22 May 2018
Tennis fans with Virgin TV will be able to watch the action from Roland Garros in Ultra High Definition (UHD) for the first time when the tournament starts later this month.
Coverage of Roland Garros, featuring some of the leading players in the sport on clay, will be available on Eurosport 1 and 2 HD with Virgin TV customers able to watch the action in UHD by pressing the red button on their remote.
This is the first major sports tournament to be shown in UHD on Virgin TV and will be available to Full House customers with a V6 box and a supportive UHD 4K TV. Virgin TV’s smallest, smartest and fastest set-top box already allows customers to watch Netflix and YouTube in UHD.
Coverage in UHD is available throughout the entire tournament from Sunday 27 May, right up until the final on Sunday 10 June. All matches featured on the Court Philippe-Chatrier centre court will be shown in UHD on Virgin TV.
Today’s news further strengthens Virgin Media’s sports offering where it is already the only UK TV provider to offer all the football on Sky Sports and BT sports in one package.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said: “I’m very pleased that Virgin TV customers will now see some of the world’s best tennis in stunning Ultra HD – this is over four times clearer than standard HD and brings our viewers right to the court-side to watch the action as if they were actually in the stadium. Every hard-hitting serve, smash and volley will have never looked or sounded so real. This announcement is a great moment for Virgin TV and our incredible V6 box and there is more to come so watch this space.”
James Gibbons EVP, General Manager of UK / Ireland, Australia & New Zealand and Head of Commercial Development for EMEA, Discovery, said: “As the number one sport destination in Europe, we are thrilled to deliver this top-tier tennis event in Ultra HD 4K on Virgin Media, bringing our passionate fans even closer to the action and every amazing moment at Roland Garros.”
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About Virgin Media
Virgin TV customers with a full house package will be able to watch in Ultra HD. 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV required to watch in Ultra HD.
Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.
Our dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses and we’re expanding this through our Project Lightning programme, which could extend our network to up to 17 million premises.
Our interactive Virgin TV service brings live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games to customers through a set-top box, as well as on-the-go through tablets and smartphones.
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