How much it will cost to watch the Rugby World Cup at home

Rugby World Cup 16/04/2019

Spark has announced how much it will cost to stream the Rugby World Cup online.

The teclo won the rights to broadcast the cup online in April 2018, taking over from long time sport broadcaster Sky.

It revealed on Tuesday morning access to the games will cost $90, or $60 for earlybird subscriptions.

Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Craig Young says that's cheaper than expected.

"They probably have had to go for that price because all of the All Black games are going to be available for free on TV channels anyway."

He said Kiwis won't be missing out if the streaming service doesn't work during the cup.

"If the streaming service failed they would be able to revert back to standard old broadcasting."

Spark has been testing its streaming service on smaller events, like the Melbourne Grand Prix, which worked without major glitches.

Young hopes it will pave a path for streaming services in New Zealand.