NZ ISP Slingshot has turned on global mode for all its customers, allowing them to access video streaming sites that traditionally place restrictions on the geographies that can access them.
With the new service, customers will be able to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer.
According to the company, the service is included by default in customer packages, with no extra charge, and all they need to do is access these sites as they normally would any other site on an internet browser.
Slingshot GM Taryn Hamilton says the ISP believes the time has come for New Zealanders to have the same choice of content that those in America and Europe have.
“We know Kiwis want to watch movies and TV series online – but are blocked from using the world’s best and most popular streaming services. We are now giving Kiwis access to these sites – and an option to pay for the content they want to watch at a fair price.”
“Either that or they are choosing to pirate the content they want to watch. So giving access to all the great streaming services will give Kiwis much greater choice and an option to pay for content they otherwise may not have been able to.
“There is no valid argument as to why New Zealanders are paying much more for the same content as others in the world. We shouldn’t tolerate it. This issue extends far beyond TV and Movies, with Kiwis paying significantly more for many technology services and products from the world’s biggest brands than in many other countries,” he said.
The company also stated that NZ based video streaming sites, such as TVNZ OnDemand, will continue to play as normal, and will not be affected by the service.