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Wimbledon Serves Net-Cams and Searchable Video

The Wimbledon tennis championships, currently in full flow, are proving to be a showcase for the latest Internet video technologies, with searchable behind-the-scenes video highlights, net-cams and live feeds to entertain fans worldwide.

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club announced this week that it had joined forces with FasTV.com to offer fans "unprecedented access" to searchable video highlights. In another announcement Wednesday it said it had appointed streaming video specialist Intervu to the task of providing live feeds from the championships.

"We expect Wimbledon to be the most heavily trafficked Internet streaming event this year due to the duration of the event, its worldwide appeal and because there were over seven million visitors last year," said Ed Huguez, Intervu's chief operating officer.

"We expect interest to be enormous during work hours when people have access to high-speed connections," added Huguez.

Meanwhile, over at FasTV.com, more than 200 hours of video from The Wimbledon Channel's archive are being made available for viewing. Most of this special programming is not being shown on broadcast television -- giving the Internet a distinctive edge in this instance.

"FasTV was chosen for its ability to log, digitize and host this extensive 'digital history' and make it available to tennis fans around the world to access via the Internet," said Jeff Lucas, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club's IT director.

Around 400,000 people will attend this year's tennis championships in person, while massive media coverage extends the event to hundreds of millions of people around the world. However, there are no plans to stream live croquet matches, despite the club's name.