As the courts are readied at Roland-Garros, we must make sure we can watch the 2019 French Open online because that’s just the way to watch TV nowadays.
The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros by the name of the venue where the event takes place, is the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments. It’s the only Grand Slam that’s held on clay, which makes it one of the most physically demanding tennis tournaments in the world.
The first time the French Open was held was back in 1891. There are five events that you have to watch out for – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. In 2018, Rafael Nadal won the Men’s Singles at Roland Garros for the 11th time, making it his 17th Grand Slam. At the same tournament, WTA number 1 Romanian player Simona Halep won her first Grand Slam.
The qualifying rounds kick off on May 20, but the main event will start on May 26th and it will end on June 9th. You can check out the players’ progression during the tournament on the official French Open website, alongside the schedule for the matches and who’s playing against whom. The location of the tournament is the same as it’s always been, with very few exceptions. As always, it’s going to be a major event that will attract viewers worldwide.
Again, NBC Sports and Tennis Channel are the two channels where you can expect to watch the Roland Garros event. They have a multi-year broadcasting deal for the United States, so you shouldn’t expect to see another name until at least 2024.
In France, it’s FranceTV Sports and Eurosport that have the rights, while people in the UK can enjoy the matches on ITV Sport and Eurosport. Australians can enjoy the event on Fox Sport and SBS Sport. Frankly, it’s quite easy to watch the French Open if you have cable.
How to Watch the French Open Online?
Over the years, we’ve come to discover just how awesome it is to watch TV online because these platforms open up our world, allowing us to watch TV wherever we want to, even if that’s on the road. But there’s one situation where these platforms won’t be able to help you much, namely if you travel abroad. Since there are licensing deals in place, all platforms are geoblocked. Thankfully, they know where you are by looking at your IP where you are, which is good because the IPs can be changed quite easily. In order to do this, you need to subscribe to a VPN service. Here is everything that you need to do.
- First, you need to pick a great VPN that you can use in the long term. We’ve reviewed dozens of these tools over the years so we can recommend going for ExpressVPN, which is easily one of the best tools of this kind. Then, you should visit ExpressVPN’s website and subscribe to the service.
- You then have to download the app and install it on your device.
- The next step involves launching the app and logging into your account.
- Now, you’ll have to look for a US-based server – there are dozens of those in ExpressVPN – and connect to it. Just pick your favorite.
- The last thing you need to do is to launch the live TV platform you chose to watch the French Open on, such as fuboTV, and log into your account, switch to the desired channel, and watch your favorite players.
How to Watch the French Open Without Cable?
What we need this time, however, is a way to watch the event online, without bothering to stay home. We want to free ourselves from that cable that ties us to our home couches. Thankfully, there are plenty of options nowadays.
|Bundles||fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.|
|Customization||Channel Bundles - fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks - Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)|
|Device support||Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser|
|DVR||30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
First on our list is fuboTV, which is a platform that delivers dozens of channels for sports lovers. There’s a single bundle to pick here – fubo – but it features a lot of cool networks, and you can add numerous premium networks or channel packs. In fact, while NBC Sports can be found in the main fubo bundle, you’re going to need to add the fubo Extra pack for $5.99 per month to also get the Tennis Channel. If you want a better price for the fubo Extra pack, you can find it in the special packs fuboTV has set up for users so they can get various add-ons at a discount.
In case you don’t want to miss out on any matches, you can record them to the cloud. fuboTV offers customers 30 hours of space, but you can expand that to 500 hours by paying an extra $9.99 per month for the Cloud DVR Plus feature. The platform further allows users to watch content on two devices simultaneously, but you can add another screen by paying for the Family Share feature. Read our fuboTV review to get all the details you need.
2. Sling TV
|Bundles||Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)|
Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
|Device support||Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser|
|DVR||Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
We also have Sling TV on our list, which is a great platform that offers loads of customization options. The bundles are currently offered at a discount price, so Orange is $15 per month, Blue is for $15 per month, and Orange + Blue is $25 per month. Then, you can add channel packs and premium networks to get the plan you want. In order to watch the French Open, you’ll find that NBC Sports is present in the Blue and the Orange + Blue bundles. The Tennis Channel is also an option via the Sports Extra pack, which costs $5 per month for those who went for the Orange bundle, and $10 per month for the Blue and Orange + Blue bundles.
