BBC confirms 3D coverage plans for Wimbledon

We’re delighted to provide live 3D coverage from the biggest matches of this year’s Wimbledon. Major UK sporting events are a big part of our trials with 3D content and this allows us to build on our work from previous Wimbledon Championships and the London 2012 Olympics."Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D
Date: 03.07.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.06
The BBC has today announced it will broadcast selected matches from this year’s Wimbledon Championships live in 3D to homes across the UK, as part of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution.

The matches included in the trial coverage will include:

  • The Ladies’ Singles semi-finals
  • The Gentlemen’s Singles semi-finals
  • The Ladies’ Singles final
  • The Gentlemen’s Singles final

The free-to-air 3D coverage will be available to those with access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC’s HD Red Button service.* This is one of a small number of 3D TV editorial experiments the BBC is currently undertaking, which has also included selected coverage from Wimbledon 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Today’s news follows the announcement that the BBC will deliver the most comprehensive digital coverage of Wimbledon ever this year, increasing the number of live streams available across four screens - PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs - from a maximum of six in 2012 to a maximum of 10 this year. In addition, up to three streams will be available through the Red Button for viewers on cable and satellite and Digital Terrestrial TV.

Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D, says: “We’re delighted to provide live 3D coverage from the biggest matches of this year’s Wimbledon. Major UK sporting events are a big part of our trials with 3D content and this allows us to build on our work from previous Wimbledon Championships and the London 2012 Olympics.”

Mick Desmond, Commercial Director of the All England Club, says: “We are always looking at ways to improve the Wimbledon experience and the 3D TV trials will allow us to do that by exploring the boundaries of live sporting television.”

See here for more detail on the BBC’s digital Wimbledon coverage, and here for the full range of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage.

Notes

* BBC Red Button HD is available on:

  • Freeview HD (channel 303)
  • Virgin Media (channel 994)
  • Freesat (channel 980)
  • YouView (channel 303)

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