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Tennis Channel Takes Aim at Cord Cutters
by Bill Neilson 10:36AM Wednesday May 28 2014
We just noted that ESPN was contemplating selling a Major League Soccer live TV streaming service that would focus on cord cutters without a traditional cable TV subscription. Now, Fierce Cable alerts us to the Tennis Channel announcing that they will be offering a streaming product directly to consumers, even those who don't pay for a TV package.

The Tennis Channel Plus will cost $60 for access to 300 live matches a year from 40 tournaments around the world through a Tennis Channel Everywhere application. Careful not to completely cut off their relationships to TV providers, Tennis Channel executives noted that streaming apps are also offered by Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and World Wrestling Entertainment.

"Tennis Channel Plus is not meant to replace the linear Tennis Channel," Adam Ware, head of digital media for indie channel, told the Times. "Instead it is a completely complementary service."

The Tennis Channel already has a rocky relationship with TV providers having had several disputes over the years. Some have even deemed the Tennis Channel dispute with Comcast in 2007 as one of the "Worst of All-Time."

The Tennis Channel currently has around 35 million subscribers.

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nekkidtruth
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$60/year?

Or am I reading that incorrect?

If it's $60 for the year, that's not a horrible deal. $5/month. I mean, it isn't horrible for someone who's that into tennis.
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Re: $60/year?

Yeah I pay that much for a year of Xbox Live so it's a good price point.
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$60 dollars here, $60 there and

after that you will be paying more for less than you get with cable.

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Re: $60 dollars here, $60 there and

said by etaadmin:

after that you will be paying more for less than you get with cable.

full menu is rarely cheaper then the prix fixe menu, but to some the freedom of choice/appearance of control is more important than value received.
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said by etaadmin:

after that you will be paying more for less than you get with cable.

Charter only offers it on a sports tier which is $10 a month. If getting the Tennis Channel was the only reason why one got the sports tier this saves them money.

Also for people that cut the cord this is certainly cheaper than paying for cable.

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Re: $60 dollars here, $60 there and

' "Tennis Channel Plus is not meant to replace the linear Tennis Channel," Adam Ware, head of digital media for indie channel, told the Times. "Instead it is a completely complementary service."
Does that sound like they expect you to cut the cord?
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Re: $60 dollars here, $60 there and

said by tshirt:

' "Tennis Channel Plus is not meant to replace the linear Tennis Channel," Adam Ware, head of digital media for indie channel, told the Times. "Instead it is a completely complementary service."
Does that sound like they expect you to cut the cord?

No but if one already has cut the cord and is a tennis fan this is better than subscribing back to cable just for tennis.

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Re: $60 dollars here, $60 there and

I used to have the U-450 package from U-verse when my old roommate was at my house. Now, I bumped it down to U-200 Latino that does not have the Tennis Channel. I really do miss the TC as that was the only thing worthwhile watching cause everything else is pure shit.
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JimThePCGuy
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I don't want the Tennis Channel

Dear Comcast,
I don't want The Tennis Channel on my current CTV subscription.
Take it off and reduce my CTV fee $60/year please.
Respectfully,
J

saw a cat

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Re: I don't want the Tennis Channel

dude - you are paying pennies a month for the Tennis channel.

Now ESPN - that is closer to your $5/month!

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Re: I don't want the Tennis Channel

Comcast can remove ESPN as well AFAIK.

cpt spasmo

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Re: I don't want the Tennis Channel

If they had to ala carte ESPN, the cost would gradually drop as they wouldn't be able to keep paying increased rates to the sport leagues. Some of those millionaires might have to take a pay cut.

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People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

I think its good that many channels and networks are going this route. Giving cord cutters an option for sports. The problem is that these aren't free, and that really is what "cord cutting" has become synonymous with. Most people who are cutting the cord have found other ways to stream their shows, mostly through illegal means. Now networks are releasing shows available for streaming within 24 hours of airing for a fee of a couple bucks. I don't know how sales are doing, but I would assume by all the people downloading full version shows off utorrent that sales could be better if piracy wasn't an option.
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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

said by Nightfall:

Most people who are cutting the cord have found other ways to stream their shows, mostly through illegal means.

Statistically? Or WAG? I have never paid for TV service at any time in my life. If I couldn't watch it OTA, rented, or in the theater, I wouldn't miss it.
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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

said by NormanS:

said by Nightfall:

Most people who are cutting the cord have found other ways to stream their shows, mostly through illegal means.

Statistically? Or WAG? I have never paid for TV service at any time in my life. If I couldn't watch it OTA, rented, or in the theater, I wouldn't miss it.

