Best Guide to Streaming with 10 All Access
10 All Access
It’s been a time of extreme change for Network 10, to say the least. Having struggled to get viewer eyeballs in a competitive market, the network that brought us everything from Neighbours to Australian Idol went up for sale – and very nearly got bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited. At the eleventh hour, though, a rival bid came through from the giant US network CBS, and before too long they were the proud owners. Why does this matter? Because without CBS, 10 All Access wouldn’t even exist!
A 10-flavoured rebranding of the long-running CBS All Access service in the US, 10 All Access is a brave experiment that’s actually a first for free-to-air TV in this country – a streaming service with a monthly subscription.
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What Makes 10 All Access Unique?
If you’ve spent any time with the “catch-up” streaming services offered by the five free-to-air networks, you’ll be pretty familiar with the formula. A rotating set of episodes are available of the various shows currently on air – usually episodes from the last few weeks only. The idea is that you can jump on in and catch up with episodes you might have missed when they went to air, so you’re not stuck wondering what’s up with the plot. These catch-up offerings are usually of fairly average video quality and interrupted by frequent ad breaks. Both the ABC and SBS have experimented with putting entire seasons on their catch-up services, but they’re the exception rather than the rule.
10 All Access is a different beast altogether. As a paid service, it carries no ad breaks, obnoxious watermarks or other intrusions, and picture quality is upgraded to full 1080p high definition (when possible – some shows stream at lower quality). On offer are a range of shows from the 10 Network as well as new parent company CBS, entire seasons to binge your way through across a range of different genres.
The thing that really sets 10 All Access apart, though, is its inclusion of several series that have never been seen on free-to-air TV in Australia, including Tell Me A Story, One Dollar and Strange Angel. There’s also fresh episodes of new shows direct from the US – new sitcoms Fam and The Neighbourhood, for example, and the late-night shows from Stephen Colbert and James Corden.
Fans of locally produced shows also get their episodes delivered fresh and ad-free – whether it’s I’m A Celebrity or Neighbours (the latter available in high definition only via 10 All Access!). And if you’re into the veteran competition show Survivor, you’ll be stoked to find 36 full seasons of it ready to binge.
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What Content Is Available on 10 All Access?
Unlike most streaming services, 10 All Access actually displays a full list of the shows they have in their library, even to non-members – so you can get a complete idea of what’s on offer before you sign up. What you’ll get, basically, is a collection of current shows from both CBS and 10, as well as a large range of classic shows ranging from vintage sitcoms like Family Ties to old-school dramas like Charmed and Medium. Not all seasons of the shows are included, and sometimes, not all episodes of older shows are there (apparently due to licensing).
What is the Cost of 10 All Access?
Unlike the more large-scale streaming services – and unlike its US counterpart – 10 All Access only offers one single pricing tier, at a modest $9.99 per month. In the US, the CBS version of the service offers access at a lower price of $5.99 as well – but that’s because that tier includes ad breaks. Here in Australia, we’re lucky enough to have TenPlay around to catch up with the more recent episodes of shows if we don’t mind a few ads. But it’s entirely possible that, down the track, 10 All Access may offer a cheaper, ad-supported subscription as well that gives you access to the entire library.
Does 10 All Access Have a Free Trial Offer?
With 10 All Access there is no contract, of course, and the first 1 month is free so you can road-test what the service has to offer without paying a cent.
What Devices Does 10 All Access Work With?
Devices supported on 10 All Access
– iOS/Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 10 and 11+ & Android 4.0.3+)
– Apple TV: Yes – Via native app (Apple TV 4th Gen or higher)
– Android TV : Yes – Via app (Sony Bravia, miBox, select TV models)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting using iOS & Android devices, PC/Mac (Chromecast 2nd gen+, Ultra, select TV models)
– PC/Mac: Yes – via 10allaccess.com.au (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Internet Explorer)
– Telstra TV: No
– Fetch TV: Yes (Fetch Mini & Mighty)
– Gaming Consoles (XBox One, PS4, etc): No
How Much Data Does 10 All Access Use?
Like most streaming services, 10 All Access adapts its streaming rate to your connection, but at its highest quality, you can expect to stream about 2-3GB per hour. As with all streaming services, if you’re going to watch a lot, we recommend a broadband plan with unlimited data!
Contact 10 All Access
You can get in touch with 10 All Access support by clicking the Help link on the site and submitting a request, or alternatively, call 1800 316 553 twenty four hours a day.
Ten All Access Review: Streaming TV Plus 1 Month Free Trial
It’s not exactly news that Australians love their streaming services – Netflix and Stan have millions of viewers and, thanks to its keen pricing and many side benefits, Amazon Prime Video is closing the gap fast. For those who want them free, network TV catch-up services have done the job, supported by ads. Now, the Ten network has a new offering that they’d like you to support with your wallet. Is it worth the money?