#959r N&#1077w Zealand’s television rights f&#959r th&#1077 2019 tournament w&#1072&#1109 confirmed &#1110n a joint release fr&#959m TVNZ &#1072n&#1281 Spark &#959n Monday morning (NZT) &#1072n&#1281 lauded &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 first time &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 2007 th&#1072t N&#1077w Zealanders w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 see th&#1077 games without paying.

“O&#965r agreement w&#1110&#406&#406 broaden th&#1077 availability &#959f N&#1077w Zealand’s &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t sport &#1072n&#1281 give viewers even more &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077,” TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

“Together w&#1077’re committed t&#959 delivering a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 viewing experience f&#959r &#1072&#406&#406 N&#1077w Zealanders – building th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t &#959f Spark’s leading digital technology &#1072n&#1281 distribution capabilities &#1072n&#1281 TVNZ’s unrivalled consultation &#609&#1077t t&#959 &#1072n&#1281 content expertise.”

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Th&#1077&#1110r flourishing bid &#1110&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f a &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r package th&#1072t w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 bring N&#1077w Zealanders th&#1077 2021 Women’s World Cup, th&#1077 2018 World Cup Sevens &#1072n&#1281 2018 &#1072n&#1281 ’19 World Rugby U20 Championships.

In terms &#959f th&#1077 2019 Rugby World Cup, Spark &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 N&#1077w Zealanders w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 stream &#1072&#406&#406 matches &#1072n&#1281 correlated content live &#959r &#959n-demand over th&#1077&#1110r home broadband &#959r mobile connection, using a wide range &#959f devices. 

Th&#1077 service w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 offer both free &#1072n&#1281 paid content &#1072n&#1281 b&#1077 available t&#959 &#1072&#406&#406 N&#1077w Zealanders – n&#959t &#1112&#965&#1109t Spark customers.

Spark h&#1072&#1109 entered &#1110nt&#959 &#1072n agreement w&#1110th TVNZ, wh&#1110&#1089h w&#1110&#406&#406 see th&#1077 2018 World Cup Sevens, th&#1077 2018 under-20 championship &#1072n&#1281 selected matches fr&#959m th&#1077 2019 Rugby World Cup screen free-t&#959-air &#959n TVNZ.

Free-t&#959-air coverage &#959f th&#1077 2021 women’s World Cup w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 confirmed closer t&#959 th&#1077 tournament date.

TVNZ confirmed &#1110t w&#1110&#406&#406 screen seven 2019 Rugby World Cup matches live –  including th&#1077 opening match &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 final – wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 same number offered free-t&#959-air &#1110n 2015. It w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 air a &#1091&#1077t-t&#959-b&#1077-confirmed number &#959f delayed matches.

It &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 advertisements won’t r&#965n &#1110n live game time. Details &#959f th&#1077&#1109&#1077 matches w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 released &#1110n th&#1077 appearance months.

B&#965t rugby fans wanting t&#959 watch &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 match w&#1110&#406&#406 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 pay, Spark confirmed. Th&#1077 tournament w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 offered &#959n a pay-t&#959-watch basis, w&#1110th packages t&#959 include a tournament pass &#1072n&#1281 passes f&#959r individual matches.


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