MediaZone offers up Wimbledon online

MediaZone has signed an exclusive partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to provide live and on-demand broadband video coverage of the Wimbledon tournament.

The new service, Wimbledon Live, is available globally at http://www.wimbledon.org/live, and will include live and on-demand broadband broadcasts of more than 250 matches from up to 9 concurrent courts — an unprecedented depth of coverage for this world-class event.
“It is an incredible opportunity to serve as the Worldwide Broadband Partner to the Wimbledon Championships and provide the most in-depth tournament coverage available via the Internet to date,” said Michelle Wu, CEO of MediaZone. “The Wimbledon Live service we’ve developed with the Club provides an intimate feel for the atmosphere at Wimbledon 2006 to tennis and sports enthusiasts around the world, allowing them to share the experience at their leisure throughout the championships.”

From the first round through the finals, Wimbledon Live will feature the most comprehensive full match coverage available, as well as three free Radio Wimbledon channels of live commentary and 10 hours of classic archive footage showcasing the legendary rallies and matches that have taken place throughout the history of the tournament. To better serve the international community, the entire site will be localized in Chinese and an overview of the subscription will be available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese. Wimbledon Live will be integrated with the official Wimbledon website, www.wimbledon.org, which allows viewers to combine video coverage with player information as well as live scoring and statistics from all matches at the championships.

“We are thrilled by the relationship forged with MediaZone to offer, for the first time in the 120-year history of Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, daily live online coverage of the tournament to tennis fans around the globe,” said Ian Ritchie, CEO at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. “Given MediaZone’s extensive experience successfully broadcasting live sporting events globally via the Internet, we feel they are the ideal partner to distribute the tournament to audiences worldwide.”

A special advance order All Access Pass for Wimbledon Live is available for GBP 9.95 in the UK and USD 19.95 in the U.S. and the rest of the world prior to the first day of competition. Upon commencement of the tournament, pricing for tournament access via Wimbledon Live is as follows:

— All Access Pass — GBP 12.95/USD 24.95

— Daily passes from June 26 – July 2 — GBP 2.50/USD 4.95

— Daily passes from July 3 – July 10 — GBP 4.50/USD 9.95

All MediaZone passes include live streaming where available, as well as on-demand and download options so subscribers have the flexibility and convenience to watch whenever and wherever they want on their PC or Windows Media-compatible portable media device. Live streams will be delivered at 500k, while downloads will be available at both 500k and 1MB bitrates. Select territories will have on-demand and download access only; details will be available on the site.

In addition to live and on-demand coverage of Wimbledon, MediaZone brings exclusive in-depth coverage of tournaments such as the WTA Tour via its newest online channel Tennis on the Net. A specially priced combination package will be available for fans who want both Wimbledon Live and Tennis on the Net.