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Fans in the United States were unable to watch the match unless they could find a pirated stream.
The WTA intends to start its own subscription streaming service, but that is not expected to be ready until April, at the earliest. Simon said the gap in streaming coverage was unavoidable.
A similar stream of her tennis matches would not have been available. Briana Foust, a tennis blogger from Columbia, S. While beIN Sports is well established in certain markets, including the Middle East and France, its American presence is fledgling, even compared to another niche outlet like Tennis Channel.
Tennis Channel reached 50 million homes last year and was expected to grow to 61 million this year. Tennis Channel is also cheaper.
Tennis Channel retained its rights to domestic events on both tours, including the combined events at Indian Wells, Calif. But the switch leaves Tennis Channel short of content, and its on-air personalities like Mary Carillo have not shied from sharing their frustration.
Simon said a bumpy transition was inevitable, and worth the hiccups. We just put our toe into the water of this entire project where many people are waist deep already.
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