Google Chrome is in danger of becoming Windows – everyone uses it, but no one loves it

You may remember a few weeks ago I let out a howl of rage about how sick I was of Google Chrome using up so much RAM in my PC. While it was certainly cathartic to write out all my frustrations, the response to the article was illuminating. What struck me was how many readers contacted me who agreed, while sharing their own frustrations with Chrome.

Despite being used by (almost) everyone, no one really seems that fond of Chrome. A widely used piece of software that fails to be ‘popular’ despite its popularity – that sounds kind of familiar…

I suddenly realized that Chrome could be in danger of turning into Windows. And, that’s something that Google should be worried about.

People pleaser

There was a time when Windows was the most-used operating system in the world. However, despite it being installed on so many PCs around the world, there wasn’t the passion – the fandom – that you’d expect with such an ubiquitous bit of software.

OK, there may be a few Windows fans out there. I honestly once saw someone wear a Windows Vista t-shirt, and I don’t think they were a Microsoft employee. They might have run out of other clean clothes, though.

But there’s not the same fondness for Windows that other less successful operating systems have. Apple’s got no end of acolytes that will extoll the virtues of macOS. And, the community around Linux is one of the open source operating system’s best features.

Yet, somehow, users of Windows never seem to like it that much. And, while not every Windows release has been a success – I still get flashbacks to staring at Windows ME’s boot screen for what seemed like years at a time – some of them have been quite good.

And it’s not like Microsoft hasn’t tried to make us love Windows. Remember when Microsoft tried to drum up excitement for Windows 7 (a perfectly good entry) by encouraging all of us to host launch parties. I do. If you managed to forget (how I envy you) behold the classic slice of cringe below:

In a lot of ways, you’re just throwing a party with Windows 7 as an honored guest. Shudder.

Anyway, my point was that although Windows was used by millions, many people used it only because they had to. They didn’t use it because they wanted to. And that is a problem for Microsoft, as it means as soon as a decent alternative emerges, people will move on without a second thought.

Luckily for Microsoft, macOS and Linux haven’t stolen too many Windows users just yet. But the danger remains. And, something similar is happening to Chrome.

Unloved

Chrome is by far the most popular web browser on the planet right now. And, unlike Windows, it’s not forced on anyone (unless you use Chrome OS or Android). For a lot of people, they choose to install Chrome.

But I’ve increasingly heard about people complaining about Chrome. Meanwhile, less successful browsers, like Firefox, seem to have a lot more passionate fans.

There seem to be several reasons for this. The first is sheer scale. Because so many people use Chrome, of course there’s going to be more people complaining about it than with less popular browsers. And, the people who do have issues with it are likely the loudest (like me). People who just get on with it, and don’t have any issues, aren’t going to keep going on about it.

And, you could argue that so many of us complaining about Chrome, but still using it, is good for Google – and an indictment of its competitors. If Chrome really is that annoying, why aren’t we moving to other alternatives?

For some people, we stick with Chrome because it stores all our passwords, features our favorite extensions, ties in to all our Google accounts like Gmail, and is available on all our devices.

For other people, it’s laziness. We moan, but can’t be bothered to switch. For me, personally, it’s a mixture of both.

But, are we staying because we love Chrome? Because we like how it performs, or the ethos of the company behind it? I’m not so sure.

And, when a competitor does come along that does everything Chrome does but better – and without the annoyances – then Google might find its once dominant position under threat – as Microsoft did. Windows is no longer the most used operating system in the world. Android is.

Perhaps Microsoft could actually get its own back, if its Chromium-based Edge web browser becomes a success – and wins over Chrome users. Though, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

So, is there anything Google can do to get people to love Chrome? For a start, it could stop removing useful features. And, maybe take some time to understand why people use its browser, and why some people aren’t happy.

And failing that, maybe Google could take a leaf out of Microsoft’s book and try and get people to love its software through enforced – and totally not cheesy – fun!

If it leads to masterpieces like the videos on this page, I’d certainly be a little bit closer to loving Chrome.

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England vs Tonga live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

England kickstart their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a tricky first encounter against Tonga. The 2003 champions will be favourites of course, but they’d be fools to go into this one with too much over-confidence. Keep reading to discover how to get an England vs Tonga live stream, no matter where in the world you are.

Live stream England vs Tonga – where and when

The awesome Sapporo Dome hosts this pool C game. It can host around 42,000 people and English football fans will have fond memories of beating Argentina there at the 2002 World Cup.

This one is due to start at 7.15pm local time today. So that’s 11.15am BST in the UK and 11.15pm if you’re watching in Tonga.

As ever, there is so much expectation resting on the shoulders of Eddie Jones’s England team as they go in to Japan ’19. Having had that taste of glory 16 years ago, they’ll be desperate to take the Web Ellis Cup home with them this year, too.

Owen Farrell will lead out the XV and needs to have his best kicking boots with him for this one. But there’s class all over the pitch  – think Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola in the pack, Joe Cokanasiga and Jonny May on the wings – as well as from the so-called ‘finishers’ on the bench. England are looking like a phenomenal force – can they go all the way this year?

Tonga will want to give them a bloody nose early on (probably both metaphorically and literally). The tournament’s smallest nation in population doesn’t do justice to the sheer size of their players, and they’ve missed only one Rugby World Cup since its inception in 1987. Former Australian number 8 Toutai Kefu has the reins, and he’ll be looking to Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua to pull the strings on the field and expose his out of form opposite number Ben Youngs.

So which way will it go? Will England complete a regulation opening victory, or can Tonga spring a massive surprise? Thanks to TechRadar’s England vs Tonga live stream guide you can discover how to watch this showdown from your corner of the Earth. 

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

Watching from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US or Canada? Then keep scrolling to discover who’s showing the match in your country. But if you’re abroad this weekend and still want to watch your domestic coverage, then you’ll soon find it’s geo-blocked by the broadcaster meaning you can’t watch it.

At least you wouldn’t be able to, if it weren’t for the magic (OK, not actual magic) of a VPN. A Virtual Private Network let’s you change the IP address of your laptop, phone, tablet or TV streaming device meaning that you can change it back to one that’s in your home country and watch the rugby as if you were back there. It’s ridiculously easy to do, too.

To make sure you download the best VPN possible in terms of quality and value, we’ve tested over 100. We discovered that ExpressVPN came out at the top of the pile – it boasts fast connections, robust strength and is very easy to download and operate. Plus, it’s compatible with loads of streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and Apple mobiles. So to get that home broadcast and stay safer online, ExpressVPN is a fantastic option.

If you’re still a bit unsure about VPNs and whether they’re right for you, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can simply cancel without having paid a penny if you decide it’s not for you. Then again, sign up for a year and you’ll get a massive 49% off  and 3 months extra absolutely FREE.

How to stream the England match live in the UK for FREE

ITV is carrying every single match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live and for free. Kick-off in the UK is a reasonable 11.15am with the main ITV channel your destination on TV (as well as, of course, the ITV Hub and apps if watching this one online).

Outside the UK today but still want to watch that ITV coverage? Get yourself a a VPN, connect to a UK server and watch as if you were back at home. Simple!

How to watch England vs Tonga: live stream in Australia

Aussies (and expats living Down Under) will have to pay to watch this one live on TV or online. Fox Sports has the coverage starting from 8.15pm AEST.

Or, if you don’t have a Fox subscription the other option is streaming service Kayo Sports, which starts from $25 per month. It’s a growing force in watching sport Down Under with an ever expanding catalogue of content.

You’ll need a VPN if you’re intending to watch the Australian coverage from overseas.

How to watch a Tonga vs England live stream in New Zealand

We get the feeling you’ll probably know this by now…there’s no free-to-air option in New Zealand to watch this match live. Sorry!

You’ll need to head to Spark Sport. You can pay either $24.99 for this match only, or just go for the Tournament Pass $89.99 that gets you a live stream of every single match of the Rugby World Cup.

If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage, you can use one of our favourite VPNs and then watch it from another nation altogether.

You can catch all of the action at 10.15pm in New Zealand. 

How to live stream England vs Tonga in the US

In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel. It’s an early kick-off for you, though…6.15am ET /3.15am PT.

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99 

Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada

As is so often the case in Canada, TSN is the place to watch this match if you can get up in time for it. The TSN app will let you watch on mobile, too.

If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage. 

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Ireland vs Scotland live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Ireland come into the 2019 Rugby World Cup looking to live up their billing as the best ranked team in the world. The Irish have never made it past the quarter-final phase, and will be looking to address that anomaly by making a good start against a familiar foe in fellow Six Nations side Scotland.

Scotland have gone one better than Ireland, having made the semi-final back in 1991, and recent form suggests they’ll likely have a decent run in Japan (although probably not to the last four).

