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What is tenplay? A streaming service for watching the latest episodes of TV shows from the Ten network.
Where can I watch tenplay? There is a tenplay app available for most mobile devices, set-top boxes and modern smart TVs.
Does tenplay cost anything? No, but you will have to watch ads like you would on normal broadcast TV.
As the youngest of the three commercially owned Australian TV networks, Channel Ten knows a thing or two about playing catch up. The free-to-air broadcaster has spent a lot of time trying to win Aussies over to its side, investing in big-name US TV shows like American Horror Story, Empire and The Simpsons.
The latest Channel Ten initiative is tenplay, its hybrid streaming and catch-up TV service for watching its TV shows online. With the ability to stream the most recent episodes of shows from channels TEN, ELEVEN and ONE to a vast array of modern devices, tenplay gives Aussies access to hundreds of hours of entertainment at the touch of a button.
Where similar free-to-air streaming services like 9Now and 7Plus make all their channels available for live streaming, tenplay offers just a single stream with live coverage of a handful of shows like Studio 10, The Project and MasterChef. Nor does this stream operate 24 hours a day as competing streams do, instead often going offline for hours at a time.
Fortunately, tenplay's catch-up service is far more robust. Most of the shows that air on TEN, ELEVEN and ONE make it into the catch-up library, with the latest episodes available to stream soon after they finish broadcasting on TV. Individual episodes will typically remain available for 14 to 28 days, after which they'll be removed from the catch-up catalogue.
Unfortunately, some shows won't make it to tenplay at all due to licensing restrictions.
Some of the shows available on tenplay include the following:
It's worth mentioning that tenplay does not have international streaming rights for its shows, so the service is only accessible within Australia. Trying to stream tenplay from overseas will result in an error message.
tenplay supports a large number of devices through both the tenplay website and device-specific apps.
To stream through the tenplay website, you'll need a Windows PC, Mac or Linux computer with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed. You'll also need to use one of the following compatible web browsers: Mozilla Firefox 23 or higher, Google Chrome 30 or higher, Safari 8 or higher, or Internet Explorer 11 or higher.
If you're looking to take your favourite Channel Ten shows with you, the tenplay mobile app has got you covered. For Apple users, the iOS tenplay app requires at least an iPhone 4, iPad or fourth-generation iPod Touch, all of which must be running iOS 8.0 or later. Android users will have to check the store page for the Android tenplay app to determine whether their device is supported. Windows users with an on-the-go lifestyle needn't feel left out either. The Windows Store tenplay app is available for Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Mobile devices.
For the big-screen catch-up experience, you can watch tenplay on your TV via a number of streaming devices. Apple TV, Telstra TV and Fetch TV devices all have their own version of the tenplay app available through their respective app marketplaces as do the Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles. Select Sony Bravia and FreeViewPlus-compatible devices also support tenplay through a dedicated app.
One thing you'll want to be aware of when watching tenplay on your TV is that due to licensing restrictions, the catch-up catalogue on streaming devices is smaller than the one available through the tenplay website and the mobile app.
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Channel Ten doesn't provide any information regarding how much data tenplay uses, but judging by similar streaming and catch-up services, you'll want an Internet connection of at least 1.5Mbps for a smooth viewing experience. On average, you can expect tenplay to use roughly 250MB of data per 22-minute TV episode and approximately 470MB per 42-minute episode at standard definition.
Average rating (as of 26 April 2018): 1.9 out of 5.0
What are users saying?
"Absolutely the most useless app I've come across."
"Have never successfully watched anything on this app all the way through."
"The ad breaks are never evenly spaced out and they interrupt random parts of the program."
Average rating (as of 26 April 2018): 2.4 out of 5.0
What are users saying?
"None of the TV catchup apps are great but this is the worst."
"A very glitchy app experience (in particular the terrible ad implementation) that leads to frustration far more than anything else."
"If you like watching ads this is the app for you."
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