BBC to air World Cup, Wimbledon live online

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The two highest-profile sporting events of the summer are to be streamed online by the BBC free of charge to viewers in Britain. Live games from both the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon Championships will be freely available to UK broadband users, with transmissions mirroring the BBC's coverage on terrestrial and digital interactive television.

Football fans visiting the BBC Sport web site will be able to watch all World Cup matches to which the corporation has broadcast rights. Visitors will also be able to read minute-by-minute match reports and listen to an audio stream of Radio Five Live commentary once the tournament kicks off on Friday 9 June. And there will be four-minute highlight packages from all 64 games, available on demand.

BBC director of sport Roger Mosey said: "Our audiences now expect to get BBC Sport on television, on radio and online, and the World Cup on broadband is our biggest commitment yet to bringing people major events where and when they want them".

From Monday June 26, online viewers in the UK will for the first time be able to choose from matches in five courts at south London's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club—available at BBC Sport's dedicated Wimbledon web site—while users worldwide will be offered three-minute highlight bundles of each day's play.

Barbara Slater, the BBC's head of general sports, remarked: "This is an exciting opportunity that will ensure Wimbledon reaches an even wider audience. The live streaming coverage will make one of the biggest sporting events in the world available to broadband users in the UK wherever they are, at home or in the office".

News of the BBC's intentions to show World Cup and Wimbledon games online follows the announcement earlier this year of the corporation's plans to broadcast the tournaments in high-definition as part of its major trial of HDTV.

Lovelace Consulting  |  05.06.2006

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