BBC confirms 4K HDR iPlayer broadcasts of Wimbledon 2019

BBC confirms 4K HDR broadcasts of Wimbledon 2019
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While the BBC only last week announced that it will show every match from Wimbledon's 18 courts live in HD for the first time ever, the broadcaster is also set to repeat last year's 4K Ultra HD coverage.

The BBC will broadcast every Centre Court match in 4K HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) HDR over the tournament's fortnight duration, which kicks off on Monday 1st July with reigning Champion Novak Djokovic kickstarting his title defending campaign.

The matches will be available through the iPlayer app and – new for this year – also through the red button during BBC One and BBC Two coverage. 

The BBC has typically listed the compatible TVs and devices, which includes everything from Amazon's Fire TV 4K Stick streamer and Virgin's V6 set-top box to a huge number of TVs from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Hisense, Toshiba, Philips and more. 

We hope Sky will once again offer 4K coverage of Wimbledon via satellite too.

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As with the Beeb's previous trials, a minimum internet speed of 20Mbit/s (for a 2560-pixel resolution) or 40Mbit/s (for the full 3840-pixel resolution) is recommended for the UHD experience. 

There will also be the usual limited number of spaces for each match, with the stream available to "tens of thousands of people on a first come, first served basis".

The BBC team will no doubt be utilising the advancements in the 4K workflow that it's made this year, too, so we can once again expect pictures as smooth and efficient as Federer's backhand.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.