Streaming TV Comparison

Your guide to streaming Netflix, Prime Video, Lightbox and more with IPTV services in New Zealand.


If you don’t know your Netflix from Quickflix, let us give you the low-down on streaming and downloading TV shows and movies in New Zealand.

The arrival of Netflix on Kiwi shores has inspired competition from local competitors like Neon and Lightbox. This is great news for Kiwi consumers as competition breeds better value and stronger offerings and as they say, variety is the spice of life. However, the sudden torrent of on-demand streaming services means your flooded with choices. And with the likes of Disney and Warner Bros. likely heading to New Zealand in the near future, you’ll be up to your knees in streaming services before you know it.

How to compare services

  • The price of the service
  • The content on offer
  • The streaming quality supplied
  • The devices that are supported

Whether you’re looking to watch the latest television shows on a budget, willing to pay the price for premium content or you’re more than happy sticking with free-to-air, we’ve compared every Online TV streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) service side-by-side below.

We’ll show you where to catch the latest Game of Thrones without the ads, how to binge the entire Breaking Bad collection in high-definition and how much you’ll pay for each service.

Compare streaming servic tvs

Updated February 21st, 2019
Name Product Service 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Price Subscription length Min. cost
Neon TV shows
Neon TV shows
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD11.99
Monthly
$11.99
Neon TV and Movies
Neon TV and Movies
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD20
Monthly
$20
Prime Video
Prime Video
On-demand streaming
Yes
3
NZD5.99
Monthly
$5.99
Prime Video is currently available to New Zealanders at $2.99 per month for the first six months. Price reverts to $5.99 per month after the first 6 months.
Lightbox Standard
Lightbox Standard
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
No
2
NZD12.99
Monthly
$12.99
Lightbox Premium
Lightbox Premium
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
No
4
NZD15.99
Monthly
$15.99
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD11.49
Monthly
$11.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD14.99
Monthly
$14.99
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
On-demand streaming
Yes
4
NZD18.49
Monthly
$17.99
TVNZ On Demand
TVNZ On Demand
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD0
No subscription
$0.00
Fan Pass Month Pass
Fan Pass Month Pass
Sports
No
1
NZD99
Monthly
$99.00
ThreeNow
ThreeNow
Catch-up
LiveTV
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD0
No subscription
$0.00
Fan Pass Mobile Only
Fan Pass Mobile Only
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD15.99
Monthly
$15.99
This plan is only available on mobile devices.
Fan Pass 6 Months Pass
Fan Pass 6 Months Pass
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD55.99
6 months
$335.94
Fan Pass 6 Months + Google Chromecast
Fan Pass 6 Months + Google Chromecast
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD75.99
6 months
$911.88
This Fan Pass Plan comes with a Google Chromecast included.
Fan Pass Month + Google Chromecast
Fan Pass Month + Google Chromecast
Sports
No
1
NZD129.99
Monthly
$129.99
This Fan Pass Plan comes with a Google Chromecast included.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD7.25
Monthly
$7.25
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.

Compare up to 4 providers

What is Internet TV and streaming exactly?

Internet Television is televised content that is delivered to all sorts of connected devices, from personal computers to smartphones to video game consoles.

Also referred to as “IPTV’ or ‘streaming’, this technology enables viewers to watch television shows, movies, news and sports online.

The streamed content is viewed through a website or native application that gives the viewer access to a live stream or library of television shows and movies.

With a steady internet connection and compatible device, there is little difference from what traditional broadcast options offer.

Why is streaming taking over? Convenience. While you can live stream TV shows and movies as they happen, the main draw of streaming television is the thousands and thousands of classic movies and recent blockbusters available with the press of a button.

The wide selection of compatible devices also means you don’t have to wait until you’re home on the couch to catch up the latest news and premium TV shows. Streaming and internet TV can be accessed from your office computer, from your smartphone on the commute home and when you finally put your feet up of an evening? You can continue what you were watching on your Smart TV without missing a beat.

Understanding your streaming options

For a long time, Kiwis had to rely on Sky for their television and entertainment needs, but services like Netflix are shaking up the entertainment landscape. Services like Netflix and Prime Video peddle convenience and flexible streaming plans (a language not spoken by traditional cable providers).

These services also produce their own high-quality content (Stranger Things, House of Cards and Jack Ryan just to name a few), meaning you don’t have to fork out full-price for high-quality entertainment. Thankfully, services like New Zealand’s own Lightbox are playing catch-up and fast (Lightbox released its first original productions in 2018) so the on-demand loungeroom invasion has inspired local content providers to do better.

