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.