Summer has hit the UK (we've had 5 straight days of sun so I'm calling it) and that can only mean 3 things – tennis, outdoor music festivals and lots of jugs of lovely Pimms. We can't help you with the Pimms, unfortunately, but we can help you catch every moment of both Wimbledon and Glastonbury if either of those events float your boat. To get the full advantage, you'll need to be in the UK (to both watch and attend) or know your way around a VPN with a UK IP address.
But with the BBC planning on broadcasting 250 hours worth of Glastonbury footage over 5 days, as well as offering 10 live streams from Wimbledon, it's going to be a huge year for digital broadcasting. It will be a chance for the BBC to outshine even themselves after their spectacular success with the 2012 London Olympics.
Glastonbury Festival 2013
The Glastonbury Festival (Worthy Farm, Somerset 26th – 30th June) skipped a year in 2012 but the BBC, champion of past Glastos are going all out this year with their coverage. The UK broadcaster is planning to stream 120 live performances (one of which should be the Rolling Stones if everything has been sorted out), which comes in at around 250 hours worth of air time. Coverage will be available to UK viewers on multiple platforms across TV and online via PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV and games consoles, as well as via the BBC Red Button. Live and previously recorded performances will be available on iPlayer (which is where non-UK residents can pick up the broadcasts via a VPN). The BBC said:
“Just as we did with sport at the Olympics, our ambition this year is to bring our audiences even closer to the music they love at Glastonbury, with access to all the BBC’s coverage – live and on-demand – at home, at work and on the go. Not only will this be the first truly digital Glastonbury, this will also be the first mobile Glastonbury – we expect mobile and tablet viewing and listening to reach unprecedented levels, particularly over the weekend.”
BBC iPlayer will carry footage from BBC One, Two, Three and Four, either live or on catch-up for 7 days after each broadcast. BBC Red Button streaming will carry interviews and highlights from other parts of the festival.
Tickets for 2013 sold out a million years ago but you can find out more about this year's Glastonbury line up here.
If you have any interest at all in the world's most boring sport tennis then the Wimbledon Championships (held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London 24th June – 7th July) is a must see. Wimbledon 2013 is a huge venture for the broadcaster with a record 10 live streams available via PC, tablets, smartphones, connected TVs and games consoles. BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two and BBC Two HD will also carry coverage of the matches as well as interviews and other tennis-flavoured content. Here's a little taster of what you can expect: