BBC Unveils Plans for Interactive TV, Online and Mobile Coverage of Wimbledon Tennis

The BBC has announced its plans for interactive TV, broadband and mobile coverage of the upcoming 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships (note: this year, for the first time, the corporation's entire coverage of the championships will be available in high definition on the BBC HD channel):

  • Viewers on the UK's digital TV platforms will be able to press the red button to access a multiscreen app with a choice of up to five live matches (note: when there is coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, viewers on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, will be offered a choice of up to four matches), plus a highlights service and replays of top matches. Viewers will also be able to switch between commentary and no-commentary options on the live matches, and will be able to access a digital text service that will offer news, results and score updates.
  • BBC Online will offer live streaming coverage ( and on-demand highlights. It will also offer live scores, as well as video interviews from the corporation's TV coverage.
  • The BBC's online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer, will offer between two and four full matches every day of the tournament: women's matches will be shown in their entirety, the BBC says, while men's matches will be broken into sets. In addition, the BBC's daily round-up show, "Today At Wimbledon" will be available on-demand through the iPlayer.
  • A live text commentary service will be available for mobile phones (also at