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Thanks to Serena and Venus Williams—plus the 2018 US Open champion Naomi Osaka—the spirit of tennis is very much alive in the west. The Tennis Channel is the one-stop shop for everything in the world of racquet sports, and thankfully, you don’t need to lug around a cable box to watch. If you’re looking to cut the cable cord, here’s everything you need to know to watch a Tennis Channel live stream.
What is the Tennis Channel?
Founded in 2001, the Tennis Channel is the biggest place for anything related to tennis, racquetball, and badminton. In addition to coverage of all the major competitions and championships, the Tennis Channel features everything from in-depth interviews to reality TV programming that follows upcoming tennis stars.
Tennis Channel live stream: How way to watch online
A Tennis Channel live stream is missing from many live TV streaming platforms, including Philo, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. But you still have a couple of options, and DirecTV Now comes with a free seven-day trial.
WATCH: Is SlingTV worth it?
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
In December 2018, Sling TV, the leading live TV streaming service, added the Tennis Channel as part of its Sports Extra add-on, which costs $5 per month for Sling Orange subscribers and $10 per month for Sling Blue subscribers. (You can choose which one you want to add if you subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue, which combines the two channel packages for $40 per month.) The add-on packages are nearly identical, but the latter also includes NFL RedZone. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
2) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now gets you quite the selection for your money. You’ll want to opt higher than the entry-level package, up to the $55 “Just Right” package, to get the Tennis Channel live stream. The package gets you other sports essentials, including four separate ESPN channels, Fox Sports, MLB Network, the NFL Network, and plenty of entertainment options. DirecTV Now also offers premium channels like HBO and Starz for just $5 per month. If you’re in the market for a live streaming service that includes gets you more than just the Tennis Channel, DirecTV Now is the way to go. (Here’s the complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)
Tennis Channel live stream: Other ways to watch online
Cost: $99 per year
Devices: Apple TV, Roku, iOS, Android, Fire TV
Tennis Channel Plus is a subscription-based service that lets you watch thousands of hours of live and on-demand Tennis Channel content. The $99 price tag can be daunting, but it’s a yearly payment, so ultimately you’ll save hundreds of dollars by committing at the outset. If you want to keep up to date on everything in the world of tennis and racquet sports, this is probably your best bet. You’ll get access to the ATP World Tour, WTA, Davis Cup, the Fed Cup, and more.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.