Priya Lopes on 06 20, 2011
In this the 125th year of Wimbledon and the first ever for the BBC in 3D, the BBC continues to bring viewers all the colour and action from SW19 when it commences its live and exclusive coverage of the 2011 Championships on 20 June.
For the first time ever, the BBC will bring viewers 3D coverage of the Championships. The free-to-air broadcast of the Championships in 3D will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to HD Channels, regardless of which digital TV provider they use. The Wimbledon finals will be available in 3D on the BBC HD channel – the BBC’s High Definition channel available through Freesat, Freeview and Virgin Media.
The live 3D coverage of the ladies’ and men’s finals on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July will mark the 125th anniversary of the Wimbledon Championships.
The BBC team once again includes an enviable line-up of ex-champions and industry experts. Sue Barker will present live daytime and evening coverage on BBC One and BBC Two. The daily highlights show, Today At Wimbledon, will be presented by John Inverdale on BBC Two at 8pm each weekday. This year the team will again include former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport.
Lindsay will be part of a quality line-up including: Tim Henman, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pat Cash, John Lloyd, Greg Rusedski, Andrew Castle, Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Mark Petchey, David Mercer, Barry Davies, Mark Cox, Simon Reed, Andrew Cotter, Nick Mullins, Chris Bradnam, Matt Chilton, Liz Smylie, Sam Smith, Jo Durie, Jason Goodall, Louise Pleming, Paul Hand and Ron McIntosh. Reporters onsite adding daily colour to the Championships are Garry Richardson, Rishi Persad, Sonali Shah and Phil Jones.
As well as coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC One HD and the BBC HD channel, viewers will be able to follow the Championships via BBC Online, which is streaming all the live action direct to viewers’ PCs and offering live text commentaries via the mobile service. BBC Red Button will also offer a wide range of viewing options throughout Wimbledon and with BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra providing extensive coverage, interviews and commentary from Wimbledon, there are more ways than ever to follow the excitement and action this year.
BBC Red Button will offer a choice of up to six live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the top matches. Viewers will also be able to switch between commentary and no-commentary options on selected live matches. When there is coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, Freeview will offer a choice of up to three matches. A digital text service will also be available with news, results and score updates. A match highlights package will also be available once play has finished each day.
The BBC Sport website will show live video from selected matches, including the showpiece courts, every day, as well as on-demand video highlights. Users of the website can also enjoy the 5 Live coverage, read our popular live text commentaries, view photo galleries and see results and schedule information. Away from the BBC site, tennis fans can interact with our journalists on Twitter and there’s also a new BBC Tennis page on Facebook (facebook.com/bbctennis).
BBC iPlayer will be offering up to two full matches every day of the tournament. Today At Wimbledon will also be available on demand from BBC iPlayer.