Stan announced today that from 2021 they will have exclusive broadcast rights for both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Looks like the Australian streaming service is hot on the heels of Amazon, taking their first steps into major live sports. This comes just days after Stan also announced that they have the exclusive rights to the 2021 edition of Super Rugby AU, as well as The Rugby Championship.
Having arguably the two most prestigious Grand Slam tournaments on their roster is sure to open Stan up to a wider audience. It will also be the first time that a streaming service that usually deals in only movies and films has attempted to pull off live sport.
Stan will show every minute of both events live and on-demand. What’s even more impressive is the fact that their coverage will be ad-free, which is great news for tennis purists.
If it works it could be a sign of things to come. Amazon is already trialling live soccer and rugby in Europe, and there is talk that Netflix could follow suit next year.
Stan is probably better placed than most to make the leap into live sport thanks to their parent company, Nine, who have been a major play in free to air sports for decades..
You can watch live coverage of Roland Garros (French Open) from May 24th, 2021 with coverage of Wimbledon getting underway from June 28th, 2021.