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Tennis.life – World Cup of Tennis starts on Monday – but can you watch?



We can only hope that when the tennis starts at the inaugural Piqué Cup, everything will go like clockwork.

But for now the situation on the transmission and streaming side is as complicated and frustrating as possible.

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We spent the whole morning deciphering how tennis fans can watch the Davis Cup finals.

More specifically, how can they watch relationships that do not apply to their country.

The press release informs that the Davis Cup finals will be broadcast on "41 TV channels around the world, reaching over 171 countries."

But … it's complicated.

Considering 18 nations, there is potentially smorgasbord tennis this week. But if people can't find it or have access to it, does it really happen?

Pathetic sale of tickets in Madrid for the Davis Cup finals

American fans must look long and hard

The USTA announced the details of the Piqué Cup broadcast only on Friday afternoon, even if the November 6 press release said it would be broadcast on "Fox" in the United States.

Most fans would suppose he's on the Tennis Channel, given his mandate to … tennis, his streaming capabilities, and coverage of the Davis Cup in the past.

Oh, and the fact that there will really be no other top-level tennis live next week.

But it's not like that.

We'd like to give you a better picture of the schedule for the Davis Cup finals at Fox Sports. But they are not helpful at the moment.)

Instead, US ties will be broadcast on … Fox Sports 2.

From the Kosmos spokesperson:

"Tennis Channel actually owned the Davis Cup rights in the past, but it expired last year. When Kosmos took over the rights from 2019, we decided to change the broadcaster in the US tennis channel, at one point he was interested, like others, but we decided on the mixed formula of Rakuten Sports OTT + Fox. "

We try to remember the last time we watched tennis at Fox Sports (second channel, even the main Fox Sports channel). We left for the void. It is difficult to know how many tennis fans are actually subscribed to if they are not on the main board. Or how many people will try to add it to their packages for a week.

Americans, meet Rakuten Sports

Now, if you are a tennis fan who wants to watch Novak Djokovic and Serbia, Rafael Nadal and Spain, Khachanov, Medvedev and the Russians, then you have to turn to … Rakuten Sports.

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What is Rakuten Sports, you ask? This is a new streaming service that started in June. At this point, it seems that the only program is episodes of something called "Iniesta TV" – a reality show about the Spanish football star Andrés Iniestie, who plays in the team in Kobe, Japan.

Rakuten is also the sponsor presenting the new Piqué Cup 2019 and 2020, which then became the "Davis Cup from Rakuten".

It is noteworthy that, according to Kosmos, the United States is the only country that will have access to Davis Cup programs. Provides backstage access, press conferences and all the fun stuff.

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We just signed up for it. At 4.99 USD it seems to be great value. But it's as long as you have a VPN or other way to get them to think that you are in the United States if you live elsewhere.

There's nothing in the stream that most fans will enjoy watching on the weekend. There seems to be no live broadcast in stadiums when teams undergo their training pace.

But it has a collection of 52-minute packages of the most important events from the Davis Cup finals dating back to 2010.

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The most important information about the finals Spain vs. Argentina has been available on the Rakuten Sports streaming website since 2010.

Canada has Sportsnet1 – and ITF streams

Abroad, Canada seems somewhat better served by Davis Cup rights holder Sportsnet. Maybe?

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Sportsnet1 – and a network streaming service – will have Canadian connections from Madrid.

Canadian ties will be issued (first with Italy on Monday, starting at 10 am EST).

But this will not be on the main Sportsnet channels. Instead, as is often the case with Davis Cup ties (previously held on weekends), it will be broadcast on Sportsnet 1. It's a channel that not everyone gets.

The main Sportsnet channels will be occupied by … darts and poker. And replays of hockey matches.

But on Wednesday, for example, when Canada is not playing, there is no Davis Cup on the schedule.

We are trying to find out from the network whether it plans to add any additional connections – at least on the SportsnetNow streaming service. (You can access this streaming service by logging in through your cable operator. We cannot confirm that you can watch it online if you do not have Sportsnet 1 as part of the cable package. We believe that it is. Our Canadian readers may confirm, we'll add information here).

The advantage is that Canadians can use the Davis Cup / ITF streaming service, which will have all connections. But it doesn't seem that behind the scenes and material from the press conference, Rakuten has to offer in the US.

If you are not yet a subscriber, it looks like the package is available for a week.

But what it is remains unclear. More on this subject below.

