Recent Posts by David Fox

Timeline TV takes on RHS Chelsea Flower Show challenge for BBC

Of all the types of programming an OB company finds itself doing, one of the more unusual, and challenging, is a flower show – particularly the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, one of the BBC’s biggest annual OBs. Timeline Television took over the OB contract for the May 22-26 show this year and provided […]  More

NEP UK unveils its first SMPTE ST 2110-compliant IP-based OBs

Venus and Ceres, NEP UK’s latest outside broadcast vehicles and its first to be SMPTE ST 2110-compliant, are claimed to form the core of what will be the world’s biggest IP-based broadcast system for an upcoming sports event. The vehicles will be used at major events, sports fixtures and other large scale productions, and their […]  More

Live from Cardiff: Riedel Bolero goes to the wire for Sky Sports boxing

Sky Sports used its coverage of Anthony Joshua versus Joseph Parker on 31 March to test several new technologies, including Riedel’s Bolero intercom system. Sky Sports sound supervisor Mark Finch was particularly keen to try Bolero because it is all-digital, meaning there wouldn’t be as much interference, which can be an issue on a big […]  More

Live from Cardiff: Sky Sports brings UHD to pay-per-view and trials high-speed cameras

Last Saturday’s world unification title fight between Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was not just the first pay-per-view boxing match to be broadcast in Ultra High Definition (UHD). It was also an event notable for a few other Sky Sports firsts and technology trials, particularly its use of high-speed UHD cameras. […]  More

iFollow online: Live streaming the English Football League

The English Football League has moved from just being a rights holder to becoming its own live streaming operator over the last two seasons with the launch of iFollow, its global OTT streaming service that brings even the smallest of its 72 clubs to its fans, wherever they are. Although that service is currently limited […]  More

Assessing the impact of live streaming on sports with BT Sport, the FA and Grabyo

The Streaming Forum at last week’s BVE London show in ExCEL examined the emergence of new formats that maximise the value of rights and provide new digital experiences for audiences, particularly with live platforms. “There are new distribution models emerging across OTT and digital platforms. We’re seeing a significant increase in the growth of mobile […]  More

Exploring HD HDR’s better quality pixel potential

High dynamic range is an important part of the appeal of Ultra HD, but it doesn’t need the extra resolution to work its magic. Indeed, the prospect of producing HD with HDR was one of the main technology themes of 2017. There are already HD (1080p) TV sets available that offer HDR (mainly smaller sets, […]  More

Premier League contribution as BT Media & Broadcast builds next-gen TV OB network

Britain’s Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, with games shown in 900 million homes across 200 territories. Broadcasters have been asking for greater capacity to supply more feeds, particularly overseas channels wanting their own interviews, graphics and commentary. To cope with this, Premier League Productions (PLP), a partnership between the Premier […]  More

Behind the scenes: Sky Sports passes agility test with revamped studios and sets

This year, Sky Sports completely rebranded and re-packaged its channels, ranging from how they looked to how they are sold. This included all the on-air graphics, colour coding for different sports, and even the font it used for text, with each sport having its own bespoke typeface. In line with this Sky Sports 2.0, it […]  More

Live from Twickenham: CTV helps NFL gain international traction with London games

American football has been making a play for more European viewers for ten years now, basing two games, initially, in London, rising to three, and this year playing four in the UK capital for the first time – two each at Wembley and Twickenham. The international host broadcast US operations were instigated by Ken Aagaard […]  More