All England Lawn Tennis Club, NBCSports.com, ESPN.com and MediaZone Partner to Serve Up Second Season of Wimbledon LIVE
Tennis Fans Worldwide Can View Nearly Every Match of the Sport's Most Storied Tournament Online
SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), NBCSports.com, ESPN.com and leading global online broadcaster, MediaZone, today announced the return of their groundbreaking online video service, Wimbledon LIVE. Building on the success of last year's service, Wimbledon LIVE returns to offer the most comprehensive LIVE and on-demand coverage of The Championships, including multi-court, full-match coverage, the entire 2006 archive, additional classic footage, player interviews and other behind-the-scenes extras. Wimbledon LIVE 2007 is available for pre-order now at: Wimbledon.org/live, NBCSports.com and ESPN.com. Subscribers will have immediate access to the entire 2006 archive and additional footage; LIVE tournament coverage of this year’s Championships commences on June 25, 2007.
“The beauty of Wimbledon LIVE is that tennis enthusiasts now watch the matches of their choice at their convenience as a result of MediaZone's LIVE and video-on-demand features. No other tennis tournament in the world offers this type of flexibility and unprecedented depth of coverage.”
“With over 300 matches played over the fortnight, it's next to impossible to watch every match played throughout the tournament,” said Ian Ritchie, Executive Director of the AELTC. “The beauty of Wimbledon LIVE is that tennis enthusiasts now watch the matches of their choice at their convenience as a result of MediaZone's LIVE and video-on-demand features. No other tennis tournament in the world offers this type of flexibility and unprecedented depth of coverage.”
This year's Wimbledon LIVE will include full match coverage of all Centre Court and Court 1 action, as well as seven other courts in play. In total, this amazing offer includes more than 300 matches and allows online audiences to view up to 9 concurrent courts. Wimbledon LIVE complements NBC Sports, ESPN and other international Club broadcast partners by featuring LIVE and on-demand coverage of many matches not covered on traditional outlets. Also included in the paid service will be classic matches and archive footage including legendary rallies of tournament greats like McEnroe, Borg, Everett and Navratilova. This year subscribers will also be able to download an Acrobat Reader version of the official programme available for sale only on the Wimbledon grounds in order to enhance their overall experience of “nearly being there.”
“NBC Sports is committed to delivering the tradition and excitement of Wimbledon to our audience on all of our platforms,” said Perkins Miller, Senior VP, Digital Media, NBC Sports & Olympics. “We look forward to providing tennis fans with the most in-depth experience, from dozens of courts, from broadcast to online.”
Tennis fans can experience Wimbledon LIVE via an All Access Pass for the low cost of US $24.95/£12.50. Individual Day Pass $4.99/ £2.50, Individual Day Pass Semi & Finals $7.99/£4.00. Fans can also go to Wimbledon LIVE for free access to selected full-length matches including the 2005 Men's Final between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, and match highlights from the 2006 tournament. These free options are available for immediate download.
“While working with Wimbledon, NBC Sports and ESPN last year, we strived to produce the best possible interactive video experience for tennis fans, and according to the customer feedback we received, we succeeded,” said Chris Ott, Director, MediaZone's Sports Division. “This year we are looking to take it up a notch and create an even more immersive experience for those who can’t be at this Grand Slam event.”
This year’s Wimbledon LIVE service builds upon MediaZone's expanding online coverage of some of the most sought after sports and international events to fans worldwide including: the 2007 Indianapolis 500, the 2007 India Cricket Tour of Bangladesh, and the 2006 New York City Marathon which was offered as part of the co-branded service from NBC Sports and MediaZone.
Select territories will have on-demand and download access only; details available at: Wimbledon.org/live.
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MediaZone is a leading global online broadcaster specializing in professionally-produced sports, international and entertainment video programming. MediaZone has established lasting exclusive partnerships with leading media brands including AOL and NBC Sports and is the official online broadcast partner for major events such as Wimbledon and SANZAR rugby. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in China and Europe. MediaZone is a division of MIH Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Naspers (Nasdaq:NPSN). For more information, please visit: MediaZone.com.