DirecTV has opened its U.S. Open Interactive service to another partner with this year’s Grand Slam tennis event.
With its third run from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. DirecTV’s U.S. Open Interactive service will feature coverage from CBS for the first time. In addition to providing expansive looks of USA Network’s coverage in its 25th and final year from around the facility during the tourney’s first five day, Aug. 25-29, the satellite leader will present CBS fare from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
All six channels can be viewed simultaneously on a separate “U.S. Open Mix Channel” and can be watched full screen with the click of a remote. Interactive features like match schedules, real-time scoring and results will also be available on the court.
All told, DirecTV’s U.S. Open Interactive service will provide more than 400 hours of tournament coverage, including up to 160 additional matches on five extra court channels, in addition to the network channel in HD. The additional channels will present live match coverage from separate courts with dedicated announcers. DirecTV announce team features former WTA singles champion Chanda Rubin; Mark Woodforde, who was part of one of the most successful doubles teams in history with a record 61 titles; former ATPer Jeff Tarango; and broadcast veterans Jack Edwards, Barry MacKay and Bill Patrick.
“DirecTV is excited to join USA Network, CBS and the United States Tennis Association in celebrating the 40th year of the U.S. Open era by enabling DirecTV U.S. Open Interactive viewers to more fully experience the raucous atmosphere and competitive intensity that surrounds this tournament,” said Eric Shanks, executive vice president, DirecTV Entertainment, in a statement. “Along with HD, interactive technology acts like another layer of electronic Stickum that keeps sports fans in their seats and their hands wrapped around the remote – using a western forehand grip if they’re a tennis fan.”
More US Open programming information is available by visiting DIRECTV.com/usopen.