Spotlight: Wimbledon in 3D 2011

logoWimbledonThe 2011 finals of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships are being filmed and broadcast in 3D, and transmitted live to 3D capable cinemas around the world. This marks a first for Wimbledon and is also the first time the BBC has broadcast live 3D coverage to homes across the UK. We think this landmark event deserves some dedicated attention – so below you will find links to Wimbledon related news, articles, images and videos.

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Opinion: The BBC’s Wimbledon in 3D Coverage


By Yasmin Hashmi, 3Droundabout The BBC’s 3D coverage of final stages of the Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles tennis was a first. The rationale for [more...]

Case Study: Wimbledon in 3D

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By Jason Coles, Can Communicate. Can Communicate’s involvement in Wimbledon in 3D can be traced back to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa [more...]

Opinion: Is 3D dead, dying or just growing up?


By Stella Plumbridge, 3Droundabout It’s just growing up. There – end of discussion – and the shortest article I’ve ever written, although I don’t think [more...]


Arqiva Partners with SuperVision Media to Distribute Live 3D Wimbledon Final to Cinemas Worldwide

Arqiva has partnered with SuperVision Media to distribute the 2012 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships Men’s Final, live and in 3D to cinemas around the world. [more...]

Cineplex Entertainment Brings Live 3D Broadcast of Wimbledon Men’s Final to Theatres in Canada

Attention tennis fans: What better way to watch the Wimbledon Championships than a live, high-definition, 3D broadcast on the big screen at your local Cineplex [more...]

BBC Announces a ‘Summer of 3D’ Including Planet Dinosaur, Last Night of the Proms, Wimbledon and the Olympics

This summer, BBC One’s award-winning Planet Dinosaur and the world-famous Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast for the first time in 3D on [more...]

CAN Moves to Fully Tapeless 3D Operation for Wimbledon 2012

It’s that time of year again when the world’s attention falls on The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London for The Championships, Wimbledon. Following [more...]

BBC Continues its 3D Trial with Wimbledon 2012 Singles Finals and Mens Semi-Finals

The BBC will bring all the action from the 126th Wimbledon Championships to audiences from Monday 25 June – Sunday 8 July. Sue Barker presents [more...]

Sony Expands 3D Production and Broadcast Coverage for Wimbledon 2012

Sony’s live production solutions bring viewers across the world the Centre Court experience. Sony has announced plans to expand the 3D production and broadcast coverage [more...]

ESPN 3D Televises Final Five Days of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships Live

ESPN 3D, which presented the first televised 3D tennis last year at Wimbledon, will expand its schedule for the upcoming Championships with live telecasts for [more...]

iPONT Showscases the Wimbledon Men’s Final Live at BBC Television Centre Using its 3DTV Without Glasses Technology

Viewers to get chance to experience iPONT’s 3DTV without glasses solution as part of Wimbledon men’s final live 3DTV screening experiment iPONT International is showcasing [more...]

IMG Media Appoints GlobeCast to Deliver 3D Wimbledon Coverage

IMG Media, the commercial and technical advisors to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) have appointed GlobeCast as their exclusive 3D distribution partner for [more...]

SuperVision Media Distributes 2011 Wimbledon Championships Live in RealD 3D to Cinemas Across the Globe

From July 1st-July 3rd, SuperVision Media, as Sony’s chosen distribution partner, will deliver the Men’s Semi Finals, Women’s Finals and Men’s Finals of the 125th [more...]

HBS Plays its Part in Wimbledon in 3D Experiment

After delivering 25 matches, on behalf of FIFA and Sony, in 3D at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, HBS (Host Broadcasting Services) [more...]

CAN Communicate Uses Element Technica 3D Rigs for Wimbledon 3D Telecast

Element Technica (ET), leading designer and manufacturer of the 3D rigs used to stereoscopically mount and control pairs of cameras for 3D image capture, announces [more...]

Sony Announces Global Broadcasters and Cinema Exhibitors for 3D Production of Wimbledon 2011

Six broadcasters and more than 170 screens are confirmed in a total of 22 countries and regions. Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that several major [more...]

