Watching the US Open Tennis Championships online has never been easier, and we’re going to make sure that come to the 2019 event, you know just what your options are.
The US Open Tennis Championships was founded back in 1881, making it one of the oldest sports events in the US. Since 1987, the US Open has been the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year, following the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon.
The tournament is split between five championships – men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The most recent winners in the singles championships are Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
The 2019 US Open Tennis will be held in New York. The Main Draw starts from August 26th and ends September 8th. While the Qualifiers are scheduled between 19th to 23rd August. The matches are split throughout the announced days, several taking place each day. The games are also divided between multiple arenas – the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the Grandstand Stadium, and the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
You can check out the schedule on the US Open Tennis official website. Right now, there are no names attached to it, but we’re sure they’ll go up closer to the start of the US Open.
According to an agreement reached by the US Open Tennis, ESPN and Tennis Channel are the two channels that will broadcast the events in the United States. If you live abroad, there are loads of local channels that feature the events and will also stream the content live online.
How to Watch US Open Tennis Online?
In order to watch various events online, you need a subscription for various live TV platforms or streaming services. The beauty of using such tools is that you get to enjoy streaming wherever you may be, without having to run back home so you can catch the broadcast. Well, not even these platforms can allow you to watch anywhere you go, because there are licensing deals in place which prevent them from allowing broadcasts outside the US. So, if you happen to be traveling, you won’t be able to watch anything. The only thing you can do, however, is to subscribe to a VPN service which will help change your IP address, since that’s what gives out your actual location. We’ll walk you through it.
- First, you should look into which VPN you want to pick. We’ve reviewed dozens of these over the years and we can recommend you go for ExpressVPN, which is one of the best. So start with visiting ExpressVPN’s website and subscribing to the service.
- Then, you have to download and install the app before launching and logging into your account.
- Next, you should pick a US-based server and connect to it. There are dozens of those in there, so you don’t have to worry about it.
- Once the connection goes green, you can load the live TV platform you chose to watch the US Open on, such as fuboTV, tune in to the required channel and watch the event.
How to Watch US Open Tennis Without Cable?
Since we’re talking about watching the US Open Tennis Championships online, we’re going to take a look at several over-the-top platforms since those will get you what you want at top quality.
|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, we have fuboTV on the list, which is a great platform for those who love sports since there are so many dedicated channels. There is only one bundle of channels to choose here, namely fubo. If you want to customize the service there are loads of channel packs available, as well as premium networks. While fubo doesn’t feature any ESPN channels, you can find the Tennis Channel over in the fubo Extra pack, which costs $5.99 per month. You’ll get it for a better price if you check out the pre-designed packs they offer new subscribers.
On fuboTV, you can record up to 30 hours of content with the regular subscription, but you can always expand to 500 hours by paying $9.99 per month. The service also permits up to two simultaneous streams, but you can upgrade to three devices by paying $5.99 per month. You’ll get considerably better prices if you pick any of the deals they offer when subscribing. Check out TechNadu’s fuboTV review for more info.
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|
First on our list is Sling TV, which is one of the most versatile platforms we’ve seen so far, offering loads of customization opportunities. In fact, there are three bundles you can get – Orange ($25/mo), Blue ($25/mo), Orange + Blue ($40/mo) – and loads of interest-based channel packs for those who love news, cartoons, sports, entertainment, and more. Plus, you can add premium channels, which are great, to begin with. So, Sling TV doesn’t have the Tennis Channel, but ESPN channels are abundant. In fact, you can get three channels – ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 – straight with the Orange and Orange + Blue bundles.
Sling TV doesn’t offer any cloud DVR space for free, which means you’re going to have to pay $5 per month to get 50 hours of space. Also, since the platform has a pretty weird model to distribute multi-screen streaming, subscribers of the Orange bundle only get one screen, while Orange + Blue subscribers get four. So, make sure you make the right choice here. To get all the facts, read our Sling TV review.
|Bundles||Monthly - $5, Yearly - $50|
|Multi-screen streaming||5 devices|
|Device support||Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Smart TVs, Fire Tablets, iOS, Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromecast, web|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another option you have is ESPN+, which is a platform launched in April 2018 by the massive sports network. For $5 per month or $50 per year, subscribers get access to all content that’s on the regular ESPN app, plus exclusive events, original content, and more.
