TVNZ OnDemand
CountryNew Zealand
Launched20 March 2007

TVNZ OnDemand is a New Zealand online television viewing and downloading service offered by Television New Zealand since 2007. It offers a variety of free content, such as news updates and programmes seen on TVNZ channels.[1][2] TVNZ OnDemand offers most of the programmes broadcast on air with licensing agreements to be shown for users in New Zealand. In addition, it offers dozens of local and international titles exclusively available on the platform.



In January 2007, TVNZ announced the launch of a new online service called TVNZ OnDemand in March that year, which would feature a wide range of content including the drama series Shortland Street.[3] TVNZ OnDemand was launched on 20 March 2007 with an initial selection of 300 videos from 100 television shows. Early content included the television series and programs Rude Awakenings, Karaoke High, Fair Go, Agenda, Eating Media Lunch, Praise Be, Treasure Island, and Mai Time. TVNZ OnDemand hosted shows and television clips from the TVNZ Archives. Some of the clips are free while others can be purchased using a credit purchasing system called PlayPoints.[1][2] In early March, a young teenager named Kyle Wadsworth was able to access the unreleased website and start downloading shows prior to its official release.[4]

In April 2010, TVNZ announced that TVNZ OnDemand would be available on the PlayStation 3 console, making it the first catch-up TV service to be optimised for viewing on the living room TV through PS3.[5]

Watch First

From 2012, TVNZ OnDemand began uploading episodes of select shows prior to their airing on TVNZ channels and usually within a day of their original overseas airings (although sometimes this was weeks or months after their international airing).[citation needed]

In February 2014, senior telco figure Jason Foden was appointed as TVNZ OnDemand's new General Manager and was tasked with leading the expansion of the streaming platform's content. TVNZ OnDemand reportedly experienced record growth over the past six months, a 90% increase on the previous year. It was also announced that TVNZ would be developing a newer and more innovative version of the streaming platform.[6]

In September 2014, it was announced that episodes of seventeen shows would be uploaded within a day of their airings in the US, coinciding with the 2014–2015 season.[7] One of the shows, Manhattan Love Story was cancelled by the US network ABC, but episodes continued to be uploaded to TVNZ OnDemand in line with their intended US airings, making TVNZ the de facto original broadcaster of the series.[citation needed]


In April 2016, TVNZ shut down its children's programming channel TVNZ Kidzone after the satellite provider Sky TV decided not to renew the Kidzone. TVNZ transferred the Kidzone's content online to TVNZ OnDemand.[8]

In late October 2019, a Horizon Research survey of 1,000 adults estimated that 59% of adults used TVNZ OnDemand, making it the most widely used streaming service in New Zealand. Its competitors have included Netflix (56%), Sky TV (29%), MediaWorks' ThreeNow (28%), Lightbox (18%), and Neon (7%).[9]

Services and pricing

TVNZ OnDemand is available via their website, Apple iPhones and iPads, Android mobile devices and tablets; several Smart TVs including Apple TV, Samsung TV, Panasonic TV, Android TV, Sony TV, and LG TV; desktops and laptops; PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles; Google Chromecast and Freeview devices.[10] When first launched in March 2007, content streamed though TVNZ OnDemand was previously charged for.[1][2] All content is now free, ad-supported, with advertisements being shown before, during and after videos.


TVNZ OnDemand has the distribution rights for The Orville, the 2018 Les Miserables mini-series, Batwoman, and the New Zealand paranormal television series Wellington Paranormal.[11][12][13][14] It also distributes the joint TVNZ and AMC Networks television series The Dead Lands, an adaptation of the 2014 New Zealand film The Dead Lands.[15]


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  11. ^ "The Orville". TVNZ OnDemand. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  12. ^ Langdon, Kate (21 April 2019). "Review: The new BBC Les Misérables is all class". The Spinoff. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  13. ^ "TVNZ Highlights: 5–11 October". TVNZ OnDemand. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Watch Wellington Paranormal". TVNZ OnDemand. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  15. ^ Webb-Liddall, Alice (24 January 2020). "How The Dead Lands hopes to change New Zealand television". The Spinoff. Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.