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How to watch Wimbledon 2022 in the UK and US

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(Pocket-lint) – This year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament starts on Monday 27 June, although we don’t yet know if you’ll be able to watch it in 4K Ultra HD.

The BBC is expected to show all matches from Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, but it hasn’t yet confirmed whether viewers will be able to watch in 4K HDR (using the HLG standard) on BBC iPlayer, like in recent years.

The last day of The Championships will be on Sunday 10 July, with the men’s final generally slated to take place from 2PM. Here is how to watch Wimbledon 2022 in the best formats possible.

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How to watch Wimbledon 2022 in the UK

The BBC has the rights to Wimbledon 2022 in the UK, so you can watch all the action from The Championships unfold on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer. You can catch up with all the coverage on the BBC iPlayer app or online if you missed it live.

You can also visit the BBC Sport Tennis website, where there is plenty to watch.

How to watch Wimbledon 2022 in the US

Wimbledon is available to watch in the US through ESPN+, as well as Tennis Channel Plus.

You can also use a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer if you are outside of the UK, whether in the US or somewhere else. This will enable you to get in on all the action as if you were in the UK, but you will need a valid TV licence, as well as a BBC account with a UK postcode so it’s not quite as simple as it first seems.

How to watch Wimbledon in 4K HDR

This year, it’s unclear whether the BBC will be broadcasting Wimbledon in 4K – so far, it hasn’t made any mention of the feature, so you might be confined to standard HD once again.

In 2021, though, the BBC offered Ultra HD coverage of Wimbledon in 4K HDR as part of its UHD trial, using the HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) standard. Every match played on the Centre Court was available to view in the format through BBC iPlayer, and the final was included.

You could get it if your TV is compatible with HLG tech (see the list of supported TVs here) and have a broadband speed fast enough. The BBC suggests you will need a speed around 24Mbps or above to get full 4K (3840 x 2160). However, you can still get an excellent, higher-than-Full HD image if your internet speed is 12Mbps or above.

All you needed to do was open BBC iPlayer, where the UHD stream was available if your device was supported, marked by the UHD icon. When you selected to view, you were given the choice of UHD, HD or SD (standard definition).

Access to the iPlayer Wimbledon 4K streams was on a first-come, first-served basis (pun not intended). The BBC said to book your place early and if you miss out, try again later in the match as some spaces might free up.

The feed was available through the iPlayer app on multiple streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, the Roku Streaming Stick+ and Virgin TV V6 box. You can see a full list here. Unfortunately, Sky Q was not compatible and it wasn’t possible to watch the 4K stream using your phone, tablet or laptop.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Max Freeman-Mills.





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