Recent Posts by Birgit Heidsiek

Sky Summit 2020 slices into 5G trials and challenges

At the Sky Summit 2020 supported by SVG Europe, held in Munich at Mathäser Filmpalast (8 October 2020), a session looking at 5G in sports production, titled Opportunities and Challenges 2021, set the scene for where Sky Germany is right now in its working relationships with mobile technologists and enthusiasts. Remote production has been getting […]  More

Sky Summit 2020 focuses on COVID-19 innovations and challenges

As the first in-person event after seven months of lockdown, Sky Summit 2020 at Mathäser Filmpalast in Munich (8 October 2020) brought together the top decision-makers of the sports broadcast industry in Germany. Hosted by Sky Deutschland in cooperation with SVG Europe, the main topics at the event included the management of crisis situations as […]  More

Bundesliga re-start: Debate rages around stadiums and social distancing

The Bundesliga is planning a re-start to the season. Now, it is up to the politicians in Germany to come up with the starting signal. The decision for the re-start is up to Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German governors who will consult together on 30 April. Merkel doesn’t expect further easing measures at that […]  More

Solidarity fund, cyber training and rights manoeuvres during Bundesliga break

In Germany, the Bundesliga break will be extended until April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, following an announcement by the chair of the DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga). As the general assembly discussed in mid-March, it is still the intention to continue with Bundesliga matches in the current season as long it is acceptable legally […]  More

Dietmar Hopp: Controversial Hoffenheim sponsor speaks out on coronavirus and commercialisation

Dietmar Hopp, the main sponsor of German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and majority shareholder of Tübingen-based biotech company CureVac, keeps hitting the headlines. As the founder of the largest German computer corporation SAP, he sold his stakes and invested part of it in regional sport clubs. While Adler Mannheim became German ice hockey champion […]  More

Sky Sport Summit Munich: Football the binding agent as sports rights fragment

Football is a multi-billion dollar business. But the TV landscape is changing. In Germany, the golden times, in which only one broadcaster held all the rights, have gone. The Federal Cartel Office fragmented the sports rights by implementing a No Single Buyer Rule for the tender of the audiovisual exploitation rights from season 2017-18 onwards. […]  More

Sky Sport Summit Munich: ESL, EVS and Riot discuss the eSports journey to date

The eSports universe is expanding. eSports is no longer the domain of the gamer community but attracts about 400 million fans worldwide. At the big eSports tournaments where League of Legends, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike are played in huge stadiums, players are competing for thousands, sometimes even millions of dollars. eSports viewers are mainly male, […]  More

Sky Sport Summit Munich: The beautiful world of sports, metadata and digital transformation to the fore

While UHD and HDR are improving the image quality of broadcast production, data management can create additional value for storytelling when graphical data usage such as AR comes into the picture. The potential of metadata management is also a driver for the digital transformation, the technology and the business behind it. These were just some of […]  More

Gateway to an IP UHD truck: More scalable, secure and agile software stacks

At a recent open day for tpc Switzerland’s new flagship UHD1 IP-based OB truck in Zürich, SVG Europe sat down with Imagine Communications’ playout & networking solutions president Steve Reynolds. We talked about the development of the new truck, SMPTE standardisation and the new possibilities created by moving into the all-IP world. How did the […]  More