Although still light years away from anything Netflix is doing Lightbox opened last Tuesday by Spark to a great round up of TV (and only TV) available for streaming for $15 a month. If you consider renting or buying DVD box sets that’s a reasonable price.
With shows like Battlestar Galactica, Louie, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, Party Down, The Office, Luther, The Shield, Sherlock, The Inbetweeners, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Breaking Bad, Life on Mars, Torchwood (the early stuff), Doctor Who (the first four seasons from 2005), The X-Files, Community, and 30 Rock there’s plenty of shows I would recommend. I myself am catching up on Peter Capaldi in The Thick of It.
Mind you there’s little in the way of new stuff. They are highlighting big name shows like Outlander, Vikings, Black Sails and Orange is the New Black. It’s still better than Quickflix who has a premium content model and is charging $32.99 (or $3 an episode) for season one of Orange is the New Black — to watch streaming–it’s $36 in iTunes to purchase & download.
Lightbox’s interface is clunky and when you’re done with an episode it doesn’t line up the next one, which is frustrating. It’s design is completely unattractive and there’s no trailers for each show. But this can all be fixed and streamlined as they grow as I’m sure they will. For kiwis it’s as close to Netflix as you can get without jumping through cyber loopholes.