The 2018 French Open runs from May 27th through June 10th. Millions of tennis fans around the world will be tuning in to watch the highly anticipated tournament which is set to featuring the sport’s biggest stars and up-and-comers. For those without cable, there are plenty of legal, affordable ways to watch the French Open online. Based on the latest TV schedule available at press time, I’ve outlined everything you need to know to watch the French Open live stream without cable for the next two weeks.
Whether you’re a new cord-cutter or simply unfamiliar with how to watch tennis online, you’re not alone. Millions of fans will be watching the French Open online, skipping the expensive cable service in search of a better option. Currently, the services below are the best ways to watch the French Open without cable.
YouTube TV is the Best Option to Watch the French Open
In fact, there are only three regions where YouTube TV doesn’t carry NBC:
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Des Moines, IA
- Oklahoma City, OK
As long as you don’t live in one of those regions, you should be able to stream NBC.
As far as streaming services go, YouTube TV has a lot going for it. You get over 65 channels like the Tennis Channel for $40 a month, along with unlimited cloud DVR. Plus, the streaming quality will make it feel like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are playing right in your living room.
You can try out YouTube TV and watch the French Open for free with a 7-day trial.
Watch the French Open Live Stream via DIRECTV NOW
This year, DIRECTV NOW will be a great way to stream the French Open without cable. This service is available to any US resident with an internet connection, and offers a complete alternative to cable TV. For $35 a month, you can sign up and get access to 60+ channels, all of which can be watched live, on most devices. Watch on your streaming player, your computer, or even your mobile devices!
The French Open stream will air on a combination of Tennis Channel, NBC and NBCSN. All of these channels are available via DIRECTV NOW. You’ll want to go with the $50/month “Just Right” package, which offers 80+ channels. This will get you Tennis Channel and NBCSN, as well as NBC in some areas. And, of course, over 80 other channels like ESPN, TNT, AMC and much more. See our DIRECTV NOW review to learn more.
Want to get the French Open live stream free? Sign up for a free 7-day trial and test out the service while enjoying French Open streaming! And remember, DIRECTV NOW is non-contract, so you’ll never have to commit for more than 1 month at a time.
Hulu with Live TV is a Great Option to Watch the 2018 French Open Online
Since Hulu with Live TV carries NBC in 76 regions in the country, chances are you’ll have no problem streaming the French Open with Hulu Live. You can make sure you get NBC in your area by entering your ZIP code on Hulu’s website —just scroll down to the Hulu channel list and click the button that says View All Channels in Your Area.
With Hulu Live, you get over 60 channels for $39.99 a month, which is actually a pretty amazing deal when you factor in all the on-demand content you get for free.You can seamlessly switch from watching Serena Williams (potentially) dominate the French Open to watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine in between matches.
You can try out Hulu with Live TV and stream the French Open free of charge with a 7-day trial.
Watch French Open Without Cable via fuboTV
FuboTV is a sports-first streaming service that offers a simple and affordable way to watch live sports online, without cable. It will be useful to catch French Open coverage, and it’s also just super useful for watching sports in general.
fuboTV is $35 a month for 55+ channels, including NBCSN and NBC (select markets). Tennis Channel is not offered at this time. You’ll also get FS1, FX, NHL Network and much more. You can watch on most devices, ranging from streaming players to smartphones and more. See our fuboTV review to learn more.
Right now, you can start things off with a free 7-day trial of fuboTV!
Enjoy the French Open Stream with Sling TV
Sling TV will offer another easy way to watch French Open coverage online, whether you’re at home or on the go. Sling works over the internet, and is compatible with most devices, from streaming devices (Roku/Apple TV/Chromecast/etc) as well as mobile devices, computers and more. They often offer free or deeply discounted streaming devices for new customers, as well.
Sling Blue, the intermediate $25/month package from Sling, offers 40+ channels – including NBCSN and NBC in some areas. Tennis Channel is not offered at this time. There’s no contract to sign, and no commitment to make. Learn more in our Sling TV review.
Ready to get started and watch the French Open online free? There’s currently a 7-day free trial of Sling TV available!
Get PlayStation Vue to Watch The French Open Online
PlayStation Vue will provide another good option to watch the French Open live stream without cable. Vue offers both NBCSN and NBC (in select markets), although it does not offer Tennis Channel. So, you can watch most – but not all – of the tournament with this service.
Vue is now available nationwide, and you can subscribe to a package including NBCSN + NBC (select markets) for as little as $35 a month. If you want more selection, there are packages ranging up to 100+ channels. The vast majority of channels (including NBCSN) are available nationwide, but keep in mind that local channels like NBC, FOX and CBS may only be live in certain cities.
PlayStation Vue is a great new streaming service designed for cord-cutters. Offering channel packages starting at $30 a month, you can subscribe to Vue to get access to 45+ hit TV channels – all available for live streaming! You can sign up now and be watching the French Open online in less than 5 minutes!
Vue works on a number of devices, including PS3/PS4, iOS devices, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. It does not require a contract, and there are a huge number of hit TV channels available.
PlayStation Vue offers a free 5-day trial, so you can watch the French Open online free for the first week!
Subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus for Live Matches and Replays
Recently, the Tennis Channel launched its own streaming app for cord cutters called Tennis Channel Plus. Billed as the streaming channel for “the ultimate fan,” Tennis Channel Plus carries over 650 live events, with live matches from more than 45 tournaments throughout the year, including the French Open. In addition, the subscription service has more than 1000 hours of content available on demand.
Tennis Channel Plus will carry daily live and replay coverage of the 2018 French Open. Subscribers can watch the French Open online using the Tennis Channel Everywhere App on iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc.), Roku, Android, and Apple TV devices. An annual pass to Tennis Channel Plus can be purchased in the app for $89.99. You can learn more here.
Use Your Antenna for NBC
NBC is the over-the-air (OTA) home for French Open coverage and is the exclusive live network for the Men’s and Women’s Finals. Throughout the French Open, NBC will be broadcasting some live coverage of the tournament for free to anyone with an antenna. If you don’t have an antenna, I personally use the Mohu Leaf as it gets good reception, is lightweight, and has a stylish design. You could also check out the ClearStream Eclipse.
However, your antenna will only get you limited coverage of the French Open in the early rounds. NBC offers some coverage of the tournament throughout the first few rounds (mostly on weekends).
2018 French Open TV Schedule
Dates: May 27-June 10
TV: NBC, Tennis Channel
Replay: Tennis Channel, 10 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports App, NBC Sports Live
All Times ET
1st 4 Rounds (May 27-June 4)
5 a.m.-3 p.m.
Quarterfinals (June 5 & 6)
7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7: Women’s semifinals (8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
June 8: Men’s semifinals (6 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Women’s Final (June 9)
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Men’s Final (June 10)
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
What Channel is the French Open On?
For US residents, the French Open 2018 will air on a combination of NBC, NBCSN, and Tennis Channel. All of these networks are available via DIRECTV NOW, which offers a free 7-day trial. For international French Open streaming options, check here.