There is a treasure-house of legal movies and television available to New Zealanders. Mauricio Frietas, tech website Geekzone’s creator, has compiled a comprehensive list

Of all the things you can do with fast broadband, entertainment is one of the first that comes to mind. And nothing displays current online entertainment consumption trends better than Netflix and YouTube. You see people streaming video content at home, at work (yes, they are watching training videos), on the bus, the train and on aircraft.

And yet, despite the vast amount of content carried by these two services, people still want more – more variety, more choice, better quality.

To help, we have compiled a list of services available in New Zealand to show you that what isn’t missing in the world of online entertainment is choice.

All the video categories are there – everything from documentaries to Japanese anime, to sports, movies and a variety of television series’. And there are regional offerings too, including Indian, Chinese and New Zealand movies. There is something to satisfy every appetite.

Some of these services are free access, while others are monthly subscription-based and others are supported by adverts. Some services are available through apps on mobile devices. These allow you to download movies and episodes of television series’ for offline viewing on smartphones and tablets.

Streaming services are also available for laptop and PC viewing, via your web browser. Some can even be viewed using the Freeview set-top box or on a smart TV. Some services will work with dongles (small modems) like Google’s chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV stick, or streaming boxes like Apple TV and Vodafone TV.

Although some services can be accessed however you choose, not all can, so you will need to do your homework by going through the list on the next page to find which services you would fancy – and how best to access them.

 

Available in NZ now

What is special about this list of streaming services is they are all available right now – and licensed to distribute their content in New Zealand. You don’t have to do anything fiddly like fire up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or modify your home network to use a third-party service, to bypass geo-blocking restrictions.

Something else worth considering is your security. You can’t assume a streaming service has distribution rights just because it offers a movie and accepts a credit card for payment. Some services are just pirate sites housed in a country with lax laws where the long arm of international law can’t reach the owners. In contrast, the list below gives you a safe start.

Lastly, the market is constantly changing, with new streaming services being launched and others being consolidated. The recent acquisition of Spark’s Lightbox by competitor Sky Television, in February, is an example.

 

For an up-to-date list, check out: https://gkz1.co/StreamNZ

 

 

The biggest choice

It may not be obvious, but there is huge choice in movies, TV shows and more out there that is legal. And – as our list shows – much of it is free

 

 

ABC News             

Live news

Free

Acorn TV

British TV series    

Paid subscription

Al Jazeera (TV only)

Live news                

Free

All Warrior Network

US veteran content

Paid subscription

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon originals, movie rentals        

Paid subscription

AnimeLab

Japanese anime and movies                

Free with ads, paid subscription

Apple TV+

Apple originals, movie rentals

Paid subscription

Beamafilm

Movies   

Free with library card

Bloomberg TV        

Live News and market data

Free

British Pathe TV      

Documentaries, classic movies           

Paid subscription

Choice TV On demand            

TV shows, movies

Free

Classic Cinema Online            

Public domain movies

Free

ConTV      

TV shows, movies

Free

Crunchyroll               

Anime     

Paid subscription

CuriosityStream       

Documentaries

Paid subscription

Disney+

TV shows, movies

Paid subscription

Docplay

Documentaries                       

Paid subscription

Fanpass   

SKY sports, ESPN  

Paid subscription (week, month)

Freeview Plus (with certified Freeview TVs & set-top boxes)

Free-to-Air TV       

Free

France 24

Live news (English)

Free

Free movies online

Public domain movies          

Free

Gary Hustwit

Documentaries     

Rent/buy individual videos

Google Play Movies

Movies   

Rent/buy individual movies

Heihei (Kids programmes, NZ On Air)

Kids’ content by NZ On Air & TVNZ

Free

HGTV (Home & Garden TV)

TV shows

Free

IMDB Trailers         

Movie trailers         

Free

Internet Archive

Public domain movies          

Free

iWonder

Documentaries     

Paid subscription

Kanopy    

Movies   

Free with library or university card

Kungfury

Movies   

Free

Lightbox

TV shows, movies

Paid subscription, movie rental

Maori TV

TV shows

Free

Maple Films

Short indie movies                 

Free

Microsoft Movies & TV

Movies

Rent/buy individual movies

MLB

MLB (Major League Baseball)

Free

Mubi        

Movies   

Paid subscription

NBA TV    

NBA (National Basketball Association)

Paid subscription

Neon        

TV shows, movies

Paid subscription

Netflix      

TV shows, movies, documentaries    

Paid subscription

NFL Game Pass        

Sports (incl Superbowl)

Paid subscription

NHL          

NHL (National Hockey League)

Paid subscription

NZ Film On Demand

NZ movies, documentaries

Rent/buy individual movies

NZ First TV                 

TV shows, movies

Free, rent/buy individual movies

NZ On Screen           

Documentaries and trailers                  

Free

Parliament TV           

New Zealand Parliament sittings        

Free

Play Stuff

News and documentaries

Free

Public Domain Movies               

Public domain movies          

Free

Public Domain Torrents             

Public domain movies          

Free

Red Bull TV                

Sports    

Free

ShinePlus

TV shows

Free

Sideline sports                            

School sports        

Individual matches, pass

SKY GO     

TV shows, movies

SKY subscription required

Spark Sport

Sports                      

Paid subscription

Spuul        

Indian movies        

Paid subscription

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (some videos may be restricted to USA)

TV show

Free

Thought Maybe        

Documentaries                       

Free

Top Documentary Films            

Documentaries                       

Free

TV3 On Demand

FTA TV shows on demand

Free

TVNZ On Demand

FTA TV shows on demand

Free

Twitch      

e-sports

Free

Viddsee

Chinese movies    

Free

Viki

Asian TV shows and movies

Paid subscription

WatchMe

Short New Zealand movies

Free

YouTube Movies     

Movies   

Rent/buy individual videos

Yupptv     

Indian TV shows and movies               

Paid subscription

Maple Films

Short indie movies                 

Free