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 December 11th, 2018
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.

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 11 Dec 2018. 449 TV shows available for comparison.
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TitleYear of releaseOn Netflix NZOn LightboxOn NeonOn Prime
11.22.63
9JKL2017
A Discovery of Witches2018
A Long Strange Trip2017
Aber Bergen2017
Absentia2017
Absentia2018
Alias2001
All Or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks2018
All or Nothing2016
All or Nothing: Manchester City2018
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines2018
Amazon Riders2018
American Gods2017
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story2017
An American Girl Story2016
Angel2002
Angelina Ballerina2014
Animal Kingdom2016
Animal Kingdom - Season 32018
Animal Kingdom Season 12016
Animal Kingdom: Season 22017
Ash vs Evil Dead2018
Atlanta2016
Atlanta: Robbin' Season2018
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 12006
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 22006
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 32008
Awkward - Season 12011
Awkward. Season 42014
Awkward. Season 5A2015
Awkward. Season 5B2016
BANANA FISH2018
Ballers2015
Banshee2013
Barry2018
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 Bold2008
Beat2018
Below the Surface2018
Ben 102016
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom2012
Better Things2017
Big Little Lies2017
Billions2016
Bing2014
Black Sails2014
Blaze and the Monster Machines2016
Blue's Clues - Season 62002
Boardwalk Empire2010
Bones2011
Bosch2015
Breakout Kings2011
Breathe2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2015
Bubble Guppies2014
Bubble Guppies - Season 12011
Bubble Guppies - Season 22013
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998
Bull2016
Burn Notice2010
Businessmen vs. Aliens2018
Californication2007
Caligula2018
Casual2018
Catastrophe2015
Charlie and Lola - Season 12005
Charmed2018
Chuggington2014
Chuggington Badge Quest2010
Chuggington- Little Trainees2017
Clarence2014
Cloak and Dagger2018
Comicstaan2018
Community2014
Comrade Detective2017
Creative Galaxy2014
Criminal Minds2011
Crisis in Six Scenes2016
Curb Your Enthusiasm2000
DC's Legends of Tomorrow2016
Dance Academy2013
Danger & Eggs2017
Danny Phantom - Season 11999
Danny Phantom - Season 22000
Danny Phantom - Season 32004
Decades in Colour2016
Dexter2006
Diablo Guardián2018
Dino Dana2018
Divorce2016
Dollhouse2009
Dora and Friends2014
Dora and Friends: Into the City!2015
Dora the Explorer2014
Dora the Explorer - Season 32004
Dora the Explorer - Season 42004
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure2016
Dracula2017
Drake and Josh - Season 12004
Drake and Josh - Season 22004
Drake and Josh - Season 32005
Eat. Race. Win.2018
El Bulli: The story of a dream2011
Elementary2015
Empire2018
Entourage2004
Extraño Enemigo2018
FUKUYADOU HONPO –KYOTO LOVE STORY-2018
Famous in Love2017
Fargo2017
Fear the Walking Dead2015
Feud: Bette and Joan2018
Fireman Sam2014
Fleabag2016
Flight Of The Conchords Specials
Flight of the Conchords2007
Forensics NZ2016
Forever2018
Fortitude2017
Fresh Off the Boat2017
Future Man2017
Game of Thrones2011
Game of Thrones: The Game Revealed2017
Gigglebiz2009
Girls2012
Glue2014
Goliath2016
Good Omens2018
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street2015
Graceland2017
Grand Prix Driver2018
Grey's Anatomy2005
Grey's Anatomy2007
Gunpowder2018
H20 - Just Add Water - Season 22008
H2O - Just Add Water - Season 12007
H2O - Just Add Water - Season 32010
HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental2018
Hand Of God2015
Happy Marriage!?2018
Harlots2017
He Man, Masters Of The Universe - Season 11983
Hell On Wheels2011
Henry Danger2014
Hetty Feather2015
Hey Duggee2016
Hey Duggee - The Get Well Soon Badge & Other Stories (Series 1, Voulme 2)2015
Hey Duggee - Tinsel Badge & Other Stories2015
Hey Duggee Volume 12015
Homecoming2018
Homeland2014
Horrible Histories2010
House of Anubis - Season 12011
House of Anubis - Season 22012
I Love Dick2017
I'm Sorry2017
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie2017
Imposters2018
In the Night Garden2013
Insecure2016
Inside Edge2017
Instinct2018
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2018
Jean Claude Van Johnson2017
Joanna Lumley's Japan2018
Just Add Magic2016
Justice League Season 12002
Justice League Season 22002
Justice League Unlimited2006
Karakuri Circus2018
Katie Morag2014
Kiwi Collection
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Season 12012
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Season 22013
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Season 32001
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny2018
LEGO City2014
LEGO Friends2016
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes2013
LIGHTBOX ORIGINAL: High Road2018
LIGHTBOX ORIGINAL: Nori Roller Coaster Boy2018
Law & Order: UK2017
Le Mans2017
Legion2017
Lethal Weapon: Season 12017
Lie to Me2009
Little Big Awesome2018
Loch Ness2017
Lore2017
Lost In Oz2018
Lucifer2018
MacGyver2016
Madam Secretary2015
Manhattan2015
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2017
Marvel's Inhumans2017
Marvel's Runaways2017
Marvel's Runaways2018
Mary Kills People2017
Matador2014
Mayans M.C.2018
Mike the Knight2015
Mildred Pierce2011
Mind Lab Kids2017
Mirzapur2018
