2013-01-14 10:12:22 - Live streaming Melbourne for the 2013 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis. Event seedings and schedule, live online broadcast coverage, event reviews.
The Australian Open is one of the first major sporting events to truly embrace the potential of online streaming to reach a wider global audience.
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The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. It features men's and women's singles; men's, women's, and mixed doubles and junior's championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events. Since 1988 the tournament has been played on hard courts at
The Australian Open typically has very high attendance, second only to the US Open. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat with its two primary courts, Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena, equipped with retractable roofs.
In Australia, the Seven Network is the host broadcaster, televising all day and night sessions for the duration of the tournament. Fox Sports Australia televises live matches during the first week of the tournament. In the United States, the tournament is broadcast with both live and pre-recorded coverage on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Tennis Channel. The championship matches are televised live ESPN2. In Europe the tournament is broadcast on Eurosport. In the United Kingdom, the BBC broadcasts the men's and women's finals live on BBC2.
Internationally, the tournament is broadcast on ESPN International in Central and Latin America, ESPN Star Sports in Pan-Asia, Wowow in Japan and Shanghai TV in China. The Australian Open is the least televised Grand Slam event because of time zone differences between Australia and the large population centres of Europe and North America. The Australian Open Final for men is traditionally one of the most watched sports events in Australia.