The Tennis Channel is the best way to watch the full range of match play throughout the year. Fortunately, tennis-loving cordcutters don’t have to risk losing the Tennis Channel when they cancel their cable bill thanks to a full range of TV streaming services. Here are six ways you can watch the Tennis Channel without cable.

Streaming TV Services That Offer Tennis Channel

Streaming TV services give you all the benefits of cable: live sports as well as all the entertainment and lifestyle channels you love. What these services don’t give you is a huge monthly bill.

fuboTV

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that fuboTV has the Tennis Channel. Sports has always been what set fuboTV apart from other streaming services.

Channels and packages

The two subscription plans fuboTV offers are fubo and fubo Extra. They both offer a good selection of lifestyle and entertainment channels. But sports is still fuboTV’s strong suit — you get more than two dozen sports-centric stations.

 FuboFubo ExtraFubo LatinoFubo Português
Price$44.99/mo.$49.99+$17.99/mo.$19.99/mo.
Channels75+90+15+5+
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
Sign Up 7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL

You will need to pay the extra $5 for the fubo Extra plan in order to get the Tennis Channel. You will also get a few more lifestyle channels and international news channels.

Despite fuboTV’s sports-centric lineup, hardcore sports fans will need to think twice before subscribing. That’s because ESPN is not an option.

Features and extras

You can record thirty hours of programming using fuboTV’s standard cloud DVR. A $10-per-month upgrade will dramatically expand that limit to five hundred hours.

Another upgrade will let you add a third simultaneous stream for $6 per month. Although not best-in-class, fuboTV’s app ecosystem covers the major streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

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Sling TV

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The first of the internet-based TV services, Sling TV was once the most popular option for cord-cutters. A new generation of competitors have taken away its market share dominance, but Sling TV still has a lot to offer.

Channels and packages

Perhaps one of the reasons for Sling TV’s decline is the complicated way it structures its subscription plans. While Sling TV gives you a lot of customization options, you will have to study the plans closely to understand what you’re getting. Your first step is to choose a base subscription plan.

 Sling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Price$25$25$40
Channels30+40+50+
Simultaneous Streams134*
ESPNYesNoYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes
Special OffersFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEAL
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

The Orange and Blue plans largely overlap. The main differentiator for Sling Orange is the ability to watch various ESPN and Disney channels. Sling Blue, on the other hand, may give you the ability to watch your local Fox and NBC stations. Many people won’t want to give up sports or local TV so they’ll end up subscribing to both the Orange and Blue plans.

None of these base subscription plans include the Tennis Channel. This is where Sling TV’s customization comes in. Extras are upgrade packages that bundle more channels around themes like Kids or News. In order to get the Tennis Channel, you will need to subscribe to the Sports Extra. With it, you’ll get more than a dozen additional sports channels like BeIn Sports and NBA TV. The Sports Extra upgrade costs either $5 per month for Orange subscribers or $10 per month for Blue subscribers.

Features and extras

None of the Sling TV subscriptions include a cloud DVR. Unlike every other streaming service, Sling TV charges $5 extra for the recording function. Even then, you will only get fifty hours of recording capacity.

There’s another frustration you may face with Sling TV. The number of devices your family can use at the same time varies depending on which channels they are watching. Sling Orange only supports a single stream. If someone is watching ESPN, then nobody can watch Freeform. Sling Blue supports three simultaneous streams.

The same rules apply to extra channels like the Tennis Channel. If you subscribe to both Sling Blue and Sling Orange, you need to make sure people only stream the version from Sling Blue to reduce conflicts.

TV Everywhere is one way to get around Sling TV’s streaming limitations. You can use your Sling TV sign-in credentials to use the apps each channel has developed. Unfortunately, the Tennis Channel’s TV Everywhere system does not support Sling TV.

On the plus side, Sling TV has a much better device ecosystem than most competing services.

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

 

DirecTV Now

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AT&T launched DirecTV Now not too long after Sling TV. It offers a simpler approach to replacing your cable subscription. Combined with good features and competitive prices, DirecTV Now is a good option for new cord-cutters.

Channels and packages

DirecTV Now’s subscription plans are very easy to understand. When you pay more, you add more channels to your lineup. The company also offers a plan built around Spanish-language channels.

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month.
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month.
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month.
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month.
  • Todo y Más: 90+ spanish-language channels / $45 per month.

