Recent Posts by Adrian Pennington

Digital soccer network Copa90 outlines ambitious growth targets

UK-based digital network BigBalls Media is poised to overtake ESPN by volume of unique viewers it attracts per month, according to its CEO, Tom Thirlwall. He claims the company, whose chief brand is the soccer-focussed channel Copa90, is on target to exceed the 105 million monthly unique views recorded across ESPN’s digital properties by the end […]  More

Online football-focused publisher Dugout expands to include leagues and federations

Egypt is the number one country on social media for football. Bayern Munich has more Egyptian followers than Germans. It’s that type of insight which has persuaded dozens of the world’s leading soccer clubs to join Dugout, a digital publishing platform focused on football. “Data is crucial to sports teams and sponsors,” says president and […]  More

The future of SMPTE 2110 and beyond

A year ago the broadcast equipment manufacturing industry was at loggerheads in pursuit of incompatible paths to the common goal of transitioning video from SDI over IP. As we head toward NAB, it’s fair to say that there’s been a remarkable sea change. By and large the industry has aligned behind a set of standards […]  More

Games engines are transforming virtual sets and then TV

Is the writing on the wall for the traditional virtual set renderer? Traditional virtual set vendors seem to think so. Here’s the view of Gideon Ferber, director, product management and business development, Ross Video Virtual Solution: “Virtual studios reached their peak about ten years ago, but we now see a decline in the market because […]  More

Europe primed for remote live and video ref production

Remote live event production is taking off in Europe in a big way this year with the installation of remote capability by at least two service providers for coverage of European soccer leagues for the start of the 2017-18 season. Furthermore, remote video referring for soccer is a step closer with IP systems being introduced […]  More

Live VR trialled at IMG Champions Tennis at the RAH

There can be few grander or more theatrical arenas in world sport than London’s Royal Albert Hall, the venue this past week for IMG’s Champions Tennis and the focus of another live virtual reality demonstration. The season-ending finale of the ATP Champions Tour featured Slam Champions John McEnroe and Pat Rafter, former world No.1 Juan […]  More

Sports look to social media to drive engagement and revenue

Real Madrid generated more than 110 million views on social media after pushing content from its club TV channel to Facebook Live earlier this year. With reach like that it surely won’t be long before many other clubs and sports organisations use social media to distribute more of their own content and consequently create new […]  More

Sky VR: ‘A smash-up between gaming, internet and broadcast’

José Mourinho’s fêted encounter with Chelsea fans, his first since leaving the club as manager last December, was captured in intimate glory in virtual reality. For Sunday’s match with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Sky fielded multiple VR rigs. The filming followed a test run during the Chelsea versus Leicester City game on October 15 […]  More

Perform launches Netflix-style sports streamer with Netflix-style global ambition

Perform Group has launched DAZN (pronounced Dazone), a multi-sport Netflix-style streaming service claimed as the first of its kind. “This is the first time anyone has launched a pure multi sport OTT platform,” explains Simon Denyer, Perform CEO. “Individual rights holders are going direct to consumers with their own service (such as the NBA with […]  More