BBC confirms smartphone-tablet Wimbledon option

For the first time in history, the BBC will broadcast Wimbledon to smartphones and tablet computers.

The tennis competition, running from June 25th to July 8th, is one of the most high-profile sporting events the broadcaster covers and it is using the occasion to trial a variety of technology, reported

Technicians working in broadcast jobs at Wimbledon will help screen the competition in 3D for the second year running – as part of a two-year trial – while interactive coverage can be accessed by viewers via the BBC Sport app.

According to, the coverage will be presented by Sue Barker with punditry from tennis greats such as Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Virginia Wade. In addition to BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two and BBC HD Channel, the iPlayer will be used to screen further action from the tournament; two matches each day will be shown on the online platform.

The UK will once again get behind British number one Andy Murray as he seeks to win his first Grand Slam singles title. The 22-year-old has reached the semi-final for the past three years in a row. During that time, the three players ahead of him in the current world rankings – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – have all won the competition once.

by Paul Smithson on June 20, 2012

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