Where to watch the Rugby World Cup online?

Here I am, sitting in front of my computer at work, 3 1/2 hours after France lost against Argentina in the opening Game of the Rugby Union World Cup, and I am already struggling:

The ‘official broadcaster’ of the tournament here in NZ, Canadian owned TV3, only shows me talking heads. No game action.

The official homepage of the world cup wants me to pay 50 US Dollars to subscribe to their ‘Mediazone’ and then lock me into a Windows only Mediaplayer hell.

ITV in the UK refuses to stream to IPs outside Britain, DSF in Germany seem only interested in showing you ads on their homepage, Foxsports in Australia only works with WMP 10. With other words, a Mac/Linux/BSD user in New Zealand either has to get up in the middle of the night to watch the bloody games live, or get Windows.

Looks like this tournament’s commercial sponsors won’t be getting  my eyeballs. Which is of course a shame, as I was just on the market for a new car, shaving cream and beer.

5 thoughts on “Where to watch the Rugby World Cup online?

  1. Hi, Doc!
    Little hint fro me: Get parallels on your mac and use a small Windows XP Emulation for those things when its needed – I did this on my Mac mini and it works fine!
    “… as I was just on the market for a new car, shaving cream and beer” well…, uhm…. aren’t you always?!? For all three kinds of products???? But at least you don’t need any hair tonic any more… 😉

    greetings fom Germany…

  2. Well, I could also use XP on my Macbook with Boot Camp, but what pisses me off is that the Rugby Union locks me into one OS!

    It’s just not right!


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