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Shhh! Don’t tell Liz, but a good chunk of my morning has been spent watching the U.S. Open online. The good news is that it’s actually quite cool. The interface is easy to use and gives you the ability to preview (with li’l video thumbnails!) and […]

Shhh! Don’t tell Liz, but a good chunk of my morning has been spent watching the U.S. Open online. The good news is that it’s actually quite cool. The interface is easy to use and gives you the ability to preview (with li’l video thumbnails!) and switch between five different courts. Plus, there’s a picture-in-picture mode, so you can keep an eye on two matches at once.

I only encountered one pre-roll ad when I launched the player, and they aren’t cutting away to commercials in between games (as in game, set, match). Additionally, unlike the Olympics, which had a lot of coverage but oftentimes no commentary, each court has announcers providing analysis. (Bonus: Many have sophisticated accents.)

You can check out all the action at USOpen.org.

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  1. [...] Watch the U.S. Open Tennis Match Online NOTE TO READERS: This article is from last year’s U.S. Open. Info about the 2009 U.S. Open can be found here. [...]

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  2. This is a great step forward for making for major sports events to be online.

    Back in the 90′s, I remember hearing a talk by Akif Malik, the visionary who started the Chicago Olympic Bid and he had several innovative ideas on how well this could work and still be a win-win for rights holders and broadcasters and the public.

    If I were a major media or technology company, I’d get him on the team because he is able to come up with how the big picture works on the small screen (no pun intended!)

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  3. I have to agreee with Chris A, the quality and interactivity of this is amazing. I only wish that ESPN had this type of rich interface for sports online (picture in picture, stats etc) all in full screen. ESPN makes me take a plugin, while this tennis coverage just works! This is truly the future of television. Flash has definitely come a long way for live streaming.

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  4. Hi,

    Chris, you realise this isn’t available outside of America!

    When are live content producers going to wake up and stop with the geographic lock-ins?

    They should continue to sell local broadcast rights if they want, bundled with online rights, but the online element shouldn’t be exclusive to even exclude the rights-owners own portal, or at least offer visitors a re-direct.

    From what I could tell, has anyone experienced online sports from german, french Scandinavian or UK broadcasters, plus Asian operators like “Yes Networks”.
    In light of those comparisons, the U.S. Open Site didn’t seem all that special!

    Kind regards,

    Shakir Razak

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  5. There is a site covering it legally in my area (Asia) called http://www.totalsports.tv so I can still see the live feed.

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  6. I agree with what’s been said about this being a terrific site. Not having cable TV I had resigned myself to seeing limited coverage until I discovered US Open live. It’s been great. My only negative comment would be the inaneness of the commentators – one worse than the other. For instance, we’ve just been told that the ball doesn’t know the score. Really? And which one informed us that Roger was a great strategician. Strategician? Regardless, thanks so much for this site.

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  7. Does anyone know who the woman commentator was during the women’s final?

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  8. [...] ESPN and the Tennis Channel, with the help of Origin Digital and Akamai, had powered the truly awesome web streaming of more than 150 matches, but CBS owns rights to air the men’s and [...]

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