Tennis fans of a certain age may remember asking themselves the question: Do I pay the extra cost, on top of my existing cable bill, for a sports package that includes Tennis Channel? I certainly do, and it wasn’t an easy decision, fresh out of college and not exactly swimming in disposable income. But in the early-to-mid aughts, watching professional tennis beyond the Grand Slams and a smattering of second-tier tournaments was nearly impossible without the coverage Tennis Channel provided.
In the 15-20 years since, Tennis Channel has become far more accessible in a variety of ways. The linear network is available on nearly every standard cable tier. Tennis Channel Plus offers a streaming complement that gives fans practically limitless access to the pro game. Both are available on an app for viewing wherever you have an internet connection. It’s not too much, certainly for ardent fans of the sport. But the rapid expansion of tennis content made me wonder if there was room for anything else; anything new and innovative.
Enter T2, which looks and feels different than Tennis Channel (because it was designed to be), and is accessed in a different way (on Samsung TV Plus, and on Samsung smart TV’s, mobile phones and tablets). But the biggest distinction of all may be the most important: It’s completely free.
T2 is Tennis Channel’s first free ad-supported TV (FAST) offering in the United States. If you own a Samsung device that carries Samsung TV Plus, you get T2 at no cost.