What shows are available on TVNZ Ondemand?
Not everything that is broadcast on TV can be published to watch online. To make a show available to watch on TVNZ Ondemand, we must first acquire the online rights for it from its production company.
TVNZ is always in negotiations with various production companies and distributors to expand our online offering, but if a show you are looking for is currently not available, we apologise, and hope to have it available in the future.
A list of all shows currently on TVNZ Ondemand can be found here, by using the Find a Show module, and browsing by Title A-Z.
Episode publish times and expiry periods
The time it takes for episodes to be made available on TVNZ Ondemand is dependent on the conditions of the online rights that we have for that show. For example, most local shows we can put up immediately after they have finished airing on TV, but for most international shows, they can only go up 12 hours after airing on TV.
Online rights also come with different expiry dates. Most local shows can stay online for an extended period, but each episode of Shortland Street can stay online for only seven days, and most of our international episodes can stay up for only four weeks.
Can I download a show to watch later?
Due to online rights obligations, we do not offer downloads of our video content, so episodes must be watched online at TVNZ Ondemand.
Why are there advertisements?
TVNZ Ondemand used to offer a pay-per-download option, but found that the vast majority of viewers preferred to watch the video on our site for free with advertising included. Without adverts the service would not be viable and would have to close down.
Do videos on TVNZ Ondemand pre-download before I start watching?
No. All videos on TVNZ Ondemand stream as you watch them, downloading only a five-second advance buffer. This means you only use up data for video that you watch. It also means you can quickly skip to the end of a video if you want to without waiting for it to download.
Is there a way to receive text or email alerts when a new episode of my favourite show becomes available on Ondemand?
This is a great idea and we’re looking into it as part of a number of innovations for the Ondemand service. Watch this space and keep an eye on our On To It website where we list our innovations and new ideas.
Why isn’t Ondemand available in other countries so that I can watch it when I’m on holiday?
While we’d love to be able to keep you up to date on your favourite shows no matter where you are, our contractual obligations to the distributors and producers we buy our shows from mean that we have to keep our Ondemand content “geo-fenced”; that is, only available within New Zealand.