Documentary streaming service iwonder launches in New Zealand

Person with remote control chooses between NZ streaming services iwonder, DocPlay, Netflix, Lightbox and Neon.
New Zealand's streaming video provider market just got more crowded. Photo credit: Getty

Documentary and current affairs streaming service iwonder has launched in New Zealand and is offering a trial month of membership free.

The service says it already has over 500 hours of content, with documentaries from across the spectrum of entertainment, sports, history, politics, science and technology, religion, music, movies, nature, war and also biographies.

"News stories are integrated into the home page, and paired with documentaries and current affairs shows that explore similar themes and related topics," it says in a press release.

According to the release, iwonder has previously launched to 15 million users via the iflix platform in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

iwonder launches in New Zealand March 4, 2019.
The service will be curated to current events, such as the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit. Photo credit: iwonder

"We are passionate about connecting the best of the 30,000 or so documentaries produced each year, so many of which fly under the radar without Hollywood marketing budgets, to audiences that are increasingly migrating to streaming," says iwonder co-founder and CEO James Bridges.

After the free first month, New Zealanders keen on iwonder can have it for $6.99 per month of $69.99 for an annual subscription.

In addition to the major mainstream offerings of Netflix, Lightbox and Neon, iwonder is competing with fellow doco specialist DocPlay, which launched in Aotearoa in 2016.

That service charges $6.95 per month and says it has close to 500 titles available for Kiwi customers, with upcoming additions including Minding the Gap, McQueen and Pick of the Litter.

As well as New Zealand, iwonder is launching on Monday in Australia and Singapore.