Recent Posts by Adrian Pennington

Live from Wembley: Sky Sports gets match fit for UHD debut

The International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly on Saturday August 6 at Wembley Stadium between Liverpool and Barcelona was the final chance for Sky to drill its 4K UHD kit ahead of next week’s opening live EPL game aired on its new look Sky Q platform. The game, which saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool defeat Lionel Messi […]  More

ITU to ratify both BBC and Dolby HDR standards

The persistent question mark hanging over the introduction of High Dynamic Range to the home is about to be settled. The two proposals before standards body the ITU have for a while been thought to be competing for the same prize. With diplomacy fitting of a United Nations agency, the ITU is understood to be […]  More

Rio 2016 Olympics: “8K is cinematic broadcasting” says OBS’ Salamouris

The opening and closing ceremony, swimming, canoe slalom, rugby sevens, gymnastics, beach volleyball, diving, athletics, judo and football are among sports to be captured in 8K from Rio by the Olympics Broadcasting Services (OBS) team. Speaking to SVG Europe Sotiris Salamouris, chief technology officer, OBS said the aim was to learn as much about editorial […]  More

SVGE Analysis: Industry gears up for 8K future

Only a few years back 4K – let alone Ultra HD – seemed not only a giant technological leap, but one lacking a business model. With the 4K equipment chain largely solved and with pay TV operator VOD and live services rolling out, the renewed attention on 8K as a near-future broadcast format should not […]  More

SVGE Analysis: Eurovision offers Flexible route to fibre future

Eurovision – the EBU’s broadcast distribution division – is offering its new live transmission service Flex for use at events including the Rio Olympics and UEFA EURO 2016 Championships. The service, which marries a new set of portable Flex terminals to the Eurovision FiNE global fibre optic network, has been in development for just over […]  More

SVGE Analysis: Merging virtual with live – the next sports evolution?

Imagine sports presentation where a virtual world is combined with the actual event and the audience, user, or gamer can switch or play between the two. This is the firm belief of Lawrence Duffy, founder and managing director of Aurora Media Worldwide, the three year old sports media agency behind host coverage of all-electric motorsport […]  More

Whisper Films and Presteigne Broadcast take chequered flag for C4 F1 coverage

The handing of Channel 4’s £30 million three year presentation contract for Formula One to a rookie sports producer raised eyebrows when it should have acknowledged the Grand Prix pedigree of the winning team. Whisper Films’ MD and co-founder is Sunil Patel who produced the BBC’s F1 coverage before launching Whisper in 2010. Fellow co-founders […]  More

Arena Television’s £20m IP UHD HDR scanners primed for NAB launch

Arena Television is spending a mammoth £20 million ($29m) on not one but three triple expander UHD all-IP trucks timed to be on the road this year. OBX, OBY and OBZ are identical in both dimension (16.5m long x 5.7m wide) and specification, and are being launched in partnership with an equiment manufacturer from April. […]  More