We’ll give you the low down on how to get an Ireland vs Scotland live stream below, no matter where you happen to be in the world

Live stream Ireland vs Scotland – where and when

This 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A takes place at the 72,327 capacity Nissan Stadium Yokohama on Sunday, September 22.

The game kicks off at 4.45pm JST local time – that’s an 8.45am BST morning start for folk tuning in from Ireland and Scotland.

The big talking point ahead of today’s match is whether the game will actually go ahead. Torential downpours are forecast for Yokohama on Sunday with an inch of rain expected before kick-off. Should the game be called off, it won’t be re-scheduled, with both teams given a point for a draw instead.

Irish hopes will be resting heavily on the shoulders of the half-back pairing of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, while scrum-half Greg Laidlaw and full-back Stuart Hogg look to be the key men for Scotland.

You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Ireland vs Scotland 2019 Rugby World Cup live stream guide.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit.

And best of all, it’s really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA).

We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend these as the best VPN services currently available:

1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now, with those previously mentioned levels of security, speed and compatibility putting it to the top of the list. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan to get 49% off and 3 months extra absolutely FREE.

2. NordVPN SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming. It’s really affordable, too

3. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go

Setting things up is super simple. Once you’ve chosen you’re VPN provider and installed their software, you simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location. Choose any country showing the Rugby World Cup and watch as if you were in that part of the world.

How to stream Ireland vs Scotland live in the UK 

The great news for Rugby fans in the UK is that ITV has the live broadcast rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be showing all 48 matches free-to-air across various ITV platforms.

Today’s Pool A match will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage beginning at 08.10am BST.

if you’re not in the UK but want to catch up with ITV’s World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.

How to watch Ireland vs Scotland: live stream in Australia

Today’s match will shown live on paid-for service Fox Sports which has the rights every match of tournament live via its dedicated Rugby World Cup channel. Kick-off time is 5.45PM AEST.

Australians can also live stream all the Rugby World Cup action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand. Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

If you’re looking to watch the Fox or Kayo Sports coverage from abroad you’ll need a VPN.

How to watch Ireland vs Scotland live in New Zealand for free

Today’s Pool A game is being exclusively broadcast in New Zealand by streaming service Spark Sport, which has snagged the rights to show all matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live. Spark will cost $89.99 for a Tournament Pass to cover every match, or you can hand over $24.99 per match. 

Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC, plus Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can also watch on Chromecast and selected Samsung TVs, with plans to make the app available on Apple TV and Smart TVs later in the year. 

If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage from TVNZ or Spark Sport, you can use one of our favorite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.

How to live stream Ireland vs Scotland in the US

In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel. Kick off for today’s match is an early 12.45am PT, 3.45am ET.

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99 

Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada

In Canada the rights to show the Rugby World Cup 2019 are owned by TSN So that means you can access coverage of today’s opening match via your TV, online or on the TSN app. Kick-off is 3.45am ET.

If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage. 

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Italy vs Namibia live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Italy will have a lot to prove today when they face off against Namibia in the Rugby World Cup 2019. The Azzurri don’t exactly have a promising Rugby World Cup history, struggling to compete with some of the bigger teams out there. But, can they pull it back and show they’re a force to be reckoned with? Well you can find out with an Italy vs Namibia live stream today.

Live stream Italy vs Namibia – where and when

Battling it out at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium – Japan’s oldest rugby stadium. It has a capacity of 26,544 making it the perfect arena for this smaller stand-off.

This match kicks off today at 2.15pm in Japan, so that’s 7.15am CET in Rome and exactly the same down in Namibia (or 6.15am BST).

And we’ve tracked down everything you’ll need to know about watching this match. This will be an especially interesting game for those hoping for an Italian win. Despite the fact Italy have never managed to progress out of the pool stage, a match against Namibia will be the perfect morale boost they need to get started with Sergio Parisee leading his team to victory…in theory.

To call this a fair match would be unfair. This will be Namibia’s sixth Rugby World Cup and they are yet to pick up a single win. What that means is while this might not be a headline match, both Italy and Namibia have everything on the line here.

Of course, no matter which of these two teams win, they are still stuck in Pool B with both South Africa and New Zealand, likely to end their journey short. Ready to see how to watch a Italy vs Namibia live stream? We’ve explained how to catch it no matter where you are for free.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

Below, we’ve listed all of the viewing options for watching a Italy vs Namibia live stream. If you’re in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US or Canada, you can find your viewing options below. 