Better euro

The advantage is that countries where Eurosport has broadcast rights – or even wherever you can sign up for a Eurosport player – are doing much better.

Accordingly, this means Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Get a monthly subscription that is minimal. For £ 6.99 (12 USD CAN, 9 USD, 8 EUR), it looks like you can see every player's draw.

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Davis Cup / ITF streaming service

If it seems that ITF and Kosmos people are a joint effort for this refreshed Davis Cup event, then certainly the availability of streaming does not affect them.

While a Kosmos spokesperson confirmed that the Davis Cup website would have access to ties with Canada, she directed all other questions to … ITF, which "controls this food, not Kosmos."

Well then.

When we first looked at it on Sunday morning, there was literally nothing on the site about the Davis Cup finals.

Here's what we saw.

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Slowly, over the last hour – remember that everything starts … tomorrow morning … various matches began to appear on schedule.

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If you already have a subscription to the annual Davis Cup / Fed Cup streaming service (39.99 GBP per year, it was a huge value, with four rounds of the Davis Cup, but now it's a waste of money), you are already good at it.

Two package options – finally

For the rest, there seem to be two options: a "round package" for 7.99 euros and an "individual tie" option.

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Except … at the moment you cannot click "tie packet". And if you go to another match, it doesn't say "draw"; seems to have an individual fit.

(We repeat – this whole thing starts in less than 24 hours.)

UPDATE: Finally, after passing the period when the second option was the annual subscription (also inactive), they now have it to the point where the second option is active.

This is called the "tie packet". And lets you buy ONE selected three-match draw for 4.99 euros.

We are still not sure what the 7.99 euro round package contains.

To make it even more difficult, there is a list of 15 countries – including many major tennis nations – whose fans are unlucky.

Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and … Sint Maarten (a small island in the Caribbean, which is a Dutch protectorate).

We hope these fans will have streaming options for other associations (or any, in the case of Finland, Switzerland or China) provided by their rights holder.

It's hard to find anywhere

So what is the most important?

Although the challenge for tennis fans is … watching tennis at the best moments, this inaugural event seems to set new frustration records.

It can also cause a slight fluctuation towards … alternative display options. We all know what they are.

And this will only deprive ITF and Kosmos (which promised ITF megaton for the privilege of running it) even more income.

It all seems at the last minute, random and unorganized – and above all, it seems that each of the two separate organizations is running its program … in the same program.

We hear many rumors about the situation in the US, from which we can only conclude that the price of Kosmos set for the broadcast rights of this weekly tennis festival was … quite ambitious.

One would think that the people of Kosmos would be very motivated to do everything in their power to establish a "new" event as tennis, which must be seen at the end of the long season.

The reaction of tennis fans to its complete restructuring in order to eliminate home and away ties outside the preliminary round at the beginning of the year was mostly negative.

So they had an even greater mountain to overcome.

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On this graphic (which on the left side looks more like Federer – and, of course, he doesn't play -) on the Twitter page of the Davis Cup finals, you can barely see the words "Davis Cup". But of course it's not the Davis Cup anymore.

At the last moment he is struggling with frustration

You would think that they would try to get a new and very expensive acquisition before as many eyeballs as possible – either by offering some free packages or at least disseminating this word in a comprehensive manner.

Instead, there was nothing. Nothing in both Davis Cup finals or The right Davis cup Twitter accounts.

There is no link to any streaming options on the Davis Cup Finals website. Anywhere. There is no page describing what network fans can watch in different countries (despite what was promised in the press release).

There are only links to buy tickets. This also proved to be a challenge.

Less than 24 hours left (did we mention this?), The only sold-out matches are two group games with Spain – the host. This includes the semi-finals and finals.

The content on the official site gives the impression that promoting tourism in Madrid (which is an "institutional partner") is a higher priority than allowing viewing. (You can get discounts on different things if you are visiting the city. But it's all in Spanish, so good luck.)

On the right side of the Davis Cup, the information about buying a package is still old information from the time when there were many rounds of home-away connections.

But if you are not in one of the darkened countries and want to subscribe to streaming, the link is here.

Good luck. You need it.

"To tell the truth, I'm a little nervous. … "We hope the fans have fun and that the competition is exciting for everyone," said Associated Press Gerard Piqué, football star in Barcelona and founder of the Kosmos group on Friday.

There seems to be a reason to be a little nervous because the event is about to start.


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