There are many reasons to compare on-demand streaming services. For instance, Neon offers primo television like Game of Thrones and Westworld but comes at a pretty penny whereas catch-up services like ThreeNow and TVNZ OnDemand offer smaller on-demand libraries but won’t cost you a cent.

What are my options for streaming?

There are various ways you can view content over the internet. Some are convenient but take a toll on your data while others take longer but allow offline viewing. Let us break down the differences.

What can I stream?

What you can you stream? Well, just about anything your heart desires. We keep complete and up-to-date lists of what each provider is streaming and we’re always adding more.

Every TV show streaming in New Zealand

This table was last updated on 22 Feb 2019. 627 TV shows available for comparison.
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TitleYear of releaseOn LightboxOn NeonOn Prime
16 & Pregnant2009
24 Hours In Police Custody2014
48 Hours2019
54 Hours2018
800 Words2018
9JKL2017
A Discovery of Witches2018
A Long Strange Trip2017
A Million Little Things2018
A Place of Execution2008
A Wedding And A Murder2018
ADOS Addicted to Fishing2018
AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth's History of Horror2018
ATP Uncovered 20192019
Aber Bergen2017
Absentia2018
Ackley Bridge2018
After Henry1989
Agatha Christie's Marple2005
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled2018
All Or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks2018
All or Nothing2016
All or Nothing: Manchester City2018
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines2018
Amazon Riders2018
America Divided2016
American Gods2017
American Gothic2016
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story2017
An American Girl Story2016
And Then There Were None2017
Angel2002
Angel From Hell2016
Angelina Ballerina2014
Animal Kingdom2016
Animal Kingdom - Season 32018
Animal Kingdom Season 12016
Animal Kingdom: Season 22017
Ash vs Evil Dead2018
Ashlee+Evan2018
Atlanta2016
Atlanta: Robbin' Season2018
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 12006
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 32008
Awkward - Season 12011
Awkward. Season 42014
Awkward. Season 5B2016
BANANA FISH2018
Backyard Envy2019
Ballers2015
Bang2017
Banshee2013
Baroness Von Sketch Show2017
Bates Motel2016
Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 11992
Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 21992
Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 31994
Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 41998
Batman: The Brave And The Bold2009
Baywatch1995
Beat2018
Bed of Roses2010
Below Deck2019
Below the Surface2018
Ben 102016
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom2013
Better Things2017
Big Brother: Over The Top2016
Big Little Lies2017
Bing2014
Birds of a Feather2017
Black Adder1986
Black Sails2014
Blaze and the Monster Machines2014
Blaze and the Monster Machines2016
Bliss2018
Blue Bloods2012
Bones2012
Bookaboo UK2009
Bosch2015
Botched2019
Boy Meets Girl2016
BrainDead2016
Breaking Bad2014
Breakout Kings2012
Breathe2018
Britannia2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2015
Bubble Guppies2013
Bubble Guppies2014
Bucket2017
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998
Bull2017
Burn Notice2011
Businessmen vs. Aliens2018
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002
Cain2018
Californication2007
Caligula2018
Camping2018
Camping UK2016
Caroline in the City1999
Casual2018
Catastrophe2015
Chance2017
Charlie and Lola - Season 12005
Charmed2018
Cheers1988
Chuggington2008
Chuggington Badge Quest2012
Clarence2014
Cloak and Dagger2018
Comicstaan2018
Community2014
Comrade Detective2017
Costume Quest2019
Creative Galaxy2014
Criminal Minds2006
Crisis in Six Scenes2016
Curb Your Enthusiasm2000
DC's Legends of Tomorrow2016
DIY SOS2015
Dance Moms2017
Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue2014
Dance Moms: Miami2012
Danger & Eggs2017
Dating: No Filter2019
Dead Lucky2018
Deadly Class2019
Deadly Cults2019
Deadly Power2018
Decades in Colour2016
Deutschland 862018
Devil's Playground2019
Dexter2006
Diablo Guardián2018
Dino Dana2018
Divorce2016
