Recent Posts by David Fox

SportTech 2017: NEP The Netherlands makes case for augmented reality

NEP is known mainly as an OB truck company, “but in the Netherlands it’s quite different. We provide services from glass to glass,” explained Ralf van Vegten, Chief Information Officer, NEP The Netherlands at the Emirates Stadium on June 7. NEP has been using photorealistic augmented reality in daily sports programmes, large entertainment shows and […]  More

SportTech 2017: Making the move to High Dynamic Range

Some people believe that HDR has a more significant impact on the viewer than Ultra HD. However, there are considerable challenges in adopting it for live workflows, as panellists revealed at SportTech 2017 in London June 7. HDR is not just wider dynamic range, “we also mean wide colour gamut,” said Peter Schut, Axon, CTO. […]  More

Joshua vs Klitschko: Overcoming the logistical challenges of a huge international OB

Last Saturday’s title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua attracted huge international interest, but trying to fit three international broadcasters plus the host broadcaster and a world feed broadcast into a packed arena created huge logistical challenges that were compounded by two demanding promoters and a full undercard. The last time Sky Sports did […]  More

BT Sport goes Over The Top to deliver improved viewing experience

In 2013, BT launched the BT Sport App on iOS, Android and the web alongside its new sport channels. It has been developed further since and has proved popular. Now BT hopes to replicate BT Sport’s success in its wider TV OTT offering, building on it to align it even more closely with its set-top […]  More

FutureSport 2016: Discovery and Eurosport reveal plans for Olympic coverage

Eurosport will become the home of the Olympics in Europe from January 1, as part of a deal between its parent company, Discovery Communications, and the International Olympic Committee for the TV and multi-platform rights in 50 European markets for four Games, from 2018 to 2024. “Discovery is now developing its strategy to bring every […]  More

There are huge opportunities in OBs, broadcasters tell students at NEP Day

Television is crying out for new technical talent, particularly in outside broadcasts, according to speakers at the recent NEP UK Student Open Day. “It is really important for us, as an industry, to portray the opportunities there are [for engineers] — and there are some big ones coming up,” particularly in IP, said James Clement, […]  More

NEP UK asks: Why are there so few women in outside broadcasting?

Broadcasting, particularly OBs, has long been a male dominated industry. While women are now widespread in production roles, they are still a relative rarity in technical positions. Given that there is a shortage of applicants coming in to broadcast engineering, NEP UK feels the gender imbalance has to be addressed, partly because being more female […]  More