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#255720 26-Aug-2019 08:10
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Hi all,

 

 

 

So my grandparents have asked for my help in setting them up to watch the rugby world cup at their place, the thing is I don't know much about it. I understand a smart TV is the way to go as long as you have an internet connection, but what do you do once you have the smart TV? is there an app you need to download onto the TV or something?

 

Also, they live in Darfield, a town about 30 mins out of Christchurch where there is no fibre broadband, I believe they are on either ADSL or VDSL, will this be fast enough?

 

If anyone could give me some sort of rugby world cup 2019 for dummies that would be great.

 

 

 

Cheers


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  #2305897 26-Aug-2019 08:20
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Hi, Spark recommend a connection of at least 15Mb/s, so most reasonable ADSL connections or better will suffice, real streaming data rates are up to 6Mb/s, but you need extra capacity for other things happening on the link, and also important is a good uplink to to allow streaming link managment and TCP ack etc, so ideally better than 800kb/s

 

As for a smart TV, if they dont have one then they are better going with a Chromecast device which can be a bit fiddly, so an even better option in my view as an AppleTV.

 

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  #2305898 26-Aug-2019 08:20
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check the spark website... it gives you an idea on what you can do.

 

Likely people will recommend "SmartVU", as this will be the easiest option of the lot if they dont have a smart TV. If they do, then simply install the spark sport app (if thats an option). YOu will need register on the spark website to set up an account before logging into the spark sport app on your chosen device. 

 

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/televisions/accessories/media-players/smartvu-sv10-x-android-tv-dongle/prod169783.html

 

 

 

You do know that all the all blacks games will be on TV (hour delay) for the pool matches and dont quote me, I think they will be live for the semis/finals.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2305899 26-Aug-2019 08:20
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tvnz are showing some of the games free to air.

 

 

 

they will be showing the semis and finals live also

 

 

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/rugby-world-cup-2019/tvnz-1-match-schedule

 

 

 

i guess it depends on the team they are following. 


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  #2305902 26-Aug-2019 08:30
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As already mentioned if they only care about watching NZ and don't care about a 1hr delay on the All Blacks pool games (semis and final are live) their best bet is just to watch the games on TVNZ.

 

 


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  #2305904 26-Aug-2019 08:37
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If they don't have a Smart TV I wouldn't bother with a Chromecase - that needs them to have a Smartphone.

 

Instead think of using the Freeview devices. The SmartVu is perfect - it works with a remote control like any recorder. Their TV will need to have a HDMI input for this and will need WiFi available to connect.





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  #2305907 26-Aug-2019 08:59
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You can cast from Chrome on a Win10 desktop PC or laptop no problem - doesn't even need to be on the wireless, LAN connected is fine. 


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  #2305911 26-Aug-2019 09:06
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wratterus:

 

You can cast from Chrome on a Win10 desktop PC or laptop no problem - doesn't even need to be on the wireless, LAN connected is fine. 

 

 

Folks, it is fine for you and me. Parents-in-law, grandparents and others may not have the same tech knowledge for this. Even with help. 

 

Less is more. Get the SmartVU device, there's a remote control with very few buttons, that's all.





 
 
 
 


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  #2305915 26-Aug-2019 09:24
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The advantage with the smart vu (apart from being easy to setup and use) is that it has apps like Netflix, light box etc $$$ and TVNZ on demand, 3now etc (free) that they might find quite good to use. Assuming they can get a good enough internet connection.

I would go the smart vu box. Chromecast is just asking for problems.




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  #2305916 26-Aug-2019 09:25
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Throw their address into the chorus address checker for an indication of the speed of their connection





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  #2306032 26-Aug-2019 11:28
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The SmartVU is the one being promoted by Freeview as their official streaming client isn't it? If so I would definately get one of those if you need something to add smarts to a TV.


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  #2306162 26-Aug-2019 13:46
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100% agree with the Smart Vu recommendation.

 

Set one up for my parents on the weekend. Absolute definition of 'it just works'.

 

 


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  #2306173 26-Aug-2019 14:10
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Is there a SmartVu option with a wired ethernet connection?





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  #2306179 26-Aug-2019 14:16
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@zeon just go to the product page I linked before and scroll down to find the USB to ethernet adapter.




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  #2306250 26-Aug-2019 15:40
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freitasm: @zeon just go to the product page I linked before and scroll down to find the USB to ethernet adapter.

 

Ah found it thanks.





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