TVNZ OnDemand review | Price, features and content

Catch up on your favourite TVNZ shows for free, when you want and how you want.

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No doubt you’re familiar with TVNZ, New Zealand’s oldest and largest public broadcaster. As well as providing traditional free to-air programming, the digital broadcaster operates a free catch-up service, TVNZ OnDemand.

OnDemand lets you watch the latest programmes right after the shows have aired in New Zealand and overseas – you can even watch some of your favourite US television series before the free-to-air broadcast. Read on for a full TVNZ OnDemand review that will give you all your essential information.

About TVNZ OnDemand

Every year, thousands of people jump on the TVNZ OnDemand app or website to watch and re-watch their favourite television shows, movies, news and current affairs from New Zealand. The online streaming service features content from popular TVNZ stations: TVNZ One, TVNZ Two and TVNZ Duke. Moreover, you can stream the three channels live, so you don’t have to miss a minute of television even if you’re out and about.

Videos are available to watch right after the free-to-air television broadcast, and some shows are even fast-tracked. For example, episodes of the hit series The Last Ship and Love Island are available soon after they’ve screened overseas.

TVNZ OnDemand is compatible with many devices. You can stream TVNZ to Apple and Samsung smartphones, tablets and computers by logging in to the TVNZ OnDemand app. XBOX and PS users can also access OnDemand content via their gaming consoles.

Households with more than one Internet-connected device will love the recent addition of the “pick up and play” function. The handy feature lets you resume watching content across multiple devices if your viewing session is interrupted. You can also create and manage a My Favourites list to build your own TVNZ space and and receive notifications so you know the moment your favourite shows have new episodes.

TVNZ OnDemand price and packages

TVNZ OnDemand is free to join and free to use as soon as you register as a member. Unlike other television and movie streaming websites, you don’t need to enter any of your financial details to join. Simply provide your basic personal information like your name, age and email address and you’re good to go.

As you can see, OnDemand works with a long list of devices. You can watch on your computer, mobile devices or the big screen with Chromecast, Apple TV and on selected smart TVs. Supported platforms and devices will likely increase in number as the OnDemand catch-up website and app receives updates.

Top picks on TVNZ OnDemand

  • Catch-22
  • Friends
  • Wentworth
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Straight Forward
  • Dynasties
  • Top Gear
  • My Kitchen Rules Australia
  • Shortland Street

There’s a lot of content available on TVNZ OnDemand. The good news is that similar to TVNZ free-to-air content, the OnDemand service is free.

TVNZ OnDemand offers most of what you usually watch on the TVNZ channels including sports, news and current affairs, television series and movies. You’ll find a nice mix of New Zealand, Australian and international content ready for your viewing pleasure.

Some shows stay up on the website for longer than others. Overseas shows are generally live on the OnDemand website for a shorter time than locally-produced content due to licensing restrictions.

Popular NZ soap Shortland Street has over 100 episodes available while several shows offer complete seasons, so you can plan your binge-watch sessions accordingly.

Keep an eye out for the DVD-like special features and behind-the-scenes footage for your favourite shows. This bonus content is sure to please fans of some of TVNZ’s most popular programs and is a big tick for the Internet-viewing experience.

How do I sign up to TVNZ OnDemand?

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Creating a TVNZ OnDemand account is a simple two-step process. We signed up using a PC. Once you’re on the TVNZ OnDemand home page, you can easily create a free account by following the links.

Enter some basic information: your email address, name and age. You will receive a confirmation email with a link; click it to verify your membership and complete the process.

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TVNZ pros and cons

Pros

  • There’s a great range of locally and internationally produced content ready for you to watch either when you want to binge or when you want to kill a spare minute.
  • The special features and behind-the-scenes extra content is a massive plus for the OnDemand streaming service and online content in general.

Cons

  • There are reports that the application can be prone to crashing on some devices (though updates are frequent).
  • There is no choice for streaming quality. Many streaming services allow you to stream content in either high or standard definition (useful on slower connections or to save mobile data).

The verdict

You get to watch TVNZ shows the way you like, the way you want and behind-the-scenes data scores a goal for the online viewing experience. Don’t delay if you want to catch must-see programming within a month of the broadcast date.

Recent updates to the TVNZ application have improved the viewing experience. The My Favourites menu allows for personalised viewing, a great feature to cut down on needlessly trawling through the TVNZ catalogue.

How does TVNZ 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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What devices and platforms are compatible with TVNZ OnDemand?


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