Streaming services have taken over. Where once Netflix stood alone, countless more have joined. Apple TV, Disney+, Neon, Prime Video, TVNZ on Demand and Acorn TV have all become strong competitors, fighting for a share of our streaming revenue. And while more competition has secured higher budget shows and better quality viewing, the choice can at times be overwhelming. Sometimes it can feel like your most-watched show is, well, your streaming provider’s home screen!
So to help make your viewing life easier, Canstar joined up with JustWatch, to bring you a regular round-up of the top streaming shows and films currently playing in lounge rooms across the country.
At a glance
The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Special has reignited our love for the film series. The first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, shoots straight to the top of our viewing list. Interestingly, that may have proven enough of a Harry Potter fix, as none of the subsequent films make our top 10 list.
The popularity of new Spider-Man flick, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has meant Spider-mania has continued into the new year. Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Spider-Man: Far From Home all feature in the 10 most popular movies being streamed in NZ right now.
Anything Star Wars is a recipe for success. For while fans of the sci-fi franchise can be harsh critics, you can always count on them to tune in to any new offering. And latest spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett is no different. Starring our very own Temuera Morrison in the iconic role, the series has shot straight to the top of Kiwis’ watch lists.
Close behind, in the second spot, is British mystery drama Stay Close. The Netflix mini-series is about a photojournalist, a soccer mom and a homicide detective whose lives are all shaken by a terrible event from the past.
Other popular shows include the new season of The Witcher, psychological drama Yellowjackets, and the long-running, ever-popular Dr. Who.
Read on below for a full ranking of the most popular movies and shows, currently playing in New Zealand.
NZ’s Top-Ranked Streaming Movies*
1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rent: Apple TV/Google Play/NEON)
2 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Rent: Apple TV/NEON)
3 Spider-Man (Rent: Apple TV/Google Play/NEON)
4 Don’t Look Up (Stream: Netflix)
5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Rent: Apple TV/Google Play/NEON)
6 Sing (Rent: Apple TV)
7 Spider-Man: Far From Home (Rent: Apple TV/Google Play/NEON)
8 The Suicide Squad (Rent: Apple TV/Google Play/NEON)
9 The Last Duel (Stream: Disney+)
10 The Power of the Dog (Stream: Netflix)
NZ’s Top-Ranked Streaming Shows*
1 The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+)
2 Stay Close (Netflix)
3 Yellowjackets (NEON)
4 Station Eleven (NEON)
5 This Is Us (Prime Video)
6 The Witcher (Netflix)
7 Dr. Who (Prime Video, TVNZ)
8 Yellowstone (NEON)
9 The Expanse (Prime Video)
10 The Silent Sea (Netflix)
*Based on JustWatch popularity score. 03-09/01/22
If you’re into streaming and have never heard of JustWatch, here’s a quick heads-up. JustWatch is a streaming guide that collates what’s on offer from all the big players, meaning you don’t have to individually access each streaming service to find what you’re after.
For instance, type in the name of a show or movie, and JustWatch will list and provide links to all the platforms on which you can stream, rent or buy the show/movie. You can even filter by best price (including whether it’s available for free), and availability in SD, HD or 4K resolution. For more info on JustWatch, click the link below.
→ Related article: What is JustWatch – the Free Streaming Guide?
Stream with the best broadband
If you want to watch streaming TV, an ultra-fast broadband plan is essential. And if you want to know more about the best providers in the market, Canstar can help.
To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big providers annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service.
Canstar Blue’s latest review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Nova Energy, Orcon, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower and Vodafone, and awards the best our 5 Star rating:
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About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce began his career writing about pop culture, and spent a decade in sports journalism. More recently, he’s applied his editing and writing skills to the world of finance and property. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.