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22/06/2018

BBC To Stream Wimbledon Coverage In Ultra HD

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BBC has announced this year's Wimbledon will be streamed in Ultra HD on iPlayer for the very first time.

The UHD coverage will use a wider range of colours and High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

Wimbledon's UHD coverage is part of BBC's continuing Ultra HD trial, preparing for a future where major live events can be streamed freely over the internet in such high quality on BBC iPlayer.

The Ultra HD trial on BBC iPlayer includes every match from Centre Court throughout the tournament. It will be delivered freely over the internet to audiences with a compatible TV and a high speed internet connection. This will be an HLG HDR production based on BBC R&D's recent work for the Royal Wedding.

There are a limited number of spaces for each match in this trial, with the live stream available to tens of thousands of people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audiences will need a connection of at least 40Mbit/s for the full 3840 pixel Ultra HD or 20Mbit/s for 2560 pixel Ultra HD. Footage will be played at 50 frames per second. Given the variability of Wi-Fi connections, audiences may find a more consistent Ultra HD experience with a wired internet connection to the TV.

BBC coverage of the FIFA World Cup is currently available to stream in UHD on iPlayer. The World Cup runs from 14 June - 15 July.
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