How to watch Wimbledon 2017 live stream: Williams vs Muguruza

How to watch Wimbledon 2017 live stream: Williams vs Muguruza

The annual Wimbledon tennis championship is in full swing. We show you how you can tune in live online – for free and on any device – whether you’re in the UK or abroad, at home or hiding under the desk at work, or even if you want to catch up later on in your own time.

The BBC is the host broadcaster for Wimbledon 2017, so provided you have a valid TV Licence, you can tune into Wimbledon live or catch up on-demand through your PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games consoleThe coverage is free to watch, but it’s worth checking your data allowance if you don’t subscribe to a broadband package with unlimited downloads and want to avoid a hefty bill.

When is Wimbledon 2017?

The Wimbledon 2017 Championship runs from Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July 2017

TV coverage presented by Sue Barker begins at 11.30am BST on 3 July on BBC 2, and continues on BBC One at 1.45pm. With a few exceptions, these are the timings you need throughout the championship.

Today’s highlight is the women’s final between Venus Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza and it will start at 2pm UK time.

The Wimbledon Men’s final will take place on 16 July at 2pm between Roger Federer and Marin ?ili?.

Check out the full order of play.

(Also see: How Wimbledon is filmed and broadcast in 3D.)

Wimbledon live stream

The BBC will be making Wimbledon available to watch live across BBC TV, Red Button, radio, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV. So, when the coverage begins, you’ll be able to tune in online by visiting the BBC Sport website.

You can also visit BBC iPlayer and click TV Guide to select the programme. The tennis will be streaming live from the BBC on both of those websites, and through its dedicated BBC Sport (iPhone, Android) and BBC iPlayer (iPhone, Android) apps.

TVCatchup also lets you watch live free-to-air UK television on your computer, phone, tablet or games console. Versions of the site optimised for iPad and iPhone are available at ipad.tvcatchup.com and iphone.tvcatchup.com, and there’s also a TVCatchup app available in the iTunes Store. If you’re running an Android phone in the UK, head to the Google Play Store.

You will also be able to view highlights and behind-the-scenes footage on Twitter – check out the Wimbledon Twitter page.

How to watch Wimbledon outside the UK

If you’re outside the UK you will need a VPN such as NordVPN to get around the geographical blocks put in place by the BBC – see our best VPNs round-up for more.

Alternatively, you can tune in via one of the alternative broadcasters contracted by Wimbledon.

BBC iPlayer now requires you to register for an account before streaming, which is done to ensure all viewers have a valid TV Licence. The BBC says that the aim of the account isn’t to pursue iPlayer users who haven’t paid for a TV Licence, but admitted that it will cross-reference the email addresses with people who’ve previously claimed not to need a TV Licence.

A second catch is that you’ll need to provide a valid UK postcode in order to sign up, which shouldn’t be an issue if you are simply holidaying outside the UK. Read more in our guide to How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad

How to watch Wimbledon on-demand 

iPlayer is the BBC’s free catch-up TV service, though some programmes are available to stream live here too as mentioned above. If you happen to miss a match you’ll find that programmes are available for a month following their transmission on BBC iPlayer, but note that the service’s Download and Series Record features are not usually available for sporting events. 

To watch Wimbledon on a Windows, Mac or Linux PC, simply head to bbc.co.uk/iplayer for the desktop version of the site. Dedicated apps are available from Google Play and the App Store, while Xbox and PlayStation owners can stream content from Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.

If the tennis match you’re after isn’t featured on the home page, search Wimbledon in the bar at the top right. The following screen will show the Wimbledon coverage that is currently available to watch. Scroll down to find and select the match in the list. Click the arrow in the video frame to begin playback.

Official Wimbledon app

There is an offical app for Wimbledon which you can download free on iPhone, iPad and Android. It includes live scores, news, live blog, order of play, live at Wimbledon video, live at Wimbledon radio and the iPad version features a 360′ video.

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