It’s time to get your TV onto fibre
Us Kiwis use on average 234GB of data every month to stream our favourite movies, TV shows, sporting events and everything else we use our broadband for. So when it comes to watching all that great content, there’s nothing better than seeing it on your biggest screen. If you want to do that buffer-free without any interruptions, you’ll need to connect your TV to fibre.
So, stop squinting at the small screens and stream big New Zealand! Check out below for all you need to know about getting connected to fibre and making sure you’re set up for the best streaming experience.
Why you need fibre?
Quite simply, fibre is the best internet connection available. It consistently rates highest for satisfaction over other technologies*, and gives you a dedicated, fast and consistently reliable connection so everyone can watch, listen, play, post and chat without interruption or slowing down. Even with multiple devices online (TV, phones, printers, smart fridges, and more), there’s no having to deal with slow speeds or interruptions.
*Based on Colmar Brunton Chorus Consumer Monitor 2018.
Dedicated capacity for multiple devices to watch, listen, play, post, work, and chat all at the same time, without any loss of quality.
The faster your connection, the more you can do and the less time it takes from downloading movies to uploading images, browsing web pages and streaming sports.
Fibre provides a great experience with consistent speeds and no buffering even when everyone is online.
Can I get fibre at my address?
5 steps to getting fibre at your place
Contact your broadband provider (don’t have one? Click here)
Ask to get connected to fibre broadband
When selecting plans opt for a 100mbps (Fibre100) or above plan with unlimited data for worry-free streaming
Get fibre installed. Find out more about the installation process here
Connect your TV to fibre. Find out how to do this here
Freeview Streaming Device
The Dish TV SmartVU X is the first-ever Freeview Streaming Device. Stream your favourite Freeview channels without the need for an aerial or satellite dish. It comes with a Chromecast built-in, can output 4K HDR content and this compact device magnetises to the back of your TV to stay cleverly concealed. Plus explore YouTube and other apps on Google Play, as well as Lightbox and Netflix.
Priced at $139 and available from Freeview-accredited retailers across New Zealand.
Controlled by a smartphone or tablet, casting sticks plug straight into the back of your TV — no box required. This makes it an easy option for secondary TVs around your house.
A small box that plugs into your TV that you control with an included remote. They typically have the most features and widest selection of streaming services, and receive the most frequent software updates.
Smart TVs don’t require any extra hardware. With a Smart TV, all you need to do is turn it on and use the included remote control. They are easy to use and support a wide range of streaming apps.
Chromecast from $68.99
Chromecast Ultra from $109.99
Apple TV from $250
PlayStation 4 from $489
Xbox One S from $728
Connecting your TV
How to set up your TV
Our resident tech expert Kurt Rodgers will show you how to set up your TV for the best streaming experience.
What you’ll need
For the best viewing experience, you should connect your Smart TV or streaming device directly to your modem. Together, they provide a strong connection, so you can stream high-quality content with minimal disruption.
- Connect your casting stick to your TV with an HDMI cable
- Connect your casting stick to your modem with an Ethernet cable
- Hint: The Chromecast Ultra’s Ethernet port is on the power adapter
- Connect your streaming box to your TV with an HDMI cable
- Connect your streaming box to your modem with an Ethernet cable
- Connect your smart TV to your modem with an Ethernet cable
Need help? Check out our FAQ’s
What to watch
Top streaming services
Once you’ve got a broadband connection that can handle your streaming needs, the next choice to make is what content service (or services) to subscribe to.
If you’re new to streaming content, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Check out the list below for some of the major players
All of these platforms have the rights to a different selection of music, shows, movies and events, so make sure you do your homework and check that your preferred service has your favourite titles.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is fibre?
- Can I get fibre at my house?
- Do I need to prepare anything for my fibre installation?
- What is Fibre pro and how does it work?
- Why do some areas get fibre before others?
- Fibre isn’t available at my place, when can I get it?
- How much will my installation cost?
- What is an ONT and where should I install it?
- What can affect my broadband performance?
- I don’t have a broadband provider, how do I get one?
- Why is 100Mbps or more the best option for streaming?
- How much data do I need for streaming?
- Is streaming legal?
- How does fibre improve the streaming experience?
- How do I stop streams from buffering?
- How do I get set up for streaming?
- How can I make my normal TV a Smart TV?