Dollhouse2009
Dora and Friends2014
Dora and Friends: Into the City!2015
Dora the Explorer2001
Dora the Explorer2014
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure2016
Drake and Josh - Season 12004
Drake and Josh - Season 22004
Drake and Josh - Season 32005
Dying to Belong2018
Eat. Race. Win.2018
Edge of Heaven2014
El Bulli: The story of a dream2011
El mondo fantastico de Richard Scarry1996
Elementary2015
Empire2017
Entourage2004
Everybody Hates Chris2008
Extraño Enemigo2018
FAM2019
FUKUYADOU HONPO –KYOTO LOVE STORY-2018
Face The Nation2019
Famous in Love2017
Fargo2017
Fear the Walking Dead2015
Feud: Bette and Joan2018
Finding Joy2018
Fireman Sam2009
Fireman Sam2014
First Civilizations2018
Five Days2010
Flashpoint2010
Fleabag2016
Flight Of The Conchords Specials
Flight of the Conchords2007
Flipping Out2018
Forensics NZ2016
Forever2018
Four More Shots Please!2019
Foyle's War2013
Frasier1994
Fresh Off the Boat2016
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (English Dubbed)2011
Future Man2017
Game of Thrones2011
Game of Thrones: The Game Revealed2017
Get A Room with Carson & Thom2018
Gigglebiz2009
Girls2012
Goliath2016
Good Omens2018
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street2016
Graceland2013
Grand Prix Driver2018
Grey's Anatomy2005
Grey's Anatomy2008
Guerrilla2018
Gunpowder2018
HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental2018
Hand Of God2015
Hanna2019
Happy Marriage!?2018
Happy Together2019
Hard Sun2018
Harlots2017
Hawaii Five-02019
Hell On Wheels2011
Henry Danger2014
Henry IX2017
Hidden2018
Hillary2018
Hold the Sunset2018
Homecoming2018
Homeland2014
Horrible Histories2012
House2014
House of Anubis - Season 12011
House of Anubis - Season 22012
How I Met Your Mother2018
I Love Dick2017
I'm Sorry2017
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie2019
Imposters2018
In Ice Cold Blood2018
In the Night Garden2013
Insecure2016
Insert Name Here2017
Inside Edge2017
Inside Jokes2018
Inside No. 92018
Instinct2018
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2018
Jack Irish2018
Jean Claude Van Johnson2017
Jericho2007
Joanna Lumley's Japan2018
Just Add Magic2019
Justice League Season 22002
Justice League Unlimited2005
Kandi Koated Nights2018
Katie Morag2014
Keeping Up With the Kardashians2018
Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer2018
Kocktails with Khloé2018
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny2018
LEGO City2014
LEGO Friends Girls on a Mission2018
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes2013
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Español]2012
LIGHTBOX ORIGINAL: Nori Roller Coaster Boy2018
LOL: Last One Laughing2018
Last Flag Flying2017
Law & Order: UK2011
Le Mans2017
Legion2017
Lethal Weapon: Season 12017
Lethal Weapon: Season 22018
Lie to Me2009
Like Father Like Son2005
Little Big Awesome2018
Little Women2018
Living with Tourette's2018
Lore2017
Lorena2019
Lost In Oz2018
Loudermilk2018
Louis Theroux2007
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood2014
Love & Hip Hop: New York2018
Love Hurts1993
Lucifer2016
MAGI The Tensho Boys’ Embassy2019
MAGI The Tensho Boys’ Embassy (4K UHD) (Japanese Ver)2019
Madam Secretary2015
Madam Secretary2017
Magnum P.I.2019
Man With A Plan2018
Man in an Orange Shirt2018
Manhattan2015
Manon 5 Years On2018
Marley's Ghosts2016
Married To Medicine: Atlanta2019
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2018
Marvel's Inhumans2017
Marvel's Runaways2017
Marvel's Runaways2018
Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites2014
Mary Kills People2017
Masters of Sex2019
Matador2014
Mayans M.C.2018
Medium2005
Midsomer Murders Favorites2018
Mike the Knight2015
Mildred Pierce2011
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles2019
Million Dollar Listing New York2018
Mind Lab Kids2017
Mirzapur2018
Mister Maker Comes To Town2018
Model Squad2018
Modern Family2014
Monsters vs. Aliens2013
Motherland2017
Mozart In The Jungle2014
Mozart in the Jungle2014
Mr Inbetween2018
Mr. Robot2018
Mrs Brown's Boys2019
Mum2018
Murphy Brown
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic2014
Mysteries & Scandals2018
Mystery Road2018
NCIS2019
NCIS: New Orleans2019
NOVA Wonders2018
