Continuing a tradition of providing large-scale coverage to the event, and perhaps taking inspiration from their successful 24-stream coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC’s commitment to the annual Wimbledon tennis tournaments will see them provide up to 10 live streams online and through connected devices, as they edge ever closer to getting every minute of the action covered, in a similar vein to their upcoming attempts at the Glastonbury music festival.
The plans for the broadcasts, covered by the BBC Sport website and app, will see the streams available via PC, smart TV, smartphones, and tablet computers, with live and on-demand options on offer.
The tournaments, which run between 24 June – 7 July, will have record coverage by the BBC thanks to its online supplement, with the online video player offering footage in HD ‘wherever possible’, alongside highlights packages and punditry clips from the event’s TV coverage. Text commentary will also be an option through the BBC Sport pages, as will select audio streams from BBC Radio 5 live.
Also supporting the live TV coverage will be the BBC iPlayer, which will provide an additional means of showing events as they happen on TV, while also offering highlights of each match for the 7 days after it occurred.
The BBC note of their coverage in a news story on the matter: “On the BBC Sport website, in addition to the 10 live streams giving access to alternative courts, there will also be live text commentaries, news, videos, highlights and a regular column and Q&A with British number one Andy Murray. In addition the BBC has gained unique access to the US Open and Olympic champion to produce a special BBC Sport documentary; Andy Murray: The man behind the racquet. It will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD on Sunday, 23 June at 22:25 BST.”
Joining the range of options most likely being carried over from previous years (such as 3D finals coverage and mobile broadcasting) and plans to trial 4K HD coverage, will the further tweaks to the BBC’s Wimbledon Championships coverage be rewarded with world-class tennis coverage to justify the efforts being put in?