However, for countries outside of those regions, you might face some geo-blocking issues. That means if you happen to be travelling outside of one of the above countries while it airs, your coverage could be blocked. But luckily, there is a way to watch with without using a dodgy stream – using a VPN.

Here at TechRadar, we’ve tested loads of VPN services, including all of biggest names and we rate ExpressVPN as the best. That’s thanks to its combination of security, speed and simplicity to use. And, another added bonus, the ExpressVPN app is compatible with a load of streaming services including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and Apple mobiles. So to get that home broadcast and stay safer online, ExpressVPN is easily your best option.

1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now, with those previously mentioned levels of security, speed and compatibility putting it to the top of the list. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan to get 49% off  and 3 months extra absolutely FREE.

2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming. It’s really affordable, too

3. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go

Once you’ve got your brand new VPN, all you have to do is open the app, go to ‘choose location’ and select one of the appropriate countries mentioned above, allowing you to watch like you’re there – simple! 

How to stream Italy vs Namibia live in the UK for FREE

For those in the UK, ITV is the place to catch this Rugby World Cup show down. The match kicks off at 6.15am BST. And, if you miss it on TV you can always catch it on the ITV app.

Not going to be home in the UK when the match kicks off? Don’t worry, you can use a VPN to access all of the content you’ll be missing while you’re away.

How to watch Italy vs Namibia: live stream in Australia

For those wanting to watch Italy vs Namibia in Australia, sadly you’ll have to pay. You can choose to go for either Fox Sports or Kayo. Get either the Kayo Sports Basic Package or the Kayo Sports Premium package to watch the event. 

Any of the above options will let you watch this match and the rest of the Rugby World Cup as it happens. In Australia, you’ll need to tune in at 3.15pm AEST to catch the action.

You’ll need a VPN if you’re intending to watch the Australian coverage from overseas.

How to watch Italy vs Namibia: New Zealand live stream 

Ready to live stream Italy vs Namibia in New Zealand? Spark Sport will be the destination for you. The entire Rugby World Cup will be available from here so it is well worth the investment. Unforunately, Spark Sport has no free options to watch the event.

You can pay either $24.99 for this match only, or just go for the Tournament Pass $89.99 that gets you a live stream of every single match of the Rugby World Cup.

You can tune in at 5.15pm to live stream this game in New Zealand.

If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage, you can use one of our favourite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.

How to live stream Italy vs Namibia in the US

In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel. 

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99 

Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:

To catch the match in full, tune in at 10.15pm PT, 1.15am ET.

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada

For Canadian fans, this match can seen over on TSN. The start time will be 10.15pm PT, 1.15am ET. Or, you can watch it over on TSN’s app, allowing you to watch this match on your iPad or phone.

If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage. 

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Reports suggest Intel Core i9-9900KS could boast 127W TDP

As we’re gearing up for the launch of the Intel Core i9-9900KS ­– with some motherboard manufacturers already releasing motherboard firmware ­to support the new processor – new documentations surface to suggest that the more powerful iteration of Intel Core i9-9900K could potentially hit the streets with a 127W TDP (thermal design power).

Sharp-eyed Redditor Urotho noticed that Asus has updated the processor support list for its ROG Maximus XI Code gaming motherboard, listing the Core i9-9900KS with a 127W TDP.

Of course, this specification has not been confirmed by Intel. Additionally, it looks like Asus has since taken the Core i9-9900KS off the motherboard’s CPU support list, perhaps until the chip hits the streets in October. However, Tom’s Hardware also pointed out that Russian retailer DNS Shop corroborates this information on its Core i9-9900KS landing page.

What this higher TDP means to consumers?

We already know that the forthcoming CPU will boast a 4GHz base clock and a 5.0GHz boost clock across all cores, over i9-9900K’s 3.6GHz and 5.0GHz base and boost clocks. But, other than that, there’s not much difference in their specs, as the Core i9-9900KS is reported to have the same number of cores and threads, among other things.

If the rumor mill is right, however, the Core i9-9900KS will boast the highest TDP rating on an Intel mainstream desktop processor. Its 127W TDP, which is 33.68% higher than that of the i9-9900K’s 95W, also means that the chip could potentially offer better performance.

On the downside, it will also mean that it will generate more heat and have more power consumption, so it might require a heftier thermal cooling solution. That’s without mentioning the fact that not all motherboards on the market will be able to support the Core i9-9900KS.

