Desktop/Laptop FAQs

Having trouble watching TVNZ OnDemand on your computer? Here are a couple of common things which might help:

- Check you have the latest Flash player -
-  Check your browser’s cookie settings and/or clear your cookies
- Trying viewing the video in different web browsers from the one you’re using such as Chrome, Firefox or IE9.
- Check your internet connection. If your internet connection is slow or intermittent, it will cause problems watching our videos.
- turn off any ad-blocking software or ad blocking browser plug-ins as these can prevent TVNZ OnDemand video from working correctly


Protected Content Message

AVG Anti-Virus software blocking video - If you have AVG installed (including the AVG Toolbar Add-On), you may find that all TVNZ OnDemand video, even the actual player itself, is blocked. The software is classifying the TVNZ OnDemand video player and shows as advertising, and a black screen will appear with no controls. To fix this - see the first entry in "Troubleshooting" below titled "Video player won't load - a black box appears with no buttons"

I'm receiving an error code when trying to watch video. What do I do?

If you're receiving an error code when you try to watch video, we'd recommend you try updating your browser version. If this has no effect, please try an alternative browser to see if that works better.

If the error code persists, please contact us and let us know your browser, operating system details, and versions of both. If you're unsure of these, an easy way to check is to visit this site here:


What do I need to be able to watch TVNZ?

  1. You must have broadband internet connection. Dial up won't cut it sorry!
  2. Most programmes require you to be viewing from within NZ
  3. Computer timezone must be set to '(GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington
  4. You must not be blocking ads from our ad servers. In order to watch TVNZ OnDemand video ensure the following sites are added to your ad blocking software white list:

Is there any way to use Chromecast and TVNZ OnDemand?

We’re currently working on support for Chromecast with the TVNZ OnDemand app.

However, in the meantime, you can still enjoy all your favourite shows on the big screen with Chromecast by ‘Tab Casting’ on a computer.

Simply put, to do this all you have to do is Cast a Chrome browser tab from your computer to Chromecast, mirroring what’s on your screen onto the TV. You’ll need to have the latest version of Chrome, and to search for and install the Google Cast extension for your Chrome browser.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a little Cast icon available in your browser. Simply press that icon in the tab you want to Cast, choose the Chromecast device you want to Cast to, and the icon will turn blue.

This way, you’ll be able to watch TVNZ OnDemand through Chromecast on the big screen, while we work on support for the app!


Why won't video play back on my Mac desktop/laptop?

If the video player on your Mac is turning grey and not playing content, we'd recommend checking and then clearing any manually configured DNS server address that you may have in effect.

You will need to use the one provided by your ISP. For steps on how to edit the DNS server on OSX, please head here.



For the best experience watching live shows, what browser should I use?

We'd recommend users try a browser like Chrome in order to have the most consistent experience watching live content on TVNZ. 

Why am I receiving an error message saying incorrect timezone/not in NZ?

To view most content on TVNZ OnDemand, you need to be in New Zealand. If you're receiving an error message even though you are in NZ, there may be a problem with the settings on your computer which determine your location.

There are a few different problems that could be causing this error message.

1) Check the timezone on your device - make sure it is set to New Zealand time - Auckland/Wellington (+12hrs), and that the time is accurate. Also, please ensure the ‘automatically adjust for daylight savings time’ tickbox is selected

2) Please check if you, or anyone in your household is routing your connection through a VPN (Virtual Private Network). VPNs allows users to appear as though they are actually from a different part of the world.

3) If you recently changed your ISP or internet plan, check with your ISP that your IP address has been correctly set up as a NZ IP. 

4) You may be trying to watch TVNZ OnDemand via your Smart TV browser. Our new website is not supported on TV browsers so you won't be able to watch TVNZ OnDemand unless you have the Samsung TV app.

If you can confirm that your household is not using a VPN, your timezone is correct, you are not trying to watch via a Smart TV browser and your ISP is able to confirm that your IP address has been set up correctly, then please get in touch and let us know.

I have a valid account but I’m unable to login

In order to keep you logged into your account, TVNZ has to save a cookie to your computer. If you’re not able to login, cookies might not be enabled in your browser or your cookie settings may be blocking cookies.

If you are in browsing in Privacy mode or Incognito mode, you will need to turn it off in order to login to TVNZ.

To check/update your cookie settings:

In Chrome

-  Check for an icon of a cookie with an x through it on the right hand side of your browser address bar.

-  Click on the cookie and you should see a pop up message which says This page was prevented from setting cookies.  You’ll need to make sure that “Always allow to set cookies” is checked so that you can login and have our site remember you.

