The calendar has turned to August, so if you are a Tennis fan, you most likely have the US Open on your mind.If you are a TV viewer in the United States, you probably have a good idea of how you will go about watching this year’s matches.
However, for cord-cutters, figuring out a way to watch the tennis US Open live might be a pain Let us help you take away the agita and show you how to watch the Tennis US Open live from August 25 to September 8th.
Where to Watch the Tennis US Open Live
US Open Tennis in the USA
In the past few years, the US Open site has served as the central source to watch the Tennis US Open live, providing great streaming content on nearly every aspect of the tournament. Covering live feeds from 7 courts, USOpen.org will have the most coverage available online for Tennis fanatics.
CBS Sports – For the 47th consecutive year, broadcasting nearly 40 hours of coverage including Finals Weekend, from the Women’s singles semifinals on Friday, Sept. 5 through the Men’s Singles Final on Monday, Sept. 8.
CBS Sports will also broadcast Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day for the 19th straight year, on Sunday, Aug. 24, and CBS Sports Network will televise the US Open Qualifying Tournament from Aug. 19-22 and offer more than 15 hours of coverage during Labor Day Weekend.
WatchESPN – ESPN’s online streaming video hub will certainly be a good source for streaming the US Open (if you have access) showing nearly 100 hours of live action during the tournament, including weekday afternoon coverage and exclusive weekday prime-time broadcasts.
ESPN’s coverage ends with the Men’s Doubles Final so you won’t get access to watching the finals. However, to use the WatchESPN service, you must also be a subscriber to a US-based provider, which are listed here.
Tennis Channel – Broadcasting 250+ hours of coverage including nearly 70 hours of live coverage along with daily US Open preview and highlight shows and extensive encore programming. The Tennis Channel is another official partner of the US Open that will host live streaming, but much like WatchESPN, you will need to be subscribed to a participating provider.
So if you are in the United States, use USOpen.org or CBSSports are available to anyone especially cord-cutters or use WatchESPN or The Tennis Channel if you subscribe to one of the supported cable providers. Outside of the United States, streaming the US Open Tennis tournament gets a bit more complicated.
US Open Tennis Coverage Outside the USA
The 2014 US Open is scheduled to be broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world. However, these streaming options and channels are limited to subscribers of these various services holding their rights.
UK – Skysports
Canada – TSN
Australia – Fox Sports
Japan – WOWOW
China – CCTV
Indian subcontinent – Ten Sports
Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America – ESPN International
54 countries in Europe & 14 in Asia including Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy & Russia – Eurosport
Free US Open Streaming Options from Outside of the United States
To watch the Tennis US Open live inside the US, you will need unblocked access to the US Open or CBS Sports websites. So how do you get that US-based IP address to watch all of the last tennis major of 2014?
Both CBS Sports and US Open can be unblocked outside of the United States via a VPN or SmartDNS service.
SmartDNS differs from VPN as it does not change your IP or add encryption but unblocks many popular streaming video sites. It offers access and speed but not the same speed as VPN service. Read more about the difference on our recent blog post, What is the difference between VPN and SmartDNS?
Our top recommended providers for users looking for the fastest US servers are:
- Overplay – Easiest to use and includes free SmartDNS service with subscription.
- HideMyAss – Highest server count and IP address count.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Most popular budget provider with yearly accounts under $40.
- SmartDNSProxy – 14 Day Trial & 2 year subscriptions are under $50! A trial just long enough to watch the whole tournament.
- IPVanish – Own and maintain their own servers with a large amount of servers based through the US.
Using a VPN will allow you to have your IP address appear as if you are in the United States, which is beneficial if you are in the United Kingdom, Spain, Serbia or Australia and are looking to watch highlights of the US Open via CBS Sports.
Paid Streaming Tennis Outside of the United States
TennisTV is a very good option for tennis fans, offering full coverage of the ATP World Tour and the WTA tournament. TennisTV is a subscription based service that offers 16 months for the standard 1 year price of $129.95, a $9.99 day pass, and $20.99 for the standard monthly rate.
While many of the tournaments available on TennisTV have location restrictions, using a VPN service subscription will allow you to encrypt your IP address and have access to all the matches streaming on TennisTV as well.
Best Routers for Live Streaming Tennis Video
If you are streaming TennisTV or WatchESPN with a VPN on a streaming media player, using a FlashRouter will make the process even easier.
A FlashRouter is a router implemented with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, and therefore fully capable of being used to create a VPN network. Once you have a VPN network, you can allow yourself full access to channels like TennisTV on a myriad of devices, including iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, and Android smartphones.
A FlashRouter like the powerhouse Asus RT-AC68U can also lend a hand to those in the United States wanting high quality streaming video from sports to movies through the year.
Possesses an 800 MHz processor and three adjustable external antennas, the Asus RT-AC68U DD_WRT is primed for high streaming quality and strong range. Plus, the DD-WRT firmware the RT-AC68U is flashed with allows for many new capabilities, including advanced QoS, privacy settings, access restrictions, and bandwidth monitoring.
These features are also available on various economy line routers like the Netgear WNDR4000. No matter your setup, a FlashRouter will certainly make integrating your unblocking desire and security/privacy needs a reality.