IDS Develops HD 3D Graphics Package with Brainstorm Multimedia’s eStudio for Wimbledon Tennis Graphics

Information & Display Systems (IDS) of Jacksonville, Florida, one of the world’s leading providers of information and display technology for the sports industry, has created [more...]

EVS XT Series Servers to Record 3D Coverage of Wimbledon 2011

EVS will once again deploy its industry-leading production solutions at The All England Tennis Lawn Club Wimbledon Championships, working with various partners to provide major [more...]

Visions Supplies Host OB Technical Facilities for Wimbledon Live 3D Broadcast

Visions working with AELTC, CAN Communicate, Sony NEP Visions has won the contract to supply host OB technical facilities for the first ever live 3D [more...]

BBC Announces it will Broadcast Live 3D Coverage of Wimbledon Championships


The BBC today announced it will broadcast live 3D coverage to homes across the U.K. for the first time, when it broadcasts the Men’s and [more...]

ESPN 3D to Televise Select Wimbledon Matches

ESPN 3D will televise the Gentlemen’s semifinals and the Finals of both the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s draws from The Championships: Wimbledon tennis action from the [more...]

Sony and CAN Communicate Confirm Three Year Partnership for Wimbledon 3D HD Broadcast

Can Communicate (CAN) is pleased to confirm its appointment by SONY as technical production partner for the first ever live 3D HD broadcast of the [more...]

CAN Communicate chooses Quantel for Wimbledon 3D Coverage

London-based Stereo3D experts Can Communicate have signed a three year deal with Quantel for a Pablo/Max/Genetic Engineering Stereo3D system. The system will be used on [more...]

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BBC: The 3D Wimbledon experiment – your reactions
People found the 3D very different from watching in 2D – and it provoked a mixed response: a lot of them loved it, and some loathed it. On Twitter, people said “it’s like you are there as a line judge”, “much better lower angle dynamic shots”, “looks awesome… probably as close to courtside view as I can get”, but there were also reports that “my head went fuzzy”, and a certain frustration that because the cameras offered a courtside seat, it wasn’t always possible to track the ball right across the court and see exactly where it landed. 60% of people said that their expectations were either met or exceeded, and a third of those who had never seen 3D before gave the experience 10 out of 10.

Daily Mail: The Wimbledon 3D revolution: It’s just like Jaws, but without the big fish
Just when the couch potato set thought it was safe to reach for the remote, along comes a technological revolution that turns Wimbledon line judges into the sort of scary monsters that haven’t been seen since the shark in Jaws. Saturday’s ladies’ final at Wimbledon was the first to be broadcast in 3D – 44 years since the All England Club introduced colour television to the world and just four since the advent of High Definition coverage.

Los Angeles Daily News: In 3D, Wimbledon comes into focus
Already a bit frazzled by an erratic performance in a first-set loss, and now acting frantic in the face of a 2-1 deficit in the second set of the Wimbledon women’s final, Maria Sharapova stood rigid at the baseline, her back to the net, and tried to regroup.

Which: BBC 3D Wimbledon a success says Which?
This weekend saw the BBC’s first national live 3D broadcasts via Freeview. The Wimbledon tennis singles finals were shown in 3D on the BBC HD channel. Which?’s technology experts cast their critical eye over the transmissions and were impressed by what they saw.

HDWars: Wimbledon Tennis Finals in 3D Review
You really can’t over-estimate just how potentially important the weekend of July 2-3 2011 could be to the future of AV. For it’s been over this weekend that the BBC has thrown itself surprisingly wholeheartedly into the controversial world of 3D by broadcasting both the men’s and women’s finals from this year’s Wimbledon Tennis tournament in 3D.

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BBC: 3D or not 3D
There was a small piece of broadcasting history this weekend when the Wimbledon finals were shown in 3D on the BBC’s HD channel: the first time the BBC has broadcast a live sport event in 3D on television and a first for the world’s greatest tennis tournament too.

