The French Open is finally back again. The famous Stade Roland Garros in Paris has filled up with tennis fans to watch one of the most exciting tournaments of the year that culminates on June 11th. There are plenty of storylines surrounding the 2017 French Open that’ll keep both casual and committed fans entertained.
During the tournament, NBC will broadcast a large majority of the matches. This means it won’t be hard to watch the French Open without cable. You’ll actually have several options for how you can watch, and with an antenna you can even watch for free! Read on for more details on your options.
Here is a quick-glance guide to the over-the-air broadcast coverage on NBC.
Round of 16
Women’s Singles Semifinal
Men’s Singles Semifinal
Women’s Singles Final
Men’s Singles Final
A TV antenna will pick up over-the-air network broadcasts from some of the most popular TV channels out there. Just like last year, this means you can watch all of the matches on NBC live. Other channels you can watch on an antenna include CBS, FOX, and ABC. You can watch a ton of sports, including the MLB, with an antenna, so you’ll never be bored.
Everything you watch on the antenna is completely free, since there is no charge to get access. The only cost for the setup is the actual antenna. There are plenty of great antennas that range in price and performance based on your need. Therefore, there’s no concern of breaking the bank with this setup, especially when you compare it to a normal monthly cable bill. Prior to purchasing, you should make sure you confirm that you’ll be able to receive the free channels in your area that you need.
There are multiple services out there that let you cut cable and still watch popular cable channels live streaming. These will also be helpful during the French Open, especially if you’re looking to watch matches on NBCSN and Tennis Channel. Here are some of the best services out there:
AT&T’s streaming service, DIRECTV NOW, has a starting price of $35 per month for its channel package with more than 60 channels. Nationwide you can stream NBCSN and certain areas get NBC live as well.
If you’re a tennis diehard, you’ll want the “Just Right” package, which costs $50 per month. DIRECTV NOW is currently the only way to stream the cable-version of Tennis Channel. If you want to test it out, you can watch some matches free with DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day trial. AT&T wireless customers can also take advantage of a special deal to get a monthly $25 DIRECTV NOW credit.
This service targets those looking to have a more flexible cable cutting package. Sling TV only costs $25 per month for its “Sling Blue” package that includes NBCSN and NBC in select locations. There are about 40 more channels and you can add to this list with one of Sling TV’s add-on channel packages. There’s a weeklong free trial on Sling TV as well, so you have another option to watch some matches for free.
Known as a sports-first streaming service, fuboTV has a lot to offer any type of sports fan. You can watch some of the best sporting events in the world on fuboTV’s 60+ channel starting package. It only costs $35 per month and for the French Open will offer NBC live streams in certain areas and an NBCSN stream across the U.S. There’s a great cloud DVR feature, which you can test during a free trial on fuboTV.
Sony’s foray into the streaming service market, PlayStation Vue, is a good option to fully replace your cable package. The $29.99 per month “Access Slim” package has around 50 channels, including NBCSN, NBC (in limited markets), ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and much more. Vue also has a cloud DVR that lets you store recordings for up to 28 days. You can also watch some of the French Open free on Vue with a 5-day free trial.
While it isn’t exactly the same as the standard feed for Tennis Channel, the standalone streaming app Tennis Channel Plus ($90/year) gets you a ton of extra coverage of the French Open and a slew of other tournaments throughout the year. Per their site, “anyone in the United States can access more than 650 select matches from over 20 tournaments around the world, including Roland Garros, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Citi Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and more.”
If you ditched cable and need more tennis in your life, it’s worth checking out.
Not sure what antenna or streaming service is right for you? There are so many options out there for cord cutting, that you might have trouble deciding what to go with. Which antenna will work for your location? Do you need a live streaming service? What about video on demand?
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There are some seriously great options to watch the French Open online. You can’t make any complaints about the cost either, considering you’ll have several free options to watch. Now, you’ve got no excuse to miss out on one of the most exciting tournaments of the season!
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