The platform works great and it managed to attract millions of users right from the start, quickly becoming a fast-riser among OTT platforms. Check out our ESPN+ review to figure out if this is the right choice 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|
The folks from Hulu decided that giving people great video-on-demand content wasn’t enough and came up with a third plan that also features access to live TV for $44.99 per month. There’s a single bundle of channels in there, but it makes sense given how the platform is thought out. The list of channels thankfully features ESPN and ESPN 2, although you won’t be able to find the Tennis Channel around here. Nonetheless, ESPN should be enough.
The service comes with 50 hours of DVR storage space that you can use to record the matches in case you’re going to miss any. You can also upgrade to 200 hours of storage space by paying $14.99 per month for the Enhanced Cloud DVR feature. While regular Hulu customers get only one stream, live TV subscribers get two. Or, of course, if you are willing to pay $14.99 per month, you can upgrade that number to infinity. Read our Hulu review to get all the details on what this platform has to offer.
5. 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|
While it’s true that YouTube TV also only offers one bundle of channels, it’s different for this one because there’s no other reason for them taking this route than simply wanting to provide a single option. Of course, for many years now, Alphabet Inc has thought it knows best what Internet users want, so maybe they’re right. The monthly subscription for YouTube TV costs $49.99 per month and features dozens of channels and some pretty nifty perks. Among those channels that YouTube TV allows you to watch we can enumerate ESPN and ESPN 2, as well as the Tennis Channel. The list is, obviously, a lot longer, but what it boils down to is the fact that you can watch the US Open via YouTube TV quite easily.
When it comes to cool perks, YouTube TV allows users to make unlimited recordings of their favorite shows. They do expire after nine months, though, so you’re going to have to make sure to watch everything beforehand. The platform allows users to watch content on up to three screens simultaneously, which is great for larger families. Make sure to give our YouTube TV review a read to make sure you know everything about the platform before making a decision.
6. 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 features seven bundles nowadays. Two of them were added this spring, namely Plus and Max, while the other five have actually been around for a long time; they just have a fresh name and a new price that’s double than it used to be – Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. You’ll find that ESPN channels are present in all seven bundles, although in Optimo Mas you’ll find the ESPN Deportes Spanish version. The Tennis Channel is also present in DirecTV’s bundles, making it in Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate.
On DirecTV Now, you can record the matches if you’re not home, but you have to watch them quickly because you only have 20 hours worth of space to use and there’s no upgrading option. You can, however, watch content on up to two devices at once, upgradable to three if you pay $5 per month. We have a DirecTV Now review with all the details you need.
7. PlayStation Vue
|Bundles||Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)|
|Customization||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) 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|
Next on our list is PlayStation Vue, the platform that got the best score during our review. There are four bundles you can get here – Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($84.99/mo), with the latter featuring HBO and Showtime. There are also several channel packs you can add and several premium networks. ESPN is part of all bundles, so you can make no mistake. You’ll just have to check them all and see which has the channels you like most, and which price your wallet likes best. Tennis Channel can be found in the Elite and Ultra bundles.
If you’re going to miss any of the games, PlayStation Vue offers enough DVR space for 500 programs, so you can watch them later. The recordings expire after 28 days, though, so you might want to see them before that. On PlayStation Vue, you can watch content on up to five devices at the same time. Furthermore, users can watch three programs at once on their devices, thanks to a cool split-screen feature. Read our PlayStation Vue review to get all the info you need.
The US Open Tennis is one of the most prestigious events in the sport, so we’re glad you’re interested in watching it all online. We’d love to hear what platform you chose in the comments section below and if you could share the article online. Come chat with us on TechNadu’s Facebook and Twitter pages.