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BBC 3D Wimbledon finals fail for Sky as matches move to Red Button HD

Sky viewers will miss out on BBC 3D coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon men’s and ladies’ singles finals and semis as it moves to the Red Button HD service.

The 3D matches will be available on Freeview HD, Freesat HD, and Virgin Media, but not on Sky, where the BBC has yet to secure carriage for Red Button HD.

The extra dimension will come into play from tomorrow (Thursday, July 4) in the Ladies’ Singles semi-finals, from 1pm.

Play continues with the Gentlemen’s Singles semi-finals from 1pm on Friday (July 5), followed by the Ladies’ Singles final at 2pm on Saturday (July 6) and climaxing in the Gentlemen’s Singles final at 2pm on Sunday (July 7).

BBC 3D Wimbledon finals fail for Sky as matches move to Red Button HD
Sky viewers were able to see Wimbledon in 3D in 2011 and 2012, but not this year

Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Wimbledon 2013 and BBC Red ButtonKim 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.”

It’s the first time the BBC has run 3D coverage on the Red Button, having used BBC HD for the past two years as a simulcast with BBC One HD. BBC HD was closed earlier this March in favour of BBC Two HD.

The BBC Red Button HD is available on Freeview HD (channel 303), Virgin Media HD (channel 994), Freesat HD (channel 980) and YouView (channel 303).

There are up to 10 Red Button streams available through the Connected Red Button on Virgin Media TiVo, and three streams on other Virgin Media products, Freesat, Sky and Freeview (including YouView but not BT Vision+ boxes).

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.”

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