Recent Posts by David Fox

Digital disruption drives a new breed of broadcaster

Sports broadcasting is changing. New entrants are putting pressure on traditional broadcasters, rights holders are bypassing broadcasters to engage fans directly, and public service broadcasters are having to re-think how they attract viewers. It’s challenging, but this transformation also offers opportunities, according to a panel session at last week’s BVE conference in London entitled ‘A […]  More

Streaming performance: OTT helps DAZN expand its zone of influence

Becoming ‘the Netflix of’ any broadcast genre is the aim of many new entrants to the online market. It is certainly the case for DAZN, which has emulated the Netflix model for sport. DAZN now offers a very wide range of sports, on any device, with the ability to cancel the contract at any time. […]  More

IMG Studios draws up route plan to IP for Premier League and Rugby World Cup

IMG Studios delivers multiple 24-hour sports channels and enables coverage of some of the world’s biggest sporting events, often having to shoehorn in new projects to tight deadlines. So, in planning its next infrastructure upgrade, for installation in the Summer, ease of scalability is its first priority – which has led it to IP. It […]  More

FutureSPORT 2018: New directions for high dynamic range in live sport production

“HDR isn’t about black and white, it is about blacker blacks and whiter whites and the ability to provide more detailed information in areas of the picture where people want it.” This is how SVG Europe Contributing Editor and session chair Will Strauss opened the ‘HDR and Live Sport: It’s not Black and White’ panel […]  More

FutureSPORT 2018: Broadcast coverage preview for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Preparations are well underway for the next Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019 – the first time the event has taken place in Asia. Two of those most closely involved in delivering the host broadcast and match graphics for the event spoke at SVG Europe’s Future […]  More

Ruptly rolls out two compact UHD OB and DSNG vans for file-based production

Berlin-based news agency Ruptly has launched a new low-cost subscription service and has recently introduced two UHD OB vans, delivered by systems integrator Qvest Media. The Ruptly service offers unlimited access to 80,000-plus stories to digital publishers for €12.50 a month. “There is a significant client base which is finding it hard to make money […]  More

ITV Sport puts artificial intelligence in the Timeline for sports production

ITV Sport has moved its archive to a new cloud-hosted system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help add metadata and output multiple versions for highlights across social media, on-air use and archiving. The broadcaster has a huge archive and wanted to leverage that media and needed a MAM that would allow them to find […]  More

IP from OBX to Z: An elegant evolution for Arena Television

Arena TV now has a fourth UHD HDR IP-based production truck, OBZ, which has already been used for Premier League football and will be covering the upcoming European Championship darts in Dortmund and World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna. Its first IP truck, OBX, launched in 2016 and “OBZ is the fourth evolution of […]  More

Videogram: Giving Artificial Intelligence a sporting chance

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are slowly creeping into sports production in such areas as automated shot selection or highlights compilation, but the challenge of then getting viewers to watch the productions can also be helped by AI. Videogram, a small AI company founded in 2012, is backed by NTT DoCoMo, Samsung and Turner Broadcasting, […]  More

World’s largest audio OB is quiet addition to huge IP UHD OB for ZRTG China

The world’s biggest audio OB truck, which expands to 13.5×5.5m, has been delivered to the Zheijang Radio & Television Group, China’s fourth largest radio and TV broadcaster. It joins a 32-camera IP-based UHD OB (which has been claimed to be the world’s largest IP-based video truck) and a third truck that connects both production units, […]  More