Recent Posts by Philip Stevens

Countdown to kick off: Sky Italia team prepares for new Serie A season

Italy’s 2019-2020 Serie A kicks off on Saturday 24 August with a match between Parma and Juventus and with coverage provided by Sky Italia. “We’ve been producing Serie A since the birth of Sky Italia in 2003,” explains Dante De lulio, the broadcaster’s director of sport programming and production. “We have always been the key […]  More

Journey to Japan: How RTÉ is preparing for the Rugby World Cup

Earlier this year Eir Sport and RTÉ announced that a sub-licencing agreement had been reached between the two broadcasters in relation to Rugby World Cup 2019. As the primary rights holder for Ireland, Eir Sport will broadcast all 48 games live, including all of Ireland’s matches, and a daily highlights show. The sub-licensing deal means […]  More

Countdown to kick off: How Sportcast will cover the new Bundesliga season

Germany’s Bundesliga 2019-20 season kicks off tonight (Friday 16 August) with a game between Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. As usual, broadcast coverage is under the control of Sportcast. In fact, since 2006, Sportcast – as a subsidiary of the DFL (Deutsche Fussball Liga) and as host broadcaster – has been producing, enhancing, distributing, and […]  More

Football result: How Sky Sports is covering the 2019-20 EPL and EFL seasons

Under the terms of its new English Premier League (EPL) contract, which kicks in this month, Sky Sports will cover 128 live and 80 non-live games each season until 2021-22. Included in the output for 2019-20 will be Dolby Atmos sound on live games and an updated augmented reality (AR) studio for presentation. Sky’s new […]  More

Countdown to kick off: How Mediapro is preparing for the new LaLiga season

Mediapro has been producing TV coverage of LaLiga matches for more than 20 years. As host broadcaster, and in agreement with LaLiga, it offers the following to every rights holder: match production, support programmes, graphics, related activities, matchday liaison, on-site facilities accreditation, distribution services and requests, bookings and an online platform. In all, Mediapro sends […]  More

Journey to Japan 2019: How ITV Sport is preparing for the Rugby World Cup

UK rights-holding broadcaster ITV Sport began its planning for the 2019 tournament in October 2017 when the first recce in Japan was carried out. “Between then and the first World Broadcast Meeting (WBM) around a year later, we started putting together the production plan for the tournament,” explains Mark Demuth, ITV’s controller of sport, production […]  More

Duty calls for Gfinity and NEP at Copper Box Arena

The Call of Duty World League (CWL) is the official eSports league developed around the Call of Duty video game franchise from the publisher Activision. CWL formally launched in December 2015 and is now into its fourth season. The month of May saw the tournament move to London with qualifying heats being staged at the […]  More

eSports education: How Staffordshire University created a degree course for the expanding industry

“Whatever equipment our students use and whatever facilities we put in place, we always make sure we’re meeting one expectation: that students will get the best possible experience in readiness for the jobs they want when they graduate.” So says Christopher Leese, technical specialist for the Media & Communications department at Staffordshire University. Of course, […]  More