We will, of course, have to wait until its October release to confirm all this. The good news is, it won’t be long now until we get our hands on the Intel Core i9-9900KS to see how it performs in real world scenarios.

Still no word, however, on how much it will cost.

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Hulu vs Netflix: which TV streaming platform do you choose?

Hulu or Netflix? Netflix or Hulu? In an increasingly crowded TV streaming market, it’s harder than ever to suss out exactly what each platform does differently, and which one might be best suited to your own tastes, needs, and budget. Each has different shows and films to choose from, after all.

This question will only get harder with the launch of Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus in 2019 – especially since the latter will offer some tempting bundles with Hulu and ESPN+ subscriptions.

But if you’re looking to sign up to either Netflix or Hulu – or thinking of making the jump from one to the other – we’ve got everything you need to make that terrifying decision that little bit easier. Spending money is stressful, ok?

Hulu vs Netflix: basic overview

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Both Hulu and Netflix are TV streaming platforms, with content libraries packed with TV shows, and films, and documentaries. Both are accessible through either browsers or dedicated apps on mobile, PC or consoles, with a lot of possible portals for beginning your streaming journey.

Both offer a number of newly-produced shows alongside older classic sitcoms and TV series, and aim for a broad selection to attract viewers. Hulu is also majority-owned by Disney, with signs of synergy between Hulu and the Disney Plus platform already visible.

Netflix is the closest thing we have to a ‘default’ TV streaming service, with over 140 million subscribers worldwide – though that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right option for you.

Hulu vs Netflix availability

Hulu is technically only available in the US, though some of you may have considered a Hulu VPN to access it from other territories. Netflix, on the other hand, streams to over 190 countries, including the US, UK, and Australia.

Hulu vs Netflix pricing plans

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Price is always an important consideration, especially given that platforms like these are prone to hiking up subscription costs now and then. But Hulu and Netflix handle their subscription plans somewhat differently.

Netflix has a three-tier pricing structure, from the $8.99 per month Basic Plan with SD streaming for one user, and $12.99 per month Standard Plan for HD streaming for two simultaneous users, to the $15.99 per month Premium plan for 4K HDR streams and four simultaneous users. All Netflix plans are ad-free.

Hulu offers 4K HDR streaming on even its cheapest pricing plan, which will cost you $5.99. To remove ads, however, you’ll need to bump that up to $11.99 per month (and you’ll still get them on a handful of shows, due to rights issues). Both plans only allow for a single user at a time, too.

Hulu has various upgrade and bundle options for including live TV or content from other services like HBO – you can see the whole list in our Hulu review – making for a truly versatile payment structure. When Disney Plus launches in November 2019, there will also be a Disney Plus / Hulu / ESPN+ bundle for only $12.99 a month.

There’s also Hulu with Live TV that can act as an alternative to cable for $44.99 per month if you want to cut the cord without losing the traditional channel setup.

Hulu vs Netflix features and user interface

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While Hulu has more flexibility in add-on content bundles, though, Netflix is a clear winner for the ease of its interface and user-friendly features.

To start, Netflix is a lot more lax about allowing various users to stream at once, if you’re on anything higher than the Basic Plan. You also have the option to download shows for offline viewing – highly convenient for watching on the go, say, while commuting to work, when you won’t have reliable internet.

Hulu’s lack of offline viewing is still a major issue – despite promising the feature as far back as 2017 – and something we hope it will amend soon.

Hulu vs Netflix content

Stranger Things is just one of Netflix's high-profile exclusives

Stranger Things is just one of Netflix’s high-profile exclusives

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As you’ll be using these services primarily for the TV shows and films in each library, it’s important to compare what each one offers.

Netflix has around 8,000 titles, ranging from hard-hitting documentaries and biopics to some of the biggest sitcoms and TV series available to watch today. Netflix Originals like Bojack Horseman, Glow, When They See Us, Russian Doll, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black are all exclusive to the service, but the platform also licenses classic shows like Seinfeld and The Office. There’s a huge range of content, even if a lot of it – outside of the big hitters mentioned – will be missable or not relevant to your tastes. Who has time to watch 8,000 Netflix series and films?

Hulu has close relationships with ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, streaming big-name shows from each network the day after they premiere. There’s also plenty of content from the likes of Bravo, Comedy Central, and FX and a large back catalogue. Notable shows include Saturday Night Live, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Marvel’s Runaways. 

