Recent Posts by Jason Dachman, Managing Editor

True parity between linear TV and live streaming? It’s not there yet but getting closer

Although live-streamed video has made monumental strides over the past decade, it is still not quite on par with the linear-television experience. For sports, in most cases, TV still offers better, more consistent quality with lower latency than live streaming on a mobile device, tablet, computer, or connected TV. However, as hundreds of thousands of […]  More

Fox Sports takes data-driven graphics to new heights with Astucemedia Data Platform

Under a new multiyear agreement, Fox Sports Media Group will use the Astucemedia Data Platform to drive creation of real-time graphics within its telecasts. The Data Platform will be integrated with Fox’s Vizrt graphics system and deployed across Fox Sports, FS1, and FS2 for all Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) properties. The Data Platform will […]  More

NAB Reflections: NTT Electronics’ Castro on the power of HEVC, future of 4K and HDR

NTT Electronics showcased a variety of encoding/decoding technologies at NAB 2017, and, not surprisingly, much of the focus was on 4K, HDR, and HEVC. Among the offerings was the HC11000 Series 4:2:2 10-bit H.265/HEVC real-time encoder, which has the capability to transmit high-quality video images at low bitrate, low latency, and low power consumption. Scalable, […]  More

PGA tees up live VR, 360-video experiences at Players Championship’s 17th hole

The PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship are combining forces to produce and deliver the iconic 17th hole’s island green at TPC Sawgrass in live 360 video and virtual reality (VR) during all four days of THE PLAYERS Championship this weekend. The live VR experience, which will utilise Intel True VR technology and feature three camera positions at […]  More

NEP acquires Avesco Group to unite two worldwide leaders

NEP Group has acquired Avesco Group, bringing Avesco’s Creative Technology (‘CT’) and mclcreate brands into NEP’s Worldwide Network and making them one of the largest providers of live event solutions in the world. Combined, they now have offices in 20 countries around the globe, greatly expanding their ability to service clients in virtually every region […]  More

SVG On Demand: Fox Networks’ Thomas Edwards tackles IP transmission

Although fibre and satellite reign for many of the live sports productions across the industry today, IP transmission was a hot topic at SVG’s TranSPORT conference last week in New York City. Thomas Edwards, ‎VP, engineering and development, Fox Networks, chats with SVG’s Jason Dachman about the current state of IP, what’s coming down the road soon, […]  More

NFL and Google agree partnership for virtual reality series

The NFL has officially boarded the virtual reality bandwagon, inking a VR partnership with Google to present an NFL Films-produced nine-part series that gives viewers a 360-degree perspective of life on NFL game day – from players, coaches, executives, cheerleaders, and fans. The first episode of the virtual reality series will be available to watch via the […]  More

SMPTE marks centennial with look at next-gen tech, growing millennial workforce

SMPTE celebrated its 100th anniversary during its annual conference in Hollywood last week, bringing together the film and television industry’s engineering community to address the latest developments. Among the issues discussed were the transition from SDI to IP; the cloud and virtualisation; UHD 4K and 8K; high dynamic range (HDR), wide colour gamut (WCG), and […]  More