Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Wimbledon finals in 3D

This year is the 125th anniversary of Wimbledon. To mark the occasion, the BBC in association with the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Sony Professional, will be broadcasting the singles finals in 3D on the BBC HD channel.

So, how do I get this BBC HD channel and what do I need to view it I hear you ask. Well, the BBC HD channel is available on Freesat HD (UK & Ireland), Freeview HD (UK only), Virgin Media (UK only), UPC (Ireland) and Sky HD (UK & Ireland). You can also receive the channel using a FTA HD Satellite Receiver. Oh and lets not forget that you need a 3D TV to watch it all on, otherwise it will all just look like a blur!

Currently, BBC HD broadcasts at a resolution of 1440 x 1080, but for Wimbledon, they will be increasing this to 1920 x 1080. Who knows, maybe with a bit of public pressure and some common sense, they might actually leave the resolution at 1920 x 1080 after the Wimbledon finals. For those without a 3D TV, BBC 1 HD will be showing the finals in glorious HD, albeit at a resoultion of 1440 x 1080.

For more information about the 3D broadcasts, check out these two BBC blogs 1 + 2.

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