By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman

TV Answer Man, hey there, the French Open is on but YouTube TV doesn’t have the Tennis Channel on yet?!! What’s the deal with that? I thought they added it. I remember a story about it, right? Where is it? — Daria, Fairfax, Virginia. 

Daria, the 2023 French Open tennis tournament, which is also known as the Roland-Garros, began today and will run through Sunday, June 11 with the men’s final. The matches are available in high-def at various times on NBC, the Tennis Channel and Peacock, the NBC-owned streaming service. (You can see the NBC Sports TV viewing schedule for more details.)

The Tennis Channel, which is owned by Sinclair, is offering coverage of the first round matches today from 5 a.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET. But you won’t find them on YouTube TV.

How can that be? Didn’t YouTube TV sign a carriage deal for the Tennis Channel in April? (Yes, we did have a story on that.)

Answer: Yes.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that brings Tennis Channel, T2 and all three of our Emerging Networks to YouTube TV, a valued partner of ours,” said Will Bell, senior vice president of distribution and network relations for Sinclair. “As the media landscape continues to evolve, our goal remains the same – to bring our unrivaled content to people wherever they want to experience it. With Roland-Garros kicking-off May 28, the timing is perfect for YouTube TV customers.”

Well, Mr. Bell, the timing isn’t quite perfect because the carriage agreement calls for YouTube TV to add the Tennis Channel on June 1, not today or before. That means the live streamer will not have access to the channel’s French Open coverage for the first three days of the tournament.

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Tennis fans will have to wait until Thursday, although Peacock, the subscription Video on Demand service, is offering coverage as well. And NBC and the NBC app will provide coverage of tomorrow’s matches from 11 a.m. ET to 3 p.m. ET.

Daria, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!

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— Phillip Swann