Your situation is obviously different. I was addressing people who "cut the cord" or had cable to begin with. You never had it, so I wouldn't put you in that category.
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said by Nightfall:

Your situation is obviously different.

I was addressing your, "mostly through illegal means" comment, when I was wondering about statistics v. "WAG". The majority of posters bragging about cord cutting mention entirely legal options.
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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

said by NormanS:

said by Nightfall:

Your situation is obviously different.

I was addressing your, "mostly through illegal means" comment, when I was wondering about statistics v. "WAG". The majority of posters bragging about cord cutting mention entirely legal options.

The results are mixed actually. Most people who are acquiring through illegal means won't flaunt it. The stats on utorrent for shows like Breaking Bad show there are hundreds of thousands of people grabbing those shows. The legal sales from those shows would be interesting to see in relation to those people who are downloading.
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said by Nightfall:

The stats on utorrent for shows like Breaking Bad show there are hundreds of thousands of people grabbing those shows.

Who's keeping those stats?
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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

»www.torrent-stats.info/

You can also just see by visiting various tracker websites and accumulating the data yourself.

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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

Great. Another "must register to see" site.

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Re: People want options, but they don't want to pay for them

said by NormanS:

Great. Another "must register to see" site.

Its worth registering. I actually donate to the site.
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Tennis Channel

Now I have found my new channel that will make me fall asleep.

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Re: Tennis Channel

AND wake up with a sore neck too.

What's next The rhythmic gymnastics channel???
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If Netflix could offer a tiered streaming model for extra with first run premium content by traditional content providers, it could spell end of broadcast PayTV or drive them to a similar model.
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For someone like my dad... this is the a'la carte dream.

This is indicative of a'la carte being more expensive than buffet programming, as expected. BUT, here's the kicker... this IS my dad's dream come true. Quite literally. He's a tennis nut, and couldn't really give two craps about any other channel on TV save maybe OTA network channels.

$60/year versus the $40/month give or take for buffet programming that he doesn't watch? He'll sign up probably about two minutes after he hangs up the phone with me. He'll cancel cable probably 10 minutes later.

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Audio Only

I just need an audio feed of the women's matches.
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You must really love listening to the Williams sisters.
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This sounds like a good deal to me....

I actually play tennis (yes, I am not a great player maybe C+ club) but I like to see the pro matches because in this sport club players can learn a few practical things from the pros and apply it to their game.

5$/mo for something that actually interests me in a practical way is a good deal.
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Tennis Channel used to offer it for free...

Tennis Channel is sneaky. They used to offer French Open streaming of all TV courts for free for at least the last 2 French Opens. Now, they come up with this service to offer a year's worth of tournaments for a decent price; however, with it they've wrapped up what used to be free streaming of the French.

If you have some certain TV providers, you can authenticate and watch a simulcast of Tennis Channel, but you can't get any additional courts, unlike ESPN, which after you authenticate, you can watch any TV court. There's no discount that I can find that allows a TV subscriber to TC to buy the streaming package for a bit cheaper. Just a little frustrating TC isn't helping out loyal subscribers to their TV service even though they have the authentication framework in place to offers discount or limited complimentary streaming.

Oh well. The broadcast rights to the French Open are split between TC, ESPN, and NBC, each with different exclusive windows of coverage. Tennis fans are used to the French Open being the hardest tournament to watch.

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Re: Tennis Channel used to offer it for free...

It is their content. Are they not able to sell it as they wish? Perhaps before there was not enough demand to bother charging for it. Now it is. Sometimes it is easier to give away for free than to setup the billing system for it.
El_Borracho

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TennisTV.com

I suppose this is news because it's an American-based television channel. The ATP/WTA have offered TennisTV.com directly to customers for several years. As far as I've been able to tell, every match available on the Tennis Channel (with the exception of the French Open) is streamed on TennisTv.com. There are also a lot of other tournaments that are restricted based on geolocation, but that's easy enough to dodge.

However, I'm paying $120/year for TennisTV.com rather than $60. I'll have to compare which tournaments are available on each service.

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tennis?

wake me when a DECENT channel has an offer.
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theBonz

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no Tennis Channel to watch on AT&T U-Verse

I just recently got AT&T U-Verse TV service and I love it - the only thing is, you can't RECORD anything from the Tennis Channel - and so I can only watch tennis free from ESPN2 - which is great! You don't get to see all the matches, but it's FREE. Eight hours a day playing time on the Tennis Channel and they don't allow U-Verse to let their viewers record it. Who can sit there and watch TV for 8 hours???? C'mon now! I've always subscribed to Tennis Channel since their first telecasts through cable at first, Directv, TWC, but now I'm done with them.