Review was updated on 17 March 2021
Slowly but steadily, Australia’s TV networks have realised that people with busy lives just don’t always have the opportunity to watch their favourite shows as they go to air. Whether the show is a serial drama like Neighbours or a reality show like Masterchef, missing even a single episode can put you totally out of the loop. To address this concern Network Ten created the Tenplay streaming and catch-up app.
With modern life busier and more demanding than ever before, networks have begun to shape their offerings around the day-to-day – rather than requiring us to do the same. The Channel Ten free-to-air offering is Tenplay, which gives you the opportunity to catch up on your absolute faves and make sure you don’t have to cover your ears around the office yelling “no spoilers!” The home of TV from Network Ten, 10 Peach and 10 Bold, there is an array of great content here for you to either catch-up on if you missed it the night before, or binge in a single sitting.
So it’s free and it showcases your favourite programs – so far so good. But what else sets TenPlay apart from the rest? As experts in all things television, this CompareTV guide breaks down everything you need to know about TenPlay. What shows are available? Will it work on your device? What special or unique features does it have? How can you get in touch with them? All that and more is answered below.
In this Review
What is Tenplay?
While it’s the perfect destination for you to catch up on anything you’ve missed, Tenplay isn’t only a catch-up site. Every show has a destination page – even if it’s not currently on the air – as well as live online streaming availability. This feature is most popular with their sport offerings, such as the select V8 Supercars racing events they televise in real time.
From those pages you can not only watch the most recent episodes of the show (and in some cases, such as with Masterchef, entire seasons), but also find interviews, trailers, information on the cast, and the latest news. There’s also an interface with social media content directly related to the show – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest – which is a great way to get a peek behind the scenes or chew the fat with other fans of the show. Plus, they’ve included photo galleries, blogs, and more – even Masterchef recipes on message boards.
What shows are available?
Every show which is aired on Network 10, 10 Bold, and 10 Peach. On top of that, you’ll be able to find news and sport which has been aired on the network. What this ends up as is a huge amount of content, all available at your fingertips anytime of day, wherever you may be.
Does Tenplay have unique content?
It sure does. Of course, lots of the programming which is available on the service is exclusive to Network Ten, meaning you’re invariably getting unique content in that regard. The extra lengths which Ten have gone to in order to create a comprehensive service, however, gives you even more unique content which is not available on their free-to-air networks.
What about sport?
Network Ten doesn’t have the range of sport that it used to – the AFL, for example, was wrestled from their grasp by Channel Seven a few years ago, while more recently the Big Bash has made the same transition – but it does still have plenty on offer.
Sporting broadcasts can be streamed live on Tenplay – they cannot, however, be watched on-demand at a later time. Ten’s strong focus on motorsport is also evident on the catch-up service, and much like the destination pages created for Network Ten shows, sports shown on Ten also have their own page full of news, photos and other features. You can also catch short sports news clips on the Tenplay Sports page, while full episodes of popular motorsport show RPM are available as well.
Live sport on Tenplay
The following is a list of live sport you can watch on Tenplay:
- Australian Grand Prix
- MotoGP World Championship
- Virgin Australia Supercars
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Tenplay Pricing and Plans
Great news – Tenplay is completely free! As with regular free-to-air television, Tenplay is supported by advertising – but this doesn’t get in the way of the user experience. In order to access Tenplay, you need to register as a Tenplay member. That won’t cost you a thing though, and is as easy as either heading to the website or downloading the app and clicking on the sign up button. Once you’ve entered a few basic details, the entire world of Tenplay will open up to you.
Network 10 recently made waves with the launch of their own streaming service, 10 All Access. Combining the best shows from Network 10 and their counterpart in the US, CBS, 10 All access offers both classic favourites and new shows that are always available for streaming for a low monthly price.
While there are some overlaps when it comes to programming on both 10 All Access and Tenplay, there are key differences that would surely make you want to subscribe to their streaming service instead. For one, 10 All Access features a lot of old-time favourites like 7th Heaven, Frasier, The Twilight Zone, and more — all of which you can’t find on regular free-to-air or on Tenplay. On top of that, all these are available for streaming at your own convenience, completely ad-free as well, which is one stark difference from the shows you can watch via Tenplay.
Compared to other streaming giants in Australia like Netflix and Stan, 10 All Access’ library does appear to be a bit lacking with less than a hundred shows on offer at the moment. However, it does offer its own charm with its library of old and new shows, which are a great mix of genres — from hit dramas to comedies, reality TV to late night talk shows, and more — and you can certainly expect it to grow in the near future. On top of that, you can kick things off with a free trial offer for one full month, giving you access to everything on their library, including hit shows like The Good Fight, Survivor, and NCIS, just to name a few. The free trial offer is completely risk free, so you can cancel anytime or just proceed with watching for less than ten dollars a month!
How’s the Tenplay user experience?
The idea of creating destination portals for each of their shows makes Tenplay’s website an all-encompassing information site first, catch-up TV service second. The app, however, is a whole different story.
Ten realises that when you grab your phone or tablet and fire up their app, what you want to do is actually watch something. So the informational side of things is largely left behind, with the focus shifting almost entirely onto on-demand catch-up episodes.
What about picture quality?
Picture quality on Tenplay is a mixed bag. Out of all the catch-up services, it ranks near the bottom in terms of picture quality when viewed on a decent-sized screen. Interestingly, though, that appears to be app-dependent, with the same service on some platforms (such as the Xbox One) kicking in to a higher quality version of the stream after a little time. Others, meanwhile – including Apple TV – seem to remain on a lower-resolution stream right through. This seems to depend on the show being viewed. For example, The Project remains in standard definition throughout, while more recent episodes of Masterchef ramp up to a pretty acceptable near-HD resolution.
Free-to-air shows on Tenplay sourced from HD masters look substantially crisper. Our guess is this will get better with time and with just a little more TLC on Ten’s behalf. Like most of the catch-up services on offer, there’s mandatory ads both before an episode starts and at the points that would have been natural ad breaks during broadcast. You can’t skip these like you would if you’d recorded a show off the air. It’s a necessary evil, of course. But the good news is that the ad breaks are much, much shorter than the ones you’d see on the broadcast.
Compatible Devices and Apps
Tenplay is available on the following devices:
|Android||Android 7 and up|
|iOS||Using iOS 8 and up|
|PC, Mac and Linux||Firefox version 63 and up Chrome version 74 and up Safari version 12 and up Edge version 16 and up|
|Apple TV||2nd, 3rd and 4th generations|
|Sony Bravia TV||Yes|
|Xbox One and Xbox 360||Yes|
How to Contact Tenplay
Tenplay have a fairly extensive set of FAQs on their website, making it easy to get the answers you need around the clock. General questions can be sent via email to email@example.com.
Overall, if you’re a fan of any of Ten’s library of shows, you’ll want to keep a Tenplay app around. There’s a terrific array of content, and if you want to dive even deeper into your favourite shows, the level of information available on the Tenplay website is unmatched.