+ Wednesday July 17th, 2019

With so many paid streaming services around – Netflix, Stan, Kayo, Foxtel, etc – it can be easy to overlook the number of free streaming services on offer in Australia. Each of the main TV broadcasters/networks in Australia has a streaming / on-demand service, and for Channel 10, that service is called tenplay.

  • What is tenplay? An ad-supported free streaming service for all the latest shows from the Ten network, including Ten, Eleven and One.
  • Where can I watch? You can watch tenplay on most mobile devices, set top boxes and smart TVs. Apps are available for Android and iOS based devices.
  • Does it cost anything? No, it’s free, but you get ads just as you would on free to air TV.

Tenplay is Network 10’s answer to the streaming services that came earlier from the other networks, including 9Now, 7Plus, and the national broadcasters ABC (iView) and SBS (On Demand). Like those services, it allows viewers to stream episodes for up to three years from broadcast date, offering hundreds of hours entertainment at your command.

What can I watch?

Unlike some other services, tenplay doesn’t offer live streaming of all Network 10 channels. There is a single live stream, though, where you can watch shows like Studio 10, The Project and MasterChef. This stream isn’t 24/7, either – it runs when there’s content to stream, and when there’s not, you’re left with catch-up shows.

It’s in this area where tenplay stands out – there’s a lot of content in 10’s catch-up library, with most shows available as soon as they’re broadcast, and they remain available for periods of two to four weeks, and in some cases, for years.

Some shows are excluded due to licensing, but most shows are available. Here’s some of the bigger names:

  • MasterChef Australia
  • Bondi Vet
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Prison Break
  • The Americans
  • 24: Legacy
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Bull
  • This Is Us
  • Modern Family
  • Homeland
  • Bob’s Burgers

Tenplay’s content is available to watch within Australia, so if you’re trying to catch up overseas, you’ll need to use a VPN to make it look like you’re back here.

How can I watch?

Like most free-to-air streaming services, most devices are supported. There’s the tenplay website for devices without a specific app, where you’ll need a Windows PC, Mac or Linux computer with Flash. Most modern browsers are supported.

To take with you, your Apple devices are supported from iPhone 4 onwards, provided they’re running iOS 8 or later. Android devices are a bit more nuanced, but virtually all recent devices are supported.

To watch on your TV, you can use an Apple TV, Telstra TV or Fetch TV – each has its own version of the tenplay app. Android TV is also supported, so you can use devices like Vodafone TV, Foxtel’s Now Box, or any number of other Android TV set top boxes available.

Certain Sony Bravia and FreeViewPlus compatible TVs also support tenplay without any additional hardware.

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Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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The Block is the only show I watch on FTA these days, and frustratingly Ch9 (AFAIK) is the only channel that requires a login to use their service, so I just… don’t.

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Would be great, if only the 10 Network had any decent programs.

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