Mister Maker Comes To Town2018
Mister Maker's Arty Party2018
Modern Family2014
Mosaic2018
Motherland2017
Mozart in the Jungle2014
Mr Inbetween2018
Mr. Robot2018
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic2014
Mystery Road2018
Nashville2012
New Girl2016
New Girl2018
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn2015
Niko and the Sword of Light2017
Noddy In Toyland2009
Nurse Jackie2009
Octonauts2016
Olive Kitteridge2014
One Mississippi2016
Outcast2016
Outlander2014
Outlander2018
PAW Patrol2013
PAW Patrol2015
Paris etc.2018
Parks and Recreation2014
Patrick Melrose2018
Patriot2018
Paw Patrol2016
Penny Dreadful2014
Peppa Pig2009
Pete the Cat2017
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams2018
Picnic at Hanging Rock2018
Piha Rescue
Pistorius2018
Please Like Me - Season 12013
Please Like Me - Season 22014
Please Like Me - Season 42016
Poldark2015
Pose2018
Postman Pat - Special Delivery Service Season 22013
Postman Pat Special Delivery Service - Season 12008
Prison Break2008
Project Runway2016
Project Runway All Stars2014
Quarry2016
Ray Donovan2013
Ready, Steady, Wiggles!2014
Real Vikings2017
Red Oaks2015
Regular Show2011
Ripper Street2014
Ripper Street2015
Riviera2017
Rizzoli & Isles2010
Roadies2016
Rocky and Bullwinkle2018
Rome2005
SEAL Team2017
SENTOSHA: Battle Wheels2018
SIX2017
SMILF2017
Sam & Cat2014
Sarah & Duck2013
Sarah & Duck2014
Save Me2018
Scandal2012
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?1970
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2011
Scrubs - Season 12002
Scrubs - Season 22002
Scrubs - Season 32003
Scrubs - Season 42004
Scrubs - Season 52005
Scrubs - Season 62006
Scrubs - Season 72008
Scrubs - Season 82008
Scrubs - Season 92010
Search Party2017
Seinfeld1991
Seinfeld2014
Sex and the City1998
Shameless USA2011
Sharp Objects2018
She-Ra, Princess of Power1985
Shimmer & Shine2018
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters2017
Silicon Valley2014
Six Dreams2018
Sleepy Hollow2015
Smashed Palace2015
Sneaky Pete2017
Snowfall2017
Sons of Anarchy2008
SpongeBob SquarePants2000
SpongeBob SquarePants2011
SpongeBob SquarePants2018
Steven Universe2013
Strike Back2011
Succession2018
Suits2015
Supah Ninjas! - Season 12011
Supergirl2015
Supernatural2014
Swashbuckle2013
TNF The Drive2018
Taken2017
Team Umizoomi2009
Teen Titans Go!2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2018
Teletubbies (Brand New Series)2016
The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish [UHD]2018
The Affair2014
The Americans2016
The Americans2017
The Arrangement2017
The Be Careful Badge and Other Stories2015
The Bold Type2017
The Borgias2011
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Catch Season 12016
The Catch Season 22017
The City and The City2018
The Comeback2005
The Crossing2018
The Dangerous Book for Boys2018
The Deuce2017
The Dumping Ground - Season 12013
The Dumping Ground - Season 22014
The Dumping Ground - Season 32015
The Fairly Odd Parents - Season 52005
The First2018
The Flash2014
The Furchester Hotel2018
The Goldbergs2018
The Good Doctor2018
The Good Girls Revolt2016
The Grand Tour2018
The Gymkhana Files2018
The Handmaid's Tale2017
The Hills2006
The Kicks2016
The Killing US2011
The Last Man On Earth2017
The Last Ship2014
The Last Tycoon2017
The Leftovers2014
The Looming Tower2018
The Loud House2016
The Man In the High Castle2015
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel2017
The Mindy Project2015
The Next Step2014
The Night Manager2016
The Night Of2016
The Night Shift2018
The Office2014
The Penguins of Madagascar Season 12010
The Penguins of Madagascar Season 2 Part 12012
The Penguins of Madagascar Season 2 Part 22012
The Penguins of Madagascar Season 32012
The Powerpuff Girls2016
The Purge2018
The Remix2018
The Replacement2018
The Romanoffs2018
The Royals2015
The Shannara Chronicles2017
The Snowy Day2016
The Son2017
The Sopranos1999
The Stinky & Dirty Show2016
The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Season 12002
The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Season 22003
The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Season 32004
The Thundermans2013
The Tick2018
The Tidy Up Badge and Other Stories2015
The Timeline2016
The Trap Door1986
The Tudors2014
The Walking Dead2010
The Walking Dead2017
The White Princess2018
The White Queen2015
The X-Files2018
The Young Pope2016
Thella Raju (Telugu)2018
Thella Raju (Telugu) [Ultra-HD]2018
This is Us2017
Thomas and Friends2011
Thomas and Friends2014
Thunderbirds Are Go2017
Tokyo Girl2018
Tokyo Vampire Hotel2018
Tom & Jerry1946
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan2018
Touch2012
Transparent2014
True Blood2008
True Detective2014
Tumble Leaf2014
Twin Peaks2017
Tyrant2016
Uchimura Summers Second2018
UnREAL2015
Uncle Grandpa2013
Under The Dome Season 22014
Under The Dome Season 32015
Under The Dome, Season 12013
Veep2012
Vella Raja (Hindi)2018
Vella Raja (Hindi) [Ultra-HD]2018
Vella Raja (Tamil)2018
Vella Raja (Tamil) [Ultra-HD]2018
Versailles2015
Versailles2016
Vikings2014
Vikings2018
Vinyl2016
We Bare Bears2016
Wentworth2015
Westside2015
Westworld2016
White Collar2010
White Famous2017
Why are We Fat?2017
Widows1985
Wishenpoof!2018
Witches of East End2014
You Are Wanted2017
Young Justice2012
Younger2015
Z: The Beginning of Everything2017
iCarly2009
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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