Tennis Channel is not as widely available as it used to be but it is still possible to watch the channel without cable. There are a variety of live TV streaming services now available and these not only differ in terms of the monthly cost but also in their channel lineups. Therefore, while consumers may get access to some of the channels they want by opting for one service over another, they may also lose access to other channels they want. This is also true when it comes to the Tennis Channel.
Depending on the needs of a home, live TV streaming doesn’t have to be too expensive. For example, there are a few services that offer cheap access to live TV, and some even offer access to live TV channels for free. When it comes to the Tennis Channel, however, availability is limited. For example, neither YouTube TV nor Hulu Live TV currently include the Tennis Channel in their lineups. While other services do, none of them include Tennis Channel with their cheapest plan.
The cheapest way to watch Tennis Channel without cable right now is through Sling TV. Technically, Sling TV doesn’t include the Tennis Channel with any of its base plans. However, it is available as part of the company’s Sports Extra add-on. Even when factoring in the additional cost of the add-on, Sling TV is still the cheapest option for watching Tennis Channel.
The Sling Blue and Sling Orange plans are both priced at $35 per month. The Sports Extra add-on costs an additional $11 per month taking the overall total to $46 per month through Sling TV. In addition to the Tennis Channel, the Sports Extra add-on also unlocks access to NFL RedZone, Big Ten Network, Pac-12, Golf Channel, Fox Sports 2, NHL Network, NBA TV, beIN Sports, MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, and Olympic Channel.
Other ways to watch Tennis Channel
If Sling TV isn’t the right option then there are others, although the price does jump fairly significantly. The next cheapest would be fuboTV. Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV also doesn’t include Tennis Channel with its base plan. Instead, it can be added through the Sports Plus add-on for an additional $10.99 per month. If combined with the cheapest Pro ($69.99 p/m) fuboTV plan, the total price comes to $80.98. Alternatively, consumers can opt for the $99.99 per month Ultimate plan which not only includes Sports Plus but also the fubo Extra, News Plus, and Showtime add-ons.
Another option is DirecTV Stream. Once again, DirecTV Stream doesn’t offer Tennis Channel with its cheapest plan. Instead, consumers will need to select a minimum of the Choice plan. Priced at $89.99 per month, Choice provides access to more than 105 live TV channels including the Tennis Channel. Unlike Sling TV or fuboTV, however, consumers won’t benefit from gaining access to all of the additional sports channels included with the Sports Extra and Sports Plus add-ons. For example, consumers would need to go with a minimum of DirecTV Stream’s Ultimate ($104.99 p/m) plan to gain access to NHL Network.
A last, and technically cheaper, option is to consider subscribing to Tennis Channel Plus. Similar to many other networks, Tennis Channel does offer its own subscription service. Even though Tennis Channel Plus is not the same as Tennis Channel, it may offer enough access to live and on-demand tennis to be worth it to some homes. The standard Tennis Channel Plus subscription currently costs $109.99 per year, which breaks down to around $9.15 per month on average.
Tennis Channel without cable: summary
The very cheapest way to watch Tennis Channel through a live TV streaming service is Sling TV. However, consumers going the Sling route will also need to subscribe to the Sports Extra add-on to get access to the Tennis Channel. This results in a total price of $46 per month. fuboTV and DirecTV Stream both also provide access to the Tennis Channel, but both don’t include the channel in their cheapest plans. If going with fuboTV, the cheapest way is to combine the Pro base plan with the Sports Extra add-on for a total of $80.98 per month. With DirecTV Stream, consumers will need to subscribe to a minimum of the Choice plan, priced at $89.99 per month.
Tennis Channel Plus is also an option but as this is not a direct replacement for the linear Tennis Channel, consumers will need to check and see if it offers enough live and on-demand content to meet their tennis needs. If it does, the cost of a subscription is $109.99 per year, with no option to sign up on a monthly basis.