Jun 202019

BBC to show all Wimbledon matches live in HD for first time…

…but not on satellite or terrestrial (Freeview)

The BBC will show every match from Wimbledon’s 18 courts live in HD for the first time ever this year.

The Wimbledon tournament starts on Monday, 1 July and coverage will be available across the BBC’s TV, radio and digital platforms once again.

BBC Sport’s digital service will see every match available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer and on the BBC Sport website and app.

All Centre Court matches will also be available in UHD and HD on BBC iPlayer and by pressing the red button.

UHD coverage will form part of the BBCs ongoing ultra-high definition trials, so that viewers with compatible TVs will be able to watch every centre court match in UHD and high dynamic range (HDR) on BBC iPlayer and by pressing the red button.

Meanwhile, the red button will also provide HD access to all 18 courts – but on compatible connected TVs only, which are able to access an enhanced version of BBC Red Button.

(Note this is iPlayer on the app or PC, not iPlayer on Freesat / Freeview / Sky).

To access BBC iPlayer in Spain you will need to use a Smart DNS service (or a VPN, but a lot of these are being blocked by the BBC), to enable you can access iPlayer from outside the UK. One such Smart DNS service that allows this, and gives 2 week free trial, is SMARTDNSPROXY.

As usual, the BBC have expanded their “Red Button” service for the summer, and so during the summer there will be additional BBC Red Button services consisitng of 1 HD and 5 extra standard definition streams.

Sue Barker will again lead the television coverage across BBC One and BBC Two, while Clare Balding will present the daily highlights show on BBC Two.

Tennis legends including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker and Billie Jean King and Grand Slam winners Tracy Austin, Pat Cash and Kim Clijsters, as well as Wimbledon favourite Tim Henman, will all give their expert views.

Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe will also present a BBC Radio 5 Live show each Thursday of the tournament.

The American turned 60 earlier this year and Barker will present a BBC One documentary about him. ‘John McEnroe: Still Rockin’ at 60′ will be shown on 30 June.

“Wimbledon is the centrepiece event of the sporting calendar and it will be brilliant to welcome back our unrivalled team of experts this year alongside some new faces,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

“The BBC’s offering this year will bring our audiences exceptional coverage and bring them closer to the court action than ever before.”


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