BBC: Gearing up to deliver Wimbledon 3D
As you’ve heard by now we are planning to transmit the Wimbledon finals in 3D this year! It’s part of the remit we have to try out and test new technologies where we can and as the main tennis coverage has moved to BBC One HD this year, we have the chance to try something new.

BBC: 3D for Wimbledon – the future of TV?
Like most of us I’ve never been lucky enough to sit and watch a finals match on Centre Court. But this year – the Wimbledon Championships’ 125th anniversary – I’ve been working with others inside and outside the BBC to try to bring you the next best thing – the Wimbledon Singles’ Finals, in 3D.

Sky: Wimbledon in 3D – and why it matters
It was announced this morning that the BBC will be screening the Men’s and Ladies’ finals from Wimbledon this year live in 3D. It marks the BBC’s first ever 3D TV broadcast, and coverage of the matches will be available on the BBC HD channel, which you can find on Sky channel 169.

Sony: Pioneering alternative content
Bringing Wimbledon 2011 in High Definition 3D to cinemas throughout the world is the latest high profile alternative content event from Sony. Providing cinema owners with exciting new sources of revenue, and heightening audience engagement with stunning Sony 4K resolution, alternative content is revolutionising the cinema experience.

Sony: Wimbledon 3D workflow
For our live 3D coverage of Wimbledon 2011, we are using the Gemini 1 and 2 trucks from the Visions production company. We are installing a 3D layer, including convergence positions, 3D switchers, extra monitors and our famous 3D box – the MPE-200 – to accommodate the needs of 3D live production.

Sony: A world first
The 2011 Wimbledon Championships will see Sony and key partners bring a live HD 3D feed of Men’s Singles Semi-Finals and the Ladies and Men’s Singles Final to 3D-to-3D capable cinemas and homes around the world, bringing the magic of Centre Court to a global audience for the first time.

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Quantel: Wimbledon 3D – a UK broadcast first
We spoke to Duncan Humphreys (Can Communicate’s Creative Director); Mark Grinyer (Sony Professional’s Head of Business Development for 3D & Sports); and Richard Hingley (lead stereographer and post-production consultant) about building collaborations, choosing partners and managing technical challenges.

3D Focus: Nagler – “Wimbledon Tennis 3D Exceeded My Expectations”
An estimated 18,000 3DTV viewers watched the semi-finals and finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 3D on the BBC HD channel this weekend and, although that might not sound alot, feedback from Journalists and consumers has been very positive, proving that 3D is still compelling to audiences when the content has value.

Live Production: 3D Production – Wimbledon 2011
The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) 125th Wimbledon Championships were the first to feature 3D coverage. The project was the result of the AELTC’s three year partnership with Sony, a partnership that continues the history of both companies at the forefront of broadcast innovation. Four matches were covered this year. The Men’s Singles Semi-Finals, The Women’s Final, and the Men’s Final. All matches took place on Centre Court.

TVB Europe: Wimbledon 3D – finishing touches
The finishing touches are being put to the live 3D production for Wimbledon’s final matches by Can Communicate and Sony on behalf of the AELTC and the BBC. A shortage of HDCAMSR tape has meant that Sony’s initial plans to cover the bulk of second week centre court matches in 3D for archive have had to be curtailed a touch. Elements of the quarter finals were recorded live in 3D and all of both semi-finals and finals will be covered in entirety as planned.

SVG Europe: Wimbledon ready for debut in 3D
The 3D efforts undertaken at Wimbledon get their first public viewing today, ending a week of technical tests and trials that Mervyn Hall, director of broadcast operations for the All England Lawn Tennis Club says have gone well.

SVG Europe: Inside the game – Wimbledon 3D debrief
According to CAN Communicate’s Duncan Humphreys, the broadcast of Wimbledon in 3D around the globe this past weekend was deemed a success for all those involved as a week of trials and practice allowed the team to get used to the new format, new camera angles, and a new way of telling the story of arguably one of the most prestigious events in all of sport.