France TV is no longer the only broadcaster of Roland Garros in 2021. We tell you where, when and how to follow the Grand Slam tournament?
It’s a small revolution for French television and tennis. For the first time this year, the Roland Garros tournament will not be broadcast exclusively on France Télévision, but also on Amazon Prime. The streaming platform has acquired the broadcasting rights for matches played in “Night Session” during the fortnight, but this is not the only change for the grand slam. To compensate, France 4 will also broadcast the morning matches. If the distribution is not yet as fragmented as for football, tennis is gradually following the same path and is now proving to be sufficiently complex to deserve that we take stock of the broadcast of the event.
Most of the matches remain on France Television
Historical broadcaster of the tournament on clay, and despite the arrival of Amazon in the dance, France Television retains most of the broadcasting of Roland Garros matches. Traditionally broadcast from 2 p.m. on France 2. The public television group is giving a bit of a boost this year by broadcasting the first matches from 11 a.m. on France 4. Formerly broadcast only on the internet via France TV Sport, they are therefore now entitled to a proper TV broadcast.
As usual, we switch to France 2 at 13:55 for the rest of the day. France 2 broadcasts the men’s and women’s matches all afternoon depending on the importance of the meetings, logically prioritizing the French players and the seeds. At the end of the day, France TV operates a new switch to France 4 around 6.30 p.m. Also note who if you want to follow a particular match in its entirety in case France TV does not, you can see them on the France TV Sport site which broadcasts them in full in streaming.
We recapitulate the broadcasts of France television:
- Morning matches (from 11 a.m.): France 4
- Afternoon matches (from 1:55 p.m.): France 2
- End of the day (from around 6.30 p.m.): France 4 until the end of the current matches
- Streaming: France TV Sport, broadcasting of all matches in full with some exceptions
- Exception: matches played on Simonne Matthieu court, the night session
Amazon Prime Video: first broadcaster of “night sessions”
As we said in the introduction, Amazon got its hands on the broadcasting rights for Roland Garros “Night Sessions”. New in the broadcast for a novelty in the tournament. Unlike the other three Grand Slams, Roland Garros was the last tournament not to have night sessions. In question, the lack of lighting on the courts. The Night Session match starts at 9 p.m. and this year there will be 10 of them across the tournament. And this is not a discount match, the tournament being calculated so that some seeds play in the evening.
Your subscription to Amazon Prime Video will also be profitable during the day since it will also be the exclusive broadcaster of the meetings taking place on the Simonne Matthieu court where singles are played. The antenna will be taken from 10:45 in the morning. As for the evenings, the “Prime Time” will start from 8:15 pm for a recap of the day, exclusive interviews and the analysis of several journalists and speakers, including Amélie Mauresmo and Fabrice Santoro. The match is then broadcast live and commented until the end, before a final debrief.
What does tennis on Prime Video change for the viewer?
Streaming matches on Amazon doesn’t change much from traditional TV at first glance, you put the game on and watch it live the same way you would on TV. That being said, Prime Video already has the advantage of a clear presentation and easily accessible replays on top of that. You can also restart a match from the beginning very easily if you wish, which is not the classic TV. Some boxes offer live monitoring, but it is usually not possible to go back up until the moment you have started watching the channel.
Prime Video also offers a very interesting feature called X-Ray. The latter allows you to display at any time a great deal of information on the match and the players with, for example, biographies and their palmares. You will also find the statistics of the match there, which will necessarily appeal to fading figures. It’s a pretty nice bonus when you love tennis, where the statistics are legion.
We recap the broadcasts on Amazon Prime
- Broadcast begins at 10:45 a.m.
- Exclusive broadcaster of matches played on the Cours Simonne Matthieu
- 10 “Night Session” during the fortnight
- Aerial connection at 8.15 p.m., start of the match at 9 p.m.
Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.
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