-  If you don’t see the Cookie icon, you can also check your cookie settings by selecting the Chrome menu    then Settings > Content Settings.  Click on “Manage Exceptions” to add us to your Exceptions list by typing in [*.] and selecting Allow.

Internet Explorer

-          Click on Settings   then select Internet Options from the Tools menu.
-          Click on the Privacy tab then select Advanced.
-          Check the Override automatic cookie handling box.
-          Next select Accept under First-party Cookies.
-          Select OK in the Advanced Privacy Settings window.
-          Select OK on the Internet Options window to save your changes


-          Go to Tools then Options in the Firefox menu.
-          Select the Privacy tab
-          Select Remember History under "Firefox will:" drop-down menu.
-          Hit okay to close and save the new privacy setting.


-          Select Preferences from the Safari menu.
-          Select Privacy.
-          Select From third parties and advertisers under Block cookies
-          Close and save the new privacy setting.

Once you have updated your cookie settings, you should be able to login to TVNZ.

Do videos on TVNZ OnDemand pre-download before I start watching?

No. All videos on TVNZ 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.

TVNZ OnDemand is not loading correctly or playing out video in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 is not supported with this version of TVNZ OnDemand.

We recommend using a browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. If you want to use a version of Internet Explorer, we recommend using the latest version you can update to.

My video player controls have disappeared

It's possible that the zoom settings on your browser are preventing you from seeing the video player's control panel. To alter this, hold down CTRL + 0 or press CTRL + until your browser's zoom settings have reset to 100%.

Alternatively, you can find the 'Zoom' settings in the file menu of your browser, and alter them there. This will re-size your browsing window, and you should be able to see all the player control buttons.

Error message saying not in New Zealand

To view most content on TVNZ OnDemand, you need to be in New Zealand. If you're receiving an error message even though you are in NZ, there may be a problem with the settings on your computer which determine your location.

The data used for detecting your location is your IP address and your time settings.

Please note that your time setting is not just the clock time that is displaying, but the actual timezone that is set within your computer.

To set up your timezone...

·         If you're using Windows, just double-click on the time at the bottom right of your screen. When the 'Date And Time Properties' box opens up, click the 'Time Zone' tab - then make sure it is set to 'GMT +12:00) Auckland, Wellington'. Then click OK and you should be good to go.

·         If you're using a Mac, click on the time at the top right of your screen, then click 'Open Date And Time...' After that opens up, click the 'Time Zone' tab, and make sure the time zone is 'NZST' and the closest city is 'Wellington - New Zealand'. Once that's done, it should be all set up.

If it's not an issue with your time zone, check if someone in your home has done something to your computer to make it appear like it's not in NZ.

Common reasons for doing this include masking your NZ IP address to access international websites via a VPN or custom DNS service like Hola, Zenmate or Hide My Ass. This will need to be turned off so you can watch TVNZ OnDemand video.

Check with the technical expert in your household if you're not sure how to do this!

Video advertisement plays, but programme does not start / "Content not available to view" error message

Our international content is stored on a different server to our local content, and uses a different port (port 1935) on your computer to stream video. If this port is blocked, the international shows won't play.

To check if this is your issue, please try to view a local show, such as Shortland Street, and then try an international show, such as Grey's Anatomy. If only the local show plays, you most likely have port 1935 blocked.

This port is often blocked by institutions, such as workplaces or universities, but if you are at home, please contact your Internet Service Provider to find out how to unblock port 1935.

A particular show I want to watch live in OnDemand isn't offered? Why not?

Unfortunately, due to the current rights agreements we have with content providers, we are unable to live stream every single show we have at the present moment.

To begin with, we are live streaming as many of our News and Current Affairs shows as possible, with the aim to deliver more shows, and new events, live in the future.



Programme freezes and stutters

TVNZ OnDemand is optimised for users on broadband connections. To test your connection to our servers, please take a speed test below:


How do I contact TVNZ?

Easy, you can contact TVNZ via our Contact Form by clicking here.

Video and advertising no longer autoplays in OnDemand. Why not?

Some viewers on MacOS using Safari have found advertising and video no longer autoplays, with the play button potentially having to be pressed multiple times to watch a show.

Unfortunately, this is a feature of the Safari version 11 update in conjunction with Apple's High Sierra release, and out of TVNZ's control. Safari version 11 contains autoplay blocking for video.

If you'd like to resolve this on, head to the Safari menu by clicking on the Safari name in the top left corner of your browser. Then, click 'Settings for this website' while on, and then find the 'auto-play' drop-down to change the browser's behaviour to allow auto-play.