Nashville2012
New Amsterdam2019
New Girl2015
New Girl2018
Next of Kin2018
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn2015
Nicole & Jionni's Shore Flip2016
Night & Day2018
Niko and the Sword of Light2017
No Activity2018
Noddy In Toyland2009
Noisey
Northern Lights2006
Nurse Jackie2009
Octonauts2016
One Mississippi2016
Orphan Black2014
Outcast2016
Outlander2014
Outlander2019
PAW Patrol2013
PAW Patrol2016
Paris etc.2018
Parks and Recreation2014
Patrick Melrose2018
Patriot2017
Paw Patrol2016
Peppa Pig2009
Perry Mason1960
Pete the Cat2018
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams2018
Picnic at Hanging Rock2018
Piha Rescue
Pink Collar Crimes2018
Pistorius2018
Please Like Me - Season 12013
Please Like Me - Season 22014
Please Like Me - Season 42016
Poldark2015
Porridge (2017)2017
Postman Pat - Special Delivery Service Season 22013
Press2019
Prison Break2008
Prisoners2017
Project Runway2016
Proof2005
Psychoville2011
QI2018
Question Time2018
Raising Asia2014
Ransom2019
Ray Donovan2013
Ready, Steady, Wiggles!2014
Real Vikings2017
Red Oaks2015
Regular Show2011
Reilly, Ace of Spies1983
Rev.2010
Ripper Street2015
Ripper Street2016
Riviera2017
Rizzoli & Isles2010
Roadies2016
Rocky and Bullwinkle2018
SEAL Team2017
SEAL Team2018
SENTOSHA: Battle Wheels2018
SIX2017
SMILF2017
Salvation2017
Sam & Cat2014
Sando2018
Sarah & Duck2013
Sarah & Duck2014
Save Me2018
Scandal2012
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?1970
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2011
Search Party2017
Secret Daughter2016
Seinfeld1991
Sell It Like Serhant2018
Sesame Street: Best Friends2012
Sex and the City1998
Shahs of Sunset2018
Shameless2018
Shameless USA2011
Sharp Objects2018
Shaun the Sheep2009
Shimmer & Shine2018
Shimmer and Shine2015
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters2017
Silicon Valley2014
Siren2018
Six Dreams2018
Sleepy Hollow2015
Smashed Palace2015
Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice2019
Snapped2019
Sneaky Pete2017
Snooki and JWoww2015
Snowfall2017
Sonic the Hedgehog1993
Sons of Anarchy2008
Southern Charm2018
Southern Charm: New Orleans2018
Spitting Image1984
SpongeBob SquarePants2001
SpongeBob SquarePants2004
SpongeBob SquarePants2011
SpongeBob SquarePants2018
Springwatch2018
Stella Blomkvist2017
Steven Universe2013
Strange Angel2018
Strike Back2011
Succession2018
Suits2015
Summer House2018
Supah Ninjas! - Season 12011
Supergirl2015
Superior Donuts2017
Supermax2016
Supernatural2014
Swashbuckle2013
TNF The Drive2018
Taboo2017
Taken2018
Tales From Northumberland With Robson Green2016
Teen Titans Go!2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2018
Teletubbies (Brand New Series)2016
Tell Me A Story2019
The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish [UHD]2018
The Affair2014
The Americans2016
The Americans2017
The Bachelorette Australia2017
The Bi Life2018
The Bold Type2017
The Bold Type2018
The Borgias2011
The Brady Bunch1972
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Bureau2018
The City and The City2018
The Comeback2005
The Coroner2016
The Cry2018
The Dangerous Book for Boys2018
The Deuce2017
The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers2018
The Doctor Blake Mysteries2014
The Expanse2019
The Expanse (4K UHD)2017
The First2018
The Flash2014
The Furchester Hotel2018
The Game2008
The Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy2019
The Goldbergs2018
The Good Doctor2018
The Good Fight2018
The Good Girls Revolt2016
The Good Karma Hospital2018
The Good Wife2015
The Grand Tour2018
The Gymkhana Files2018
The Handmaid's Tale2017
The Haunted Hathaways2013
The Heart Guy2018
The Hills2006
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst2015
The Kicks2016
The Killing US2011
The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs2018
The Last Leg2018
The Last Man On Earth2017
The Last Ship2014
The Last Tycoon2017
The Loggers2018
The Looming Tower2018
The Looming Tower (4K/UHD)2018
The Loud House2016
The Man In the High Castle2015
The Mark of a Killer2019
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel2018
The Mindy Project2015
The Moodys2014
The Neighborhood2019
The Next Step2015
The Night Manager2016
The Night Of2016
The Night Shift2018
