Tenet’s mind-bending premise and special effects made it one of the most highly-anticipated tentpole films of 2020. It came out in U.S. theaters way back in September of last year, but many of us missed the chance to see it on the silver screen.
The big-budget sci-fi thriller stars John David Washington in his breakout role, as well as cinematic mainstays Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh in truly stellar performances. Due to the film’s complex premise, many first-time viewers may have missed out on plot details. It’s a dense movie, and if you’re already familiar with director Christopher Nolan’s other offerings, then you’re well aware that his movies often demand multiple viewings.
No cable? No problem. Anyone interested in watching Tenet doesn’t need to worry over costly cable TV subscriptions. Tenet is now available to rent or own on a number of streaming services, so you can watch at home without cable and rewind as much as you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Best way to watch Tenet (2020)
Tenet’s plot centers around a CIA agent tasked with preventing terrorist attacks that originate from earth’s future. How those attacks affect our present is where the interesting parts come in. Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster currently holds a 70% score from critics over at Rotten Tomatoes. Although Tenet isn’t the all-star director’s highest rated movie, the special effects for the time-bending elements of the film are some of the most unique to ever hit the screen, and watching the characters move back and forth through streams of time is worth the price of admission alone.
Tenet is now available as a streaming rental and a digital purchase from a number of video-on-demand services. But as of February 2021, you won’t find it in the regular digital streaming libraries anywhere just yet. Even if you have a subscription to a service like Hulu or Disney+, you’ll still need to make a separate purchase on a different platform in order to watch Tenet. At the moment, it costs $5.99 to rent Tenet on all the platforms that feature the movie, so the best way to watch Tenet really depends on your preference of rental service.
All the ways to watch Tenet online
Right now, none of the big streaming services like Disney+, fuboTV, and Hulu have Tenet available in their regular streaming video-on-demand libraries. But the offerings available on streaming services change frequently, so it’s possible Tenet could be listed as a regular VOD stream on your favorite service very soon. However, to watch Tenet in February 2021, you’ll need to either buy or rent it from a service like Vudu or FandangoNOW. Here is a list of the services where you can stream Tenet today:
|Streaming/Rental Service||Rent||Buy Digital Copy|
|Amazon Prime Video||$5.99||$19.99|
Tenet has only been available to watch at home since December 15, 2020. So the movie is not currently out on services like Sling TV, Hulu, or Starz just yet. However, there are plenty of places to buy or rent the movie right now so you can watch at home. You’ll need to have an account for most of these services to rent and buy movies and shows, but the sign up is usually free. Here are the options.
Renting vs. buying Tenet
YouTube’s video rental service allows you to rent or buy Tenet today. We should note this service is seperate from YouTube Premium, so even if you have Premium, you’ll still have to pay the rental or purchase price. YouTube lets you keep a rental 30 days after the initial rental date, but you’ll have to finish the move within 48 hours of beginning the rental. The movie plays in 4K, and it costs $5.99 to rent Tenet and $19.99 to buy it digitally.
Google Play is Google’s alternative to the iTunes Store, and you can rent or buy Tenet using this service. Rentals expire after 30 days, but you have to finish watching the movie 48 hours after you start to watch it. Google Play allows you to choose between 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision HDR streaming options. Rent Tenet on Google Play for $5.99, or buy a digital copy for $19.99 so you watch it anytime.
Vudu is a streaming platform that’s been around for a while, and last year it was acquired by Fandango Media. You’ll have 30 days to start watching your rental, but 24 to 48 hours after pressing play to finish the rental. Vudu gives viewers the option to stream in SD, HDX, and HDR. You can rent Tenet right now for $5.99 or purchase the movie digitally from Vudu for $19.99.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s video-streaming service, and like the other options listed, this service gives you the option to start watching your movie 30 days after renting it, but 48 hours to finish after starting the movie. Amazon allows you to stream in HD or SD, and you have the option to rent Tenet for $5.99 or buy a digital copy for $19.99, just in case you’re interested in repeat viewings.
Apple’s iTunes Store is well-known for their music selections, but you can also rent and buy movies and TV shows. If you’re renting Tenet, you’ll have it for 30 days after the rental date, but you have to finish it 48 hours after you start to watch the movie. The iTunes Store lets you pick between SD, 4K, and HD streaming, and you can rent Tenet from this service for $5.99 or buy it digitally for $19.99.
Fandango acquired Dreamworks’ M-GO video-streaming platform back in 2016 and rebranded it as FandangoNOW. So Fandango now has two different video-on-demand streaming platforms to choose from. You can rent Tenet on FandangoNOW and keep it for 30 days, but you’ll have to finish watching it within 48 hours of pressing play. FandangoNOW lets you choose between streaming video in SD, HD, and 4K UHD. If you choose 4K UHD, make sure you have a device that supports it. Rent Tenet now for $5.99 or buy it digitally for $19.99.
Tech giant Microsoft also lets you rent and buy movies and shows, which many viewers commonly use with Xbox Live. You’ll have 14 days after ordering your rental to watch, and 24 to 48 hours to finish it after you start the movie. Microsoft offers three different streaming options—SD, HD, and UHD. You can rent Tenet today for $5.99 or buy a digital copy for $19.99.
The final cut
Nowadays video-streaming services tend to switch up the content they offer frequently, so if you have a preference of which video-on-demand platform you want to use, it might be a good idea to watch Tenet on it sooner rather than later. It’s a solid sci-fi flick, especially for anyone who likes a puzzle. Check out our weekly newsletter for more information on the best places to stream your favorites.