The 2016 French Open runs from May 22nd through June 5th. Millions of tennis fans around the world will be tuning in to watch the highly anticipated Grand Slam event featuring the sport’s biggest stars like Roger Federer and Serena Williams. 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 2016 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.
Get PlayStation Vue to Watch The French Open Online
NBCSN will be offering daily live coverage of all Men’s and Women’s French Open rounds leading up to the finals. In the past, you would have needed an expensive cable TV subscription to watch these matches on NBCSN, but that’s no longer the case. Without a doubt, the easiest and cheapest way to watch a legal French Open live stream is with PlayStation Vue.
Vue is now available nationwide, and you can subscribe to a package including NBCSN for as little as $30 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 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 55+ 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, 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 7-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
Last year, 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 2015 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 $69.99. That’s less than $6 a month. You can get the Tennis Channel Plus app 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).
Game, Set, Match. Winner: Cord Cutters
Cord cutters have a great chance to keep up with all the action on the clay court thanks to the excellent cable alternatives now available. So, how will you watch the French Open online?
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