The 2020 Australian Open is just around the corner, running from January 20 to February 2.
As the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open features 12 days of non-stop action from some of the top tennis players in the world—including Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—competing to win the championship in Melbourne Park, one of the most popular courts in the world.
The following guide will cover the best ways to watch the 2020 Australian Open live for free from anywhere in the world.
This year’s program is sure to be a big one, with prizes to the tune of $73.2 million AUD expected to be offered to winners of both the men’s and women’s programs.
Tennis fans and general sports fans alike will not want to miss the opportunity to tune in and see who wins the title.
Let’s look at your options:
How to Watch 2020 Australian Open Live Online at No Cost
There are two ways for you to watch the 2020 Australian Open live and online come January.
- First, there are several national and international TV stations that will cover the whole Australian Open 2020 event in different countries for free. To watch, all you really need to do is to sign up for a good VPN service and then change your location to the country/region where these channels will allow users to stream the event for free.
- The second method will involve you signing up for online streaming services that will also broadcast every game and match come January of next year.
As mentioned in the first method above, you can easily access Australian channels using a VPN (which stands for Virtual Private Network). VPN services allow you to change your IP address so that it appears as if you’re accessing a site/service from any location. Accordingly, you’ll have to connect to a VPN server that’s based in Australia in order to access channels that are exclusive to Australian users.
Note:There are plenty of VPN service providers on the market today. To help you decide which one is best for you, we’ve made a separate guide on the top 10 VPNs to choose from.
Regarding the second method listed above, you might be happy to know that most of the paid streaming services that will broadcast the Australian Open 2020 live stream do in fact have a free trial option. For each of these streaming services, you can simply sign up for the free trial just before the Grand Slam tournament starts and then cancel your subscription just after it is over.
Now since the tournament will last around 14 days and most of the paid streaming services we’ll cover in this guide only offer a free trial that lasts close to seven days, you will have to move on a tight schedule and sign up for one streaming service at the start of the Grand Slam event, cancel your subscription during the middle of the tournament and then sign up for a free trial of another streaming service to take advantage of the free trial option once again to stream the full tournament free of cost.
And in case you’ve already used your credit card information for the same streaming service to watch another sports event in the past, then you won’t be able to sign up for a free trial again. In that case, you can ask one of your friends or family members who do not have an interest in streaming services or sports events to lend you their credit card information for a bit.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the channels and streaming services that can help fans of the 2020 Australian Open stream the whole tournament, potentially for free, come January of next year.
How to Watch Australian Open 2020 Without Cable
No one likes to pay for long-term cable subscription packages only to have limited access to the best sports content available.
In this section, we’ll list all the streaming services you can sign up for (with a free trial) to watch Australian Open 2020 live for free.
Watch Australian Open Live for Free Using 9Now
The fastest and cheapest way to watch Australian Open 2020 is via 9Now.
You just need to create an account, and from there, you’re mostly free to stream all the tennis content the streaming service offers for free.
And do keep in mind that with a 9Now account you get access to all of Channel 9’s content from divisions such as Nine, Nine Life, Nine Go and Nine Gem. 9Now does not lock users into long contracts.
Regarding compatibility, 9Now supports almost all platforms including PC, macOS, Android and iOS, along with ChromeCast and Apple TV. It also offers HD content with Closed Captions.
Note:If you find that 9Now’s website is showing a geo-restriction error, then simply use a VPN service to change your location to Australia and stream the 2020 Australian Open for free.
Of course, there are many other paid streaming services that offer a free trial for new users. You can use them to stream the entirety of Australian Open 2020 for free. We will list the best of them below:
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Watch Australian Open 2020 With a VPN
- First, sign up for a VPN service that has VPN servers in Australia. Most top VPN service providers do offer servers in Australia. Not sure which VPN to choose from? Check out our roundup of top VPN service providers here.
- Since the 9Now website does not work for users outside of Australia, you need to connect to a server that is located in Australia.
- After you have your VPN running and connected to an Australia-based server, go to 9Now’s website and sign up for a free account.
- While going through the registration process, you will have to provide a name (use any name), an email address (use a burner email address if you want), a password, birth date (use any, as long as it is over 18) and a postcode (search for Australian postcodes on the internet or use the one we have used in the screenshots for this guide).
- After that, navigate to the sports section or use the search function in the top-right corner of the screen to search for the Australian Open.
- Once the stream for Australian Open 2020 becomes available, you should have no problems streaming the whole tournament.
DirecTV offers several channel bundles for users. We’ve listed some of DirecTV’s sports-inclusive packages below.
(Note that the prices for these packages are subject to change as DirecTV regularly adds new offers and discounts to its services.)
- Optimo Mas, currently at $59.99 per month (for the first two years of service)
- Ultimate, which ranges from $79.99/month to $134.99/month
- Xtra at $79.99 per month
- Choice at $69.99 per month
DirecTV’s parent company, AT&T, also offers the AT&T TV NOW service (formerly known as DirecTV NOW).
