Recent Posts by David Fox

Westminster Media Forum: Balancing pay-TV against free-to-air for sports

It can be difficult for free-to-air (FTA) broadcasters to compete for sporting rights with the big pay-TV and streaming companies, which is why many countries legislate that some of the biggest events should be available FTA, a topic that inspired considerable debate at the recent Westminster Media Forum policy conference on sports broadcasting in London. […]  More

Westminster Media Forum: Developing the sports viewing experience

Offering a good viewer experience is crucial to retaining eyeballs and turning sports fans into subscribers, but how can we develop that experience in a rapidly changing broadcast environment? That was the theme of a key session at the Westminster Media Forum policy conference on sports broadcasting (11 February 2020, London), where the panel looked […]  More

A changing landscape: Rights owners and broadcasters debate sports TV issues and innovation

Sports broadcasting is going through a period of intense change and innovation with the rise of streaming services, new technologies and new business models, giving rise to an interesting debate in London last week (11 February 2020) at the Westminster Media Forum policy conference. Innovation can be risky, and Premier League executive director William Bush […]  More

Timeline Television expands to take advantage of remote possibilities

Over the last 18 months, Timeline Television has increasingly been moving towards more remote production, particularly with SailGP, which opens its second season with racing in Sydney at the end of February. To enable this, Timeline has just opened a new gallery at its base in London, as part of a wider expansion. The upgraded […]  More

BSC Expo report: Generating sustainable power on location

Sustainability has become a major influencer across the broadcast sector, from sports production to drama. This was shown at the British Society of Cinematographers Expo in London, where reducing our carbon footprint was a key theme amongst exhibitors and in seminar sessions. While hardly any of the new kit at the 31 January and 1 […]  More

FutureSPORT 2019: Breaking the deadlock for virtualised hardware in sports production

The next step for IP-based remote production from an event using a centralised gallery? Ditch the centralisation. That was the main message from the FutureSPORT 2019 session: ‘Virtualised Hardware for Sports Production: Breaking the Deadlock’. Ditching the centralisation sees everything running on the cloud, using virtual hardware that can scale rapidly to allow multiple productions […]  More

FutureSPORT 2019: Adding bandwidth for sports broadcasting at the 5G level

5G cellular technology has the potential to deliver video signals with similar quality and speeds as broadcast wireless links or even fibre connections, but making sure a consumer-focused telecoms industry takes heed of broadcast needs has required early engagement, as a session on ‘Adding bandwidth: Sports broadcasting at the 5G level’ at FutureSPORT 2019 revealed. […]  More

FutureSPORT 2019: Remote production in the real world

Last week’s FutureSPORT 2019 Summit was another record-breaking event for SVG Europe, with over 350 delegates in attendance at Chelsea Football Club in London. A highlight session in a packed day of content was ‘More than just Technology: Remote Production in the Real World’, which was sponsored by Eurovision Services. Remote production is becoming almost […]  More

REC10 in the works as RECkord presses on with second UHD truck

RECkord Outside Broadcasting, based in the Czech Republic, is currently building its second UHD truck, REC10, which should be completed by the end of the year. Its first UHD OB, REC7 4K, has been in use for three years, and has done about 10% of its productions in UHD – the rest in HD. While […]  More