New look for TVNZ Ondemand

TVNZ OnDemandNZ’s favourite content has never been easier, faster or as fun to view when a new-look TVNZ OnDemand launches in February.

Set to debut a striking, easy-to-use interface, TVNZ OnDemand’s new innovative features will personalise and optimise Kiwis’ viewing experiences, allowing users to: create watchlists; mark their favourite shows and exclusive content; get recommendations; and be among the first to know when the latest shows are about to drop.

A NZ first, there’s also a handy new ‘Pick Up and Play’ feature where viewers can start watching a programme, and pick it up later on their smartphone, laptop or tablet – right where they left off.  A Shortland Street fan might begin an episode on their bus ride home from work, hit pause when they arrive home, only to resume the episode from the comfort of their couch on another device.

The average Kiwi typically watches three hours of television a day, according to the latest Nielsen research*. With online and mobile video usage growing fast, TVNZ OnDemand gives Kiwis further control over their viewing experience across these devices.

Last year, the service hit a new high with a record 6.3 million streams in the month of October. December 2014 also saw streams up 52% from December 2013.

General Manager of TVNZ OnDemand, Jason Foden says, “In this new TV world, viewers are telling us they want greater freedom. They want their favourite shows to be available both on TV and online, they want more ways to watch and be informed, and they are eager to get their hands on TV’s most talked about shows as soon as they are available.

“For us it’s not just about keeping up with our viewers, but staying ahead of the game, and these new personalised features will bring much more individual control to the viewing experience,” he adds.

TVNZ is already home to NZ’s favourite shows including Shortland Street, The Big Bang Theory and ONE News.  The new-look TVNZ OnDemand will continue to have the content viewers are passionate about, as well as exclusive premiere content such as eight Shortland Street webisodes – only available on TVNZ OnDemand, also from February.

2014 and 2015 to date have seen a stunning line-up of new and returning shows premiering on the service. Drama series Red Band Society, The Last Ship and Constantine, comedies Black-ish and Selfie and hit kids’ title Geronimo Stilton were premiered exclusively for online viewing.

Returning fan-favourites Criminal Minds, Mike & Molly, Resurrection, The Mentalist (the final season), Person of Interest, Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, The 100, and The Vampire Diaries also arrived express from the US.  Also, in September, TVNZ OnDemand turned it orange and made seasons one and two of Orange Is The New Black available, chalking up a million streams in a single month.

Foden says TVNZ OnDemand plans to follow that huge success with more online premieres in the future.

“We’re committed to premiering more content across our TV and online channels, as it’s receiving a huge response from our viewers, and lets them join a global conversation,” says Foden.

Upcoming TVNZ OnDemand premieres include the highly-anticipated series iZombie, starring NZ’s Rose McIver. New comedy One Big Happy, captivating drama series American Crime and all new seasons of Castle and The Following will also be available closely behind the US.

For TVNZ OnDemand fans who want to be up with the play, pre-registration for the new site is now open.

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  • Dave Ian Batten

    Television is changing dramatically, and I think eventually it will migrate to the internet full time. In-fact, it’s already happening with YouTube and OnDemand.

    • Jas

      It won’t. The fact that you have caching problems, browser problems, delivery problems, security problems means it won’t.

      • Dave Ian Batten

        But that will change. Sure it might not seem that way now, but it will change over time.

        • Jas

          If it does are you looking forward to some scumbag deciding to do a DoS attack just as the Rugby kicks off or your favourite program starts to screen.

          Or hacking into you houses TV network and turning your devices off every 10 minutes.

          • Shannon Ryan

            Has that happened yet? I think not.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Okay, so what if there was a new technology that came out that allowed you to view mainstream TV through your computer or iPad/tablet? And I don’t mean YouTube, Dailymotion, or anything like that. I mean actual television.

  • Bogues

    I wish they would remove the restriction on having the correct timezone for the Android app. It is so annoying.

  • Drew

    Yuss iZombie will be express from the US! I gotta say that the new TVNZ OD not having HD streaming is completely bonkers, its freaken 2015 now!!

  • James S

    I would Dare PLUS7 in Australia to do what TVNZ on Demand is Doing Right Now, Fastreack the New Shows Just Hours after their US Screening.

  • Will we be able to watch with android now?