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Netflix New Zealand review: price, features and content

How does New Zealand’s Netflix compare against other streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) services?

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US streaming giant Netflix is now available in New Zealand, boasting a vast library of movies and TV shows, including original programming. Plus, there are no lock-in contracts, so you can cancel your subscription anytime.

About Netflix

Netflix started as a basic DVD rental service back in 1997, and went on to completely transform the world of entertainment. The streaming platform was launched in the United States in 2007, continuing to expand internationally after that. In 2016, the service went global and is now available worldwide, offering a mix of original productions and licensed TV shows and movies to more than 190 countries all across the world.

Netflix also started investing more in original programming in recent years, from documentaries to TV shows, stand-up specials, and movies. The streaming service tied with HBO for the number of Emmy wins in 2018, proving that the company is serious about positioning itself as a top television provider. Offering critically acclaimed productions such as The Crown, and mainstream hits like Stranger Things, there’s no wonder more and more Kiwis are eager to experience everything Netflix has to offer.

Price and packages


The Netflix streaming service comes with three price options, based on streaming picture quality and the number of devices you can use simultaneously.

The options available are:

PlanFeaturesPrice (per month)
BasicStream in standard definition (SD) on one device at a time.$11.99
StandardStream in (up to) high-definition (HD) on two devices at a time.$16.99
PremiumStream in (up to) 4K definition on four devices at a time.$21.99

Netflix New Zealand content


Netflix offers a fun mix of both movies and TV shows, but the platform’s strongest selling point is its original productions. We’ve come a long way since Netflix first released House of Cards, with the service now offering hundreds of hours of original content to anyone willing to stream their weekends away.

Content varies greatly, with literally something for everyone. Besides TV shows, Netflix produces original documentary series, reality shows, stand-up specials, and movies. Even better, fresh content is added every month, so there’s a small chance you’ll be able to keep up with your watch list. From comedies like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to animated series like Disenchantment, to addictive dramas like Ozark, you’ll surely be able to find something to catch your eye.

How do I sign up to Netflix NZ?

To sign up to Netflix simply visit its website using any of the links provided. On the homepage you’ll see a button that reads “Try it now”.

Click this button, select your desired plan, enter your information, including your payment method, and you’ll be able to start streaming immediately. Netflix isn’t offering a free trial at the moment, so you will be billed when you sign up.

How does Netflix compare?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Service Simultaneous streams Max. video quality Monthly fee Free Trial Period
Disney+
Disney+
On-demand streaming
4
4K/UHD
$9.99/month
N/A
Get Disney+. Watch new and classic TV and Movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox from one streaming service.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
On-demand streaming
1
HD
$7.99/month
7 days
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.
CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
On-demand streaming
Multiple
4K/UHD
US $2.99/month
N/A
Access to thousand of documentaries, from nature, to lifestyle and technology. Note: Price given in US dollars.
iwonder
iwonder
On-demand streaming
1
HD
$6.99/month
30 days
Prime Video
Prime Video
On-demand streaming
3
SD
$5.99/month
7 days
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.
Neon TV and Movies
Neon TV and Movies
On-demand streaming
2
SD
$13.95/month
14 days
Lightbox Standard
Lightbox Standard
On-demand streaming,Digital Movie Store
2
HD
$12.99/month
30 days
Lightbox Premium
Lightbox Premium
On-demand streaming,Digital Movie Store
4
HD
$15.99/month
30 days
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
1
SD
$11.99/month
N/A
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
2
HD
$16.99/month
N/A
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
On-demand streaming
4
4K/UHD
$21.99/month
N/A
TVNZ On Demand
TVNZ On Demand
On-demand streaming
1
HD
No subscription
N/A
Sky Sport Now Week Pass
Sky Sport Now Week Pass
Sports
1
HD
$19.99/week
N/A
ThreeNow
ThreeNow
On-demand streaming
1
SD
No subscription
Sky Sport Now Month Pass
Sky Sport Now Month Pass
Sports
1
HD
$49.99/month
N/A
Sky Sport Now 12 Month Pass
Sky Sport Now 12 Month Pass
Sports
1
HD
$39.99/month
N/A
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How much data does Netflix use?

The amount of data Netflix uses greatly depends on your broadband and the device you use to stream content. Generally speaking, expect to burn through about 300MB/hours when streaming in low quality, 700MB/hour in SD, 3GB/hour in HD, and 7GB/hour when watching in 4K/UHD. As you can see, streaming will quickly drain your data allowance, so it would be best to opt for a broadband plan with unlimited data if you’re keen to do a lot of binge-watching.

On the same note, Netflix allows offline viewing, so you can download movies and TV episodes on your mobile devices. That way, you don’t have to use your mobile data to watch Netflix content when out and about.

Netflix NZ pros and cons

Pros

  • Content. Access to Netflix original series, including House of Cards, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bloodline
  • No lock-in. Netflix has no lock-in contract so you can cancel whenever you want.

Cons

  • Still some catching up to do. Netflix New Zealand doesn’t offer as much content as its American (or even Australian) counterpart.
  • Netflix is no longer offering a one-month free trial.

Verdict

Netflix has grown into a powerhouse of Internet TV and, as you’d probably expect, its New Zealand offering is pretty impressive. It features hours of great content, exclusive TV shows, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, all accessed through an exceptionally easy to use, multi-device platform. The only real complaint has been that the US Netflix service has far more content available, but that should change in time as more licence agreements are made and as the service is billed. In short, at this price it is very difficult to find better than Netflix.

What devices and platforms is Netflix NZ compatible with?


Netflix is available on a wide range of devices, including:

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