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BBC to broadcast Wimbledon finals in 3D

The BBC announced today it will broadcast selected finals matches from this year’s Wimbledon Championships live in 3D to homes across the UK, as part of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution.

The matches included in the trial coverage will include the Ladies’ and Men’s Singles semi-finals as well as the Ladies’ and Men’s Singles finals.

The free-to-air 3D coverage will be available to those with access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC’s HD Red Button service.

This is one of a small number of 3D TV editorial experiments the BBC is currently undertaking, which has also included selected coverage from Wimbledon 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D, says: “We’re delighted to provide live 3D coverage from the biggest matches of this year’s Wimbledon. Major UK sporting events are a big part of our trials with 3D content and this allows us to build on our work from previous Wimbledon Championships and the London 2012 Olympics.”

Mick Desmond, Commercial Director of the All England Club, says: “We are always looking at ways to improve the Wimbledon experience and the 3D TV trials will allow us to do that by exploring the boundaries of live sporting television.”