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Published on July 1st, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Your definite guide to watching Wimbledon on Apple TV

It’s time for Wimbledon, the year’s biggest tennis tournament that to some is the official start to the British summer (despite the fact it’s been unseasonably warm and sunny in London for weeks now). 

The most coveted of the four Grand Slams, the Championships – held at the All England Tennis Club – attracts the best of the tennis world, from French Open champions Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal to Roger Federer and Serna Williams (minus Andy Murray who announced today he’s withdrawn due to injury).

There will be one crucial difference this year in TV coverage that might be noticeable worldwide…The cameras that capture all the action have been taken in-house as of 2018 under Wimbledon Broadcast Services rather than the BBC choosing the footage that is shared with all international broadcasters.

Schedule

This year Wimbledon is Monday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 15th, slightly modified from other years due to the World Cup. Key dates of the tournament are Saturday, July 14th for the ladies’ singles final and Sunday, July 15th for the men’s final.

A complete, real-time schedule is available at this link. 

Wimbledon app – Live scores, radio & highlights

While live coverage is licensed in various geographic areas to local broadcasters, the Wimbledon Apple TV app is a great place to get schedules, live scores, live radio coverage and post-game video highlights. It’s an added compliment to any other coverage through your Apple TV and it’s free.

How to Watch Live

Here are all the details you need to know to watch it live on Apple TV in various countries…

United Kingdom

It would be wrong for us to start this list with any other country but the host. Thankfully, the BBC is the home of all things Wimbledon with coverage available through the BBC iPlayer tvOS app.

Matches will be shown live on BBC1 and BBC2 each day from 11:30 am (11 am on day one), anchored by Sue Barker. Up to 16 live HD streams will also be available on BBC iPlayer. 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 and will NOT have rewind or restart capability. Given the variability of Wi-Fi connections, audiences may find a more consistent Ultra HD experience with a wired internet connection to their Apple TV.

An evening round-up, Today at Wimbledon on BBC2, will see host Claire Balding reflect on the day’s best action with various commentators including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Pat Cash, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman. 

Matches will also be available on demand afterward on the BBC iPlayer app.

Wilbledon_app_screen_imageThe Wimbledon Apple TV app is a great way to get schedules, live scores, live radio coverage and post-game video highlights.

As online streaming becomes a more competitive landscape, viewers in the U.K. have other choices to watch Wimbledon. Eurosport subscribers – who can watch through their Apple TV app for a monthly subscription of £6.99 or less – can also watch a daily highlights package daily from 10-11:30 pm. If you don’t have Eurosport, Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.K. can watch via Amazon Channels through their Apple TV app.

Viewers through the free TVPlayer Apple TV app will also have live-only access to BBC 1, BBC 2, the BBC Red Button channel and Eurosport (as a subscription) to view Wimbledon coverage.

United States

Play will be shown on ESPN and the Tennis Channel – both available as apps on Apple TV – but will require a pay TV subscription (that includes ones through streaming services too) or a TV provider login. 

For the first time, ESPN plans to have cameras on all 18 courts, offering every match — more than 500 in all — on its ESPN3 and ESPN+ digital platforms. The action gets started live at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year). It is available within the newly redesigned ESPN App, although it does not appear from what we’ve been told that any coverage will not be available through the free ESPN3 channel on the app.

Streaming coverage will also include Spanish language interpretation every day. Matches will also be available on demand afterward.

As for the streaming Tennis Channel app, they’ll be no live coverage as ESPN has exclusive rights to real-time matches. Over the course of the two-week tournament, the network will show more than 200 hours of action, beginning every afternoon with highlights at 4:30 pm ET, followed by encore presentations that run through the night. The network’s time-shifted coverage will be from Centre Court and Court 1. Historically known as Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel’s nightly telecast is typically split into two editions with different matches in each. Encore presentations will air throughout the evening into the morning. 

For those who want to watch Wimbledon live through ESPN and ESPN2, both channels are available through various subscription streaming services including DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, or PlayStation Vue.

The Tennis Channel is available live on DirecTV Now and YouTube TV.

Canada

More than 500 hours of action will be on TSN – The Sports Network – a recent addition in tvOS. TSN Digital platforms will provide clips, breaking news, scores, and match recaps. 

French-speaking viewers will see similar coverage on RDS through their Apple TV app.

Large Parts of Europe

Fans in 33 countries will be able to watch Wimbledon action via the Eurosport Player app with exclusive coverage in Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

Eurosport will also have on non-exclusive coverage in Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, and Tajikistan.

To make things even more confusing, Eurosport will have broadcast exclusivity – except when domestic players compete – in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and partial exclusivity in the Netherlands (got all that?).

Tennis may be overshadowed a bit by the World Cup this month, but daily knockout action is about to begin in one of the world’s best international sports tournaments. Enjoy!

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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