When do episodes publish and why do they expire?

The time it takes for episodes to be made available on TVNZ is dependent on the online rights that we have for that show. For example, most shows we can put up immediately after they have finished airing on TV and with premiering shows we can put them up on TVNZ after they have aired on the US West Coast or when the episodes arrive at TVNZ.

Online rights also come with different expiry dates. Our TVNZ online-exclusive shows can only stay online for two weeks; some local shows like Country Calendar can stay online for an extended period, but Shortland Street can stay online for only fourteen days, while other local shows like Step Dave and most of our international episodes stay up for four weeks.