You won’t be able to subscribe to the entry-level plan if you want the Tennis Channel. At the very least, you’ll need to pay for the Just Right plan. For a fraction of the price of a typical cable bill, the top-end Gotta Have It plan includes every channel in DirecTV Now’s lineup as well as premium movie channels from Starz.

Unlike Sling TV, which only supports two of the major broadcast networks, DirecTV Now can stream the local affiliates of all four networks. Whether you get them or not is another question since availability varies by market.

Features and extras

The cloud DVR is DirecTV Now’s weakest feature. It only lets you record 20 hours of programming. The company doesn’t even offer an upgrade option. Partially balancing that out, you will be able to fast forward through commercials. DirecTV Now still classifies the cloud DVR as a beta feature. That means they may improve the feature once it becomes official.

You can pay an extra $5 per month to allow three devices, rather than the standard two devices, to stream DirecTV Now at the same time. The company has a decent range of apps on various streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None, but Xbox One support is “coming soon”.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

PlayStation Vue

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Structured in much the same way as DirecTV Now, Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers a much stronger array of features. Don’t be turned off by the streaming service’s brand. You don’t need a PlayStation game console to subscribe. PlayStation Vue is available on almost every TV device.

Unless you own an Xbox. Sony has not developed a PlayStation Vue app for its biggest competitor.

Channels and packages

Like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue offers subscription plans that deliver more channels as you pay more money.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels for $80 per month.

The Tennis Channel isn’t available with either the Access or the Core plans. You will have to pay for the Elite or Ultra options to watch non-stop tennis. The Elite plan gives you every channel in Sony’s lineup. The Ultra plan is one of the best deals for people wanting the most cable-like experience. It includes both HBO and Showtime.

Features and extras

The best aspect of PlayStation Vue’s feature set is that all of the features come standard. No matter which subscription plan you choose, you won’t have to pay for upgrades.

PlayStation Vue lets you record as much programming as you want to its cloud DVR. However, those recording only remain on file for 28 days before being deleted.

If you have a lot of roommates or a large family, you’ll appreciate the five-device limit Sony applies to simultaneous streaming.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TC, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

YouTube TV

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YouTube branched out from its user-generated content in 2016 when it launched YouTube TV. The live TV service offers a more modern take on what the streaming experience should be like.

Channels and packages

YouTube TV keeps things simple by only offering one subscription plan. At $40 per month, it’s an easy way to replace your cable plan. The Tennis Channel is one of more than sixty channels included with that subscription.

If sixty channels aren’t enough, you can pay for additional channels on an à la carte basis. Pricing for these upgrades varies dramatically. The documentary-centric CuriosityStream will only cost you $3 per month and Starz will cost you $9 per month. The sports upgrades, however, get really expensive. An NBA TV upgrade will cost you another $40 per month.

While expansions aren’t so great, the real benefit you’ll find in YouTube TV’s lineup is its full support for the national broadcast networks. The local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels are available in almost every market where YouTube TV is available.

Features and extras

YouTube TV’s cloud DVR is the most full-featured of all the streaming services. You can record as many programs as you want and keep those recordings for as long as nine months.

What makes YouTube TV a great choice for large households is its approach to user profiles. Each account supports up to six profiles. That means each person in your house could get their own recommendations, viewing history, and cloud DVR.

Large households may need to take some extra time to decide between YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue. That’s because YouTube TV only allows three devices to stream its service — no matter how many user profiles you set up. Sony’s service has the edge on simultaneous streaming.

Another potential downside to YouTube TV is the result of Google’s ongoing battle with Amazon. You cannot use YouTube TV with devices based on Amazon’s Echo and Fire TV platforms. Other than that, the company does have a decent selection of streaming apps.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

Use the Tennis Channel App

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Source: Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel will let you stream on-demand content from its website and apps. People with cable subscriptions can take advantage of the TV Everywhere program to unlock the Tennis Channel’s live stream. Unfortunately, the Tennis Channel does not accept any of the streaming services.

Tennis Channel Plus

Tennis Channel Plus will cost you $100 per year, but that may be a good deal for true tennis fans. You will get more than 1,000 hours of live and on-demand match play. This includes ATP World Tour, WTA, Davis Cup, and Fed Cup tournaments. However, the subscription does not include access to the Tennis Channel’s live stream.

Features and extras

The number of devices that can stream the Tennis Channel app at the same time is not as constrained as it is for the streaming services. There is no specific limit, but you may lose access if the streams go to more than three IP addresses for more than six hours or get used by more than five browsers.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.