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How to watch Wimbledon 2013 on an iPhone or iPad

Karen Haslam | July 2, 2013
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.

Via the iPlayer app you can watch any match at your leisure, so if you miss a match, it's easy to catch up.

If you don't find Wimbledon in the list of Featured programmes we suggest you scroll to the top of the page and enter Wimbledon in the search box.

The matches are available to watch for five days. So don't wait until the end of Wimbledon to watch anything from the first week. That said, we frequently download content from iPlayer to watch on our iPad and we had expected to be able to download matches. We were disappointed, however, as there was no option to download any of the matches. This strikes us as a missed opportunity.

You can also send your live stream straight to your Apple TV to watch on a HDTV. When we tested the TVCatchup stream we found that if we closed the app the stream stopped. We were impressed that the stream continued to play when we closed the app on our iPhone, which meant we could continue to use the device.

How to watch Wimbledon on your Mac or PC via iPlayer
To watch Wimbledon on a Mac, simply head to for the desktop version of the site.

If you were hoping to watch a match live, select BBC One or BBC Two in the TV Channels section to the bottom left - make sure you have the correct day selected. You will see the programme listings to the right of that, and you can select whatever is being broadcast and watch it live.

As with the iPhone app it is possible to watch any match that has been broadcast over the past five days. To find the matches we recommend searching for Wimbledon in the search box in the top right corner. As with the iOS version of iPlayer it isn't possible to download.

How to watch Wimbledon on your Mac or PC via TV Catchup
When we ran TVCatchup on our Mac we were confronted with a scary looking message that Flash wanted to store some information on our Mac. We allowed it to do it's stuff.

The stream was just 10 seconds behind our television. Unlike the iOS app it wasn't possible to pause playback, which seemed an odd omission to us.

As with the iPhone, you should be wary about streaming data via your Mac if you have limited data on your broadband contract.

Enjoy the tennis.


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