If you want to record any of the content to see later, you’re going to have to pay another $5 per month for 50 hours of cloud DVR space, since there’s no storage space offered for free. Sling Blue subscribers get access to three simultaneous streams, while Orange + Blue subscribers get four streams, which is pretty great. We have a detailed Sling TV review ready for you.
|Bundles||A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $44.99 per month|
Premium channels - HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs - Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
|Device support||iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers|
|DVR||50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR - 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Now we have Hulu on the list. Although it’s better known for the video-on-demand platform everyone loves, for a while now Hulu has also offered a live TV plan for $44.99 per month. There’s only one set of channels you can get, but you can add some premium networks if you want to customize it a bit. The list of channels featured on Hulu includes NBC Sports, which is great news because it means you’re going to be able to watch the Roland Garros matches. There’s no Tennis Channel on the list, however.
In case you’re not going to be home for any of the matches and you really want to watch them, you can record it to the cloud as you are provided with 50 hours of storage space by default. You can expand to 200 hours by paying $14.99 per month. Furthermore, while regular VOD Hulu subscribers get access to only one screen per account, live TV subscribers get two. Of course, you can pay another $14.99 per month and the limitations are lifted completely. Give our Hulu review a read before making a decision.
4. YouTube TV
|Bundles||A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)|
|Customization||Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)|
|Device support||Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android|
|DVR||Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another platform that’s made a name for itself is YouTube TV. Offering a single bundle of channels for the sole reason of wanting to, YouTube TV costs $49.99 per month and features dozens of channels, while also allowing users to add some premium networks to the mix. The list of channels features NBC Sports, as well as Tennis Channel, so you have some variety in the reporting of the matches if you’d like that.
YouTube TV offers unlimited cloud DVR storage space so you can save anything you want if you’ll just remember to watch it all within nine months when they expire and get deleted. The platform also allows users to watch content on up to three different screens at the same time so your family members can enjoy something else while you watch the great players at the French Open. Read our YouTube TV review for more info on what the service has to offer.
5. DirecTV Now
|Bundles||Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)|
|Customization||Channel packs - DirecTV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and DirecTV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)|
|Device support||Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers|
|DVR||Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
We also have DirecTV Now on the list, which is a platform that has loads of bundles to check out. Two of them are new, namely Plus and Max, but the other five have been around for a long time, only to get a new name and a new price just recently – Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. NBC Sports is a big channel, so you’ll find it in all seven bundles. Tennis Channel is also a part of DirecTV Now’s list, but it only makes it on three lists – Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate. There are also loads of channel packs you can add, mainly featuring Spanish or international channels, as well as premium networks.
You’ll be able to record some of the matches on DirecTV Now if you want, as the platform offers 20 hours of storage space, which really isn’t much compared to others. You are also allowed to stream to two devices simultaneously, but you can always add another by paying $5 per month. Give our DirecTV Now review a read-through to get a better idea of what the platform has to offer.
6. PlayStation Vue
|Bundles||Access ($44.99/mo), Core ($49.99/mo), Elite ($59.99/mo), Ultra ($79.99/mo)|
Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus)
Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus)
Premium Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)
|Device support||Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser|
|DVR||Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit|
|Free trial||Yes, 5 days|
Lastly, we have PlayStation Vue, a service that managed to get the highest score among all OTTs when we reviewed it. There are four bundles you can get here Access ($44.99/mo), Core ($49.99/mo), Elite ($59.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo), and you can add a few channel packs and premium networks. The service offers NBC Sports in all four of its bundles, and you can also find the Tennis Channel in the Elite and Ultra bundles. So, in the end, you just have to pick the one that has the channels you want and has the right price for your budget.
With PlayStation Vue, you can record pretty much anything you want to watch later because it offers enough space for 500 programs. Furthermore, you can enjoy the service along with all your family members, as there are five devices allowed on the platform at the same time. Plus, you can watch three programs at the same time on the same screen, thanks to a cool split-screen function. Read TechNadu’s PlayStation Vue review for more details.
We hope we’ve been of help in getting you to watch the French Open online and that you’ll be able to enjoy all matches. Maybe your favorites will win. Also, we hope you’ll share the article with your friends so others can find their way to watching Roland Garros online. We can’t wait to hear what platform you chose in the comments section below. Visit TechNadu on Facebook and Twitter.