Dish Network Vs DirecTV in Tennis Programming

Dish Network and DirecTV are the two digital entertainment satellite TV service providers in the United States. Both of them provide their best in programming that includes English, Spanish, International, Premium and Sports programming. Sports programming allows subscribers to enjoy their favorite sports with their favorite players. Tennis programming in both Dish Network and DirecTV offers subscribers variegated matches in crystal clear HD. This article gives the clear description of Tennis Programming in Dish Network and DirecTV and the comparison between them.

Tennis Programming in Dish Network

Tennis Programming in Dish Network is the 24 hour network that will be delivered under under one channel “The Tennis Channel”. This channel is devoted to tennis and the lifestyle around it. The Tennis Channel will be delivered in the channel number 400 on Dish Network. US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top – tier Sony Ericsson

WTA Tour Championship competitions, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup are the tennis tournaments available in Dish Network. Subscribers can enjoy all tournaments and matches in stunning HD.

The US Open series is the six week summer tennis season that links ATP world tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments together. It is mentioned as U.S or North American Hard Court Season. ATP is the most prestigious tournament in Men’s tennis. It is a series of nine tennis tournaments that will take place every year in Europe, North America and Asia. It is originally known as “Championship series, Single week” events.

WTA Tour Championship is the world wide professional tennis tour for women that will be played every year at the end of the season for the top rated players on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Davis cup is the biggest annual international team competition that is run by International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the main international team event in Men’s tennis. United States is the most successful country in the history of the tournament.

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The Fed Cup is same as of David Cup but it is for Women. This competition is formerly known as Federal Cup. Fed Cup is the team competition in women’s tennis by International Tennis Federation. When compared to other tennis tournaments, Hopman Cup is entirely different where both male and female players play together and form a team for their country. Eight teams from each nation will be selected every year to compete with each other in the Hopman Cup. Each team constitutes one male and one female player.

Tennis Programming in DirecTV

Tennis Programming in DirecTV delivers full coverage of the most famous tennis event Grand Slam Tournament to their subscribers every year. Grand Slam Tournament comprises of four tournaments, also known as majors, namely Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament and is regarded as the most prestigious tournament in the world. This is the only tournament that is still played on grass and it takes place over two weeks in late June and early July. U.S Open is also a very popular tennis tournament that starts every year at the end of August and continues till September. DirecTV gives full coverage to all matches of tournament from outer court and early round matches to the finals.

Only on DirecTV, subscribers can experience the whole Grand Slam Event and brings bonus coverage of outer court and early round matches of Australian Open. The Australian Open and Wimbledon are the only slams with indoor play. As this tournament is famous for extremely hot days, it will held in the middle of the Australian Summer.

Subscribers can watch 6 live matches at the same time with the help of the Australian Open Mix Channel in the channel 701. They can select any one channel to tune it. Match Guide feature allows subscribers to see scores from matches and the schedule for the upcoming matches. Real time scores for in-progress as well as competed matches will be provided when subscribers activate Recent Results.

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Men’s & Women’s Draws feature is exclusively designed to know the complete round by round chart that shows about players in tournament and who are headed home. All matches in the tournament can be enjoyed by subscribers in stunning HD with digital picture quality and sound.


Dish Network and DirecTV provides an extensive coverage of tennis events. Though both satellite TV providers delivers many tournaments to their subscribers, they have some variation between them. The tournaments and matches of tennis events are delivered by DirecTV as a programming whereas in Dish Network all these tournaments will be delivered under one channel called ” The Tennis Channel” on channel number 400. This tennis channel is available with the programming packages America’s Top 250 and America’s Everything Pak.

In Dish Network, all tournaments in tennis programming are delivered under one channel, “The Tennis Channel”. On contrary, tournaments of tennis programming in DirecTV will be delivered in Tennis channel and also in DirecTV’s exclusive channel called Mix Channel on the channel number 701. Wimbledon is provided by DirecTV in the channels 702 -707.

Subscribers can enjoy the total coverage of tennis programming in stunning high definition in both Dish Network and DirecTV. The interactive features like mix channel where subscribers can view 6 matches at the same time, match guide that delivers scores and schedule of the upcoming matches, recent results gives real time scores and Men’s & Women’s draw shows round by round chart are available with DirecTV. On the other hand, Dish Network offers only one channel for tennis that has no additional features as DirecTV.


by Michael Alam