How To Watch The 2014 Commonwealth Games Online

The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games officially kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July. (Thursday morning in Australia.) However, only a sliver of coverage will actually make it to regular, free-to-air TV. Here's what you need to get 100 per cent live coverage during the two-week event.

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The Commonwealth Games are widely considered to be a poor, slightly gangrenous cousin to the Summer Olympics. On the plus side, the lack of worthy adversaries means Australia gets to completely dominate the medal tally and humiliate its colonial brethren, including the poms. Hurrah!

As you've probably heard, Network TEN has the broadcasting rights to the XX Commonwealth Games in Australia with hosting duties undertaken by Mel McLaughlin, Ian Thorpe, Greg Rust, Nicole Livingstone, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and a bunch of others.

In addition to its free-to-air coverage, TEN is also offering up to eight 24-hour live streams on mobile, web, Xbox One/Xbox 360, Windows 8 devices and Sony Bravia televisions. Users will also be given access to live replays, highlights packages, catch-up services, live data, statistics, a medal tally and athlete and event information.

This will all be delivered through the Tenplay app, which you can download for Android and iOS here and here, respectively. The app is free to download, although data rates obviously apply for devices streaming via 3G or 4G. A version of the app can also be accessed via the aforementioned hardware platforms.

    Here are the Commonwealth Games features that Tenplay is offering on each platform:

  • iOS/Android: Eight dedicated 24 hour live streams as well as full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games. We also have live results, event schedule and the medal tally
  • TENplay.com.au: Eight dedicated 24 hour live streams as well as full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games. We also have live results, event schedule and the medal tally
  • TENplay Xbox One: Six dedicated 24 hour live streams as well as full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games
  • TENplay Xbox 360: Full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games
  • TENplay Windows 8 Phone app: Eight dedicated 24 hour live streams as well as full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games
  • TENplay Windows 8 app: Eight dedicated 24 hour live streams as well as full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games
  • Sony Bravia IPTV app: Full catch-up for all events, highlights packages and Ten News reports from the Games

In all, TEN will screen more than 260 hours of coverage starting this Thursday morning at 5:30am.

Originally published on Lifehacker Australia

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