LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2015 – Beginning today, Tennis Channel is available to millions of Roku® customers just in time for two of the biggest tournaments of the year: March’s “Fifth Slam” events in Southern California now underway and Miami. Roku customers have two options available to view live and on-demand action from Tennis Channel. Those who already subscribe to Tennis Channel through their satellite, telco or cable provider will have access to Tennis Channel Everywhere on their Roku players and Roku TV™ models. Roku customers also have the option of subscribing to Tennis Channel Plus, the network’s digital subscription service.
Tennis Channel Everywhere gives customers access to incredible live tennis action throughout the year, including more than 180 hours of overall network coverage during Southern California and Miami competitions. Customers with Tennis Channel Plus are able to watch more than 600 additional live matches from more than 40 tournaments around the world – including the Australian Open and French Open – as well as thousands of hours of classic matches and on-demand programming. This includes archived semifinals and finals at major events like Wimbledon, as well as Grand Slam classics.
Roku customers can access Tennis Channel Everywhere and/or Tennis Channel Plus content with a single, easy-to-use streaming channel on the Roku platform, named Tennis Channel. Tennis Channel is the first, and most extensive, live and archived tennis streaming channel currently available on Roku players and Roku TV models.
“Launching a channel on the Roku platform marks a consistent effort by Tennis Channel to keep our digital offerings at the forefront of today’s media and entertainment innovations,” said Patrick Wilson, senior vice president of distribution, Tennis Channel. “With close to 90 percent of the live tennis on TV, we are constantly striving to give our audiences the convenience and freedom to access Tennis Channel when, where and how they want it on their smartphone, tablet and now on the Roku platform, which reaches millions of consumers. When combined with Tennis Channel Plus, we’re delivering unparalleled options for the in-home tennis viewing experience.”
“Tennis Channel offers our customers an unparalleled amount of live and on-demand tennis content and adds to Roku’s industry-leading lineup of sports channels,” said Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, Director of Content Acquisition for Roku. “We focus on providing our customers with choice in how and when they watch entertainment. With the option to stream Tennis Channel Everywhere and/or subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus, Roku customers can get the tennis action that’s best for them.”
A subscription to the Tennis Channel Plus 24/7 service is $69.99 for an annual pass and is available for purchase on Roku players and Roku TV models. Tennis Channel Plus gives fans access to exclusive content that is not available anywhere else – not even on Tennis Channel. The service is accessible to everyone who subscribes, regardless of whether they have a subscription to Tennis Channel through their satellite, telco or cable providers. Subscribers can watch live, exclusive match play from Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions as well as ATP and WTA Tour events throughout the year, including the Southern California and Miami tournaments. In addition to robust highlights from these events, they can explore thousands of hours of on-demand programming, including current series episodes and viewer favorites Bag Check and Court Report.
Launching on the Roku platform marks a continuation in Tennis Channel’s extensive digital growth in the past year. When the network launched Tennis Channel Plus in May, it was the first to pair a TV Everywhere function with a digital subscription service, all in one app. With digital content ever increasing in its customer popularity, offerings like Tennis Channel Plus and Tennis Channel Everywhere have become invaluable – enabling audiences to choose when, where and how they want to participate, with an enriched viewing experience. This is especially worthwhile in tennis, a sport that often has multiple events in different time zones across different continents in the course of the same day.