You'll probably have noticed that this year's Wimbledon tennis championships is underway, it runs until Sunday 7 July. As the competition heats up (like the weather) you may want to keep tabs on the tennis when you are nowhere near the television. Here is our guide to watching Wimbledon 2013 on your iPhone or iPad. We'll also explain how you can watch Wimbledon on your Mac. Just try and avoid the big outburst of disappointment or joy when you are in the office.
First things first. You'll nee a valid TV license to be able to watch Wimbledon live while it is being broadcast. You also need to be in the UK to watch the UK coverage of the event.
You'll also want to keep tabs on your data if you are streaming via 3G - you will find that just a few minutes of live programming can eat up a few MB of data. Be wary, especially if you have a capped data limit for the month.
Speaking of 3G (or if you are lucky enough, 4G) you'll want to be in a decent network area, when we tried streaming via 3G the picture was terrible.
How to watch Wimbledon 2013 on your iPhone or iPad with TVCatchup
You can watch Wimbledon online live via the TVCatchup app. It's free from the App Store. When you open the app you'll see a straightforward TV guide including all the Freeview channels. Tap the channel you want to watch (Wimbledon is broadcast by the BBC). You may be confronted with an advert, although we were able to skip it. You'll then be watching the tennis live - well, not completely live, there was a 30 second delay compared to our TV.
By default TVCatch up only works via Wi-Fi, however, you can change your settings so that you can stream via 3G. To change your settings, tap the cog icon on the top right of the screen and deselect Use Wi-Fi only in Streaming Video. We streamed for one minute over 3G and it took just 3MB of data (over half an hour that could add up to 90MB). The streaming wasn't ideal though, with images becoming quite pixelated.
We liked the fact that we could pause the playback, see what programme is on next, and send to our Apple TV.
We tested the Apple TV streaming feature and it worked well (in fact the quality of the stream seemed better than that from the iPlayer app). Imagine if Apple allowed TVCatchup as an app on the Apple TV...
How to watch Wimbledon 2013 on your iPhone or iPad with iPlayer
The most obvious way to watch Wimbledon on your iPhone is via the BBC iPlayer app. You can stream some programmes live and we found they were about 45seconds behind the TV. Streaming for a minute over 3G (the BBC warns you that data charges may apply) used 4MB of data (that's potentially 120MB of data over half an hour). The quality was a tiny bit better than via TVCatchup, but it's likely to depend on your 3G coverage.
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