For the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019, the domestic coverage rightsholder will not be the host broadcaster of the tournament. It is the first time that the officials decided this method.
For several reasons, International Games Broadcast Services or IGBS has won the bidding. IGBS is actually the joint venture of HBS and IMG which will helm the responsibility to provide the ample quality of live coverage for Rugby World Cup 2019.
If you are traveling or living in Japan, you will get the best quality of the videos from this provider. Moreover, NHK has a plan to originate the coverage of the selected games in the 8K resolution. They will utilize 8K cameras and upconverted 4K resolution footage derived from IGBS resources. One thing for sure, viewers in Japan will be able to see such high quality videos.
The officials have also confirmed the official providers who will provide the coverage of RWC 2019 in Japan. They are Nippon TV, NHK, and J Sports.
For those who do not want to spend a single dime to watch Rugby World Cup 2019, you could opt to Nippon TV which is free to air method. If you are not fond of Nippon TV for various reasons, consider to switch your option to NHK which is also free to air method. For this method, all you need to prepare is your HD antenna and decent TV. But you will want to make sure that your current location is within the coverage area of the respective channels’ towers. If not, you are not able to catch the signal and experience the blackout.
Meanwhile, J Sports can be the better alternative if the remaining two options do not work for you. J Sports is a group of four sports satellite TV channels in Japan. Working under the Jupiter Sports flag, it has been delivering excellent quality of sports coverage for the viewers in Japan. You can easily use J Sports to watch all 48 matches live through your favorite screen.
If you have a wifi connection and compatible device, watching the J Sports or other channels online is pretty much possible.
You will need to find a namahousou, or a Japanese term to describe the live broadcast or streaming online.
J Sports, for instance, has the official site wherein the viewers are able to watch their favorite show over the internet. All you need to do is just hit the play button in your browser. The direct link will be visible although you need to deal with some hiragana and katakana words. But you can always use Google translate extension installed in your Chrome browser to translate the difficult words for you.
When you hover your mouse to the play button, you will probably see the ads. Just let it play and then you can watch your Rugby World Cup 2019 games for free. Commercials are normal. They will only take a minute before you can proceed watching the event.
The live stream via J Sports page is just like the TV. It won’t give you pause, rewind, or repeat button. But you can see all of the amazing moments in real time.
If you are not in Japan, and already paying for Cable or satellite TV service in the US or Canada, you will want to check if your provider also offers Japan channels or not. If there is a service addition like TV Japan, you could get the pass for watching the respective channels like NHK, J Sports, as well as Nippon TV. By then, you will be able to watch all 48 matches as like you are in Japan. Some of the broadcasts come with English subtitles. But since we are talking about the RWC 2019 live, the broadcast will not come with the subtitle.also, the commentary will be in Japanese language. The costs range are $15 to $45 depending on your provider. For Japanese expats, it is definitely a great choice for you. Consider using this method if you are outside Japan.
If you are fond of Nippon TV official site to watch RWC 2019, you can just visit it. But if you are outside Japan, you could use the VPN service to unblock the geo-restriction. With ample VPN service, you can mask your IP and get the access to the Nippon TV site without any hassle.