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DocPlay Review & Guide

Are you more of a ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ kind of person? Or maybe you just like to sit down to watch a good doco. Either way, DocPlay is a streaming service that you should take notice of, designed for solely streaming documentaries. While you may be forgiven in never having heard of it before, given the scope of the Australian streaming scene, is it worth tuning in to? Find out all you need to know about DocPlay in this Canstar Blue guide.

What is DocPlay?

DocPlay is a service from Madman Entertainment, the company responsible for delivering various anime shows to Australia, developed in conjunction with Screen Australia to deliver Aussies – and New Zealanders – a quality documentary streaming service. Currently there are hundreds of documentaries in its library, with new ones being added regularly. As it has the backing of Screen Australia, there is an effort to provide Australian-made titles as well.

How much does DocPlay cost?

DocPlay is available for $7.99 a month, or as a $79.99 yearly subscription. DocPlay used to offer a free service where you had to put up with ads (similar to Spotify), but currently only offers paying subscriptions. However, it does also offer a 14-day free trial for you to see exactly what you’ll be getting yourself into.

What can I watch on DocPlay?

DocPlay specialises in streaming documentaries, with its library split into TV series and films, as well as into specific genres. There are some big names on there, as well as some titles you may not have heard of, with hundreds of titles available to stream. Some popular documentaries currently on DocPlay are:

  • 2040
  • 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • 93 Queen
  • BlackFish
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Citizenfour
  • Cocaine Cowboys
  • The Cove
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Hoop Dreams
  • The Summit

There is a strong presence of Australian documentaries, which are mainly centred on iconic Australian figures such as Tim Minchin, Father Bob Maguire, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly and so on. If you’re after more home-grown content than big-budget documentaries, DocPlay could be a great source.

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How can I watch DocPlay?

As DocPlay is a web streaming site, pretty much anything connected to the internet can stream DocPlay, including:

  • Mac and Windows computers
  • Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches
  • Android Phones and Tablets
  • Apple TV & Apple Airplay
  • Sony Android TVs
  • Samsung TVs
  • Google Chromecast
  • Telstra TV
  • Xbox One

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $11.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $119.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $11.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $11.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $119.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $119.99
Advertised Cost/year
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How does DocPlay compare to other streaming services?

DocPlay, while supported by the Australian Government and Screen Australia, is still in direct competition with the likes of Netflix and Stan. And while it’s obviously marketed towards a niche group, how does DocPlay stack up? Check out the table below.

  Netflix Stan Disney+ Kayo DocPlay
Price per month $10.99 (Basic Plan) $10 (Basic Plan) $11.99 $25 (Basic Plan) $7.99
Free Trial No 30-day No 14-day 14-day
Number of Screens 1 1 4 3 Unknown
HD Streaming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exclusive Content Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Information sourced from respective websites. Accurate as of August, 2021. 

There is no explicit information about the total number of simultaneous streams allowed with DocPlay, its Terms & Conditions state that Madman may cancel, suspend or restrict your membership if “we detect an unreasonable number of simultaneous sessions are being accessed on your account”. Whether this means two or 32 streams remains a mystery, but we don’t want to test the waters.

As far as content goes, DocPlay focuses on documentaries, and as such has a pretty niche spectrum of content on offer. Its content list ranges into the hundreds, while Netflix and Stan both range into the thousands, or even tens of thousands. This comprises not just of documentaries, but of fictional shows and films as well. For hard-hitting documentaries, DocPlay may just be the go-to source as it seems both Netflix and Stan are wanting in terms of popular documentaries, although still offer enough to keep you interested.

Sign up to BINGE

If you’re looking for a break from docos, why not try BINGE? Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. Check out the plan inclusions in the below table. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/month
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Is DocPlay worth a play?

DocPlay is another streaming service catering towards a particular genre or category of film, and as such its user base is probably a bit more niche compared to Netflix or Stan. Where DocPlay shines through is with its Australian content, and library of documentaries that aren’t even on Netflix or Stan. However, where DocPlay somewhat falls behind is its limited library with a count in the hundreds, not thousands. Though, what it does offer is pretty solid.

For fans of documentaries it may be a no-brainer to sign up to DocPlay, but for the regular viewer who only occasionally likes getting their brain-tickled, it may not be entirely worth it, despite DocPlay being one of the cheaper options currently available. At the end of the day, what you relax to at the end of the day is up to you, with no shortage of options out there for you. If you can’t decide between the available streaming services, check out our ratings on Australian Pay TV and streaming services to see which one may be the best fit for you.

About the author of this page

Dean Heckscher

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Projects Lead, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.

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