Live streaming is a convenient alternative for those who don’t have easy access to television coverage of Australian Open tennis. There are several options available to viewers both in Australia and overseas, many of which are free of charge.
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7TENNIS and 7plus live streams
The Seven Network is the official broadcast partner of the Australian Open. It runs free-to-air television coverage across several channels in Australia, including 7 HD, 7 Two and 7 Mate.
The network also offers live streams of the Australian Open on a number of digital platforms. Matches are available in real time on the 7tennis.com.au website, while smartphone and tablet devices can also access live action via the free 7plus app for iOS and Android.
Be warned: Seven’s streaming services leave a lot to be desired. Users have reported a number of faults with the 7plus platform, including slow loading times, inconsistent playback quality and lack of connectivity features (e.g. no Chromecast support). As with so many free media apps, it is also crippled by excessive advertising.
Australian Open live streaming overseas
Worldwide, Australian Open broadcasting is dominated by major networks that offer live streaming, replays, highlights, news and specialty content across all digital platforms. Open the tabs below to find out how and where you can watch live games in your part of the world.
- Multi-national broadcast giant SuperSport services most of Africa and surrounding island nations. Viewers in South Africa may also find Australian Open content on ESPN, while SuperSport and Eurosport share the rights in several countries:
– Burkina Faso
– Cote d’Ivoire
– DR Congo
– Equatorial Guinea
- Much of Asia is covered by three major broadcasters:
– Fox Sports Asia covers most of south-east Asia, including Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Macau and much of China.
– Sony 6 brings AO action to the Asian subcontinent with operations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
– BeIN Sport dominates the Middle East with live coverage in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen.
Viewers in China (CCTV, BesTV, BTV Sports), Japan (NHK, WOWOW, Sportsnavi) and South Korea (Fox Sports, JBTV) can choose from multiple providers.
- Eurosport holds exclusive live broadcast rights throughout most of the continent. There are three notable exceptions where live coverage is shared:
– O2TV Sport in Czechia
– NOS in the Netherlands
– SRG SSR in Switzerland
There are several other networks that hold partial rights for highlights and news, including the BBC in the UK, Sporta in Germany and SuperTennis in Italy.
- Beyond New Zealand, where Sky Sports NZ rules the roost, Australian Open coverage in Oceania is limited. No official broadcast partner is listed for Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, or any of the Pacific Island nations.
- From Anchorage to Patagonia, US broadcast giant ESPN delivers the Australian Open live to the overwhelming majority of North America, South America and the Caribbean. The only major exception is Canada, where TSN and RDS share the rights.
Australian Open streams at online bookmakers
Several of Australia’s best online bookmakers offer live streaming of local and international sporting events. Live tennis is a core feature of most such services, with matches on the ATP and WTA tours available all year round.
Does that include major tournaments such as the Australian Open? Unfortunately, licensing restrictions prevent most Aussie-based betting operators from hosting live streams of the grand slams. If we learn of any reputable bookies that are streaming the AO, we will let you know.
This is not necessarily the case outside Australia. Looser regulations in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe give bookmakers much more wiggle room when it comes to streaming rights. Just remember to make sure the bookie is licensed and secure, as most operators will not grant access to their live streaming services unless you have put cash in your account and/or made a wager within the past 24 hours.
Alternative live streaming sites
There are literally thousands of websites that offer free live streaming of tennis matches and other sporting events. These can be especially handy for overseas viewers who cannot access AU-facing services such as 7TENNIS and bookmaker streams.
This approach is littered with pitfalls, however. It can take hours of trial and error before you find a stream that delivers what it promises. Furthermore, free live streaming sites are often riddled with pop-up ads, noisy banners and unwanted redirects. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Using a VPN to live stream Australian Open
If you are watching from abroad and you don’t want to rely on free Australian Open streaming sites, you might consider using a virtual private network (VPN). This allows you to anchor your WiFi connection to an Australian IP address and access content that might otherwise be restricted in your region. For more information, see our dedicated page on live streaming sports with a VPN.
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