How to watch the French Open on Kodi

The long and storied history of the French Open continues this year from May 20 to June 19. The 2019 French Open (Roland Garros) will be broadcasting live all over the world, with streams available from numerous sources. You can also watch the French Open on Kodi thanks to several must-have and free Kodi addons.

Important note: Our guide only mentions official sources for the French Open (Roland Garros). This annual event features the world’s best tennis players, with fans tuning in worldwide. Some locations may restrict viewing, however, and some viewers may try to turn to unofficial stream sources. However, there are numerous free or low-cost options that offer high-quality streams from official sources. Tennis fans can easily avoid untrustworthy and malicious websites, as well as negative scrutiny and throttling from ISPs.

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How to watch the 2019 French Open (Roland Garros) on Kodi with a VPN

There will be streams available for the 2019 French Open from multiple countries and TV networks. To get unrestricted access to these streams, do the following:

    1. Create an account with a credible VPN provider. While we recommend IPVanish for Kodi users, a few other options exist that we trust: ExpressVPN, NordVPN, or CyberGhost
    2. Next, find and download the VPN’s app on the device where you’re using Kodi. Make sure to check there’s an app available for that device.
    3. Now, connect to a VPN server location corresponding to the channel or TV network you want to use. For example, if you’re streaming through ITV, connect to a UK-based server.
    4. Finally, open Kodi and then the Kodi addon you plan to use, find your stream, and connect!

You’ll want to make sure the Kodi addon you’re using is currently functional and properly updated before the French Open begins. If it’s not working, we recommend exploring other streaming options. Additionally, if no Kodi addons work to get the streams you want, we recommend official streaming apps or directly streaming from the websites in question.

The 2019 French Open will be available from dozens of TV networks, with some free options. Most streams will be region-locked, however, so a VPN will be necessary even with a Kodi addon.

How to watch the 2019 French Open on Kodi

The following TV services are broadcasting the French Open and are available through different Kodi addons:

  • RSI.CH play (Italian-language Swiss free-to-air broadcast network)
  • SRF Play (German-language Swiss free-to-air broadcast network)
  • ORF TVThek (Austrian free-to-air broadcast network)
  • SBS On Demand (Australian free-to-air broadcast network)
  • Sling TV (For access to NBC, NBC Sports, and the Tennis Channel)
  • PS Vue (For Access to NBC, NBC Sports, and the Tennis Channel)

Note that unless you’re in the country where these live streams are available, a VPN will be required to unblock geographic content restrictions imposed by each of these services.

The French Open schedule is as follows. Most country’s broadcasts won’t begin until May 26.

DateEventTime
May 20Qualifying - Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 21Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 22Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 23Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 24Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 25RG Kid's Day - Charity Day, Exhibition Matches6 AM EST / 11 AM GMT+1
May 261st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 271st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 281st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 292nd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 302nd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Landies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 313rd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Ladies' Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 13rd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Ladies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 24th Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Ladies' Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 34th Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Ladies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 41/4 Finals - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Juniors, & Legends' Trophy5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 51/4 Finals - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Mixed Doubles, Juniors, & Legends' Trophy5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 61/2 Finals - Mixed Doubles Final, Gentlemen's Doubles, Legends' Trophy, Juniors, & Wheelchair Tournament5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 71/2 Finals - Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Doubles, Juniors, Legends' Trophy, & Wheelchair Tournament5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 8Ladies' Final - Gentlmen's Doubles Final, Ladies' Legends' Trophy, Single & Doubles Juniors Final, Wheelchair Tournament Final5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 9Gentlemen's Final - Ladies' Doubles, Gentlemen's Final, Gentlemen's Legends' Trophy Finals,5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1

For US fans watching through Sling TV and PS Vue, broadcasts will be split between NBC and the Tennis Channel. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

DayTime (EST)Channel
Sun, May 265:00 AMTennis, NBC
Mon, May 275:00 AMTennis, NBC
Tue, May 285:00 AMTennis
Wed, May 295:00 AMTennis
Thu, May 305:00 AMTennis
Fri, May 315:00 AMTennis
Sat, June 15:00 AMTennis, NBC
Sun, June 25:00 AMTennis, NBC
Mon, June 35:00 AMTennis
Tue, June 47:00 AMTennis
Wed, June 57:00 AMTennis
Thu, June 68:00 AMTennis, NBC
Fri, June 76:00 AMTennis, NBC
Sat, June 89:00 AMNBC
Sun, June 99:00 AMNBC

RSI.CH play addon – Free coverage

rsi kodi addon 2019 roland garros

The Play RSI Kodi addon is available through the official Kodi addon repository and will be broadcasting the event for free. RSI’s coverage of the event will be in Italian.

You’ll need to connect to a VPN server in Switzerland in order to watch the French Open – Roland Garros live stream. IPVanish offers three VPN servers in Switzerland

SRF Play Kodi addon – Free coverage

SRF play 2019 french open

You’ll find the SRF Play Kodi addon through the official Kodi addon repository. SRF will offer free coverage of the French Open, with broadcasts of the event in German.

As with the RSI Kodi addon, you’ll need to use a VPN connected to a server in Switzerland to unblock the live stream.

ORF TVthek Kodi addon – Free coverage

ORF TVthek Kodi addon roland garros 2019

The ORF TVthek Kodi addon is available in the official Kodi addon repository. ORF will offer free coverage of the French Open, with broadcasts of the event in German.

See also: Our article on ORF in German

You’ll need to connect to a VPN server in Austria to view live streams from ORF TVThek abroad. IPVanish offers one Austria-based VPN server.

SBS On Demand Kodi addon – Free coverage

SBS kodi addon french open 2019

The SBS On Demand Kodi addon will offer coverage of the French Open’s daily events after they air. This is a good option if your time zone or schedule make it difficult to watch Roland Garros live.

You’ll need to connect to a VPN Server in Australia to view streams through SBS On Demand. IPVanish offers three VPN servers in Australia.

This addon is not available in the official Kodi addon repository. To install this addon, do the following:

  • Download the Aussie Addons repository zip file (located here). The zip file download will be called “repo.zip”
  • Open Kodi, then go to Addons
  • Click on the package/box symbol (top left)
  • Click on Install from zip
  • Locate your downloads folder and click on the repo.zip file to install it
  • Return to the previous screen and click on Install from repository
  • Locate and click on the Aussie Add-ons repository
  • Click on Video Add-ons
  • Click on SBS On Demand, then click on Install

Sling TV Kodi addon

Sling TV kodi roland garros

US residents can use the Sling TV Kodi addon to get free and low-cost live streams of the French Open. The Sling TV Kodi addon will give you access to your Sling TV account and streams, including NBC, NBC Sports, and The Tennis Channel.

To get the Tennis Channel and NBC Sports through Sling TV, sign up for an account using the Sling Blue package.

The Sling TV Kodi addon is available through the official Kodi addon repository. Only those living in the US can create an account and stream content. A VPN option won’t work to gain access.

PS Vue Kodi addon

ps vue french open

You can get a five-day free trial from PlayStation Vue, which carries NBC, NBC Sports, and the Tennis Channel. You’ll need to sign up for the Ultra or Elite packages to get access to all three of those channels. The PS Vue Kodi addon will give you access to your account.

You’ll find this addon through the official Kodi addon repository. PlayStation Vue is only available to US residents, and a VPN won’t work to sign up for an account or stream content through the service or its Kodi addon.