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There are some terrific options to view many of the upcoming Rugby World Cup matches, some free, and others reasonably priced. Via Universal Sports and NBC, viewers in the United States have opportunities for television and digital selections, the latter for most digital devices.
- Bill Seward – play-by-play for 2011 RWC, HSBC Sevens World Series, and other international rugby matches.
- Brian Hightower – former USA Eagle (1999 RWC) and former captain of USA Sevens; analyst for 2011 RWC, analyst for all rugby on Universal Sports and NBC.
- The team will do a one hour RWC preview and pool by pool analysis, Friday, September 18 before the opening game of Fiji and England
- NBC Television: Two matches (Semi Final #1 on delay; Final live)
- Universal Television: Seven matches live
- ITV is host broadcaster in the UK whose feed will be picked up by all countries
The Nine Free Television Matches
1. September 18, Friday
England v Fiji
Universal Sports LIVE @ 2pm ET
2. September 20, Sunday
Samoa v USA
Universal Sports LIVE @ 6:30am ET
3. September 27, Sunday
Scotland v USA
Universal Sports LIVE @ 9am ET
4. October 7, Wednesday
South Africa v USA
Universal Sports LIVE @ 11:00am ET
5. October 11, Sunday
USA v Japan
Universal Sports LIVE @ 2:30pm ET
6. October 24, Saturday
Semi Final #1
NBC @ 2:30pm ET (This will be aired on a two hour delay.)
(Seward and Hightower will be joined by former Eagle Captain Dan Lyle and Fiji Sevens legend Waisale Serevi to cover the semi-finals, Bronze Final, and Final).
7. October 25, Sunday
Semi Final #2
Universal Sports LIVE @ 11:30am ET
8. October 30, Friday
Universal Sports LIVE @ 3:30pm ET
9. October 31, Saturday
Rugby World Cup Final
NBC LIVE @ 12pm ET
Pay Per View Choices
This option will come from many cable companies that are local to your community. For example: DISH, Direct TV, Comcast, Time Warner, and many more.
The fee per match will be $27.95.
Contact the cable companies to learn packages and schedule.
The RWC is a paid option available for streaming online for all devices, including I-Phone, Android, tablets, computers, etc. The technology will allow viewing across all platforms.
The package for all 48-games is $199.99.
Importantly, these downloads can be saved and will be available for “on demand” viewing until the end of 2015.
This RWC will set global records for vieweship.