It was a nice Labor Day weekend, so I thought it might be fun to watch the U.S. Open wireless and see how the app worked. Well, I am happy to say, using my laptop and a Samsung tablet with the Watch ESPN app on it—I was good to go.
To those wishing to view ESPN3 or Watch ESPN, your cable or broadband provider must carry the networks. I have Comcast so and they allow access to both so in my case—I was good to go.You can also use your Smartphone with the ESPN3/Watch ESPN app, but a word to the wise—it can eat up a great deal of data, so check with your mobile carrier to make sure you won't get hit with big time data charges.
If you can't access the ESPN broadband networks, then the U.S. Open site is a good place to watch the action using your laptop. Using either service online, you find more options than you'd have when watching television.
On both sites, a viewer has the ability to in essence be their own director and pick and choose the action they wish to watch on a number of courts. Some of the fun things offered by watching the U.S. Open online is the ability to watch the action on six courts including Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand.
There is a picture in picture function so you can watch two courts at once, plus there is a chat function that allows the user to see what is being said on Twitter about the match. There is also a button that allows the viewer to access Match Stats that are instantly updated.
If you watch through the ESPN3/Watch ESPN site, there could be as many as eight matches going at one time to choose from and the video quality is very good. Besides the live matches available, ESPN3/Watch ESPN also offers a number of past matches that could be viewed at the user's convenience. So if you missed say, No. 3 seed Andy Murray’s win over Milos Raonic of Canada, you can still catch all the action.
When it comes to watching sports, we are now very much into the era of two screens. For those interested, there is an article in the Media Post, as well as a good bit from NBC Olympics Research research that gives some helpful details about this.
It has become more commonplace for a viewer to watch a U.S. Open match on their high definition television while watching a college football game—as I did this past weekend on my tablet.
Viewers have become far more comfortable watching sports, movies and television shows on their computers or tablets. So as week two of the U.S. Open is in full swing, if you haven’t given watching tennis on your computer or tablet a chance—it really is worth checking out.