Welcome to finder.com where you can research and compare streaming video on demand (SVOD) services online.
The arrival of Netflix on Kiwi shores has inspired competition from other local providers and while this is good new for viewers, the choices have never been more complex. How do you know which streaming service is best for you? finder.com/nz will show you the way.
Whether you’re looking to watch the latest TV on a budget, willing to pay the price for premium content or just want to stick with free-to-air, we’ve compared every internet TV or 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.
HOW DOES NETFLIX NZ COMPARE?
|Name||Service||Content||Pricing (NZD) Per Month||Contract Type|
|Streaming||TV, movies||SD – $9.99, HD – $12.99, UHD – $15.99||No lock-in|
|Streaming||TV, movies||$20.00||No lock-in|
|Streaming||TV, movies||$9.99||No lock-in|
|Catch-up||TV, music, movies||Free||No lock-in|
|Catch-up||TV, movies||Free||No lock-in|
|PC, Mac, Chromecast, Apple TV||Yes||Yes||Depends on plan.||4|
|PC, Mac, iPad, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV and Panasonic Smart TV||Yes||Yes||5||2|
|PC , Mac , Tablet||Yes||No||5||2|
|PC, Mac, Smart TV , iPad, Chromecast, TiVo, Kobo||Yes||Yes||6||3|
|PC, Mac, iPad, Android Tablets, Samsung Smart TV||Yes||No||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|PC, Mac, Freeview Plus, iPad, Samsung Tablet, Samsung Smart TV||Yes||No||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Name||Closed Captions||Quality||Content||Affiliates||Most Popular|
|Yes||SD, HD and 4K||~1,500 movies and TV shows||Starz, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marvel Television, Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Open Road Films||House of Cars, Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Wet Hot American Summer, Daredevil, Sense8|
|No||SD and HD||Over 5,000 hours of content||Spark, Coliseum Sports Media, Amazon, Bio, AMC, Showtime, BBC, Playstation||Transparent, Powers, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Unreal, Mad Men, Justified, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad|
|No||SD||Data not available||Sky Television, Sky Movies, Viacom Media Networks, Four, HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, AMC||The Dark Knight, True Detective Season 2, Game of Thrones, Turn, The Waking Dead, Top of the Lake, Tatau, Sachie’s Kitchen|
|No||SD and HD||~7000 hours of content||Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Disney, Lionsgate, HBO, BBC Worldwide||Boy, Back to the Future, Orphan Black, Black Books, Maggie, Ghostbusters, Barbershop|
|No||SD||Data not available||Mediaworks, Vodafone, Four, The Edge TV, Sony Pictures Television, BBC Worldwide, ITV Studios, Seven Network, NBCUNiversal, CBS Television Distribution||Come Dine With Me NZ, Story, Masterchef NZ, Humans, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Top Gear, American Ninja Warrior|
|No||SD||Data not available||TV One, TV2, Timeshift, TVNZ Kidzone 24, TiVo, Sky, Four,||The Last Ship, MKR, The Neighbours, Happy Hour, Jar Dwellers, Geronimo Stilton, Peppa Pig, Wentworth, Cover Band|
|SD – 1GB/hr, HD – 3GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr||30-day free trial, 6 months free for Vodafone Red customers, Netflix exclusives!||Tiny library in comparison to US|
|HD – 1GB/hr||30-day free trial, free to Spark customers for 12 months, impressive library of TV shows||Only one pricing tier, doesn’t offer movies|
|SD – ~ 900 MB/hr||30-day trial, some current run television shows (like True Detective Season 2)…||…some. Most of the content here is dated, expensive subscription, limited device compatibility|
|SD – ~ 1.5 GB/hr, HD – ~2.5 GB/hr||30-day trial, vast range of compatible devices, reasonable monthly payment, new releases…||…new releases come at a cost (but at least they’re offered), unwieldy interface|
|High Quality ~ 360 MB/hr, Low quality ~ 180 MB/hr||Free service, Intelligent play lets you pick up where you left off on a different device, low data usage||Paul Henry|
|322 MB/44 min episode||Totally free, low data usage, lots of current run television…||…and a lot of rubbish, Jeremy Kyle|
How do I choose a streaming service that best suits me?
For a long time, Kiwis had to rely on Sky for their television and entertainment needs, but services like Quickflix and Netflix now provide strong competition. Netflix, especially, has stirred up the market. Netflix’s extensive library and quality exclusives has cemented its position at the top in other countries, but it’s worth weighing up other options as well.
For instance, did you know that Neon is actually quite expensive, or that you can get 12 months free if you’re a Spark customer, or that Quickflix allows for more registered devices than Netflix. So many questions, so little time and at finder.com/nz, we’re all about saving money and time, so we’ve done all the hard work for you.
What is Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD)?
Internet TV services, often referred to as streaming video on demand or SVOD for short, are provided by companies including Netflix, Quickflix, and Lightbox. They allow you to stream movies and TV shows to your computer, smartphone, tablet, gaming console or Smart TV. Pick the show you want and view it immediately. With a decent internet connection and a monthly subscription, you can get almost everything your pay TV provider offers — and a lot of content that won’t ever make it onto broadcast TV.
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.
- Xbox 360
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- Wii U
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Blu-ray Players
- Smart TV