- Wimbledon 2019 broadcasted live in HD
- BBC iPlayer to stream live and on-demand matches
- Bringing audiences “exceptional coverage,” says BBC
The BBC will broadcast the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in high-definition live for the first time across its TV, radio and digital channels.
The BBC Sport’s digital service will transmit every match from Wimbledon’s 18 courts live and on-demand on its iPlayer service as well as on the BBC Sport website and app.
While, for the first time in broadcasting history, every match will be broadcast live in high-definition (HD) when the tournament commences on 1 July.
The Centre Court matches will also be available in ultra high-definition (UHD) and HD on BBC’s iPlayer which can be activated by pressing the red button on the controller. BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: “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.
“The BBC’s offering this year will bring our audiences exceptional coverage and bring them closer to the court action than ever before.”
Virgin Media had a UK first last month after it utilised hybrid log gamma (HLG) technology to broadcast French Open tennis matches from Roland Garros in ultra-high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR). Tennis fans were able to enhance their viewing experiences for all matches that played on the redeveloped Philipe Chatrier courts.
UK TV personality and former professional tennis player Sue Baker will lead the Wimbledon 2019 Championship TV coverage across BBC One and BBC Two, with Clare Balding presenting daily highlights 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 Tim Henman, will all give their expert analysis.
Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe will also present a BBC Radio 5 Live show each Thursday of the tournament.
BBC championing change
Last month the BBC launched a new line up of women’s sport this summer with live coverage, new commissions and leading talent across its TV, radio and podcast channels.
The new BBC season titled Change The Game promises to broadcast the most comprehensive schedule of live sport and is dubbed the “biggest destination for all women’s sport action this summer.”
The live action is complemented by additional content including documentaries, podcasts and online strands which have all been commissioned as part of Change The Game campaign to celebrate the upcoming season of sport.
Read more: BBC to “change the game” for women’s sport