Recent Posts by David Fox

SVGE Analysis: Mauro Margenat, Mediapro, is introducing AI for sports TV production

A method of low cost sports production and distribution that is entirely software-driven, requiring no human intervention, has been developed by the Spanish conglomerate Mediapro and is currently being trialled by football giant Barcelona. AutomaticTV is a patent-pending automatic production system for a wide variety of sports that uses artificial intelligence and is designed for […]  More

Streamlined Mediatec gains competitive edge from factory sports broadcast production

Mediatec Broadcasting has taken delivery of both the tenth of its 10-camera Streamline OB trucks from Broadcast Solutions, and of three new 6-camera Compact Streamline vans, as it seeks to target middle market and lower league sports. The Swedish OB company developed the Streamline concept with Broadcast Solutions three years ago, ordering ten identical trucks, […]  More

Formula E gets off to electric start

The first ever ePrix race in Beijing was somewhat overshadowed by a collision in the final lap that sent Nick Heidfeld’s electric race car leaping spectacularly onto a barrier, after Nicolas Prost veered into him. Fortunately, there were no injuries. However, it was a big bang for the quietest of motor races, as Formula E, […]  More

Grass Valley: a new route after merger

Thanks to Grass Valley’s takeover by Belden and its merger with Miranda, it now has deeper pockets and greater stability. “We have a unique opportunity to drive innovation faster than before,” said Mike Cronk, SVP of strategic marketing, Grass Valley at IBC this week. “We have an aggregate R&D power in terms of how much […]  More

Video-based sports analytics system from SAP and Panasonic announced at IBC

Sports analysis specialist SAP has joined with Panasonic to create a new video-based sports analytics system that will use multi-camera video stitching to track players. It is necessary because FIFA doesn’t allow players to wear tracking sensors, so that the analysis performed during training couldn’t be used for matches. It is being built on SAP’s […]  More

Sky Sports ups its game for football, golf and F1 in face of constant competition

Sky Sports is under pressure to innovate. Partly from new competition from BT Sport (particularly for football and rugby), but also from within. “Each of the sports drives each other on” to innovate more, said Steve Smith, director of Sky Sports production. Once a technology such as touchscreen analysis is used to cover one sport, […]  More

Sky Sports News re-engineers HQ to reflect how viewers are now consuming the news

Sky Sports relaunched its news operation on Tuesday in time for the new football season, with a considerable investment in technology, the promise of more investigations, and greater use of social media. It also shifted the channel up the EPG, to 401 (the first of its sports channels), to make it the first destination for […]  More

Sky Sports adds European football channel

Sky Sports has added its seventh channel this week, with Sky Sports 5, which is dedicated to European football. The channel launched on Tuesday with the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla, from Cardiff, where Sky was host broadcaster. The broadcaster is also significantly increasing its coverage of football on its other channels, […]  More