Watch Australian Open Live Streams on the Internet
Don’t have access to your television, but still want to watch the Australian Open? In addition to their television coverage, ESPN360.com and Tennis Channel will offer live matches on the internet beginning on Sunday.
The tournament is part of ESPN’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance with Tennis Channel, which offers audiences a near round-the-clock tournament experience at tennis’ major events. ESPN is producing all Australian Open coverage for both networks, which will cross-promote each other with each channel utilizing its own commentators.
ESPN360.com will increase its 2009 programming, to a record 600 hours – all live from Melbourne, with users having the option to watch action on any of seven courts.
For the first 10 days (Sun., Jan. 17 – Tues., Jan. 26), coverage will commence at 7 p.m. (11 a.m. in Melbourne, when play begins) and continue for at least seven hours. The courts to be included are the “TV courts,” the ones most likely to have top matches: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Margaret Court Arena, plus Courts 2, 3, 6 and 8.
For the remainder of the tournament, ESPN360.com will continue the ESPN2 simulcast, including the women’s (Jan. 31) and men’s (Feb. 1) finals, plus exclusive coverage of select men’s, women’s and mixed doubles play and the boys’ and girls’ finals.
For the first time since Tennis Channel began covering the event in 2007, the network will offer live streamed matches on its Web site, www.tennischannel.com. Visitors can access the site free of charge during Tennis Channel’s on-air coverage windows to select from any one of three court feeds the first week of play, or an optional secondary feed the following week. In all, the network will offer 55 hours of live-match streams during the two-week competition.