Recent Posts by David Fox

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

Studio Berlin takes Streamline route to Ultra HD with new Ü9 OB truck

Studio Berlin has moved to Ultra HD production with Ü9, a 4K/UHD Streamline OB truck built by Broadcast Solutions, which covered the recent German federal elections as its first production. The truck will mainly be used to produce entertainment (such as The Voice of Germany) and events (particularly concerts or awards ceremonies and other live […]  More

Sky Vehicle Technology seeks sports and news clients beyond Sky

Having built some 37 vehicles for in-house customers over four years, Sky Vehicle Technology is now looking beyond the bounds of Sky’s European sports and news channels for new customers. It has already done its first design job for an outside client, but IBC2017 in Amsterdam was Sky Vehicle Technology’s first push for clients outside […]  More

IBC Reflections: Croatel Zagreb works in parallel for UHD and HDR OB

Doing parallel production in HD/SDR and UHD/HDR is tricky, but worth it, according to Zagreb-based Croatel, which now offers UHD production, although there are still few customers for it in its region. Croatel covers all the major sports in Croatia and south eastern Europe, and 95% of its production is sports, although it is also […]  More

Mobile Viewpoint plays its part in Sky Sports’ Lions rugby coverage

As the British and Irish Lions achieved an unpredicted success in the Second Test against the All Blacks in New Zealand, one unexpected technology was proving a similar success in Sky Sports’ remote production of the tour. The broadcaster has been using four Mobile Viewpoint Agile 2.0R units in New Zealand using SIM cards and […]  More

Live with the British & Irish Lions: Remote production at light speed

There are few places more distant on the planet from London than New Zealand, so doing a remote production from there really tests the concept. Thankfully, the speed of light is such that following the British and Irish Lions as they took on the All Blacks on the other side of the world proved less […]  More