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Spark’s All Blacks streaming coverage hit by technical glitches

Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

New Zealand telco Spark suffered technical problems during its live stream of the All Blacks' opening Rugby World Cup game against South Africa on Saturday that interrupted viewing for several thousand households.

Spark apologised for the problems and promised to deliver the remaining 41 matches "perfectly". As a contingency, the platform simulcast the second half of New Zealand-South Africa, and the three World Cup games played on Sunday, on public-service broadcaster's TVNZ's Duke free-to-air television channel.

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