Warner Bros Discovery confirms highlights of the tennis finals will be broadcast on Freeview, while Eurosport and Discovery+ prepare to deliver wall-to-wall live coverage from 14th January 2024.
- DMAX announced as home of free-to-air finals highlights
- Nick Kyrgios confirmed as joining Eurosport’s commentary team
From 14th to 28th January 2024, Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) will be carrying coverage of the first Tennis Grand Slam of 2024 across its channels in Europe.
In the UK and Ireland, full coverage of the event will run via Eurosport and Discovery+. Live coverage will begun each night at midnight GMT. A morning news show and pre-night session show will follow from 7:45 GMT each morning. To complement its coverage, WBD has signed up Nick Kyrgios to its English language commentary team. He’ll join a presenting team that includes Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Justine Henin, Alex Corretja, Barbara Schett, Tim Henman and Laura Robson.
▶ Eurosport on Discovery+
In addition to being available on Sky, Virgin Media and IPTV platforms, night owls can stream live coverage on their device through Discovery+.
- In the UK, Eurosport’s coverage on Discovery+ is available as part of the Discovery+ standard package (£6.99 a month).
- In Ireland, it’s part of the €6.99 a month Entertainment and Sport package.
Alongside all the live action, Eurosport.com will showcase free daily highlights complemented by behind-the-scenes clips, expert opinions and athlete reactions on Eurosport’s social platforms. In addition to wall-to-wall main draw coverage, Eurosport and discovery+ will show all qualifying rounds (from today, 8th January). It will also show junior, wheelchair and legends matches.
A UHD/4K feed of the Australian Open will once again be made available to pay TV platform operators. Sky Glass/Stream viewers can already access the 4K channel on channel 906.
Freeview highlights of finals only
Meanwhile, WBD will use its DMAX channel to screen free-to-air highlights of the finals. DMAX is available on Freeview 39, Freesat 250, Sky 172 and Virgin Media 169.
DMAX has taken over from sister channel Quest as WBD’s home of free-to-air sports in the UK and Ireland. The move has come as an annoyance to some, as DMAX is only broadcast in SD, whereas Quest is available in HD on some TV platforms.
Scott Young, Group SVP, Content, Production and Business Operations, WBD Sports Europe, said:
“We first delivered the Australian Open under the Eurosport brand in 1995 and this year’s tournament promises to be one of the best yet, packed with so many inspiring stories and battles that fans can follow every step of the way across our channels and platforms. No other broadcaster provides a 360-degree tennis ecosystem that connects tennis fans to the sport they love like we do. To enhance the storytelling like never before, we’ve assembled one of the most impressive expert line-ups of tennis legends and superstars. We’re particularly excited to welcome Nick Kyrgios to our English language commentary team this year and know fans will benefit from his unique perspectives and closeness to the current crop of champions and competitors taking to the court this year.”