The Odd Couple2015
The Odd Couple (Classic)1972
The Office2014
The Only Living Boy In New York2017
The Path2016
The Powerpuff Girls2016
The Purge2018
The Real Housewives Of Dallas2018
The Real Housewives of Atlanta2019
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills2018
The Real Housewives of Cheshire2017
The Real Housewives of Melbourne2016
The Real Housewives of New Jersey2019
The Real Housewives of Orange County2018
The Rebel2017
The Remix2018
The Replacement2018
The Restaurant2017
The Romanoffs2018
The Royal2003
The Royals2015
The Shannara Chronicles2017
The Simple Life2005
The Snowy Day2016
The Son2017
The Sopranos1999
The Stinky & Dirty Show2016
The Thundermans2013
The Tick2018
The Trap Door1984
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair2018
The Tudors2014
The Tunnel2017
The Walking Dead2010
The Walking Dead2017
The Wall2017
The White Princess2018
The White Queen2015
The Widow2019
The X-Files2018
Thella Raju (Telugu)2018
Thella Raju (Telugu) (4K UHD)2018
This is Us2017
Thomas and Friends2011
Thomas and Friends2014
Thou Shalt Not Kill2018
Three Girls2017
Thunderbirds Are Go2017
To Rome for Love2018
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters2017
Together2015
Tokyo Girl2018
Tokyo Vampire Hotel2018
Tom & Jerry1946
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan2018
Top Chef2019
Touch2012
Transparent2014
True Blood2008
True Detective2014
Tumble Leaf2014
Twilight Zone1962
Twin Peaks1990
Twin Peaks2017
Tyrant2015
UnREAL2015
Unanchored2018
Uncle Grandpa2013
Under The Dome2014
Under The Dome Season 22014
Under The Dome Season 32015
Under The Dome, Season 12013
Undercover Boss2015
Unforgotten2018
Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers2018
Upstart Crow2016
Vanderpump Rules2019
Veep2012
Vella Raja (Hindi)2018
Vella Raja (Hindi) (4K UHD)2018
Vella Raja (Tamil)2018
Vella Raja (Tamil) (4K UHD)2018
Vera2019
Versailles2016
Very Cavallari2018
Victoria2016
Vida2018
Vikings2014
Vikings2019
WPC 562015
Walter Presents - Baron Noir2018
We Bare Bears2016
Welcome to Waverly2018
Wentworth2018
Westworld2016
White Collar2010
White Famous2017
Why are We Fat?2017
Widows1983
Will & Grace2019
Winterwatch2019
Wishenpoof!2018
Witches of East End2014
Worst Week of My Life2004
Would I Lie To You?2016
X Company2015
Yes, Minister1984
Yes, Prime Minister, Season 11986
You Are Wanted2017
You're The Worst2018
Young Justice2012
Young Sheldon2019
Younger2015
Your Husband Is Cheating On Us2018
Z: The Beginning of Everything2017
iCarly2010
iZombie2015

What devices can I stream video on?


You can stream most services through just about any device with a display and an internet connection. Below is a list of common devices used to stream Internet TV.

Smart TV

Smart TV

Smart TVs connect to your home Wi-Fi and come with various in-built apps. From weather to apps like Netflix and Stan, Smart TVs allow you to access video streaming services without any extra equipment. When shopping for a Smart TV it’s important to consider which services are available on the television’s operating system.

Computer

Computer

If you’ve got a PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer, you’re already halfway to streaming most major streaming services.

Smartphone and tablet

Smartphone and tablet

One of the more popular devices to stream video on, smartphones and tablets allow you to binge TV shows, movies and news on the go. Most major streaming services are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones and even offer offline viewing options so you don’t chew through your data.

Game console
Why fork out for a new television when you probably own a streaming-enabled device already? Game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have native apps for Netflix, Stan and more. The 4K-ready PS4 Pro and Xbox One X also allow you to stream 4K/UHD content (when connected to a 4K TV).

And more…

If you’re not looking to fork out for a Smart TV, there is a huge selection of affordable streaming hardware options, like Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Fetch TV that will essentially transform your standard television into a Smart TV

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