Published: 23.01 Europe/London, June 7, 2011

The BBC has confirmed it is to stage its first 3D event when it broadcasts live coverage of the Menís and Ladiesí Finals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships via the BBCís HD Channel.

The free-to-air transmissions will be available to anyone with a 3DTV, regardless of which TV provider they use, also making the broadcast the first 3D transmission on the UKís terrestrial system. They will be distributed via Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media and Freeview.

ďIím delighted that in this anniversary year weíre bringing UK audiences a new way of getting close to the action on Centre Court. Iím sure that 3D will only add to the drama as the worldís greatest players compete for the championship,Ē said Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD and 3D.

3D transmissions have been mooted since Naglerís May appearance at the 3DTV World Forum in London. Late last week the BBC made a sudden decision to switch its HD broadcasts from DVB-S to the bandwidth saving DVB-S2.

The live 3D coverage of the ladiesí and menís finals on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 will mark the 125th anniversary of the Wimbledon Championships.

The BBCís coverage is being provided in partnership with the AELTC and Sony Professional. It will also be available in a limited number of cinemas across the UK and the BBC is offering a small number of 3D screenings that will be free to members of the public.

Previously the BBC has restricted its 3D work to short experiments, such as last Novemberís cinema trail for the Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing special