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Wimbledon to serve up 3D coverage

The Wimbledon Championship tennis tournament will be broadcast in 3D to UK homes for the first time this year, the BBC has announced. The coverage will be the BBC’s first-ever 3D broadcast.

The free-to-air 3D broadcast of the men’s and ladies’ finals on July 2 and 3 will be available to anyone with a 3D TV set, regardless of their TV provider. The matches will also be broadcast in 3D to some cinemas and at BBC Television Centre, which will be free to members of the public.

The BBC’s coverage is being provided in partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Sony Professional. The BBC said the 3D tennis coverage is “one of a small number of 3DTV editorial experiments the BBC is currently undertaking, on behalf of licence payers”.

Paul Davies, BBC executive producer sport said; “During our 75 years of televising the Wimbledon Championships the BBC has continually broken new ground in broadcasting techniques. This unique 3D transmission is the latest innovation to bring to life all the tension, drama and excitement on one of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world”.

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