Recent Posts by Adrian Pennington

CTV takes charge of complex RF, multi-client operation ahead of The Open

CTV’s plans for the Open Championship, which tees-off next Thursday (17 July), are more complex than ever given that this year it is not only servicing the always impressive ESPN operation and the smaller (but no less impressive) NBC Sports’ Golf Channel as in past years. For the first time, 2014 also finds it taking […]  More

BBC set to trial Ultra HD at World Cup

In a series of closed trials, BBC R&D will work closely with strategic research partners Arqiva and BT, major consumer electronics vendors and technology providers to explore the delivery of live UHD content over broadcast and broadband networks. The trials will cover three matches from the Maracanã stadium in Rio – one from the last […]  More

IP live promises radical redesign of the outside broadcast TV business

The days of the super-sized outside broadcast vehicle look numbered as video over IP routing systems promise greater flexibility and reduced cost of live production. Catch-22 for OB suppliers though, is judging whether to invest in 4K-ready vehicles with a legacy SDI base, or more flexible all-IP wired mobile units, or to wait until technology […]  More

US rental firm VER acquires PACE; new group focuses on cinema market

Video Equipment Rentals (VER), is buying PACE and Vince Pace, one of the foremost 3D film and TV technical innovators in the business, is also joining the company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but VER said the addition of PACE brings with it CPG technology, including its 2D/3D camera system Fusion which […]  More

FIFA World Cup will be broadcast in 4K live

Live Ultra HD broadcasts of the World Cup Final from Brazil have been confirmed by Sony, the technical production partner to FIFA and host broadcaster HBS. Until now Sony and FIFA messaging has been that the World Cup Final and two earlier matches will be recorded in 4K in order to produce a FIFA Films […]  More

FIFA World Cup’s rich second screen experience explained

Streaming to second screens has rightly been heralded as a major component of 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage and arguably the biggest innovation for many a year in terms of its long-lasting impact on how audiences will engage with the tournament. Untold as yet is the story behind the distribution and presentation of multi-screen coverage. […]  More

Video over IP vital to Sony’s 4K live plans

The cost of building 4K-ready outside broadcast units must be significantly reduced if the pace of Ultra HD production is to be quickened and Sony believes it has the weapons to achieve this feat. The manufacturer has poured considerable research and development into a video over IP infrastructure expressly designed to encourage adoption of Ultra […]  More

Will your future 4K Ultra HD TV set be good enough?

Ultra HD sets could make up nearly half of all global TV set sales in four years time, but will they all be technologically obsolete? Most of them will be incapable of displaying the full range of brightness and colours available in updated versions of the Ultra HD image specification. Futuresource Consulting forecasts a healthier […]  More

Grass Valley says: “No compromise on live 4K”

Grass Valley believes it has found the solution to live broadcast-friendly 4K acquisition but it must hope the market doesn’t move from under it while it puts the camera to customer test. Ever since Sony decided to rework the digital cinema-designed F55 for 4K live production, Grass Valley has made noises about going another route. […]  More