World Cup 4K streaming success sees BBC bring online Ultra HD coverage to Wimbledon on iPlayer

Anthony Cuthbertson
In action at Wimbledon last year: Getty

The BBC will bring 4K coverage to Wimbledon 2018, following the success of its Ultra HD trial for the World Cup.

Every single match played on Centre Court will be streamed online in 4K through BBC iPlayer, beginning on 2 July when the tennis tournament begins.

Matthew Postgate, BBC chief technology officer, described the broadcaster's Ultra HD trial as "ground-breaking" in terms of Wimbledon coverage.

"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," Mr Postgate said.

"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."

Just like the World Cup, only a limited number of viewers will be able to access the Ultra HD trial and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Ultra HD stream will be clearly marked in the corner of the BBC iPlayer home screen as coverage begins.

Viewers hoping to watch the action in Ultra HD will need a high-speed WiFi or wired internet connection.

Following the announcement from the BBC, Sky Q revealed it will offer the latter stages of Wimbledon in Ultra HD via a pop-up red button message for viewers of BBC One or BBC Two.

“Offering the BBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon semi-finals and final in Ultra HD is another major addition to our Ultra HD sports offering this summer," said Jon Simkin, director of channels and operations at Sky.

"Sky Q customers can get even closer to the drama and excitement of the final rounds of the world’s oldest tennis tournament from the comfort of their own living rooms."