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BBC expands services for Wimbledon


The BBC is offering an expanded Red Button service across all platforms for this year's Wimbledon coverage.

Test transmissions for the service have been taking place on satellite for the past few weeks, with BBC Red Button 2 - 6, plus BBC Red Button HD now confirmed for Sky and Freesat viewers. The Red Button streams will sit alongside the existing BBC RB1 service. The extra streams will be added to Sky and Freesat EPGs shortly ahead of day 1, on 2nd July.

It's been separately announced that Sky Q viewers will also gain access to a UHD stream of the semi-finals and finals via satellite.

On Virgin Media, users will also gain access to the full set of BBC Red Button streams on air for Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, the BBC has confirmed that for Freeview (and platforms that piggyback on the digital terrestrial service, such as BT and TalkTalk TV), extra standard definition streams will be available, although it's expected that these will have limited coverage, as there is no further capacity on the full coverage Freeview multiplexes.

Viewers with connected TVs will get the biggest offering from Wimbledon, via the Red Button+ Connected TV service, which will enable users to access up to 16 HD video streams from SW19. These streams are also available on mobile and computers, via BBC Sport Online or the app. And those devices that can already access the World Cup UHD streams via the iPlayer will also be able to gain access to the BBC's UHD Wimbledon streams on a first come, first served basis.

In terms of traditional coverage, BBC One and BBC Two will once again share coverage from 11:30am daily, except on day 1 when coverage starts at 11:00am.

BBC Radio 5 live will broadcast live every day throughout The Championships, with coverage starting at midday. Extra coverage will be broadcast on 5 Live Sports Extra.
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