Samsung TV Plus Gets Access to Tennis Channel’s New Ad-Supported T2 Platform

Samsung TV Plus, the ad-supported VOD platform available on internet-connected Samsung televisions and select Galaxy mobile devices, has inked a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group for exclusive 12-month over-the-top video access in the U.S. to T2, Tennis Channel’s new ad-supported streaming service.

Tennis Channel, which features 24/7 access to tennis tournaments from around the world, is available for an annual subscription fee of $109.99.

South Korean-based Samsung, the world’s largest television manufacturer, last summer launched an ad-supported streaming video platform featuring third-party content, including Hollywood movies, across internet-connected TVs manufactured after 2017.

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“The demand for top-level sports programming has grown even stronger as media platforms continue to evolve, and we couldn’t be happier to usher in T2, our new FAST standard, with Samsung TV Plus,” Ken Solomon, president of the Tennis Channel, said in a statement.  “Thanks to the voluminous live-match content unique to tennis — daily, global events around the clock with often overlapping multi-court coverage — T2 lets millions of Americans watch live tennis from many of the world’s top events, all year long. There are more great matches than we can fit on Tennis Channel, making T2 and Samsung TV Plus’ innovative platform the perfect complement. It allows us to attract even more viewers to the game in an exciting new way, rising the tide for tennis fans, our existing distribution partners and the game’s stakeholders everywhere.”

Sinclair Touts Q3 Tennis Channel Streaming Service Launches, Ransomware Issues

Sinclair Broadcast Group Nov. 3 disclosed it launched a subscription streaming service edition of the Tennis Channel in the United Kingdom in September, in addition to an ad-supported version in India.

Baltimore-based Sinclair owns and operates myriad television station groups across the country, in addition to regional sports networks with the New York Yankees (and Amazon), and separately with the Chicago Cubs.

In July, Sinclair and Bally’s unveiled a plan to rebrand Sinclair’s 21 regional sports networks under the Bally’s name that would include a monthly subscription streaming video platform.

“Our focus remains on growth opportunities in the broadcast, news and sports areas … [and] the implementation of gamification elements across our platforms, the ramping up of activities around a ‘Direct to Consumer’ product … will all be key initiatives as we move into the next year,” CEO Chris Ripley said in a statement.

Sinclair said it continues to investigate an October ransomware attack that incapacitated select servers, workstations, office and operational networks. The company added that data was also stolen from its network.

In a statement, Sinclair said legal counsel, a cybersecurity forensic firm, and other incident response professionals have been engaged, and the appropriate law enforcement and other governmental agencies notified.

“The investigation into the incident remains ongoing,” the company said. “While [we have] taken significant steps to contain the incident, the event has not yet been fully resolved, and certain disruptions to its business and operations remain.”

Tennis Channel Launching International OTT Video Service

Despite zero professional tennis being played anywhere in the world due to the coronavirus, Tennis Channel is launching another subscription streaming video service in select European countries.

Owned and operated by Sinclair Television Group, a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Tennis Channel already operates subscription services, TC Plus and TV Everywhere. The company has rights to 90% of all the televised tennis in the U.S.

Now it wants to bring 24-hour OTT video access to Germany, Austria and Switzerland where tennis is popular.

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The new Tennis Channel International app is bowing ahead of the Tennis Point Exhibition Series, a 32-match event headlined by German star Dustin Brown and taking place in an empty arenas without spectators, May 1-4, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The service will also be available at, in addition to iOs and Android mobile devices, tablets, FireTV and select smart TVs for €2.49 ($2.70) per month. Subscribers of Tennis Channel Plus in the United States will have automatic access to select Tennis Channel International programming as part of the Tennis Channel Plus service.

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“Tennis Channel has changed the tennis-media landscape here in the United States, and I’m honored to guide the next phase of expansion into an international arena that counts this sport among its top favorites,” Andy Reif, SVP of international for Tennis Channel, said in a statement. “We’re especially excited to launch this groundbreaking service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where tennis has a storied past, strong levels of participation and fan interest, and is positioned for growth.”