The breadth may be more limited than Netflix, but there’s a lot of content you won’t get on Netflix either – including a host of anime titles from Funimation, though there are better options for the best anime streaming service.

Takeaway

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Both Hulu and Netflix offer a lot to the average subscriber – not least a wide array of shows on demand, and tiered pricing to cater to different budgets.

It’s a shame that Hulu still won’t support offline viewing, as it would be a highly convenient feature that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both offer to their subscribers.

However, as things currently stand, Netflix wins on quantity thanks to its number of award-winning shows. The counterpoint here is that Hulu has more of the shows and channels you want – especially live TV – and could offer a better value when the upcoming Hulu / Disney Plus / ESPN+ bundle becomes available later this year.

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Australia vs Fiji live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 now upon us, Australia will be hoping for a bit more consistency, following an indifferent showing in their warm-up games. With plenty of power through the team, Fiji offer a tough start for Australia and are more than capable of pulling off an early shock. We’ll give you the low down on how to get a Australia vs Fiji live stream below, no matter where you are in the world.

Live stream Australia vs Fiji – where and when

This Pool D clash takes place at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo on Saturday, September 21. The futuristic stadium is normally used for baseball, but can convert Transformers-style, with the grass pitch rolled in from outside the stadium.

The game kicks off at 1.45pm JST local time – that’s an 2.45pm AEST Aussie fans looking to cheer on their side and 5.45am BST for folk tuning in from the UK. 

The Wallabies have only managed ten wins in their last five games, and while a win against New Zealand at home last moth impressed, their erratic recent form was perfectly illustrated by the thrashing handed it out to them by the All Blacks in the return fixture. If they’re to add to their two World Cup titles, the Aussies will need to become more ruthless, starting today with a game that they’ll be expected to win.

Having been handed a tough draw, Fiji know that their qualification for the 2023 World Cup is at stake. They’ve previously made it to the the quarter-finals on two occasions, (back in 1987 and 2007). Placed in a group that also includes Wales and Georgia, should Fiji make out of the Pool phase this time out, it’ll be a huge achievement.

Can the Aussies avoid a shock? You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Australia vs Fiji live stream guide for the Rugby World Cup below.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it’s really easy to do. Read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA: 

We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend these as the best VPN services currently available:

1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now, with those previously mentioned levels of security, speed and compatibility putting it to the top of the list. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan to get 49% off  and 3 months extra absolutely FREE.

2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming. It’s really affordable, too

3. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go

Setting things up is super simple. Once you’ve chosen you’re VPN provider and installed their software, you simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location. Choose any country showing the Rugby World Cup and watch as if you were in that part of the world.

How to watch Australia vs Fiji live stream in Australia for free

Every Wallabies game plus two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and final will be shown in all their glory live and free-to-air on Channel 10 and through 10 Play. Kick-off time is 2.45pm AEST.

Today’s match will also be shown live on paid-for service Fox Sports which has the rights to show every match of tournament live via its dedicated Rugby World Cup channel. 

Australians can also live stream all the Rugby World Cup action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand. Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

If you’re looking to watch the Fox or Kayo Sports coverage from abroad you’ll need a VPN.

How to stream Australia vs Fiji live in the UK 

The great news for rugby union fans in the UK is that ITV has the live broadcast rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be showing all 48 matches free-to-air across various ITV platforms.

Today’s Pool D match will be shown live on ITV 1 with coverage starting at 5.15am BST.

If you’re not in the UK but want to catch up with ITV’s World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.

How to watch Australia vs Fiji live in New Zealand

Today’s Pool D game is being exclusively broadcast in New Zealand by streaming service Spark Sport, which has snagged the rights to show all matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live. Spark will cost $89.99 for a Tournament Pass to cover every match, or you can hand over $24.99 per match. 

Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC, plus Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can also watch on Chromecast and selected Samsung TVs, with plans to make the app available on Apple TV and Smart TVs later in the year. 

If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage from TVNZ or Spark Sport, you can use one of our favorite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.

How to live stream Australia vs Fiji in the US

In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel. Kick off for today’s match is a late 9.45pm PT, 12.45am ET.

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99 

Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada

In Canada the rights to show the Rugby World Cup 2019 are owned by TSN So that means you can access coverage of today’s opening match via your TV, online or on the TSN app. Kick-off is 12.45am ET.

If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage. 

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