- AT&T NOW Plus – over 45 channels at $65/month
- AT&T TV NOW Max – over 60 channels and more sports coverage at $80/month
DirecTV offers lots of customization options. You can pay the service $5 per month to stream content from AT&T TV NOW Deportes. There is also AT&T NOW Español, which costs $15 per month. For premium networks such as HBO, you will have to pay more depending on the package.
The list of supported devices includes pretty much every operating system, from macOS and PC to Android and iOS, as well as most smart TVs and web browsers. There is a DVR feature as well which can record up to 20 hours worth of content with a 30-day limit. There are no expansion options available.
If you want to make sure you’re able to stream every Australian Open Grand Slam match, then you should go for a bundle that offers the Tennis Channel. In the case of DirecTV, the Ultimate, Xtra and Choice options offer access to the Tennis Channel. But if you don’t want to do that, you still shouldn’t have any issues since all the bundles come with ESPN.
If you’re located outside of DirecTV’s service area, feel free to consult our guide on how to watch DirecTV outside of the U.S. for more information.
For YouTube TV, there is only one bundle available for around $49.99 per month. Special offers and discounts may apply, especially during the holidays.
You can augment YouTube TV with additions such as NBA League Pass for $40 per month or $124 per year, or Fox Soccer Plus for $15 per month.
For the 2020 Australian Open, YouTube TV will allow you to see the entire tournament on pretty much any platform, including Android, iOS, smart TVs and web browsers.
YouTube TV offers all users unlimited storage space with a validity period of over nine months.
Hulu is another streaming service with a single package at $44.99 per month.
While you can add channels such as Showtime for $11 per month and HBO for $15 per month, you probably won’t need anything extra for the Australian Open in January 2020 since Hulu offers ESPN2 and ESPN through its standard package.
Hulu doesn’t have the premier Tennis Channel though.
As for its DVR capabilities, Hulu allows users to record up to 50 hours of content. Users can record 200 hours for an additional $15 per month.
Just like most other streaming services in this guide, Hulu also comes with a seven-day free trial and allows two simultaneous streams if you have a need for it.
For readers outside of the U.S., you might need to connect to a VPN in order to use Hulu. We’ve made a separate guide on how to to do that. Read it here.
ESPN+ is a relatively new service, launching in April 2018. Though it’s new to the scene compared to the other options on this list, it competes well with a price of just $5 per month. You can save a bit by signing up for a year for $50.
Do keep in mind that ESPN+ currently works best in the U.S.
So you’ll need to get a VPN, change your location to the U.S. and start streaming the Australian Open in January 2020. For more on how to watch ESPN from outside of the U.S., read our complete guide here.
Sling TV offers total sports coverage with these plans:
- Blue, priced at $25 per month
- Orange, at $25 per month
- Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month
You will have access to ESPN in both the Orange + Blue package as well as the regular Orange package.
If you want more than that—with the ability to watch the Tennis Channel—then you’ll have to pay an extra $5 per month if you have already signed up for the Orange bundle. Blue subscribers will have to pay $10 per month for the privilege.
fuboTV offers a variety of channels through its standard $54.99/month package, but the streaming service also has a Family package for $59.99 per month and a Family Deluxe plan along with Ultra at $64.99 per month and $79.99 per month, respectively.
Since fuboTV doesn’t offer ESPN, you should sign up for the Sports Plus add-on for $8.99 per month in order to watch the Australian Open 2020 live.
Which Channels Are Broadcasting the Australian Open Internationally?
The answer to this question depends on your current location (or your new location, should you choose to sign up for a VPN service and change your location for the purposes of unblocking geo-restricted content on streaming sites).
Note:Australian users can just sign into their 9Now account and navigate to the “Tennis” section to tune into the Australian Open.
Here’s a quick rundown of which channels are showing the Australian Open around the world, outside of Australia:
If you live in the Asia-Pacific/Oceania region, you have these channels streaming live sports and for free (provided you have the right location, an account or valid cable subscription):
People living in Central Asia really only have two options:
- Sony Six (linked above)
- Eurosport (linked above)
Latin America and the Caribbean
In Latin America and the Caribbean, you will have to log on to ESPN Global to watch Australian Open 2020.
- beIN Sports (linked above)
- Eurosport (linked above)
All of this might seem like a lot of work, but the basic process remains the same.
You just sign up for a VPN service and connect to the appropriate VPN server to start watching sports content.
To summarize, all you really need to do is connect to one of the channels we’ve listed above for your region. If none of the above channels are covering the 2020 Australian Open in your region, then you’ll need to use a VPN service to change your location and stream the whole tournament for free. Or sign up for the many streaming services that should also work with a VPN and a U.S. server.