Wimbledon, which has previously played host to the launch of colour and high definition TV services, will this year for the first time be shown in Ultra HD.
There will also be up to 16 live HD streams of court action available on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and by pressing Red on Connected TV
Matthew Postgate, BBC Chief Technology & Product Officer, says: “We’re delighted to confirm that our ground-breaking Ultra HD trial will now cover Wimbledon. Our Wimbledon trial on BBC iPlayer will be in stunning Ultra HD, HDR and use a wider range of colours, giving people the highest quality ever shown on the BBC. Thousands of people are already enjoying live World Cup action in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer this summer, and now tennis fans will have the chance to watch this prestigious tournament like never before.”
As with the current World Cup coverage there will be 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.
The Ultra HD stream will be clearly labelled on the BBC iPlayer home screen as soon as programme coverage begins.
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.