Recent Posts by Birgit Heidsiek

The Bundesliga and the emergence of new referee technologies

For the German Bundesliga a new era is about to begin. While various players are competing for the TV, web and mobile rights of the soccer games and are supposed to flush more than a billion euro into the coffers of the German soccer league DFL, the referees will get technical support for the first […]  More

Analysis: the present and future of Bundesliga broadcast rights

In Germany, there is currently much discussion about reshuffling the pack for the Bundesliga rights. The Federal Cartel Office is going to demand from the German soccer league Deutsche Fuball Liga (DFL) that the upcoming competitive tendering procedure for the live transmission rights be reworked so that no one single broadcaster can exclusively transmit all […]  More

Germany’s RecordLab and MPP discuss merger plans

Consolidation in the OB van business continues to progress with news that German companies RecordLab TV & Media and MPP Mediatec Broadcast are going to merge. Both OB van providers were acquired by the NEP Group Inc earlier this year, and starting on January 1, 2016, the two firms are planning to combine their core […]  More

_wige MEDIA obtains share in sport media group

German media service provider _wige MEDIA has become a shareholder in sport media group GmbH, operator of web portals and In the deal – for which financial details have not been disclosed – the Cologne-based company takes a 16.7% stake from main shareholder B&M Marketing and secures the option to purchase a total […]  More

German U.COM Media discusses host broadcaster role at Solheim Cup

For the first time, German TV viewers could be eyewitnesses when the US top team of women professional golfers chanted “Class, USA Style” during the 2015 Solheim Cup, which was held from September 18-20. The 14th edition of the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf was transmitted by public German broadcaster Südwest Rundfunk (SWR), as […]  More

Emerging IP technologies set to boost remote production

The Champions’ Summit in Berlin – which was produced by Sky in association with SVG Europe and featured Blackmagic Design as event sponsor – was characterised by much discussion of the new UHD format as well as Sky’s camera tracking system that combines virtual and actual images in real-time by sending the data to the […]  More

NSL match coverage to benefit from dramatic reduction in energy consumption

When the National Soccer League match between SC Heerenveen and Vitesse commences later today (28 May), the live broadcast transmission will consume about a third less electricity than usual. The cost and energy-efficient live production has been made possible because of the sustainable OB van created by service company DutchView. With the first sustainable OB […]  More

SAT.1 initiates historic broadcasting experiment with Newtopia

With the brand new reality TV show Newtopia, German broadcaster SAT.1 will commence what has been described as one of the most ambitious TV experiments of all time on 23 February. The concept of Newtopia was created by Dutch TV veteran John de Mol, who has already experienced significant success with the original Dutch TV […]  More