Yes, YouTube TV has Tennis Channel but subscribers do have to pay extra each month for access to the network. While YouTube TV does offer a varied base plan, some channels are only available as standalone add-ons or as part of a themed add-on. Tennis Channel is one of the networks that’s only available as part of YouTube TV’s Sports Plus add-on.
While YouTube TV does require an additional payment for Tennis Channel, base plan subscribers do get access to some tennis coverage at no additional cost. This is thanks to the inclusion of T2 with the base plan.
T2 originally launched in early 2022 as a free ad-supported TV (FAST) channel from Tennis Channel. While the coverage won’t be as rich as what’s on offer with the Tennis Channel, T2 is still a way to watch additional tennis content without paying for any upgrades.
For YouTube TV subscribers that do want access to Tennis Channel, they will need to upgrade their live TV package by adding the Sports Plus add-on to their base plan.
As YouTube TV currently costs $72.99 per month, and the Sports Plus add-on costs an additional $10.99 per month, the total cost of Tennis Channel on YouTube TV is $83.98 per month.
Sports Plus adds Tennis Channel and much more
YouTube TV’s Sports Plus add-on costs an additional $10.99 per month. One of the good things about this particular add-on is that it not only adds Tennis Channel but a number of other sports-related channels as well.
Sports Plus provides subscribers with the following 15 sports networks:
- beIN SPORTS / beIN SPORTS XTRA
- Billiard TV
- FOX Soccer Plus
- MAVTV Motorsports Network
- NFL RedZone
- Tennis Channel
- FanDuel TV
- Fight Network
- Impact Wrestling
It is worth noting that a 7-day Sports Plus free trial is available, so subscribers can test the add-on before paying the additional monthly fee. This free trial is not only available to new subscribers, but also existing subscribers as well, so long as they have not tried Sports Plus in the past.
No Tennis Channel TV Everywhere support (yet)
While YouTube TV does come with fairly decent TV Everywhere support, Tennis Channel is currently an unsupported network. As a result, those who sign up to Sports Plus to get access to Tennis Channel won’t be able to use their YouTube TV account details to log in to the Tennis Channel website or app.
Even though Tennis Channel is only available through an add-on, YouTube TV does offer TV Everywhere support for other networks included with the same add-on. For example, YouTube TV subscribers can use their subscription to log in to the NFL RedZone website.
With this in mind, it is possible that YouTube TV might add TV Everywhere support for Tennis Channel in the future. In the meantime, however, tennis fans shouldn’t subscribe to Sports Plus expecting TV Everywhere support for Tennis Channel.
Cheaper Tennis Channel options
If not yet signed up to YouTube TV, but considering it as a potential provider, other options are available, and some of them are cheaper than YouTube TV.
For example, Sling TV offers packages from as little as $40 per month. While Tennis Channel isn’t included with any of Sling’s base plans, Tennis Channel is available through Sling’s Sports Extra add-on.
Sports Extra costs an additional $11 per month, taking the total of Sling with Tennis Channel to a minimum of $51 per month, which is more than $30 cheaper than YouTube TV’s base plan + Sports Plus.
50 hours DVR
50% Off Your First Month
Similar to YouTube TV’s add-on, Sling’s Sports Extra add-on also adds more than just Tennis Channel.
Sling’s Sports Plus adds the following 14 sports networks:
- ACC Network
- ACC Network Extra
- beIN SPORTS
- Longhorn Network
- MLB Network
- MLB Network Strikezone
- NBA TV
- NHL Network
- SEC Network
- SEC Network+
- Tennis Channel
Another cheaper option is Vidgo. With packages starting at $69.99 per month, Vidgo’s cheapest plan is only slightly cheaper than the price of YouTube TV’s base package. However, Tennis Channel is included with all of Vidgo’s base plans.
With no add-ons or upgrades required to access Tennis Channel, the total cost of a Vidgo live TV package that includes Tennis Channel is $69.99 per month.
|$69.99+ a month|
20 hours DVR
$20 first month
Of course, the differences in channel lineups (and features) between Sling, Vidgo, and YouTube TV go well beyond the cost of Tennis Channel, and some of these differences may further help to determine which TV provider is the best option for an individual or household.
In spite of the higher costs, some homes may find that YouTube TV is the better Tennis Channel option for them.